According to EU legislation and many regulations around the world, employers are legally responsible for the health and safety of their employees and this extends to proper workwear as well. More than that, employers also should oversee that the right standards are upheld throughout the lifetime of the workwear.

For example, here are 10 points to consider for proper care and workwear laundering:

  1. Is the workwear meeting the correct standards in terms of hygiene?
  2. Is it washed and dried at the right temperatures?
  3. Are all of the stains and soils removed?
  4. Are the detergents appropriate for the garments?
  5. Do the care techniques protect the colors and features of the clothing?
  6. Are the protective properties properly maintained?
  7. Is the workwear protected from harsh washing and drying cycles?
  8. Is the care ecological and sustainable?
  9. Are standards and regulations met throughout the lifetime of the workwear?
  10. Is there enough information for deciding when it is time to replace/repair the garments?

Washing workwear at home can compromise safety

Because there are so many factors to take into consideration, non-professional laundering of workwear can be risky business. According to studies, washing workwear at home may affect the workwear’s protective properties and jeopardize the safety of wearer.

Check out some of the key facts from our infographic* about at-home workwear laundering and care:

10 considerations about laundering workwear and the impact of home washing

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*GfK survey: “Consumer behaviour while washing workwear at home” commissioned by the European Textile Services Association, 2012. More information from www.textile-services.eu

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