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Why Are Thermals Beneficial? A Guide To Buying Base Layers

Posted by Xamax on 14/11/16 07:30

Have you recently noticed an increasing number of sick days from your employees? If so, your workforce may be unknowingly causing their own colds and illnesses by adding on the extra layers in the winter months.

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Extra Layers Causing Colds?

If the work of your employees is mainly done outside, (such as construction industries, firefighters and farming) then you may have become aware of your workforce struggling to keep up with their tasks because they are focusing on keeping warm and staying protected from the weather.

Not only are extra jumpers and coats bulky and difficult to operate in, they actually don’t maintain as much heat as we are led to believe.

Too many layers can lead to excessive sweating and materials such as cotton absorb the sweat which then result in the body cooling. This can then lead to illnesses and colds being spread amongst employees and causing more time being spent off work.


Why Are Thermals Beneficial?

Made from a combination of natural fibres and synthetic materials, thermals are lightweight, comfortable and can be worn under the uniform. As well as maintaining heat, thermals transfer sweat away from the body and as the materials are quick-drying they can be worn for extended hours when working, without becoming uncomfortable.

Thermal clothes are designed to reduce the cold entering the body. To do this they are tight around the ankles and wrists to ensure that no heat can escape and no cold air or water can enter.

Depending on the job, thermals are also safer than wearing extra jumpers and coats that can be damaged by the weather (rain, sleet and snow).  Thermals are almost like a “second skin” as their lightweight and flexibility enables free movement and safety is maintained in outdoor work as they remain under the uniform.   

Unlike clothes made from cotton, thermal clothes are designed with moisture wicking fabric which then allows moisture to be pulled from the body to the exterior of the clothing and be evaporated easier.

As well as thermals reducing the levels of illness and therefore absenteeism across your employees, morale will also be boosted as workers remain healthy across the winter months and can focus on production rather than adjusting their inessential coats and hats.


Not Sure How To Order For Large Numbers?

It may seem like a daunting task purchasing the correct styles, sizes and quantities of thermals for your employees. However, selecting a range of samples for your workforce to try will make it easier when ordering as you’ll know that your employees will be satisfied.

If the main completion of work is outside, then longer sleeved jumpers and trousers may be more beneficial. However, if your employees are in and out of cold temperatures throughout their shifts then purchasing short sleeved thermals may be better. You don’t need to worry about the colours of the clothes in your order - just choose a neutral colour that everyone will be happy to wear, it will be hidden under the uniform anyway.

As thermals are tight against the skin in order to maintain the heat, they will appear smaller than your ordinary size of clothes. However, if you suggest to your staff to order their normal size they can then wear their uniform on top.

You may not have thought buying thermal clothes would be beneficial to your business, however once purchased, your staff should be able to work through the rain and snow without becoming cold and remain at the same levels of productivity as they would in summer months.


Simple Tips For Ordering Thermal Workwear

  • Order staff’s usual size - if you have already ordered uniform, this should be easy. If not, check out our guide to getting sizes right.
  • As they are base layers, they will need regular washing. We advise ordering 3 per employee (1 to wear, 1 for washing, 1 for drying) as a minimum.
  • Choose a neutral colour like black, white or grey to compliment your uniform colour.
  • Check that the base layers you order are suitable for the winter season.


Need Further Help Buying Workwear?

Check out this free guide and find out all the benefits of proper workwear, businesswear and branded PPE. We also incude advice on making sure you get the right sizes and logo placement and provide an electronic order tally sheet that you can print out and keep on top of your order. Download it now for free and make the workwear ordering process flawless.



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