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The Best Coveralls / Boiler Suit For All Occasions

The Best Coveralls / Boiler Suit For All Occasions
06/08/2021

Coveralls, boiler suit or is it actually called an overall. Which ever it is they all look practically the same so why is there so many names for what looks like the same garment.

Are they actually any different or is it a different word for the same thing in different parts of the world. Or is just industry specific?

The Boiler Suit The first time the word boiler suit was used was back in October 1928 in the in the Sunday Express (Source). It then states that the garment is know as coveralls in North America or as an overall elsewhere. Wait it gets more confusing so stick around. In the UK the overall is probably better know as a Bib N Brace Overall.

Would would you call a ladies tight fitting boiler suit ? A jump suit. Wait a what, does a skydiver wear when he is jumping out of a plane. Yes its called a jumpsuit.

The Origins of The Name The Boiler Suit Its is thought that the name became so because the people that originally wore them tended to boilers. These were coal fired boilers and they were high maintenance to keep running. The boilersuit was practical as it was a one piece garment covering all the body. Of course except the hands, feet and head.

The practicality was 2 fold on the boiler suit. Firstly once inside the boiler itself to clean it out periodically the one piece stopped soot entering the trouser at the waist. Probably more importantly the one piece boiler suit ensured that no garment got caught entering or leaving the boiler itself.

Coal Fired Boiler (Image Source) These men had to manually climb into the boilers through a small hatch to clean them. Hence the name Boiler Suit, worn by boiler workers. This could have been fixed boilers or the ones on steam trains.

The Coveralls Yes the same looking garment as an overall and a boilersuit. However different as the coveralls were designed to go over the wearers regular clothes. This was to protect the regular clothing or to serve another purpose. Of course the very term encompasses covering all which they did.

In the USA they sometimes use the coverall to describe the prison clothes they were in certain states. Other countries police forces and military units are coveralls/jumpsuits. In the UK our fighter pilots wear the very same.

Fire Retardant Overalls / Coveralls When it comes to the fire retardant overalls it becomes very specific to what industry you are in. There are many standards to the overall/coverall classification. The garment can have many properties such as heat resistant, antistatic properties and chemical resistant. There are many more options so we will have a look at a few.

Workwear Protection Classification Standards Every workwear clothing falls under some standards of safety too protect the workers.

The Best Boiler Suit For Chemical Protection Chemical protection is so important for your employees because once the chemical reaches the skin it doesn’t stop. The human skin is so susceptible to chemicals as we were not made that way. The only chance of stopping chemical burns to the skin is through chemical protection workwear.

Both examples are from Portwest, however they are market leaders and invest heavily in research to produce the best and safest workwear there is. Both sets of overalls do have other protection properties. However if its just the chemical protection workwear that you are looking for then the Multi Norm Flame FR80 offer excellent value for money. At Half the price of the Modaflame it can’t be beat.

The Modaflame does offer a wide range of different protection levels and still does represent value for money.

Best Standard Non Protection Boiler Suit We have gone for B Click Workwear because it represents excellent value for money. High quality industrial workwear that does not break the bank. The basic non protection overall just needs to keep you clean when there are no other dangers present. We like this Click range as you have the same overall and corporate image and swap to the quilted boiler suit in winter.

You would be hard pushed to find a better value coverall with excellent material and assembly standards than Click Workwear

What is the best boiler suit It depends on what type of protection you need. There are fireproof coveralls, there are chemically resistant overalls so you need to ensure you pick the correct one for your industry with the relevant safety ratings.

Is a coverall the same as an overall

Yes basically they are exactly the same, read more on our blog post for the information

For the ultimate protection finish off with rigger gloves.

Freezer Overalls you may need some overalls for working in coldstores so you will need freezer coverall.

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