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Face masks

RefrigiWear’s Key-Rite and Touch-Rite Additions Keep Gloves Working

You have a facility kept at freezing or sub-zero temps, so you started right and outfitted your employees with the best gear to keep them warm. You know how the cold can negatively impact performance—and therefore productivity—and you wanted to stop that before it started. For the most part, it worked! Most employees have great productivity. But for the few that need to use touchscreens or keypads, you are noticing a lag that you can’t explain. What could the issue be? It’s probably their gloves. Read More...

Face masks

Case Study: Staying Protected and Safety Compliant 

RefrigiWear’s Quick Service Meant Required Face Coverings Were Implemented with No Delay. This RefrigiWear customer is a full-service warehousing and distribution company with 3 locations in California. Their customers include retailers, food service distributors and manufactures of frozen and chilled prepared foods, and juice bottlers of frozen and hot pack juices. Employees work in frozen, refrigerated and dry conditions ranging from above 45°F down to -15°F.   Read More...

Pants v Bibs

Do I Need Pants or Bib Overalls When Working in the Cold? 

When the work you do keeps you in temperatures that make other folks stay wrapped up in blankets in front of the fire, you need the best insulated workwear to get the job done. When the temps drop to freezing or even sub-zero you need full body protection, so you can’t skip insulated gear for your legs. Jeans are great but there are some situations—like working in the cold—where they just don’t get the job done. So, when the time comes to outfit your lower half with cold weather gear, should you reach for pants or bib overalls? Pants Read More...

Freezerwear

Case Study: Reinforcing Teamwork With Professional Embroidery 

A national supply chain company that services over 13,000 major fast-food restaurants, this RefrigiWear customer has 28 domestic facilities. As part of their outfitting, every employee is given an embroidered watch cap beanie for head protection, whether in the -10°F freezer or the 38°F dock.  Read More...

Freezerwear

How Do I Stay Warm Working in Meat Processing? 

Working with a perishable product like meat you spend your days in temperatures most take vacations to get away from. If your days are spent processing protein in low temps, you need to stay warm but also not get slowed down by the gear you are wearing. Things to consider:  Read More...

Freezerwear

Case Study: Keeping Crews on Their Feet with Proper Footwear 

With over 150 distribution centers servicing all 50 states and Puerto Rico, this RefrigiWear customer is a large national distributor of dry and perishable groceries. This facility is located on the southern east coast and has approximately 75 employees in the freezer, wearing RefrigiWear garments to stay warm.  Read More...

Freezerwear

How Do I Stay Warm When Working with Perishables? 

Fresh fruit and vegetables need to be processed, stored and shipped at cooler temperatures to prevent them from going bad before they hit the dinner table. When you work with fresh produce,  Read More...

Freezerwear

Case Study: Reducing Employee Turnover with the Right Gear for the Conditions 

Gear Comfort Rated to the Right Temperature Improves Employee Morale and Performance  Read More...

Graphene

WarmPlus Graphene Lining Makes Warmer Work Gear 

We are always looking for new and more innovative ways to not only keep you warm but also make it easier to work in the cold. Your productivity, performance and comfort are just as important as your warmth. Our newest innovation? An exciting new gold lining that radiates heat.  Read More...

outsoles

The Sole of Slip Resistant Durable Work Boots

When looking for work boots, especially for working in the cold, you probably look at material, features, ankle height and insulation. But when was the last time you considered the outsole? Outsoles are the part of the boot that make the most contact with the environment you work in, so they keep your boot from falling apart and are your first line of defense against slips.  Read More...

Maintenance

Case Study: Preventing Employee Turnover with Longer Lasting Freezer Wear

This RefrigiWear customer is one of the oldest cold storage companies in North America. They have facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast. They offer warehousing, transportation and import/export capabilities to a variety of different food related customers. Employees are using pallet jacks and forklifts to move product in a range of temperatures from 0° F to -30°F, requiring insulated protective clothing.  Read More...

