We cooperate with many suppliers across the world. We deeply care about doing our part when it comes to improving working conditions. That is why, on March 1st 2021, WHITEWEAR became a member of amfori BSCI.
What is amfori BSCI
Amfori believes in a world where trade facilitates social, environmental and economic benefits for everybody. To achieve that, amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) uses a code of conduct to which all members adhere. This code is built upon 11 principles and values that ensure ethically and socially responsible business conduct. The code also sets several demands for factories that produce our wares regarding their employees' working conditions. Conditions that are audited regularly by an independent third party.
Amfori BSCI's 11 Principles
Amfori's Core Values
Amfori has three core values that guide the organisation and its members: continuous improvement, cooperation, and empowerment.
Read more about our certificates and how we care for the environment and working conditions.
What Does the amfori BSCI Membership Mean to WHITEWEAR?
Many of our business partners are BSCI audited already. With the amfori BSCI membership, we can now actively participate in further improving working conditions, together with our business partners and in our own supply chain. The eleven principles represent areas where WHITEWEAR is obliged to continue working for an even better and more sustainable supply chain.
The amfori BSCI membership also incorporates the amfori Academy – an innovative digital platform for developing sustainable supply chain management skills. It offers training to both our business partners and us – knowledge we can use when we visit our partners across the world, allowing us to evolve together.
WHITEWEAR cares about the environment and decent working conditions for all parties involved, making the amfori BSCI membership a natural step in our continued development.
When you work in a hospital, you know that your workwear is put through the wringer daily. That, of course, sets high demands for both the quality and functionality of your workwear. But there are also other things you need to keep in mind when ordering staff apparel for nurses and doctors.
As with any workwear, durable materials and decent construction make a difference in your workday. An active every day in a hospital needs to go by without you having to worry about your trousers being see-through or your shirt tearing on a sharp edge.
A comfortable uniform
However, durability should never come at the sacrifice of comfort. After all, you wear your uniforms for many hours and (almost) year-round. Putting on your uniform should, therefore, be a pleasant experience - not an annoying one.
Your checklist for choosing staff apparel for healthcare professionals:
1. Be wary of see-through quality fabrics
As a nurse or a doctor, you need to be able to focus on your patients, not worry about whether your undies are showing.
2. Go for practical and spacious pockets
Whether you need a lab coat, scrubs, a tunic, or a shirt; pockets are indispensable. We recommend large, deep hip pockets and a chest pocket.
3. Go for a good fit
Poorly fitting workwear can make for unhappy staff. Offering a selection of different fits enables your nurses and doctors to wear the uniform that fits them best. For an even better fit, we recommend using workwear with elastic waist or back panel. After all, the stretchy material snugly hugs the wearer's body, no matter their body shape.
4. Quality made for the healthcare industry
Your new uniforms are going to be washed repeatedly, at high temperatures. You will notice that garments specifically designed for use in the healthcare industry, can withstand the stringent hospital laundry process, leaving you with beautiful uniforms that last.
5. Choose the right sizes
Staff members come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you have garments for them all - both existing and new staff members. If needed, we can assist you with recommendations to which sizes are commonly required.
As per usual – or something new?
For some customers, staff apparel as per usual is the way to go. For others, a few minor adjustments to standard items will do the trick. But even when you need to have developed an entirely new collection of staff apparel, based on specific demands, needs, or wishes, we can be of assistance.
No matter which solution you prefer, you are more than welcome to contact us. Naturally, we can provide you with a quotation for a specific product, but we can also act as your sounding board, should you so require.
Do you need new uniforms for the entire hospital? We can guide you to the right fabrics and qualities. We strongly recommend setting up a task force that can map the different department's needs and wishes. The task force can then weigh the various options and wishes, and find the staff apparel that best suits all needs.
You have consulted with your staff—they are likely to have many different opinions on how your workwear needs to look. Let us help you make the right decisions.
We have many customers who work in healthcare and residential care. Naturally, they have not all designed their uniforms the same way, but we have identified a few common features. We have compiled these into a handy overview. Here, we list the things you need to take into consideration, to make sure you order the right kind of garments for your hospital staff, your nursing home colleagues, or your residential care workers.
Important for workwear used in healthcare.
When you work in a nursing home or residential care, you need a uniform that works. Workwear needs to be practical and comfortable, regardless of what your staff are doing, whether it is bathing a resident, hoovering an apartment, or when driving home after a long shift.
Choose staff apparel that is:
1. Practical in use
2. Comfortable to wear
3. Suitable for the season
1. Practical Staff Apparel
Go for trousers, shirts, and tops that allow you to move freely. Choose durable stretch-materials, and pick flexible designs, such as those with elastic waistbands or an elastic back panel.
Pockets are indispensable for a proper uniform, many pockets even! And they need to be placed right, in easy-to-reach and convenient places. Do keep in mind that heavy pockets may cause the fit to change, resulting in uncomfortable wear, pulling at the neckline.
2. Comfortable Staff Apparel
Healthcare workers have varied workdays, filled with diverse tasks. Naturally, this also calls for a certain degree of flexibility in your workwear.
Fortunately, we can combine comfort and practicality. Choose uniforms made of stretch-fabrics and remember the elastic back panel and waistband we mentioned earlier. They give you more freedom of movement and add flexibility when it comes to size.
Moreover, look for uniforms made from breathable fabrics. Natural materials are often more pleasant to wear, such as those used in our popular COOLMAX T-shirts.
But workwear needs not only to be practical and comfortable; appearance does matter! You want your colleagues or staff to wear their uniform with pride; having good-looking workwear is a big helper. Uniforms do also need to be recognisable. After all, your workwear reflects your professionalism.
3. Seasonal Staff Apparel
The weather in Europe can be unpredictable, especially if you reside near the coast. We advise you to keep this in mind when choosing your staff apparel.
Provide your staff with layered clothing so they can quickly adapt to circumstances. Combine long johns and shirts made from breathable fabrics, for those cold winter days. Provide practical outerwear with reflex strips for improved road safety, and raincoats in which your staff can move freely, for those rainy and windy autumn days.
Read more about staff apparel for the healthcare and residential care sector. Contact us if you have any questions, need advice on choosing staff apparel suitable for your business, or you need a quote for a specific product.
We mention hospital textiles and healthcare textiles several times on our website. Maybe you have heard the term already, but do you know what the term covers precisely?
Hospital textiles or linen – also known as healthcare textiles – is a general concept that covers several products.
Hospital Textiles from WHITEWEAR
When we refer to hospital textiles or linen, we refer to the following articles:
These three product types have one thing in common: they can all be industrially washed, dried, and ironed, after which they can easily be stacked.
Healthcare textiles are durable and made for use in hospitals, nursing homes, care facilities, clinics, hospices, etc. It is no secret that the laundering process of hospital laundry rooms is a harsh one. Hospital textiles need to be able to withstand this stringent process while maintaining a level of comfort for the patient.
Hospital Textiles or Linen?
We mention both textiles and linen, even though linens are part of hospital textiles.
Originally, linen was defined as articles, such as sheets or clothes made of linen, spun from flax. Nowadays, linen is commonly made from cotton, but the definition otherwise remains the same.
Whether you need wholesale linens, hospital textiles, or other textiles: we would be pleased to provide you with a quote to produce these. Contact us – we will get back to you at the earliest convenience.