Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to shed those winter layers! From refreshing wardrobe updates to must-have merch for outdoor adventures, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into how you can gear up for the warmer days ahead!
1. Revamp Your Wardrobe with Vibrant Staples
As the sun shines brighter, it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with a splash of colour. At Red Roo Australia, we’ve got a wide range of clothing options that will make your spring outfits pop:
Delta Dress: When the days get warmer, you’ll need something light and breezy to stay comfortable. Our Delta dress is designed for just that – easy, elegant, and perfect for those sunny spring afternoons: https://redrooaustralia.com.au/product/delta-dress/
Whether you’re looking to update your clothing collection with colourful staples or seeking the perfect merch for your clients and team members, we have everything you need to welcome spring with open arms.
Are you in need of ordering hi-vis vests for your workplace? Hi-vis vests play a crucial role in enhancing safety and visibility in various work environments. Whether you want to distinguish between contractors, visitors, and staff or ensure the visibility of workers during the day or night, choosing the right vest is essential.
In this blog post, we will address some common questions and considerations raised by our client, M. B., regarding hi-vis vests. Let’s dive in!
“I’m needing to order some different colour hi-vis vests for my workplace to indicate the difference between contractors, visitors, and staff. It says in the blog that the hi-vis standards for the main colours are red, orange, and yellow (lime green). Red isn’t that common, or is the blog referring to pink?”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“That’s correct if you need to meet industry standards. Red is not as common as it used to be, with most hi-vis workwear shifting to either yellow or orange. Pink shirts will only meet standards for night-time use (so long as it has a reflective stripe). Do you require hi-vis to be worn day to day generally? Or are you only wanting vests to identify visitors compared to staff?”
“Definitely day to day. A lot of our visitors and contractors go into our manufacturing plant and warehouse. The staff also go into these places as well day to day.”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“To ensure compliance with Australian Standards, it is preferable to stick with the base colours such as yellow, orange, and red when selecting hi-vis vests. These colours provide the necessary visibility and meet the requirements for daytime use.”
“Is the visibility tape on the vest only necessary for night-time work?”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“Yes, the reflective tape on the vest is primarily intended for night-time work when visibility is reduced. If you are just wearing the vests during the day, then reflective tape is not necessary. However, if you have forklifts or other machinery moving around a darker warehouse, having the reflective tape wouldn’t go astray.”
In summary, when choosing hi-vis vests for your workplace, it’s crucial to consider the industry standards, the purpose of the vest (e.g., identifying visitors, contractors, or staff), and the lighting conditions in your work environment. While yellow and orange are the most common colours, red is less frequently used in modern hi-vis workwear.
If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on a chat conversation with a client and is intended for informational purposes only. It is always recommended to consult relevant safety standards and regulations before making any decisions regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workplace.
On the fence about whether to invest in Winter Uniforms? Listen up for three fast, fresh and simple reasons to purchase Winter Uniforms this year.
Improved comfort and mobility:
Our Winter uniforms often include features such as adjustable cuffs and waistbands, as well as breathable fabrics, to ensure maximum comfort and mobility while wearing them. This can be especially important for workers who need to move around excessively or perform physical tasks, such as those within the Trades and Mining industries.
Some industries require employees to wear uniforms as part of their job (mainly Corporate). By investing in high-quality Winter uniforms, you can ensure that your team look professional and presentable while dealing with clients and other professionals.
Long-term cost savings:
While Winter uniforms can be a large initial investment, they can ultimately save your business money in the long run by providing durable, long-lasting protection from the elements – especially with Red Roo’s commitment to fast delivery without compromising on quality. With proper maintenance of your Winter uniforms, you can ensure they continue to provide adequate protection for multiple seasons.
Looking to buy Winter uniforms for your team? Speak with the Red Roo team to discuss all uniform choices and customization options.
