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  • PPE and RPE guidelines for Factory Engineers in the food industry

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    When it comes to protecting factory engineers working in the food industry, regulations surrounding PPE and personal hygiene are particularly stringent to ensure high standards of food safety. In addition, PPE and RPE  regulations are constantly being updated. This article offers news on some of the latest products along with important news about new HSE regulations which affect factory engineers.

    When it comes to factory engineers operating in food production or processing areas, as well as general PPE regulations there are also several other key factors to consider when choosing PPE.

     

    For example, The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations state that “Every person working in a food handling area shall maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness and shall wear suitable, clean, and where appropriate, protective clothing.” These Regulations also state that “adequate changing facilities for personnel must be provided where necessary”.

     

    Key things to consider:

    While coveralls may be the most common outerwear, those working in food production areas must never wear PPE when visiting the toilet. As a result it may be more practical for engineers to wear separate trousers and jackets to speed up the changing process.

    These PU trousers are highly water resistant and ideal for washdown areas.

    PU WAIST TROUSER, £27.84 PU WAIST TROUSER, £27.84

     

    Disposable polythene coats may also offer a solution to factory engineers who need to visit food production areas.

     

    DISPOSABLE POLYTHENE VISITORS COATS, £10.70

     

    Factory engineers who have beards or facial hair also need to cover up while in a food production area. Disposable coverings are available in this instance.

     

    100 DISPOSABLE BEARD COVERS, £12.70

    When it comes to footwear, factory engineers in food production areas may also need to work in washdown areas often. A practical alternative to working in wellingtons are these Dunlap Rigair Lined Safety Rigger Boots, £68.78, which are fully waterproof but also have a steel toecap and fur lining.

     

    DUNLAP RIGAIR LINED SAFETY RIGGER BOOTS, £68.78 DUNLAP RIGAIR LINED SAFETY RIGGER BOOTS, £68.78

    CHANGING REGULATIONS

    It’s also important to keep up with changing regulations for PPE and for those who carry out welding RPE.  There has been a particularly important alert issued by the HSE relating to this recently.

     

    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, alongside limited evidence linking exposure to welding fumes to kidney cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an alert which notifies workers and employers that there is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fumes, including those from mild steel welding. The alert also points out that general ventilation is not an adequate measure.

     

    As of February 2019, all businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fumes arising from welding activities.

     

    Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fumes.

     

    What are the key changes?

    Under the new guidelines set out in HSE Bulletin STSU1 – 2019:

    • All Indoor welding tasks require the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is also required for any residue welding fumes.
    • Outdoor welding requires use of RPE.
    • If an RPE programme is not in place, this will need to be implemented with immediate effect.
    • In all cases, appropriate RPE is required to have a minimum Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 20.

    Any business which undertakes welding will now require a safety officer to review current measures in place to protect those welding and ensure that the measures now meet the new HSE requirements.

     

    To help businesses to offer adequate protection in different welding environments, the HSE has provided a guide to appropriate protection measures.

     

    PPE we can offer which helps companies to meet these requirements include our FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29 FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    This Safe-Welder™ Coverall is flame retardant and excellent PPE for welders who are exposed to heat.

    LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50 LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50

    We also offer this high quality split leather gauntlet with full lining for extra insulation and comfort. This is a very capable glove when handling all kinds of hot items or materials, it has a good abrasion and tear resistance too.

    Other important facts to consider include:

    • Suitable control measures must be applied, regardless of welding duration, and even if welding is carried out outdoors.
    • Welders must have adequate training in the use of any exposure controls such as LEV and RPE.
    • All engineering controls should be correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to testing.

    You can find more information on the HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health website.

    If you’d like more advice on what RPE and PPE is best for your workplace our team are happy to advice on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • New RPE guidelines for welding

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    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has strengthened its regulation on how well businesses protect workers. This article outlines the new guidelines for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for welding.

    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, alongside limited evidence linking exposure to welding fumes to kidney cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an alert.

    The alert notifies workers and employers that there is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fumes, including those from mild steel welding. The alert also points out that general ventilation is not an adequate measure.

