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  • Does your business use chemicals in the workplace?

    Chemicals

    When it comes to chemicals in the workplace, most businesses do in fact use them and store them on the premises. Chemicals are used in many places and in many different ways, but very frequently for maintaining equipment, or in general cleaning. According to the HSE, the term chemical can also include hazardous substances you create as part of your work processes e.g. dust created by cutting wood or metal.

    What do the regulations say?

    If you are an employer, the law requires you to control the use of chemicals at work. You will need to assess the risks in your workplace and implement and maintain effective control measures.
    If there are chemicals or other hazardous substances on site that could put people’s health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer, these come under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

    There is plenty of help available to help you to comply and a good first step is to visit the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) website.

    If you buy-in a chemical product that is classified as ‘dangerous to supply’, it will come with a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), which will help you to make a risk assessment. A Safety Data Sheet will outline the hazards the chemical presents, and provide information on handling, storage and emergency measures in case of accident.
    There are a few other categories for hazardous substances, each which have their own regulations and guidance for storage and hazard control:
    Lead: Visit the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) website.
    Fire and explosion: for chemicals that can cause a risk of fire and explosion visit the fire and explosion website.
    Biocides and Pesticides: visit the Biocides website, or Pesticides website.

    Storing chemicals safely

    A key health and safety point to make is that chemicals need to be stored properly. If they are stored and handled properly from the outset, this will reduce your likelihood of a chemical spill. We have a range of products to help you manage this and minimise the likelihood of a chemical spill.

    SAFESTOR CHEMICAL CABINET, 900X465X700MM, 30L SUMP, £205 SAFESTOR CHEMICAL CABINET, 900X465X700MM, 30L SUMP, £205

     

    The medium-duty hazardous substance cabinet that complies with all COSHH regulations. The Safestor is purpose-built for the indoor safe storage of flammables and chemicals, including paint and other hazardous substances. Fully compliant with all legislation relating to the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), This robust range of cabinets features a liquid-tight sump to contain spillages, as well as galvanized shelves for maximum durability.

    CHEMCUBE CABINET, 1220X550X1310MM, 105L SUMP, £743.45 CHEMCUBE CABINET, 1220X550X1310MM, 105L SUMP, £743.45

    The leak-proof, lockable cabinet that keeps your chemicals safe and accessible. constructed from durable plastic, the chemcube cabinet™ is a purpose-built cabinet designed For the safe storage of chemicals. The cabinet is fitted with two heavy-duty plastic gridded shelves, with a load capacity of 250kg per shelf, and features an innovative 105 litre capacity leak-proof sump to contain accidental spillages.

    For more advice and support the HSE have a special website to help businesses who use chemicals to understand risks and the regulations. Click here to visit the Chemicals at Work website.

    You can also ask our team here at CIS Safety for advice and information on what storage solutions are best suited to your business.
    Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com.
  • Hearing protection in the workplace

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    Excessive noise at work causes around 17,000 workers each year to suffer deafness or ear conditions such as ringing in the ears. The good news is that with the right measures and Personal Protective Equipment, hearing damage caused by work is preventable, but sadly, once hearing has been damaged or lost, it can be impossible to restore.

    You can get lots of information about risks from noise at this special HSE website.

    Are you or your workers at risk?

    You are at risk if you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions about the noise where you work:

    • Is the noise intrusive for most of the working day?
    • Do you have to raise your voice to have a normal conversation when about 2m apart for at least part of the day?
    • Do you use noisy powered tools or machinery for over 30 minutes each day?
    • Do you work in a noisy industry, eg construction, demolition or road repair; woodworking; plastics processing; engineering; textile manufacture; general fabrication; forging, pressing or stamping; paper or board making; canning or bottling; foundries?
    • Are there noises because of impacts or explosive sources?
    • Do you have muffled hearing at the end of the day?

    Symptoms and early signs of hearing loss

    • Conversation becomes difficult or impossible
    • Your family complains about the television being too loud
    • You have trouble using the telephone
    • You find it difficult to catch sounds like 't', 'd' and 's', so you confuse similar words
    • Permanent tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears) is present.

    Click here for HSE calculators to help you assess your level of hearing risk.

     

    WHAT THE LAW SAYS

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into force for all industry sectors (bar music and entertainment) in Great Britain on 6 April 2006.

    The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work, which could cause them to lose their hearing and/or to suffer from tinnitus.

    Employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones when noise reaches 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training when daily or weekly average noise is 80 decibels.

    There are also levels of noise exposure which must not be exceeded. These are called exposure limit values:

    • daily or weekly exposure of 87 dB;
    • peak sound pressure of 140 dB.

     

    This graph illustrates common noise levels in different working environments.

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    Guidance on the 2005 Regulations can be found in the HSE publications Noise at work: A brief guide to controlling the risks and Controlling Noise at Work

     

     

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005) require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Employees have duties under the Regulations too.

    Employers must:

    • Assess the risks to your employees from noise at work;
    • Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks;
    • Provide your employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods;
    • Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded;
    • Provide your employees with information, instruction and training;
    • Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.

     

    This Flowchart gives more detailed guidance on the steps to take to ensure you are adequately protecting workersl

     

    Hearing protection should not be used as an alternative to controlling noise by technical and organisational means, for example, buying quieter machinery.

    Give HSE's pocket card Noise: Don't lose your hearing to your employees to remind them to wear their hearing protection.

    WHAT PPE SHOULD YOU USE?

     

    Provide the right hearing protectors for the type of work, and make sure workers know how to fit them

    Choose protectors that reduce noise to an acceptable level, while allowing for safety and communication -- aim to reduce noise levels to below 85dB at the ear at the very least. For very noisy environments or situations where high level bangs or explosions are present, heavy duty ear defenders may be the best choice.