A Comprehensive Guide for the Construction, Trade and Mining Industries
Your staff uniforms are an essential part of your brand image. They not only reflect the style and culture of your business but also play a significant role in keeping your employees safe and comfortable while they work, especially if you are operating in the Construction, Trade and Mining Industries. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive 4-step guide on how to choose the perfect uniforms for your business.
#1 – Align with your Brand Image
The first and foremost thing to consider while choosing your staff uniform is how it represents your brand image. Your uniform should reflect your company’s values, culture and style. For example, if your business is more traditional, then a classic, corporate-style uniform might be a better fit. On the other hand, if your business is more laid-back and creative, then a casual and trendy uniform might be a better option. Make sure the uniform you choose accurately represents your brand and makes a positive impression on your customers and clients.
#2 – Comfort and Durability
Comfort and durability are essential factors to consider when choosing a uniform. Your employees will be wearing the uniform for extended periods, so it’s imperative to choose one that is comfortable and breathable. Consider the type of work your employees will be doing and choose materials that are suitable for their work environment. For example, if your employees work in harsh outdoor conditions, high-visibility workwear made of weather-resistant materials would be a good choice. On the other hand, if your employees are tradespeople, breathable polo shirts that dry quickly would be an excellent option.
#3 – Safety Requirements
Depending on the industry you work in, there may be specific safety requirements that your uniform must meet. For example, if your employees work in the mining industry, they may need to wear high visibility workwear that meets Australian safety standards. It’s essential to be aware of these requirements and choose uniforms that meet them to keep your employees safe and compliant while they work.
#4 – Customisation
Customisation is another important factor to consider when choosing a uniform. Whether it is adding your company logo through embroidery or screen-printing, or simply customising the fit and style, having a uniform that is uniquely tailored for your staff can help to reinforce your brand image. Look for a uniform supplier that offers customisation options and can help you find a uniform style that is trending and uniquely customised for your business and staff.
Also consider the turnaround time when looking for a uniform customisation supplier. Did you know? Red Roo provides the fastest turnaround time on custom uniforms – ONLY 10 DAYS, compared to the industry average of 6-8 weeks.
Ultimately, choosing the right uniform can make all the difference in keeping your employees safe and comfortable while they work, as well as in creating a presentable and professional look for your staff that leaves a lasting impression on your clients and suppliers.
We understand purchasing uniform for your staff is an investment. So, it is important to be getting value for money. You want it to be comfortable for your staff and durable for their challenges of their job, especially when your staff spends more time on-site.
There are cheaper options on the market, however you will quickly learn that it is false economy, with the items having to be replaced often, having implications on both your budget and the environment.
How To Pick Quality Hi Vis Uniforms
Here are 3 quick tips you can use to ensure you’re getting good quality hi-vis uniform (refer to the images above):
The seam lines will be double stitched and reinforced with over-locking – this will prevent seam lines tears.
The button holes will be finished neatly with minimal loose threads – a tight stitch on the button holes will mean that it keeps its shape.
Lastly, ensure the buttons are stitched using a cross stitch rather than hoop. (When you look at the button face on, there will be an X shape with the thread). There should also be a mound of thread on it rather than just 4 or 5 lines.
to distinguish the service you provide or the level of it you provide,
to increase brand awareness and allow your staff to be easily recognisable,
to provide a sense of belonging, solidarity, equality and commonality amongst team members,
to affect a customer’s perception of staff – a uniform can influence trust and perception of knowledge.
Deciding on a uniform for your employees is an important decision. Selecting a uniform that will allow them to do their job effectively and comfortably is paramount. You also need to select a uniform that is going to represent your business well. We can help you select uniforms that will both be comfortable, durable and on brand.
Employees have many different roles to perform in your business such as trade based, admin, project management, sales reps etc. There is no rule stating that each employee must wear the same uniform.
For example, you could select your brand colours of black and red and we will find polos, blouses, shirts, jumpers, jackets etc that will make up a full suite of uniform pieces. Use of colour, your logo and decoration styles, will help with consistency and allow the right apparel to be fitted to the right employee.
