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The importance of destroying old uniforms

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Uniforms associate an individual with the values of an organisation. But what happens when an employee is terminated and still wears the uniform?

In recent years, there has been a series of crimes committed by ex-employees still in uniform. Any individual wearing a brands uniform is associated with that brand.

The TOLL brand was damaged when a former employee was seen in uniform in a disorderly manner. A major client of the company cancelled their account. This impacted a major revenue stream for TOLL.

If your brands uniform falls into the wrong hands, it can impose a severe risk.

At Sydney Shred, we securely destroy uniforms. 

Here’s our top 3 reasons why old uniforms must be securely destroyed.

1. Brand Reputation

Whilst this can not only happen to current employees, the impact is usually more detrimental when it occurs with former employees. 

Should an employee hold a uniform after completion of a role, a public incident that is filmed or posted online can tarnish the brand reputation. Even employees with great history cannot be trusted to respect the company integrity. 

Brand reputation can be tarnished by a uniformed person engaging in a bar fight/incident, traffic incident, disorderly conduct or any political rally/protest.

2. Identity Theft

Not only can a uniform give someone the ability to steal a former employees identity, it also allows them to be associated with your company. This can mean they can engage with a regular supplier and place an order on the businesses behalf whilst in your branded uniform. Your business would be left to hold the bill by this simply identity theft technique.

3. Security Risk

For some businesses, simply wearing the uniform is secure enough to gain access to restricted areas. Especially on construction sites and medical facilities, it is very common for trust to be given to someone in uniform. This can be detrimental if the former employee gains access to your data, operations or equipment due to this security measure.

It is crucial to have a plan in place when turning over staff.

All ID Badges, Uniform items/apparel, branded merchandise and recognisable equipment should be secured and destroyed professionally. 

Avoid harm to your business reputation. We offer uniform destruction and strongly advise this for all companies who have a uniform. 

We do daily and weekly pickups across all of metropolitan Sydney. You can view our service areas here.

Please contact our team on 1800 001 044 for more information and to book a uniform destruction.