    As of February 2019, all businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fumes arising from welding activities.

    Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fumes.

    What are the key changes?

    Under the new guidelines set out in HSE Bulletin STSU1 – 2019:

    • All Indoor welding tasks require the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is also required for any residue welding fumes.
    • Outdoor welding requires use of RPE.
    • If an RPE programme is not in place, this will need to be implemented with immediate effect.
    • In all cases, appropriate RPE is required to have a minimum Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 20.

    Any business which undertakes welding will now require a safety officer to review current measures in place to protect those welding and ensure that the measures now meet the new HSE requirements.

    To help businesses to offer adequate protection in different welding environments, the HSE has provided a guide to appropriate protection measures.

     

    PPE we can offer which helps companies to meet these requirements include our FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29 FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    This Safe-Welder™ Coverall is flame retardant and excellent PPE for welders who are exposed to heat.

    LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50 LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50

    We also offer this high quality split leather gauntlet with full lining for extra insulation and comfort. This is a very capable glove when handling all kinds of hot items or materials, it has a good abrasion and tear resistance too.

     

    Other important facts to consider include:

    • Suitable control measures must be applied, regardless of welding duration, and even if welding is carried out outdoors.
    • Welders must have adequate training in the use of any exposure controls such as LEV and RPE.
    • All engineering controls should be correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to testing.

    You can find more information on the HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health website.

    If you’d like more advice on what RPE and PPE is best for your workplace our team are happy to advice on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • A guide to transit packaging for food and drink

    interior of storage of fruit and vegetable packagesWhen it comes to packaging food for delivery both within and outside the UK, there are regulations as well as key considerations which can help to minimise waste and improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.

    At the very least, transit packaging must provide enough information for hygienic and safe handling and meet the basic standards for import and export. Good packaging of course plays a crucial role in protecting products and avoiding customer returns and waste.

    The Food Standards Agency is an excellent source of information and includes advice on the requirements of EC Regulation No 1935/2004, which sets out standards businesses must meet when using materials which come into contact with food. Click here for the Food Standards Agency guidance on packaging.

    This guide sets out the basic summary of things you need to consider in relation to transit packaging for food.

    Types of food packaging

    Transit packaging. The packaging which is needed for transport or export of food is the outermost layer of packaging and its primary purpose is to protect food while it’s being transported.

    Outer packaging. This is the packaging beneath transit packaging and is usually a box containing the bags, tins, or other containers that hold the food itself. 

    Sales packaging. The can, box or bottle or other container immediately surrounding the food or drink product and the layer which comes into contact with the food.

    KEY CONSIDERATIONS:

    AVOIDING CONTAMINATION

    When packaging food, safety demands that you take steps to ensure that any chemical or other elements of the food packaging are not able to migrate with the food itself. It is not enough to actually do this, you must have written documentation to demonstrate that you have good manufacturing process within business areas where food is packaged.

    Contamination of food can happen in a number of ways and at any stage of the food supply process and contamination can occur during the transit phase. For example, chemical contamination can result from cleaning chemicals used in vehicles or storage areas, fumes from transportation vehicles, and chemicals from metals. Packaging should be of a high enough quality to withstand any occurrence of chemicals around food. 

    Bacterial contamination is another major consideration. Packaging materials should be stored in a place where they won’t come into contact with bacteria that contaminates food and any food packaging equipment used to package raw food cannot be used to package ready-to-eat food. 

    Absorbent pads can also help to avoid leakage and prevent contamination. A product we offer are BulkSorb® Absorbent Pads which have been developed using a super thin, high absorbent, core which allows a huge reduction in carbon footprint compared to traditional absorbers using airlaid, cellulose and sap.

     

    BULKSORB ABSORBENT PADS, BLUE, 30X60 CASE OF 300 £115.50 BULKSORB ABSORBENT PADS, BLUE, 30X60 CASE OF 300 £115.50

    ENSURE THAT YOU USE APPROVED FOOD PACKAGING

    When choosing food packaging check their packaging has the international symbol for "food safe" material. This symbol is a wine glass and a fork symbol. The symbol indicates that the material used in the product is considered safe for food contact. This includes food and water containers, packaging materials, cutlery etc.The regulation is applicable to any product intended for food contact whether it be made of metals, ceramics, paper and board, and plastics. Be aware that some materials may be safe with some food stuffs but not others. Aluminium packaging is generally considered safe for the containment of some foods, but it does not react well with highly acidic food such as tomatoes and soft fruits.