CASUAL, PROFESSIONAL & CORPORATE STYLING
The duties of your employees, such as client facing roles, will determine uniform styling. You may be looking for a more professional uniform for your administration team rather than a more casual look for those employees working in the field.
Polos and shirts with Left Hand Chest (LHC) embroidery are perceived to be more professional. We also have a variety of shirts with varying patterns, colours, materials and fits, that will help build a more corporate professional image and credibility for your overall business image.
OPTIONS FOR TRADE & CONSTRUCTION UNIFORMS
Contact us today on phone or email for more information on customising uniform solutions for your company.
It’s important to understand all three, and how they impact your choices and decisions in buying workwear for yourself or for your team.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS/NZS 1906.4.2010 (specifies the colours to use to meet the standard for hi-visibility)
This standard explains the use of hi-visibility fabrics and retroreflective materials for daytime use. It specifies the quality of colour levels (known as chromaticity) to which fabrics need to be dyed, in terms of performance and atmospheric pressures, in order to comply with daytime safety standards.
Natural fibre garments (cotton) have a lower chromaticity level due to the nature of the fabric. However, when a polyester garment is deemed a risk to the wearer in certain applications, (eg risk of ignition – electrical, gas, welding), cotton or wool should be worn in its place.
Orange, Red and Yellow (or lime as it is sometimes referred to) are the only three colours that meet this standard for daytime hi-visibility. While we have cotton shirts available in bright pink, bright blue and emerald green, these garments will not meet this standard.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS/NZS 4602.1.2011 (specifies the garment requirements to meet the standard for hi-visibility)
This standard refers to how a garment is made using fabrics compliant to 1906.4 above.
There must be over 0.2m2 of unbroken flouro fabric on both the front and back of a garment in the upper torso (this does not include the sleeves). The flouro must not be broken with non-flouro fabric within the 0.2m2 area on both the front and back from the top of the shoulders to the waist and MUST encircle the body up to that measurement. This means no full side panels up to the armpit level are permitted. This standard also explains the position of the retroreflective tapes on the garment and the width and quantity used. These tapes should not be less than the 0.2m2 measurement required.
You may see suppliers referring to a garment “meeting particular classes”, they are as follows:
Class D = Daytime use
Class N = Nighttime use, using retroreflective material
Class D/N = Day/Night use
For example, if they have listed a yellow polo with no tape, they may say in the description Class D. This means it meets daytime use only.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS 4399:2020 (specifies the garments ability to protect from the ultraviolet radiation)
This standard refers to the capability of a fabric to protect skin against solar ultraviolet radiation (known as the UPF = ultraviolet protection factor). This standard is an additional bonus to the garment rather than an essential requirement for hi-visibility standards but is often specified from specific industry users.
This standard would be particularly important for industries that work outside – for example landscapers, roofers, concreters and the mining sector.
Something worth noting when you are decorating hi visibility clothing is how big the logo or decoration is. If you screen print the back you may be making the garment void of meeting these standards, as it would contravene the standard requiring the fluoro fabric to be unbroken to a certain amount. We are careful to select and offer only compliant products for our customers.
If you would like advice on the branding of your hi-vis workwear, or on selecting the best options for your team, give our team a call on 07 3255 8755 or visit our shop to see just some of the products on offer.
Introducing a new Hi Vis shirt from Ritemate. There is nothing else like this shirt on the market being 100% cotton and 135gsm. It’s so lightweight and designed for breathability that it’s selling fast and there is only a limited first drop so if you want to place an order we encourage you to email through your order ASAP to avoid missing out on certain sizes of Ritemate’s Lightweight Shirt.
