Women In Rail


Clad Safety recently attended a Women In Rail event in London for the Network Rail Sussex region. It was an inspiring day and a wonderful opportunity to meet with their female employees to discuss high visibility clothing for women.

The day was packed full of inspiring speakers covering everything from career progression to menopause, women’s health, and domestic violence.

Clad Safety stock a wide range of high visibility clothing for women that is compliant with both EN 20471 and RIS-3279-TOM. No longer are they wearing ill-fitting and uncomfortable workwear, PPE and safety footwear. Items have now been designed specifically for female employees to ensure optimum comfort and protection at work.

Is there high visibility clothing is available for women working on the railways?

Yes! In the UK, employers are required to provide PPE, and if women are required to wear PPE on-site and it doesn’t fit a woman’s body, then this can be a barrier. The concept of PPE regulations is that it should be fit for purpose, fit for use, and fit for the individual. Unsafe PPE for women results in higher risk to the health and safety of women on-site, through no fault of their own. Items such as the ProGARM® Ladies Hi Vis Arc Flash Polo Shirt and the ProGARM® Ladies Hi Vis Arc Flash Cargo Trousers are popular amongst women working in a high risk arc flash environment.

ProGARM® Ladies Hi Vis Arc Flash Polo Shirt


Are there lightweight high visibility clothing options available for women?
Many female employees often request high visibility clothing that is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Items such as this Hi Vis Jacket is ideal choice when a jacket is needed but the wearer wants to remain cool at work as it is made from breathable LTEC 10,000 2-layer laminated polyester and features under arm zipped openings with mesh ventilation.

Meanwhile, the Ladies Coolviz Ultra Short Sleeve Polo Shirt is specifically designed for the female wearer featuring lightweight, quick drying Coolviz fabric with mesh ventilated under-arms and side seams for improved breathability.

Ladies Coolviz Ultra Short Sleeve Polo Shirt


I need high visibility maternity wear – does this exist?
Pregnant employees no longer need to resort to larger sizes of high visibility clothing which does not fit correctly and is uncomfortable to wear. Clad Safety stock maternity high visibility clothing including the Lovacott Coolviz Hi Vis Maternity Polo Shirt which has been specifically designed for pregnant women in the workplace. The elasticated side seams allows the garment to stretch as the employee’s bump grows while the hydrophobic fabric draws moisture externally where it is evaporated and the inner layer remains dry.

The Verity Hi Vis Maternity Cargo Trouser is made from comfortable and durable 280gsm Poly/Cotton and the elasticated over bump band provides optimal fit.

Both of these items, like their non-maternity counterparts, are fully compliant with EN 20471and RIS-3279-TOM.

Verity Hi Vis Maternity Cargo Trouser


Can I purchase ladies high visibility clothing that is also sustainable?

Switching to recycled workwear is a hot topic as more and more businesses start to look at their environmental impact and find sustainable solutions at work.  Ethical and sustainable workwear have been pinpointed as key areas of positive change.

Clad Safety have worked closely with our suppliers to offer a wide range of high visibility clothing that is made from recycled fibres. This Ladies Hi Vis Softshell Jacket featuring EcoViz® 3L which is a 3-layer softshell made from recycled content. Meanwhile, the Starcross Ladies Stretch Work Trouser is made from EcoViz® 4X: Rip stock softshell, recycled polyester and spandex blend. Both products are an ideal sustainable option and just like the products mentioned above, these recycled high visibility clothing items are also compliant with EN 20471.


Ladies Hi Vis Softshell Jacket


Lastly, is there ladies safety footwear available?
The majority of women have smaller feet than men and the shape of their feet is also slimmer. This means that safety footwear that is deemed to be unisex may not fit the female wearer in the same way as specific ladies safety footwear. The Intrepid Women’s Hiker Boot is a popular choice for many women requiring safety footwear. It has been built on a specially-created women’s footprint and provides optimum fit to the female foot-shape. This innovative safety boot is comfortable, lightweight and meets the safety standards set out in EN 20345.

Intrepid Women’s Hiker Boot


Remember, if you are a woman working in Rail or require high visibility workwear and PPE for another industry such as Construction, Engineering or Utilities, Clad Safety can supply your female workforce with the appropriate clothing and safety footwear to keep them feeling comfortable and safe at work.

Clad Safety are a long established and trusted supplier of Workwear and PPE who believe in providing workwear and PPE for over 30 years. If you wish to discuss your workwear and PPE requirements, please get in touch with us on 0800 161 3661 or [email protected].