Quality has to be monitored continuously to ensure internal and regional standards are adhered to by our suppliers. Our supplier may have SABS, BOBS or other certification, but this does not mean that the garments supplied are to standard. You are relying on the human factor to do Quality Control and unfortunately that is the weak link. All workwear we receive is checked by our Quality Control Section before the consignment is received into stock.
A quality control inspection report is completed for every sample and the sample is marked with a QC sticker with the date and inspectors Initials. A minimum of 20% or one per carton, per style, per size, per colour is inspected. The garments are measured to confirm the measurements, stitching etc, comply with BOS455:2012 Standard. We also check shading and do wash tests. Standard garments are washed 5 times while acid resistant garments are washed 40 times. The garments are checked for shade change, shrinkage and skewing. The Acid Resistant Garments are give a liquid repellent test after the 40 washes.
We are then confident the Garments we supply are to Standard. I do not believe there is another PPE supplier in Botswana that does this.
Once the Garments have passed the Quality Control inspection, a goods received voucher is issued and they are received into stock. If a garment fails the tests are carried out on more garments and the supplier is notified that the consignment does not meet the required standard and rejected.