RMX New Generation, RMX Flexible Fit Utility Shirt, Two Tone with Perforated Reflective Tape
Size XS – 5XL
Colour – Orange-Navy, Yellow-Navy
Weight – Ultra Light weight – 135gsm
New Generation, Flexible Fit Styling
100% Cotton Ripstop Fabric and Mesh for Comfort and Durable Performance
Triple Vented, Unique Gusseted Air Flow Vents Located at Chest, Shoulders/Back and Underarms.
Air Flow Perforated Reflective Tape
Superior Garment Assembly, Bar-Tacks and Twin Needle Stitching for Extra Strength
UPF50+ Meets AS/NZS 4399:1996
AS/NZS 1906:4:2010 and AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for High Visibility Day/Night Wear
You can email us to check availability or for any further questions. As during the summer months it can be difficult wearing longs so this Lightweight Shirt is a fantastic alternative offering more comfortability but still meeting the government restrictions on hi vis and long arms.
LINKED IN = A POWERFUL PROMOTION TOOL FOR THE TRADE AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
If you’re thinking about starting a LinkedIn profile but you are umming and ahhing because you’re in the trade and construction industry then keep reading! LinkedIn is a powerful marketing platform that assists in marketing your business including fantastic B2B opportunity. There are two profile types that you can create, a personal profile and a business page.
LinkedIn opens doors for networking to a huge amount of potential clients. Keeping both profiles up to date with the latest information means that when someone engages with your profile and the content is of interest to them you’ll become a valuable resource. LinkedIn is a great lead generator if you spend time posting valuable, entertaining or educating content as well as time engaging with others, especially in your industry.
Having a LinkedIn Company page will increase your exposure to very targeted potential clients and industry related experts. If you spend regular time posting and engaging this will help your SEO, in other words help you move up in google searches as well as being found in LinkedIn searches.
POSITION YOURSELF AS AN INDUSTRY EXPERT
Positioning yourself as an expert in the trade and construction industry will help build your credibility and go towards gaining your clients trust. One way you can do this is by utilising the “Recommendations” feature. Having colleagues, suppliers, clients and other industry related acquaintances recommending you for specific skills or offerings. In the construction industry for example if you may be endorsed for starting and running a new business, project management skills, team building or other important job related or interpersonal skills you may have. The more recommendations you have the more potential leads you can generate.
Another way you can build trust in potential clients is to display your accomplishments. These could be both personal or professional, have you won any small business awards? Worked on large commercial construction sites or other awards perhaps that will help provide an overview of why you are industry experts.
CONNECT, COLLAB & NETWORK
You can also use LinkedIn to connect with and build quality business connections. New suppliers, outsourced professions or other forward thinking people who may help grow your business. One easy way you can do this is through joining industry related groups such as ‘Construction & Building Materials – Professional Group’ which has over 43,000 members or the ‘Construction Safety Group’ with over 17,000 members. Joining different groups is a free way of getting your content out there or learning what other construction and trade businesses are doing and how they are promoting their brand.
UNIFORMS? WHAT TO WEAR FOR LINKEDIN IMAGES
Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is a recent image of you that is clear, friendly and reasonably professional looking. If you have a uniform that you wear for your business often then wear this in your image. You can also create a branded header image that promotes your business. LinkedIn is a professional social media platform so presenting yourself as such is
On your LinkedIn Company profile page you can share images and video footage of your employees. Ensure that they are wearing branded uniforms that are clean (ish or as close to as possible), are wearing safety items if needed. You can read our article on employee uniforms here.
There seems to be little competition on LinkedIn for the trade and construction industry so if you start building your profiles and connections now then you may be able to stay ahead of the curve. Repurposing content is an easy way to easily integrate into the platform. Video also does incredibly well on LinkedIn but make sure you keep your Tik Toks to Tiki’s Tok, if you’re posting on LinkedIn the content should be relevant for the audience.
Most of all have fun! Social platforms are exactly that, places to be social. Have fun networking for your trade or construction business! You can follow our founder and CEO Jeni O’Brien on LinkedIn here , she would love to connect with you!