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DENMARK & THE HUMBER


UNCOMPROMISING SAFETY AND COMFORT IN MULTI-PROTECTIVE WORKWEAR RANGE


MASCOT, a Danish company is one of the largest privately owned manufacturers of workwear in Europe. They supply workwear & safety footwear to the Humber and beyond. Their garments are sold into a multitude of industries from offshore windfarms to local DIY stores.


PROTECTION, FUNCTION AND COMFORT


The company is focusing on users demands in their daily work, both the users in the Humber and the rest of Europe. Lately they have developed a new range, focusing on protection, function and comfort for users who have high demands for their workwear. For many years, multi-protective clothing has almost exclusively been designed to protect the wearer against external elements such as arcs, sparks, etc., and it still has to do so. But, in this range of protective clothing more than just safety has been paramount in the development process. The internal comfort, ergonomic fit that allows a greater mobility, and functionality such as pockets, straps and adjustment options have also been brought into focus.


TESTING BEFORE PRODUCTION


Optimally, workwear should be tested in the workplace before it is put in production and the company’s MULTISAFE products are no exception. The result is a range thoroughly tested products with uncompromising safety, functionality and design. “MASCOT’s focus is to provide our customers with protective wear in which they not only feel safe, but also are able to forget that they are wearing. You rarely notice clothing when everything works. It supports the body’s natural movements and holds the proper functions and well-placed pockets,” states Sales Director UK and Ireland, Michael Tottman.


Industry-tested before production, it took more than 18 months to develop the range. One of the most time-consuming phases –but also the most important one – was the wearer trial period in which MASCOT’s product development department sent workwear to work throughout Europe.


ONSITE TESTING


Employees of utilities and of the gas, oil and electricity industries have tested the safety workwear in their daily work. Through the testing period, they have continually provided feedback and suggestions to eventual changes. For example, user suggestions led to an improved position of the ruler pocket that greatly influenced the overall comfort of the workwear. The test wearers were tired of their workwear having ruler pockets that were placed too far back on the leg, which meant they sat on their tools.


Another could feel the tools every time he would kneel or squat. The company had a long dialogue with the certification institute and found a solution that could not only comply with the certification demands, but also meet the criteria of the users, as the improvements considerably increased comfort during all movements.


FLAME RETARDANT WORKWEAR


Flame retardant multi-protection workwear concurrent with the industry wearer trials, MASCOT’s own laboratories were working feverishly to find the fabric that had just the right combination of properties. “More than 40 different types of fabric were tested for everything from


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shrinkage to wear resistance and tensile strength” added Michael and stressed that the right fabric benefits the wearers. The company is using a 100% ‘inherent’ fabric, where it is the fibres the fabric is made of that contain the flame retardant properties. This means that the flame retardant properties do not fade after repeated washing. This can be the case with products where the flame retardant properties are applied to the surface. More people choose multi-protective workwear. It is not everyone that needs certified anti-static, acid resistant and flame retardant workwear that also protects against arc and occasional welding. But, more and more industries are becoming aware of how the proper workwear can reduce the risks of certain types of injuries.


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