Barhale launches range of “culturally appropriate” safety wear
September 02, 2019 – Barhale company BCS Group has launched a new range of Personal Protective Equipment tailored to support religious diversity within the workforce.
It forms part of a broader collection of new workwear designed specifically for women including a line of maternity clothing.
The clothing has been launched following extensive input and testing at BCS Group and field trials across parent company Barhale’s team.
The new range includes culturally-appropriate tunics made to allow women of all religions feel comfortable at work and maternity wear designed to reflect the physiological changes women undergo during pregnancy.
The clothes offer a different cut from standard PPE ensuring the most comfortable fit.
Kirstie Fish, Head of Signs & Supplies at BCS Group said: “According to a recent Women into Construction report, there are now almost 300,000 women working in construction.
“As this number rises, construction companies have a duty of care to provide for women in their employ, and this includes providing the correct safety equipment such as PPE.
“A 2016 survey by the TUC showed that 57% of respondent women found that their PPE sometimes hampered their work.
“As the report pointed out, this is hardly surprising given that most PPE is based on the sizes and characteristics of male populations from the US and Europe.
“We have always seen ourselves at the forefront of encouraging diversity.
“The new range of maternity and culturally-appropriate PPE shows how seriously BCS Group takes its commitment and is part of a wider programme within the group to reduce the gender gap in construction.
“As a sector we want to attract more women and this can only help.”