People who work in Transport for London's (TfL) engineering, maintenance and construction teams now have access to what we believe is a world-first in the rail industry – a high visibility safety tunic that can be worn as part of personal protective equipment (PPE). Until now the familiar bright orange PPE clothing consisted of jackets, trousers and dungarees.
But when a female graduate engineering trainee suggested TfL investigate an alternative style of PPE, particularly for women with a dress code based on their culture or religion, the search was on.
Following extensive investigations, a UK company was found that had a prototype product about to be trialled in the Middle East. A team led by a TfL health, safety and environment manager worked with the supplier to ensure the clothing fully complied with relevant safety standards for London Underground, TfL Rail and national rail services, as well as highways and construction sites.
TfL is proud to be a rail industry-leader in enabling staff to observe religious and cultural requirements while also ensuring they have the right level of safety protection.
The PPE initiative was a collaboration between TfL, manufacturers Leo Workwear, and distributors Hayley Rail. It meets BSEN 20471 RIS-TOM 3279 Class 3, and the rail/construction site visibility and garment colour and material requirements. The tunic is now available for TfL staff to order in both orange and yellow.