    Plastic polyliners are a practical solution to pack food in containers such as cardboard boxes and to reduce cleaning time and costs in other reusable containers.

    500 POLY LINERS, 625 X 1050 X 625MM high tensile, heavy duty, BLUE CS, £46.40 500 POLY LINERS, 625 X 1050 X 625MM high tensile, heavy duty, BLUE CS, £46.40

    PLASTIC PACKAGING

    Some constituents of plastic can migrate into food or drink that the plastic comes into contact with. As a result, plastics have a legal limit of 10 milligrams per square decimetre of plastic surface area or per kilogram of food. There are also other migration limits apply to plastics monomers or plastics additives that are frequently used in packaging. Click here for a list of all EU legislation and guidance on plastic packaging which comes into contact with food.

    FOOD TEMPERATURE

    The Food Standards Agency guidelines state that cold food must be kept at 8°C or below. The only exceptions would be certain cured & smoked products; their temperature is dependent on the method of curing. For frozen products the requirement is -18°C with a tolerance of 3°C (not warmer than -15°C).

    As well as ensuring the transit vehicle has adequate temperature control facility, packaging that helps food remain chilled includes protective transit packaging such as our Flexiroll chilled packaging sheets or Sorba Freeze Blocks.

     

    FLEXIROLL CHILLED PACKAGING SHEET, 420mm X 60mm £175 FLEXIROLL CHILLED PACKAGING SHEET, 420mm X 60mm £175

     

    SORBA FREEZE BLOCKS, 400G, 268 X 1000mm, CS 2000 £175 SORBA FREEZE BLOCKS, 400G, 268 X 1000mm, CS 2000 £175

    If you’d like more advice on transit packaging to suit the needs of your business, our team can help.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to maintain your PPE footwear

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    Many workers’ roles require them to be on their feet for a large proportion of the working day and so buying the right safety footwear and then making sure that your investment lasts as long as possible, can make a big difference to safety standards and day to day enjoyment of the job. Here is a guide to making the most of your safety footwear.

    Work boots are an important item of PPE that not only has a major impact on safety and comfort at work, but which is regulated by health and safety legislation. It is certainly worth investing wisely in PPE footwear, and then ensuring that once bought, footwear is maintained and cared for so that it lasts as long as possible.  

    Choosing the right safety footwear 

    The first thing to consider when choosing which footwear to buy are the risks present in the environment where the worker will be wearing the shoes / boots. Things to consider are water, risk of falling objects, chemicals, slippery surfaces and electrical or heat hazards.

    Click here to see our full range of footwear

    Safety footwear must conform to relevant health and safety footwear regulations, namely EN ISO 20345. Click here for a full HSE guide on standards for foot and leg protection.

    Other things to look out for when choosing PPE footwear include:

    • Good quality stitching and seams
    • Good quality materials
    • Manufacturer reputation and customer service.

    Treatments to maintain your footwear

    Waterproofing treatments for your footwear, applied soon after purchase and at regular intervals thereafter, can also help you to maintain footwear in good condition. Reducing the amount of water that gets into leather can reduce shrinking and stretching, which in turn prevents damage to stitches and seams in the footwear.  

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    Periodically treating your boots with Leather food will rejuvenate the leather and maintain its water resistant qualities.

    If footwear does get wet, put them somewhere well ventilated to dry, but avoid using heat which can damage or crack leather.

    Using tree shoes inside your boots overnight will help them retain their shape and it’ll draw out moisture inside the boot caused by perspiration. 

     

    Make sure shoes fit well

    Shoes that are too big or too small are also likely to last for a shorter time, too small shoes being stretched and big shoes causing rubbing and soreness.  As a guide, you should allow a one centimetre gap between toes and the edge of the shoe. Steel toe caps should be padded properly and the heel should fit snugly. 

