Working in a factory back in the 18th century, when the giant industrial buildings first came up, was easily a cause of injury or death. With relatively lax – or no – regulations on workplace safety, it was common for people to die or injure themselves in accidents involving the many machines of these factories. However, nowadays, stringent regulations are in place to avoid, or at least minimize, such unfortunate events, and the dress code is one such method to achieve this. Below are some of the most important criteria to consider when it comes to factory dress codes:

  • Appropriate workwear for the job – the first thing to understand when it comes to industrial and factory dress codes is that there should be appropriate wear for each respective job at the company. What this basically means is that the work specifications of each post should be carefully considered when selecting a specific wear for the post – the superintendents and overseers, for example, do not need the same amount of protective gear the actual labourers will wear.
    • Legal compliances – before you select a specific outfit for each post, it would also be ideal to double-check with OSHA regulations and other government regulations that dictate industrial and factory dress codes. There may be specific gear that is compulsory to wear – but which you might not think of otherwise. For example, certain factories and industries may need to enforce uniform dress codes, whereas others can allow their employees to dress casually (albeit with protective gear on top).
      • Safety and comfort – the most important criteria for dress codes are safety and comfort. You want your employees to be safe but comfortable in their clothing at all times. Furthermore, keep in mind that dress codes should never have a negative impact on the morale of employees – they should be able to convey a positive image whilst being safe and comfortable to wear.
        • Specific gear – depending on the nature of the workplace, there will be different types of gear that need to be worn to ensure the complete safety of employees and workers. For example, most factories and similar workplaces will require their employees to wear safety boots, protective glasses and hard hats. Safety footwear can have different characteristics and levels of safety, with steel toe caps, puncture-resistant soles or even electrical resistance. Lab coats and factory coats are yet another type of protective gear that is normally worn over casual clothes.
          • Hair, nails, etc. – this point is more relevant to women, but regardless of this, both genders should make sure that their hair is properly secured with either hair bands or ties, hair clips, etc. if it is long enough to get in the way of work. Nails should be properly trimmed to avoid any sort of unfortunate incident as well. For more information, please log on to