The Importance of Uniform Destruction

Posted  September 23, 2021  by  Jenny Green

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The Importance of Uniform Destruction

From nurses to supermarket staff, and police officers to pilots, uniforms are a prerequisite of thousands of our jobs. But would you ever suspect something as seemingly harmless as a uniform could be damaging to your business?
Some threats to a company’s integrity are obvious, such as sensitive data being stolen and leaked. But it’s not just about paper and data. Confidential information comes in many forms – and branded uniforms can pose a significant threat if left with former staff, in storage, or simply disposed of incorrectly.
In this article, we’ll explore the dangers of improper uniform destruction – and how our specialist destruction services can protect your people, customers and company against such incidents. Because we protect what matters.

The Dangers of Improper Uniform Disposal

Uniforms are an important aspect of many businesses around the world, with their ability to boost togetherness, camaraderie and morale. But sometimes, they can also be detrimental to a business if an employee – current or former – is seen acting out of turn in your company’s colours.
From traffic accidents, to bar fights, political rallies or protests, many incidents – intentional or accidental – can be severely damaging to your business if an employee is wearing your uniform while getting caught up in any of these activities. Of course, incidents like this are rare, but you can never be too careful.
In response, even employees with exceptional histories who you’d trust with respecting the integrity of your company shouldn’t be left with uniforms. Ultimately, why take a chance? Especially in an age of social media, where users are quick to associate bad behaviour with a brand when such incidents occur.
Failure to have a uniform return and destruction policy in place can lead to anything and everything from irreparable brand damage, or even law suits. Here’s how Shred-it can support you to protect your business, so you never become a data breach statistic or an unheralded headline.

How Shred-it Ensures Secure Uniform Destruction

Our industrial and clothing shredding services helps your organisation protect the proprietary materials that could put your brand at risk if they were misused by former (or current) employees, or obtained by criminals, a competitor, or the public.
In doing so, we apply the same proven, state-of-the-art, chain of custody protocols for uniforms as we do for document destruction. Part and parcel of this service includes a secure chain of custody at every touchpoint, with easy on-demand scheduling of your service to suit your requirements.
Following the secure shredding of uniforms, you’ll also receive a certificate of destruction after every service. Granting you the ability to provide an audit trail, so you can demonstrate your commitment to compliance with data protection regulations, such as those outlined by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
But remember, confidential information comes in many forms. So, it’s not just branded uniforms we can help you securely destroy. From name badges, to identification cards and corporate promotional items of all shapes and sizes, these outwardly harmless objects can pose a threat to your business if they fall into the wrong hands.

So, why take a chance? Shred-it protects what matters – and what matters to us is the security of your people, customers and company. Get in touch today for secure uniform destruction services that can be tailored to the needs of your business.
Disclaimer: This article is provided for your convenience and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should not take, or refrain from taking, actions based upon the content of this article. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes. Please seek professional legal advice.

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