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How to Select a Safety Shirt

Can’t decide which safety t-shirt to buy? You’re not alone. Choosing from our huge selection of safety shirts can be difficult.

Understanding Materials for Safety Shirts

Let’s start with the material type. The least expensive type of material is 50/50; part cotton and part polyester. Safety t-shirts are usually made from 50/50 material are the standard t-shirt you purchase from any store. Even Gildan’s Ultra Cotton and Heavy Cotton safety shirts contain polyester which is necessary to hold the bright dyes that are used. In terms of 50/50 safety shirts we offer top brands including Jerzees, Hanes, Gildan and others. Although cheap in price, they are of decent quality.

The other type of material used is polyester.  These new fabrics are often referred to as sports fabric, moisture wicking, dri-fit, or performance. They hold the dyes better, are noticeably brighter, and will stay brighter after repeated washings.  This is the only type of material that reflective striping is normally used on and can be classified as an ANSI Class 2 or Class 3 Hi-Vis shirts.

Understanding the Weight of Safety Shirts

The weight of the shirt should also be a consideration when shopping. Weight is measured in ounces by square yard. In the 50/50 shirts, the Gildan 2000 Heavy Cotton is 6.1 ounce and slightly heavier than the Jerzees Dry Power 50/50 at 5.6 ounce or the Gildan 5000 Heavy Cotton. In polyester, the Badger and Paragon are very light and thin compared to the Gildan Core Performance 42000 (which is highly recommended for a soft shirt). Weight is typically a personal preference and does not reflect quality.

Safety Shirt Colors

For consistency we refer to all of our safety shirts as “safety green” although some manufacturers refer to their products as “safety yellow” or even “safety lime.”. They are one and the same. Sometimes this color is incorrectly called “neon green.”. Neon green is much “greener” and is not worn as a safety color in professional settings. Although shades may differ on our website, all manufacturers are using similar dyes and variances are primarily due to photography and lighting.

Still need help choosing the right safety shirts for your employees? Let us help! Contact us directly and we can walk you through the ordering process, the customization process, and help you make the right selection for your budget.

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