    Often workers experience discomfort simply because they are not wearing the correct size. 

    A common problem for women workers is that safety boots made for men don’t fit well, even if they are the correct size due to a difference in the shape of feet. We offer a range of safety shoes designed for women.

    Click here to see our range of ladies safety footwear.

    HEATHER S3 LADIES MIDCUT SAFETY SHOE, BLACK, £59.55

    Another option which can make footwear more comfortable and help it to last longer is to simply use insole inserts or good quality socks.

    Click here to see our footwear accessories

    Work boots will also last longer if they are not worn when its unnecessary, or given a ‘rest’ from time to time. One idea is to buy two pairs, which means it is possible for work boots to be dried thoroughly if they get wet during the workday.

    Keep them clean

    Finally regular cleaning will increase the lifespan of safety footwear. 

    Leather boots should be cleaned and treated regularly, and brushed with a shoe polishing brush to remove dust and debris. Leather food and water repellent spray is recommended to retain leather’s suppleness and performance.

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to get the best out of your PPE workwear

     

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    You can save unnecessary costs and help to protect yourself and staff by taking some simple steps to maintain workwear. Here’s a guide to ensuring your workwear lasts as long as possible.

    Research before you buy

    It’s always worthwhile considering how much workwear will cost per lifetime when making a purchase as well as considering current cashflow and budget within your business.

    Buying from respected manufacturers who have a good reputation for producing reliable, durable and high quality garments is key.

    We offer PPE from some excellent manufacturers including Elka and Mascot, for example. Both have a strong reputation for producing high-quality products with excellent functionality. They are also ethical and have robust Corporate Social Responsibility policies.

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    ELKA WATERPROOF BIB & BRACE, 053 OLIVE/BLACK, £52.70

     

    You can find out more about particular PPE items as well as manufacturers by looking at review sites such as TrustPilot.

    Ensuring that you choose PPE made from good quality materials is also important.

    Another issue to consider is buying the correct size. If workers are wearing workwear which is too big or too small, it will not be as effective in protecting them, and it’s also more likely that items will get worn, damaged or simply discarded as being uncomfortable and unfit for purpose.

    You can also buy single-use disposable items such as aprons or coveralls to protect more expensive workwear which is worn underneath.

     

    Click here to see our range of disposable workwear.

     

    Check workwear before and after use

    Always check workwear for damage before use. Checking there are no ripped seams, for example, is important both before and after use. Having a simple reporting process for damaged PPE and a trained member of staff responsible for carrying out and recording checks can help you to reduce costs in completely replacing items which could have been repaired quickly and easily at the first sign of damage.

    Of course, this also ensure that you meet good health and safety standards and maintain PPE to a high condition.

    Wash with care

    When washing it is important to wash at the appropriate frequency to ensure that workwear is kept free from oil, grease and other substances which can render it unfit for use, but also not to wash too often.   Hi-vis garments, for example, can only be washed for a limited number of times before the reflective tape is damaged.

     

    Always check the care label to ensure that items are not washed at too high or low a temperature, and that they are not put in a spin wash if this is likely to damage clothing. If you are asking staff to wash and maintain their own uniforms, be aware that clear guidance is important, and even then, this process will increase risk of damage to items due to workwear being washed at the wrong setting.

     

    Close all zips, check pockets for objects, and turn items inside out to reduce fading on the outside of the workwear.

    Hi-vis clothing should be washed separately as sometimes dye from other items of clothing can reduce the visibility of the workwear.

     

    Click here to see our range of hi-vis clothing.

     

    Take care of waterproof clothing

    If washing waterproof or breathable clothing, non-biological detergent is generally best, but always check the care label on each item. There are also products which can be used during or after washing to help ensure waterproof PPE continues to keep water out while retaining breathable qualities.

     

    Storage

    Ensuring that workwear is stored somewhere dry and clean, away from UV light or workplace chemicals will increase longevity. Wet garments should be hung to dry in a warm, well-ventilated area away from dry clothing.

