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Closing the gender gap with women-specific safety wear

The Beier Group has long been an advocate of gender equality. Our aim is to increase opportunities for women in typically male-dominated industries and truly close the gender gap. In 2008, Beier Safety Footwear were first to market with the Sisi brand, which delivers a holistic approach to safety wear for women. This legacy continues with the BBF Safety Group (BBF), a Beier Group member company, which is an integrated workplace safety solutions provider that supplies the market-leading Sisi brand designed to address the physiological requirements of safety wear for a female workforce.

BBF’s Sisi Safety Wear ranges are about functionality and fit. They have been designed through extensive research and consultation with women in industry and are specifically tailored to the female anatomy to ensure women’s dignity, comfort, health and wellbeing in the workplace. In fact, without Sisi’s contribution to safety wear for women in mining, compliance with health and safety regulations would be difficult to meet, which has major implications for employment opportunities for women in this industry.

Impacting health and safety

At BBF, we believe that PPE for women should enable them to focus on their work rather than hamper their comfort. For example, women’s feet are shaped differently and their safety footwear should reflect this. Ill-fitting footwear poses risks to women’s safety and has long-term negative health implications, including knee and hip strain. Our Sisi footwear range therefore reflects the functional and ergonomic requirements of women working in different environments across industries, with solutions that are suited to the contours of a woman’s foot. BBF is not only committed to the provision of general PPE but also niche technical products to enable women to work in comfort and safety. Sisi’s range of harnesses, with their unique, adjustable and elasticated chest straps, are specifically designed for women who work at heights to protect the bust area and reduce secondary injuries to the wearer.

Impacting productivity and dignity

Discomfort can have a profound effect on productivity, diverting attention from work, which means that ill-fitting PPE could seriously impact a wearer’s quality of work. Poorly designed workwear also prevents easy use of ablution facilities, which impacts women’s dignity. Sisi’s ground-breaking boiler suit for women miners is specifically designed to address this. Together with the safety aspects and personal wellbeing of wearers, there are further economic implications of providing ill-fitting safety wear to women, such as increased sick leave, medical claims and workmen’s compensation. All of these negatively affect the bottom line.

Beier is committed to delivering safety, dignity, comfort and increased productivity to the growing female workforce. It is a commitment we continue to strengthen through ongoing investment into the Sisi brand. With locally produced, women-specific safety wear so readily available, Beier has made it easy for industries to start making the right choices for their female workforce.

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Supporting small businesses during COVID-19 and beyond

Entrepreneurs are the driving force that moves South Africa forward. This is something the Beier Group has always understood – along with the fact that enterprises big and small are mutually dependant on each other, and both vital to the country’s prosperity. This is why Beier has been so active in helping struggling small enterprises […]

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Beier Group’s local innovation helps South Africa mask up

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses the world over to adapt and evolve. Millions of companies, including ours, have been quick to pivot from ‘business as usual’ – not only to ensure business continuity, but also because they feel called upon to contribute to the fight against this virus by providing the market with critical […]

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Local manufacturing can drive prosperity in the post-COVID era

In a recent weekly message to South Africans, President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that our recovery efforts from the devastation of the coronavirus present our country with an opportunity to “not merely return to where we were before the pandemic struck”, but instead to build a new and inclusive economy that creates employment and fosters sustainable […]

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Beier Group helps South Africa get back to business – safely

With cases of COVID-19 in decline across South Africa, the national conversation has shifted towards the urgent need for economic recovery. Yet the threat posed by the virus, and the possibility of resurgence, remain. As workplaces fill up, appropriate protections for employees are more important than ever – and the Beier Group is playing its […]

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All the right moves: Beier hosts chess championship for local schools

Some serious tactical manoeuvring and more than a few triumphant checkmates played out at the KwaDabeka Municipal Library earlier this month as local schools gathered for the tenth annual Beier Chess in Schools Championship The tournament provides an opportunity for seven local schools from the KwaDabeka, Claremont, St Wendolins and Mariannridge areas of KwaZulu-Natal to […]

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Pioneering local manufacturing and industrialisation

Manufacturing is a mainstay of the South African economy and the sector holds vast potential to drive inclusive, sustainable growth. At the Beier Group, we see a thriving local manufacturing sector, underpinned by vibrant innovation and a commitment to quality, as a national imperative for economic development and job creation. With a rich South African […]

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Women’s voices: Tracy Moonsamy

Time and again, studies have shown the tremendous benefits of advancing women in the workplace. Gender diversity makes teams stronger, smarter and leads to better decision-making – and that’s good for business. Increasing women’s participation in the traditionally male-dominated manufacturing industry means giving their voices more prominence, and spotlighting personal stories of success. As Women’s […]

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Women’s voices: Zama Khanyile

Time and again, studies have shown the tremendous benefits of advancing women in the workplace. Gender diversity makes teams stronger, smarter and leads to better decision-making – and that’s good for business. Increasing women’s participation in the traditionally male-dominated manufacturing industry means giving their voices more prominence, and spotlighting personal stories of success. As Women’s […]

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Pioneering women-led SMMEs

August is a time to celebrate the contributions women make to South African society – and an opportunity to highlight positive initiatives that help advance their social and economic status. In the business world, this includes breaking down barriers to allow female entrepreneurship to flourish. Despite clear evidence that women’s economic empowerment is key to […]

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