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Firm provides expectant mums with hi-vis protective clothing

Tarmac’s cement plant at Barnstone has become one of the first major construction companies in the country to provide expectant mothers with specialist high visibility maternity protective clothing.

The pioneering maternity personal protective equipment (PPE) clothing complements Tarmac’s existing range of specialist PPE which is provided to male and female employees, as required, at the company’s 400 UK sites.

Expectant mother Louise Pattison, who works at the Barnstone plant, said: “Prior to finding a supplier, it was usual for expectant mothers needing PPE for their work to wear oversized male protective clothing and make alterations. So, I’m delighted to be one of the first people at Tarmac to have the opportunity to wear PPE that is specially made for pregnant women.”

Expectant mother Louise Pattison wears the new maternity PPE at Tarmac's Barnstone site. (8907046)
Expectant mother Louise Pattison wears the new maternity PPE at Tarmac's Barnstone site. (8907046)

Tarmac’s senior vice president, Martin Riley, said: “We’re proud to be leading the way in introducing high visibility maternity PPE for expectant mothers. This pioneering initiative supports our aim of creating a more inclusive workforce and to work in an environment where all of our employees can be safe and remain healthy.”

The PPE, which meets international health and safety standards, is manufactured by Leo Workwear, the sole supplier of specialist maternity high visibility protective clothing.

In a TUC report on PPE and women from 2017, it found that when women become pregnant, half of the respondents interviewed had been forced to cut back on their normal duties or had to change their role due to suitable maternity PPE not being available to them.


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