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Gloves: how to ensure they last as long as possible

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    Once you have chosen the right kind of gloves for your employees to wear whilst carrying out specific tasks, it isn’t just a case of letting them put them on and get on with it. As crazy as it might sound, you will need to train them in the way to wear their gloves.

    Here are the main points to cover when handing out hand protection to your staff for the first time:

    Do they fit?

    This is a very important thing to establish, obviously from a safety point of view. If, for instance, a pair of gloves are that bit too tight for an employee, they are going to be overly stretched and become more prone to breaking or developing tears more quickly. Ideally involve all employees in the selection process and provide a range of gloves for them to try.

    Put them on correctly.

    Of course we all know how to put on a pair of gloves but carrying out simple procedures like making sure your hands are clean and your fingernails aren’t sharp will keep gloves at their most effective inside and out.

    Take them off correctly.

    If you have been handling chemicals with the gloves, it is important you wash the gloves before taking them off. But best practice dictates you wash gloves anyway.
    Just as important is drying them.

    Store the gloves carefully and correctly.

    Poor storage can badly affect your gloves and means they will be in service with you for less time. Don’t scrunch or roll them up and leave them in a toolbox to get squashed and scratched. Keep them in a safe place, whether that be a roomy glove compartment (after all, it’s what they were originally built for) or on a hook or in an
    uncluttered drawer in the workshop.

    Wear them only when required.

    Protective gloves will be subject to unnecessary wear and
    tear if left on to carry out jobs for which they weren’t designed, eg rubber gauntlets left on when lifting heavy objects.

    Launder gloves regularly and correctly.

    It is a mistake to think that gloves are there to get
    dirty. Over time, dirt and grit can be corrosive and shorten the life of your gloves. As well as washing your gloves after each use, launder them regularly to reduce the build up of dirt
    particles. If the gloves are leather, remove as much as you can with a brush and then dry clean if you can. Alternatively, use a mild soap such as a saddle soap and make sure they are totally dry before the next use as dampness can also cause degradation. Nylon or cotton gloves can be washed with ordinary detergents and warm water (around 40°C) but if they are coated, the water should be cooler (under 30°C).

    No gloves last forever.

    Eventually all hand protectors will reach the stage where they are not fit for purpose and will need replacing. Carry out regular inventories of all gloves and make sure staff know to highlight any issues with any that they go to use that are not up to the job. For gloves used to handle chemicals, sometimes a change in colour will show up contamination.

    Three great long lasting gloves:

    The EN388 rating will indicate how long a pair of gloves is likely to last against various mechanical hazards. The code is usually followed by a series of numbers and sometimes letters that indicate their resistance levels for abrasion, impact, tears, punctures, circular blade cuts and straight blade cuts. The higher the number in each category, the greater the level of protection/resistance.
    Click here for the full list of EN388 numbers and what they indicate

    Here are some of our products with a particularly high EN388 rating...

    Emperor 24" Heavyweight Rubber Gauntlets, £22.43

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    Product Overview: EN388: 4121, EN374 ABCKL (43465)
    The EN388 label with the subsequent numbers indicates a very high level of abrasion resistance, a good level of protection against tearing but a fairly low resistance against circular blades and punctures.

    These gloves have a resistance to certain chemicals as indicated by the EN374 label. These chemicals are: methanol (A), acetone (B), acetonitrile (C), 40% sodium hydroxide (K) and 96% sulphuric acid (L).

    Extra features: Chlorinated to harden and cleanse the surface of the glove. Beaded cuff for tear resistance.

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

     

    Traffiglove Defender 5 Cut Glove, EN388: 4541, £14.95

     

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    Product overview: EN388: 4541
    These gloves have the EN388 label with the subsequent numbers indicating a very high level of protection against abrasion, circular blades and tears.

    Extra features: Water resistant so good for use in wet environments.
    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

    Kevlar 14cm Heat Resistant Gauntlet, EN388 2541 EN407 43432X, £16.20

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    Here the EN388 label indicates an exceptional resistance to both heat and cuts. This heavy duty Kevlar gauntlet which is tested to 350 C contact, convective and radiant heat, and level 5 cut
    resistance.

