Press Release
Date of Issue:
  3rd May 2012

Those working in occupations which involve spending time in cold environments are at risk of hypothermia or ‘cold stress’ and need workwear that will provide sufficient thermal protection. Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, has worked with its cold store customers to develop products for this unique environment and has launched a full range of clothing, footwear, gloves, head protection and thermal base layers which will keep workers who operate in cold storage areas safe.

Research carried out by Arco revealed some major problems experienced with the existing ranges of cold store clothing. Cold store garment components often cracked at extreme temperatures, bulky clothing restricted movements and didn’t allow for layering below and cold store garments were susceptible to becoming scuffed, torn and damaged, reducing essential thermal protection. The garments in the new Arco cold store clothing range have been designed to eliminate these problems. Cold store workers can be confident that the garments are robust, hard wearing and water repellent and entirely machine washable. All the components are tested to perform at low temperatures and have been specifically designed to enable good freedom of movement and to allow for base layers to be worn comfortably. The garments are also made with double layers of 3M Thinsulate Wadding, keeping workers warm, comfortable and protected in temperatures above -50°C.

When working in cold environments it is often the extremities that are most at risk of frostbite and so the range includes four different gloves to protect hands, including the Arco Thermo Fast Grip Dotted Glove which features a thermal lining to provide comfort and warmth, PVC dotting ensuring great grip and a breathable liner preventing the build up of moisture on the hand. Also included is the Arco Cold Store Safety Boot, a lined, rubber bottomed, leather-topped boot with removable felt that will keep feet and toes warm in the coldest temperatures.

Good protection starts with a good foundation and it is recommended that clothing should be worn in multiple layers which provide better protection than a single thick garment. Arco’s thermal underwear is manufactured to give excellent thermal performance and ‘wick’ moisture away from the skin to help keep it dry. Arco’s thermal underwear offering includes the Xcelcius™ Men’s Megatherm Underwear, Long Sleeved Top and Long Pant.

All garments in the new Arco cold store clothing range satisfy the requirements of EN 342:2004 which determines that adequate protection is provided at temperatures lower than -5°C and also meets EN:340:2003 which specifies ergonomic requirements including weight and comfort, performance requirements and sizing requirements.

As the experts in safety Arco has launched an expert guide to Cold Store protection to help businesses understand and choose the correct protective clothing for employees working in cold environments. To request a copy of the Cold Store Protection Guide visit


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About Arco

Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, distributing quality products and training and providing expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning 4 generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer a world-class range of over 22,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, interactive website and 40 strong local branch network. The company has sales of over £200m and employs approximately 1500 people. It recently won the Outstanding Website Innovation and Performance (B2B) award at this year’s European Catalogue and Mail Order Days (ECMOD) Industry awards.

Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre tax profits annually. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2009 it was awarded a Big Tick for its supply chain management from Business in the Community. In 2010, Arco became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. The company has also received the highly prestigious Family Business Honour by JP Morgan’s Private Bank and the Institute of Family Business (IFB). Going forward, Arco further demonstrates its position as the UK’s leading safety company as the exclusive supplier of PPE, footwear and workwear to the BLOODHOUND project’s support team involved with the design, build and race of a car to raise the world land speed record to 1,000mph in 2012. For more information, visit

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