Bisley Workwear has consulted with female tradies to create an innovative new range of protective clothing and workwear, designed specifically for women.
The range has been created following Bisley Workwear’s ongoing industry research that revealed female tradies may be putting themselves in danger on the worksite due to a lack of protective clothing options available to them.
The research, published today as The Bisley Workwear Tradies Report 2020, reveals the challenges and opportunities for women in the Australian trade industry.
Nearly half of female tradies surveyed for the report have stated that they have worn casual, or non-safety clothing on-site due to a lack of options available to them, with (40 percent) saying that they feel less safe at work as a result of ill-fitting garments offered to them. Three in five women also said that they have worn workwear designed for men.
When wearing ill-fitting workwear, female tradies have reported that they are more likely to feel more self-conscious (45 percent), feel like they don’t belong (20 percent), and feel like they can’t work as hard as they want to (33 percent).
A startling nine in 10 (87 percent) female tradies surveyed also reported experiencing difficulties when trying to find protective clothing or workwear.
Bisley Workwear Tradies Report 2020 – Findings Snapshot
Bisley Workwear’s managing director and owner, David Gazal says, “The safety of workers is the foundation of our business. When our research revealed that tradeswomen were feeling unsafe and uncomfortable on the worksite, we realised the need for a new industry-wide approach to women’s workwear. For our new range, we developed a three-dimensional fit model with our consulting tradies based on how tradeswomen move and work, variations in fit and size, and the best silhouettes for functional, professional, and safe workwear. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this design innovation in our industry to help reduce on-site safety inequalities.”
Scott Cam, Bisley Workwear’s Ambassador for the past 20 years, says, “We want to fill our industry with the most qualified, skilled and able tradespeople, and provide anyone with the opportunity to become exceptionally skilled. We need to provide all genders with the right equipment to do so. Until now, the future of Australian industries has been overlooked by ignoring the fact that different tradies have different needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach and Bisley Workwear recognises this.”
Bisley Workwear’s new womenswear range will be available from 22 February 2020.