    Extra features: Seamless knitted construction for good dexterity and thick cotton liner for additional insulation and comfort. Extended cuff for wrist protection.

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.
    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Colour coding for the food industry

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    We all know that safe food preparation is essential.  A simple mistake, like accidentally using the same board to prepare fresh salad ingredients and raw meat, could result in contaminated food, leading to food poisoning and or other illnesses.

    If you have customers with food intolerances, allergies or particular dietary requirements, you also may need to prepare some dishes or foods separately to ensure they are not exposed to potential allergens.

    That’s where colour coding your equipment comes in.

    It’s a really simple and effective way to ensure everybody who is involved in food preparation in your organisation follows a system to minimise the risk of cross-contamination. Importantly, it helps you be clear about using the right cleaning products for each particular food preparation area.  By doing so, you can be more confident of maintaining a safe environment as well as being able to demonstrate a good Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system to Food Standards Enforcement Officers.

    Click here to download the Vikan guide to colour coding to improve food safety and quality.

    How it works...

    There is a standardised system for colour-coding kitchen equipment across the food service industry

    • White - tends to be used for bakery items, such as pastries, as well as any dairy products. Eggs should be prepared separately to avoid the risk of salmonella bacteria spreading.
    • Red denotes raw meat items, such as uncooked burgers or steaks.
    • Yellow is used for cooked meats. It goes without saying that cooked meat and raw meat should must be kept separate.
    • Green equipment is used for salad or fruit.
    • Brown equipment is used for preparing vegetables.
    • Blue is used for raw fish. It’s also really important that raw fish is kept away from raw meat and not prepared using the same equipment,  as fish is a common allergen.

    In busy kitchens, a colour coding system can be easy to get wrong. One way to avoid this is to display a wall chart that you can refer to at any time.  You can also use colour coded signs for different areas.

    Click here to see some of our food zone colour coded signage (see page 29).

    There are also specific items of kitchen equipment that should be colour-coded to prevent bacteria from spreading.  These include chopping boards, utensils, thermometers and storage containers, as well as aprons, cloths and gloves that are used in food handling.

     

    MEDIUM ABRASIVE SCOURING PADS, 15 X 22CM RED £4.40 MEDIUM ABRASIVE SCOURING PADS, 15 X 22CM RED £4.40
    blue_double_patch DOUBLE PATCH FLEXIBLE PVC APRON, C/W TIES + SNAPLOCKS, BLUE £14.95

     

    Click here to see our full range of cleaning and hygiene products.

    Click here to see our range of hygiene tools.

     

    If you’d like more advice, you can book a free site survey by Vikan.

    Our team are also happy to talk you through the colour coding system and advise on latest products to suit your needs.

     

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to layout your factory: Colour coding and zones

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    Using zones and colour coding can help in many ways in a workplace or factory. From helping to improve hygiene standards, to enhancing efficiency and safety levels, there are many ways you can introduce simple colour coding to the benefit of all. Here is our guide to some of the ways you can implement a colour coding system in your business.

    Improving hygiene standards

    Colour coding is a useful way to stop cross contamination during cleaning.  It’s a really straightforward way of keeping hygiene standards high and ensuring you avoid cross infection. The HSE also advises using a colour coding system. Here’s our guide:

     

    Colour coding systems vary from business to business and there are specific colour coding schemes for food processing which we will be writing a guide for soon, but as a general rule for most workplaces:

     

    Red is generally used for washrooms,

    Green is used for kitchen and food handling areas.

    Yellow is indicative of clinical areas or bedrooms

    Blue is used for general areas or low risk areas.

     

    A wide range of cleaning and hygiene products are available in colour coded options. For example, at CIS Safety we offer colour coded hygiene products as well as food preparation utensils.

    MEDIUM ABRASIVE SCOURING PADS, 15 X 22CM MEDIUM ABRASIVE SCOURING PADS, 15 X 22CM

    Click here to see a range of colour coded cleaning products

    Safety

    We instinctively understand that colours such as red and yellow indicate danger or caution and so colour coding areas of a factory through signage or floor markings can be a helpful way to instantly communicate to workers the areas in which they need to take extra care.

