The Hazchem Story

We're celebrating 41 years of protecting people transporting hazardous goods.

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Hazchem Safety - Our Story

Our Timeline: 1978 - Present

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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.

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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, Andrew’s staff were kitted out and fully compliant. Andrew has since retired, but even today XPO Logistics still use Hazchem Safety for their 500+ tanker drivers.

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 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.