Founded over 40 years ago in 1978, Hazchem has grown to be the UK’s go-to supplier of Workwear & PPE for the Oil & Gas and associated industries, as well as the UK’s trusted supplier of ADR Equipment, Kits and Signage.
AN OVERVIEW OF HAZCHEM
Hazchem Safety are suppliers of Technical Workwear, PPE & ADR Equipment. Originally founded in 1978 by John Piddington, Hazchem came to the fore after the new Dangerous Goods Regulations were introduced, supplying ADR Signage to transporters of dangerous goods and the term Hazchem has become an industry recognised term for ADR signage. Today, our industry knowledge, insight and expertise is unsurpassed.
Since then, Hazchem expanded the range to include technical workwear and PPE and launched our range of ORKA® Technical Workwear – a range of flame retardant and hi-vis workwear designed for the Offshore Oil & Gas Industries – in 1991, where the original ORKA® Magnus Coverall quickly became a best seller and an industry benchmark.
Our second range of premium, inherent, flame resistant and anti-static workwear, HAZTEC®, was introduced in 2008 following an increased demand in the fuel distribution industry for comfortable and stylish yet compliant and well-specified technical workwear.
Hazchem have experienced rapid growth in the last decade, and now have several offices in the UK, and two large, strategically located distribution sites and offices in Dyce, Aberdeen and Brackley, South Northants.
OUR MISSION AND CORE VALUES
To ensure the safety and compliance of companies, and their staff, in frontline environments around the world, through the efficient supply of innovative safety products, and technical workwear.
Our Core Values of Reliability, Honesty, Innovation, Agile, Professional, Customer Focused, and Positive have been at the centre of our focus for over 40 years and counting, they make us who we are today, focussing our framework and influencing our daily decisions.
THE HAZCHEM STORY: 1978 – PRESENT
New ADR legislation was introduced establishing the need for Hazchem plates to be mounted on vehicles transporting hazardous goods. The company started life as a small, family business run out of modest premises in Edgware, but quickly took its place as a well-known name with an industry-wide endorsement from the freight transport associations. While this was forty years ago now, John Piddington, Hazchem’s founder had a vision for keeping workers safe on the road.
Following fresh direction and inspiration, the Hazchem product range dramatically expanded with the addition of many more items of protective workwear, such as drivers’ jackets, boots, gloves helmets, along with a far wider range of safety signage after a change of management in 2004. Hazchem Safety moved into the heart of the Midlands to facilitate distribution of our products throughout the UK, and an entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with the desire to move the company forward in an agile way, gave the company fresh impetus to move forward into the 21st century.
Inception of the HAZTEC range, led by customer demand. Hazchem Safety experienced several years of rapid growth. In August 2008 Andrew Beattie from XPO Logistics was desperate to keep his 350 drivers not only on the road, but safety-compliant. Hazchem found a factory capable of manufacturing a more comfortable inherent FR fabric, so preparation met opportunity, and HAZTEC workwear was born. Eight weeks later…
Hazchem found there was further opportunities with other large companies involved in the petrochemical industry. The size and the scale of their operations raised the issue of how to manage the ordering, distribution and control of the uniforms for large numbers of users across multiple sites. To assist the larger customers, the Lynx-Intellisafe Order Management system was created. Its features reduce administration time and ensure that the correct items are issued to staff, setting a new industry standard for uniform software. Staff across multiple sites can then receive Individually wrapped and named Packs giving them a hassle-free solution.
Following continued growth, the Directors of Donside Safety & Hazchem agreed to merge Donside with Hazchem which brought a new, exciting dimension to the business. Primarily serving the marine & offshore industry, Donside was a specialist supplier of workwear & PPE, whose ORKA brand of coveralls & offshore PPE is widely regarded as the best in the industry.
With a culture of innovation, and a fundamental desire to serve customers’ needs, Hazchem believe only the best is good enough. People at work deserve the best protection they can get, especially when working in highly dangerous/explosive environments. Haztec Workwear is the premium solution, and it will continue to evolve as new fabrics and manufacturing processes are developed.