    Red: a colour associated in our minds with ‘Stop’ or ‘Danger’, for example can be used to draw attention to firefighting equipment or hazardous areas.

     

    Orange: is often utilized for organizational purposes. For instance, materials that are being held for inspection are usually held in orange areas.

     

    Yellow: often used to indicate caution. This is a good colour to mark off pathways, spillages or areas where there is noise, machinery or other hazards.

     

    WET FLOOR CONE, YELLOW WITH RED TOP, 90CM HIGH, £15.29 WET FLOOR CONE, YELLOW WITH RED TOP, 90CM HIGH, £15.29

     

    ORGANISATION AND PROCESS COLOUR CODING
    There are many other ways you can use colour coding in your factory, but most commonly, colour coding systems are adopted to help improve organisation and the efficiency of processes. A very simple example is the colour coding of waste bins so that bins used to recycle paper, plastic, etc are easily visible and everyone knows where to put specific kinds of rubbish.

     

    You can also use colour coding to  organize documents or materials being processed according to status and priority with efficiency, without words and without questions. The colour coding should be used to complement existing work instructions and assist in communicating at a glance. Used in this way, colour coding can help to save time spent searching for what is needed, or where things need to be placed.

     

    4 Things to Remember about Colour Coding

     

    1. Use as few colours as possible

    Keep it simple. The fewer colours used, the easier it will be for employees to remember what they mean.

     

    2. Be consistent

    If green means safety equipment in one area, orange shouldn’t mean safety equipment in another.

     

    3. Train employees

    Introduce the colour coding system during initial training and have regular updates at least once a year.

     

    5. Maintain the Code

    Once a standard colour code is put into action, the second biggest step is to maintain it. Use line marking products that last and are able to withstand high traffic levels and ensure that employees are adhering to the system.

     

    Our guide to colour coding for food processing industries will be coming soon.

     

    If you would like more information or advice about the products we have in stock and what is suited to your business, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264

     

  • How to improve factory layout to increase safety

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    Facilities layout planning isn’t just important from a production and efficiency point of view, it  is a critical component of a safe working environment.

    The HSE has listed some general principles for factory layout that will make your working environment safer.  These include facilitating access for emergency services, controlling access for unauthorised personnel and planning your layout to avoid an escalation of events (avoiding the ‘domino’ effect where for example a fire cannot be contained effectively). For a more detailed look at these principles click here to see the HSE’s note on plant layout.

     

    Improving the system

    The layout and design of factory space can have a really dramatic impact on how work is carried out. It also will affect how your employees adhere to health and safety rules. By thinking carefully about facility layout, you can integrate the needs of people (personnel and customers) and the handling of materials and machinery to create a single, well-functioning system. This will help minimise the number of hazards in the workplace and create an inherently safer environment for your employees.

    Whilst plant layout is often a compromise and it takes into account a range of factors such as the geographic limitations of a site, or the need to provide acceptable working conditions for employees, for example. That said, there are some key actions that you can take to reduce hazards in your factory layout and increase production efficiency at the same time.

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    Introduce good design principles

    Facility design should enhance a ‘smooth process’ flow.  As the editors of How to Run a Small Business have identified, "ideally, the plan will show the raw materials entering your plant at one end and the finished product emerging at the other. The flow need not be a straight line. Parallel flows, U-shaped patterns, or even a zig-zag that ends up with the finished product back at the shipping and receiving bays can be functional. However, backtracking is to be avoided in whatever pattern is chosen.”

    By avoiding parts and materials moving backwards and forwards across the ‘flow’ of your production processes, you reduce the likelihood of confusion and reduce the risk of hazards in the workplace.   It seems obvious, but setting out production processes in a way that makes it simple to handle materials in an organised and efficient manner is critical - particularly if you are using hazardous substances.

    One other design consideration that is not well highlighted is the impact that factory layout has on employee morale. Why is this important from a safety point of view? Well in very simple terms, your employees will make or break health and safety in your organisation.   A well lit environment with light-coloured walls, windows and enough space can make a big difference to employee morale. So next time you’re onsite, have a look around and take time to think about the environment. Does it enhance employee morale? Are there simple steps you could take such as changing the lighting to make improvements?