Maintenance

When to Choose Enhanced Visibility or ANSI HiVis Protective Gear

Working in the cold is hard enough. When you throw in low light, obstructions, fast moving traffic or a high amount of moving vehicles / machinery, your job gets doubly hazardous. When you need to stay warm, stay safe and still get the job done, insulated gear that also offers added visibility needs to be your go-to.  Read More...

Maintenance

Choosing the Right Gear for Maintenance and Janitorial Staff

Working maintenance or janitorial is a vital role in any business. It’s a tough job that gets even tougher when you throw in near-freezing and subzero temps. When gearing up for a full day of work, make sure you are prepared and fully protected. Things to consider: Read More...

Quality

Quality Won't Be Compromised

Quality is not a single action, it’s a habit. And it isn’t just a buzzword we throw around at RefrigiWear. Quality is one of our Core Values. We’re so dedicated to quality, we put it on the wall of our lobby. Why? So every visitor that comes in sees our dedication. So every employee is reminded what we are striving for day after day. But what does that mean on a practical level? How do we ensure quality starting from design all the way through delivery and beyond? Read More...

Right Gear for forklift operators

Choosing the Right Gear Working as a Forklift Driver

As a forklift driver, you have a lot of responsibility. For the products you are handling, for the machinery you are operating, for the company property you work in and around and for your fellow employees. When you drive a lift in the freezer, you also have to be responsible about staying warm and protected, so you focus on the work and not how uncomfortable the cold is making you. Here’s what you need to think about when choosing gear to operate a forklift in a freezer. Read More...

Right Gear for Order Pickers

Choosing the Right Gear Working as a Picker

Working as an Order Selector in any warehouse is a demanding job. It’s even more demanding when the warehouse temps are below freezing or subzero. So, when choosing the protective gear you’re going to wear to stay warm and still get the job done, there are certain things you’ve got to take into consideration.  Read More...

Warm Start

Case Study: "Warm Start" Kits Reduced Accidents and Lowered Costs

The company was noticing issues related to their new hires, specifically related to how hard it was for those transitioning into cold working conditions. Accidents were highest during their first 90 days of employment. In addition, the company was having problems retaining new hires past the first 30-60-90 days, resulting in high turnover. Read More...

Headwear vs Hoods

Headwear vs. Hoods When Working in the Cold

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that 90% of your body heat escapes through your head when it’s cold. While that isn’t true, you do lose some body heat through exposed areas, so you have to cover your head when working in the cold. For many, this means throwing up the hood attached to your sweatshirt or jacket and heading out into the cold to start you day. But when you work in the cold and safety is a concern, hoods might not be the best choice for you.  Read More...

GUIDE TO GLOVE DIPS AND COATINGS

Don't Get Weighed Down by the Cold

Working in the cold means there are many problems to overcome, but the biggest one is the cold itself. If you want to stay productive, you’ve got to stay protected. But if the temps are subzero, that usually means bulky gear that gets in the way of doing the job right. At RefrigiWear, we don’t just want to keep you warm. We want to keep you warm and working. So we’re constantly looking for better ways to protect you. And that is how AirBlaze® Insulation came to be.  Read More...

GUIDE TO GLOVE DIPS AND COATINGS

Guide to Glove Dips and Coatings

Knit gloves are great at keeping your hands warm in chilly temps. They are comfortable against the skin and don’t hinder your movement. But they aren’t the best for grip or wet conditions. Coated gloves give you the comfort and flexibility of knit gloves with added grip and protection thanks to the coating.  Read More...

BOA Fit System

RefrigiWear® and BOA® Working Together to Keep You on Your Feet.

We want to make it easier for you to spend long days in tough conditions. That’s why we partnered with Boa® to add their Boa® Fit System to some of our premium boots. The Boa® Fit System gives you a fast, effortless, snug fit all day, all at the turn of a dial. Perfect for cold environments, because you don’t have to remove your gloves if you need to make adjustments. of winter.  Read More...