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Just to brighten up a sorry winters day...

I don't know if anyone remembers a thread that ran briefly last summer about the availability of hot weather safety clothing. I took the opportunity whilst in Australia recently to enquire what the Aussies wore as hot weather protective clothing.

I was impressed by a hat visor and neck protector which slips over the top of a conventional UK style safety helmet and by the range of long and short sleeved hi-vis polo shirts and lightweight fleece garments.

I have posted some photos on the Outwage blog http://www.freewebs.com/outwageuk/hotweatherppe.htm

So far I have been unable to find a UK supplier but can pass on details of Australian web sites if anyone is interested in making further enquiries.

Hi Kevin, hoped you enjoyed the Sunshine State. The brims are great and even better when soaked in water (natural air conditioning while it evaporates. I have not come across any companies selling hot weather PPE in the UK. However I think if anyone needs the gear the prices are low enough to order through from Australia.
orange and yellow high vis polo shirts are readily available in the UK although I have yet to find them in cotton.

Similarly light weight lemon fleeces are available.

I think the suppliers I have bought them from include

a work wear shop in Abingdon
macro
witney market

and similar

Helly Hanson do a nice lightweight cotton jacket.

Peter
Sorry, I should have mentioned that the Aussie hi-vis clothing has a guaranteed ultraviolet protection factor of UPF50.

I understand that some of the hi-vis polo shirts available in the UK do not carry the same guarantee.

Most Australian sun-protective clothing is made from Lycra and similar man-made materials, as these can block virtually all ultraviolet radiation. (UPF50 denotes that only 2% UVR will get through the material).

Cotton (particularly damp cotton) is apparently a very poor blocker of ultraviolet radiation (as low as UPF2, allowing 50% of UVR through) and is not generally recommended.
I like the optimistic tone of this thread! I think I remember summer.....
(well we've had two days of winter now for 2006/2007)
What talk is this sun hats and uv this an uv that. Sir Mortimer got through every season in a suit and cravat! We are British dam it we should be digging in vests and short trousers in all weathers. Come on fly the flag!! few more like Morty Id say lets get rid of the Chaff membership of the IFA should have one requirement and one rquirement only, that being a good Terry Thomas impression. And for the ladies a Hatty Jakes impersination maybe?

OH HARD CHEESE!! Big Grin

Close enough for a country job!
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What talk is this sun hats and uv this an uv that. Sir Mortimer got through every season in a suit and cravat! We are British dam it we should be digging in vests and short trousers in all weathers. Come on fly the flag!! few more like Morty Id say lets get rid of the Chaff membership of the IFA should have one requirement and one rquirement only, that being a good Terry Thomas impression. And for the ladies a Hatty Jakes impersination maybe?

British? Digging?!! You should be sitting at the side of the trench under a large parasol with a nice pot of Earl Grey and some cucumber sandwiches, whilst watching some foreign Johnnies do the digging!!! [8D]
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British? Digging?!! You should be sitting at the side of the trench under a large parasol with a nice pot of Earl Grey and some cucumber sandwiches, whilst watching some foreign Johnnies do the digging!!! [8D]
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Well it works terribly well for me. Greetings all from the Land of Smiles, where my main regret is not bringing along a copy of 'Archaeology from the Earth' to educate some of the (non-Thai) staff.

Sickening, isn't it.

'In the busy market there are fortunes to be won and lost, but in the cherry orchard there is peace'.
Chinese proverb
You forgot the knotted handkerchief which will protect you against anything.Big GrinBig Grin



"Freedom of ideas is one thing, freedom of the purse is quite another". Edward Harris
Unfair! Am diggin on a clifftop in the wild north....sideways snow and icey wind up me trouser-legs.Warm weather gear? Jammy sods.Big GrinMay have to massively overcut something to hide in.....

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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