     

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    Where is your storage?

     

    Aside from facilities planning and design, how you store materials and products also matters.  Make sure your storage facilities ensure goods and equipment do not cause obstructions. Keep floors and traffic routes free from potential obstructions.

     

    Click here to see some of the storage equipment we have available.

     

    Floor surfaces

    Check that floor surfaces where people are walking or vehicles are travelling are even both inside and outside buildings and fill in any holes if you need to. A particularly important consideration is how your current space is used if you have vehicles on-site.  Are the traffic lanes wide enough and are they well-signed to avoid accidents happening? One thing you can do to minimise the risk of accidents is to prevent the need for reversing onsite if possible.  This could be done by using a one-way system for vehicles - if you have the space on site. If reversing cannot be avoided, wherever possible try to keep pedestrians or unauthorised personnel away from areas where vehicles need to reverse.

     

    Appropriate floor coatings on areas with high traffic are advisable and can also help to direct the areas where people walk. Contact us for details of our range of floor coatings. Tel: 01726 74264 or email: sales@cisafety.com

    Most of these are common sense design tips that can reduce hazards in the workplace and prevent serious accidents from happening.  For more information visit the HSE’s website www.hse.gov.uk

    If you would like more information or advice about the products we have in stock and what is suited to your business, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264

     

  • A guide to workwear for freezers and cold environments

    Working in a cold environment creates a unique set of health and safety issues so you need to think differently about health and safety practice.

    Here are some things to consider:

    Whilst it’s not something that often happens in cold stores or conditions, a failure to prioritise health and safety could result in serious health issue like hypothermia or it could exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma or skin problems.

    Any recruitment practice for freezer work should involve checking whether employees suffer from chronic conditions so that a health and safety assessment can be undertaken to assess whether the employee can work in a cold environment and whether any special measures need to be implemented.
    Putting in place effective training for staff members and providing the right type of clothing for freezer work can keep you and your employees safe. But it’s also important to choose the right size of clothing because if it clothing is too big or loose then its insulation qualities will be affected.

    At CIS, we can advise you on freezerwear clothes to suit your business and our range of clothes includes everything from freezer salopettes to trapper caps to keep the head warm.

    X240 FREEZER SALOPETTES £68.96 X240 FREEZER SALOPETTES £68.96

     

    TRAPPER CAP, NAVY £12.95 TRAPPER CAP, NAVY £12.95

     

    Freezing injuries include frostbite and damage to the skin when it comes into contact with the cold.
    To avoid this, the right clothing should be worn at all times, and skin should not be left exposed to the elements.
    Hand protection is particularly important. Freezing injuries are more likely to occur if people find it difficult to work in gloves and remove them.
    Our Tegra Pro Acrylic Lined Velcro Wrist Glove is a very durable glove with excellent grip and offers a comfortable form of hand protection for work in cold temperatures.

    TEGRA PRO ACRYLIC LINED VELCRO WRIST GLOVE £20.99 TEGRA PRO ACRYLIC LINED VELCRO WRIST GLOVE £20.99

     

    The Polarpaw 650 is one of our most popular freezer gloves with heavy duty dual-layered leather sections, hollow fibre insulation and UltraGrip technology. With the added protection of an artery guard, rawhide leather back and dual stitching, this works well for those who operate in cold, harsh environments.

    POLARPAW HD FREEZER GLOVE WITH GRIP PADS £25.47 POLARPAW HD FREEZER GLOVE WITH GRIP PADS £25.47

     

    Finally, in cold environments it’s important to pay attention to how you, and the people around you, are feeling. If you or your team start to feel cold, thirsty, or ill in any way, it’s time to take a break and look after yourself. Additionally, creating a work culture where colleagues look out for each other and prompt each other to take a break can make a real difference - it can really reduce the risk of cold-related health issues occurring.

    If you’d like to know more about what suits you or your company, our team would be happy to talk you through the safety guidance and to let you know the latest products which might best suit your
    needs. Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

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