Think about the cell phone you have today, compared to the cell phone you had 10 years ago. Just as the sleek, smart phone you carry today bears no resemblance to your bulky cell phone of yesteryear, the arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing of today has come a long way:
Past generations of AR / FR were viewed by many as stiff, boxy, hot, and industrial. But now, many popular brands workers choose to wear off the clock also offer AR / FR!
Today’s AR / FR is almost identical to “street clothing” in terms of style, weight, comfort, and wash-ability—to the point that manufacturers use distinct exterior labeling so that you can tell your FR apart from your other – non-FR – clothing.
Do your workers like western workwear from Ariat, Cinch, and Wrangler? Sport performance brands like Under Armour? Outdoor adventure brands like the North Face? Iconic traditional work wear from Carhartt? All of these styles – and many of these same brands – can now be found in AR / FR!
And, brands like Bulwark are harnessing new technology to introduce totally new concepts of comfort and style. In fact, Bulwark leveraged the revolutionary Westex by Milliken® G2™ technology to create its stylish iQ Series garments—offering cutting-edge protection with a lighter fabric weight.
As new styles are continually introduced and the gap between “street” and AR / FR styles continues to shrink, allowing workers to choose from a variety of AR / FR styles and fabrics drives satisfaction, comfort, and compliance. In fact, a survey of 2,000 AR / FR wearers demonstrated that the #1 driver of customer satisfaction with a AR / FR clothing program is “a wide selection of available garments.”
How can I harness the power of choice?
Since comfort characteristics are subjective and perception varies from person to person, allowance programs like Tyndale’s allow employees to select their individual preferred combination of Company-approved AR / FR clothing styles – leading to greater satisfaction and compliance on the job while: