November '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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company logoed workwear is impor- tant for service reps, especially when dealing with homeowners who have a high level of concern regarding who they let into the house." REGULATIONS & STANDARDS Tapping into the uniform and safe- ty side of workwear comes with some significant considerations such as regulations and standards, wear and tear, and decoration and fabric challenges. In some cases, certain service markets work under specific regu- lations and safety standards due to the nature of their conditions. These conditions necessitate particular garment types, as well as embellishments. With that, decorators need to ensure the safety of their clientele by familiarizing them- selves with the classifications and certifica- tions put in place by various organizations, including but not limited to: • ANSI (American National Standards Institute) • ISO (Organization for International Standardization) • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) • CSA (Canadian Standards Association) • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Ad- ministration) These organizations can steer decorators in the right direction in terms of what fabrics and materi- als are safe and required to use for a particular job. For example, Potter puts the spotlight on fire de- partments. Decorators want to steer clear of T-shirts with polyester or nylon in them. If a department is looking for uniform T-shirts, they need to be 100% cotton or wool material. T-shirts containing polyester or other thermoplastic materials can melt and cause more severe injury and burn to the skin if exposed to heat or flames. For further information, the NFPA outlines these types of regulations. Opposite: In some cases, logoed workwear may be as simple as top-of-body logoed apparel like T-shirts, polos, and sweatshirts. (Image courtesy JERZEES) Right: Shops need to be confident they're supplying quality, durable, and reliable workwear to their clients who may be in rough conditions regularly. (Image courtesy GAME Sportswear) For shops screen printing workwear, it's essential to consider the fact that not only does the garment need to withstand several washes but the ink must be durable as well. (Image courtesy International Coatings) When working with clients in the fire department, remember to keep embroidery supplies like fire-retardant threads in mind. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a great resource for shops who need to familiarize themselves with uniform standards and regulations. (Images courtesy A&P Master Images) 2 0 1 9 N O V E M B E R P R I N T W E A R 4 1

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