Summer 2014

EnBW: safety first

The German energy group  EnBW has opted for two TenCate Tecasafe® Plus fabrics for the protective clothing for approximately 7,000 of its employees. Protection and wearer comfort were the crucial factors in the assessment of the fabrics. 

Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) is the third largest energy company in Germany. The group, with its headquarters in Karlsruhe, has almost 20,000 employees, working in around 200 facilities, mainly in Baden-Württemberg. Just under 7,000 employees have recently been provided with clothing based on TenCate Tecasafe® Plus. These are electricians, engineers and other employees working in the electricity net, gas net, thermal and conventional power stations and in renewable energy. The basis of the new protective clothing is TenCate Tecasafe® Plus XL9300 for the outer shell and XL9240 for the inner layer of the front and arm sleeves. There are two collections: standard mechanical protection and functional protection, for instance against electric arc. 

protective EnBW
Reiner Weiß and Elke Wetz (EnWB) in discussion with Dietmar Rohrbach (TenCate Protective Fabrics)

Safety at the workplace is of paramount importance at EnBW and suitable work clothing is an inherent part of this. The key criterion is protection, followed by wearer comfort. Employees must also want to wear their clothing. Besides these two factors, service life and price are important. Those responsible for deciding on the protective clothing and purchasing it are the PSA (Personal Protective Equipment) team. The team was appointed by management and has the authority to define the PSA standard and to purchase personal protective equipment. 

Reiner Weiß and Elke Wetz are two of the members of the PSA team. Reiner Weiß is leading the PSA team and safety officer, Elke Wetz is PSA officer. In Germany, when taking protective measures, they use as their starting point the TOP procedure, they explain: Technical, Organizational and Personal. Initially you try to avoid risks or limit them by taking technical measures, such as prevention, protection of machinery and noise reduction. Should this not be possible, then organizational measures are considered (e.g. floor markings, warning notices or signposting). In the third instance personal protective measures and equipment are employed. 

Contact person
Dietmar Rohrbach, sales manager & end-use market manager, Central Europe at TenCate Protective Fabrics, played a key role in this tendering process. He came up with an innovative solution and was the contact person for Reiner Weiß and Elke Wetz during the entire process. ‘Nothing can beat this personal contact’, they said. ‘He also informs us about new matters. A brochure isn't necessary; we can rely on what he says. So we feel we´re being given good help and support.’ 

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)