Best work clothes for a distribution center

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If you have just got a job in a distribution center then congratulations! You are on your way to your first paycheck and I bet you couldn’t be happier. There are even several distribution centers that rank high in the best places to work. So if you are really lucky you may have even found yourself with a job in one of the best places to work in the world. If you want to find out where you company ranks then a simple Google search should tell you.

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Of course you will find out pretty quickly, if you weren’t already told at the interview, that you will need certain items of clothing for your new job. Now some companies will provide you with work clothes, that sport their logos and other information. Some companies will charge you for these clothes, which normally come out of your paycheck, some will not. You will find that some companies expect you to source your own uniform, with only key pointers as to what you should wear.

If you are working for a company that doesn’t provide you with a uniform, then you will need to know, what you need and where you can find it from. Of course what you will need will depend on what role within the distribution center you have. As some roles within a distribution center involve heavy lifting or outside work. The type of work you will be doing, will change what type of clothing you need. As some jobs within a distribution center are safer than others.

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If you are working in the receiving or shipping dock, then you will find that a lot of your work will be outside. Keep this in mind while shopping for suitable clothing. You will want something that isn’t bulky but does keep you warm. You may also want to think about getting a fluorescent jacket, as you may be working night shifts. Thermal clothing is always a good thing to think about if you are working outside. As it isn’t bulky to wear but does provide a lot of heat.

If you are working in the storage area then it is still strongly suggested, that you pick something warm. Distribution centers are not going to be like working in an office. They are big, cold places, with very little heating. Even if you are starting your job in summer, don’t forget the when winter comes it will get mighty cold. You also have to keep in mind the fact, that you might be using machinery. Such as a fork lift. With this in mind, you know you want to avoid wearing any clothes that are baggy. As they could get caught on any number of things. This could lead to serious accidents, if you are not careful.

No matter what job role you may be taking within a distribution center, you still will want to protect your feet. Don’t go to work in a pair of old trainers. As if something falls off a shelf or you drop something onto yourself, you might end up loosing your toes! The best thing to wear is steel cap boots. These provide the most protection for your toes and feet. If you cannot afford steel cap boots at first then go for something made out of thick leather. That is hard to press out of shape.

The most important thing to remember when getting your uniform is safety. No job or paycheck is worth loosing your toes over. So just remember that safety is key. Even if your uniform ends up costing a little more that you originally thought, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

If you want to find out more about safety clothing, or don’t know where to start looking then here are some helpful links to get you started: