TESS provides workwear for most industries, catering to both women and men. The purpose of workwear is to minimize the risk of bodily harm.

Workwear should be comfortable and flexible to meet all protection requirements, providing workers with a safe and productive workday in all weather conditions and situations that may arise on the job. One must define the requirements for protection level, comfort, and freedom of movement needed. Clothes designed to protect against serious risks must also be constructed so that they can be quickly removed if exposed to chemicals or high heat.

Choosing the right workwear

As a purchaser and customer service manager for protective products at TESS in Trondheim, Ole Jonny Langli is accustomed to helping customers choose the right workwear based on the job requirements and the comfort and quality the customer desires.

What are the employer's requirements?

Comfort, quality, and durability are important factors in purchasing the right workwear for the employee, in addition to the safety requirements of the company. Color choices and corporate profile should also be considered. Personal logo prints in our service centers and a wide range of colors from our suppliers are offerings provided by TESS. TESS also offers a large selection of clothing tailored to women, making it easy to choose the right protection for everyone.

What should it protect against?

Arc Flash - When working with electricity and power, there is a risk of exposure to arc flash, which can occur due to short circuits, contact faults, mishandling, or equipment failure. Arc flashes can expose workers to very high energy levels, often resulting in serious burns and other secondary injuries. Incorrect workwear can worsen the damage, making it important to choose the right protective clothing with arc flash protection in all layers of clothing.

Visibility - This standard specifies protective clothing used when you need to be visible in daylight and at night, where there are moving vehicles.

Heat, Flame, and Fire - Firefighting clothing and smoke diver suits tested against heat, hazardous particles, and meeting extreme temperatures during a fire. Underwear and mid-layer clothing with flame retardant properties are also required in many industries.

Will the workwear be used indoors or outdoors? Summer or winter?

Many will need multiple outfits to change with the seasons and whether they have indoor and outdoor work. Visibility clothing for dark autumn and winter days, UV protection against the sun, water-resistant workwear for wet days, and workwear to withstand outdoor cold, in addition to the safety requirements of the job.


TESS places great emphasis on green and ethical values when choosing suppliers to build trust throughout the value chain. Products produced responsibly, with extended lifetimes and repairable and recyclable properties are key.

  • Documented social responsibility in production
  • Certified quality assurance
  • Workwear that last long
  • Products with Oeko-Tex® certification
  • Environmentally friendly packaging and shipping


Dress in layers

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First, you should have a layer that is sweat-wicking, so you don't get cold from the moisture your body emits.

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A warm and insulating layer to retain heat while allowing moisture to be transported away without restricting your freedom of movement.

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A layer that protects against weather and wind. The outermost layer should primarily be windproof and waterproof, as well as protect against cold.


Labeling (EU-standards)

Workwear is labeled with so-called pictograms to show what they protect against.
EN ISO 20471 - High visibility protective clothing (Class 1, 2, or 3)
EN ISO 11612 - Clothing for protection against heat and flame.
EN1149-3/5 - Electrostatic properties (part 3 and 5)
EN61482-1-2 - Protection against arc flash
EN ISO 11611 - Clothing for use in welding and related processes

TESS Workwear - in collaboration with Mascot Workwear

TESS Workwear is produced in collaboration with Mascot International AS. They are manufactured at some of Mascot's 4 wholly-owned modern factories in Vietnam. These factories are SA8000 certified (SA8000 is an abbreviation for "Social Accountability 8000". It is an international standard for ethical guidelines (codes of conduct) for companies, focusing on employee working conditions.)

In addition, the manufacturer is ISO 9001 certified. We focus heavily on ensuring that all materials are of high quality and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Most fabrics are approved for industrial washing. The workwear from TESS is primarily Norwegian-designed and tailored to Norwegian conditions.

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