     PREMIUM HEAVY DUTY FOLDING EAR DEFENDER, £9.18

    PREMIUM HEAVY DUTY FOLDING EAR DEFENDER, £9.18 Heavy duty ear defender with strong metal folding sidearms, extra soft foam ear cushions and comfortable padded headband. High attenuation to 32 snr, adjustable for perfect fit. Folding design makes these compact for storage whilst the heavy duty design is suitable for all industrial uses. Hi-vis colour is easy to see and helps prevent damage and neglect. PREMIUM HEAVY DUTY FOLDING EAR DEFENDER, £9.18
    Heavy duty ear defender with strong metal folding sidearms, extra soft foam ear cushions and comfortable padded headband. High attenuation to 32 snr, adjustable for perfect fit. Folding design makes these compact for storage whilst the heavy duty design is suitable for all industrial uses. Hi-vis colour is easy to see and helps prevent damage and neglect.

     

    However, also ensure that protectors do not cut out too much noise - this can cause isolation, problems communicating with other team members (which can affect safety) and mean workers are unwilling to wear them. Consider how comfortable and hygienic the products are too. In some cases where you want to reduce noise slightly ear plugs may be beneficial.

    Spark Plugs® Ear Plugs 200 pairs, bagged individually, £23.96 

    Spark Plugs® Ear Plugs 200 pairs, bagged individually, £23.96 Appealing colours, tapered design Made of soft PU-foam Packed in pairs Also available corded Also available in the handy PocketPak container [2 pairs] Also available in blister packs [5 pairs and a PocketPak] Also available in the hygienic dispenser system MoldexStation Tested and certified to EN 352-2:2002 Spark Plugs® Ear Plugs 200 pairs, bagged individually, £23.96
    Appealing colours, tapered design Made of soft PU-foam Packed in pairs Also available corded Also available in the handy PocketPak container [2 pairs] Also available in blister packs [5 pairs and a PocketPak] Also available in the hygienic dispenser system MoldexStation Tested and certified to EN 352-2:2002

     

    Think about how they will be worn with other protective equipment (eg hard hats, dust masks and eye protection);

    Provide a range of protectors so that employees can choose ones which suit them.

    Click here to see our full range of ear protection

    Set hearing protection zones and ensure only people who need to be there enter hearing protection zones and do not stay longer than they need to.

     

    For more advice, please do get in touch with our sales team. Call 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

     

  • Choosing the right headgear for your workplace

     

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    It’s well understood that head injuries can be serious causing everything from memory problems, fatigue and dizziness to fatal injuries. Statistics from the UK workplace support this. Between 2015 and 2016, 15 workers were killed in the UK when being hit by a moving, falling or flying object. Head injuries also accounted for 10 percent of non-fatal injuries reported in the workplace.

    Providing good head protection for workers and visitors can prevent or reduce the damage caused by falling objects, as well as offering protection from bumps, caused for example, by walking into something.

    The following types of work might require protective headgear to ensure safety:

    • construction and building work
    • tree-felling
    • work where there is potential for objects falling from height
    • blasting work, eg in quarries, open cast mining, etc
    • low-level fixed objects, eg scaffolding where there is a risk of collision

    WHAT THE REGULATIONS SAY

    The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) give the main requirements.

    You can download a guide to these regulations from the HSE here.

    Under these regulations, employers assess and manage risks in the workplace to the best of their ability, for example, by roping off areas where there is heavy lifting overhead or risk of falling objects, and only provide PPE as a back-up measure and if potential causes of harm to health and safety cannot be controlled in other ways.

     

    If using PPE you must also ensure the following:

    • Items are checked and fit for purpose
    • Maintained and stored properly
    • Employees and visitors are given instruction on how to use it safely
    • Used correctly by employees

     

    PPE including head protection must:

    • Be appropriate for the risks and for the working environment
    • Take account of the user’s health, ergonomics, fit factors and be compatible with other items of PPE required to be worn
    • Adequately control the risk presented by the hazard without increasing overall risk experienced by the worker.
    • Be supplied free of charge.
    • Comply with relevant legislation concerning the design and manufacture.

     

    Self-employed individuals should provide their own hard hats and ensure they wear them.

     

    It is also important that head protection is correctly fitted and has an adjustable headband and chin strap where appropriate. Chin straps or a ratchet mechanism to adjust the headgear to fit correctly are important because headgear can be knocked off by a blow or fall. It’s worth considering ratchet wheel mechanisms to secure the hard hat as many workers do not use chin straps, due to comfort and because they can pose risk of snagging.

     

    The relevant standards are BS EN 397 and BS EN 14052.

     

    DIFFERENT KINDS OF HEADGEAR

     

    BUMP CAPS

     

    These won’t protect the wearer from heaving falling objects or items moving at speed, but they are suitable for workers likely to bang their heads against something, for example, a mechanic working underneath a car.  The main purpose of bump caps, as the name suggests, is to prevent bumps and grazes.

     

    VENTED SAFETY HELMETS

    These are useful for hot working environments, and liners can be worn in colder weather.

    Vented Safety helmet £6.95

    Vented Safety helmet £6.95  The Style 300 is a stylish and comfortable safety helmet design weighing just 310g. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene, the helmet has an eight point Terylene head gear and terry towel sweatband. The helmet is durable, well balanced and has an extensive range of accessories, such as face protection and hearing protection that easily connect to the helmet shell maintaining comfort and maximising protection for the wearer. The design also provides a rain gutter, making it well suited to applications in exposed environments. Style 300 provides multiple branding areas where a corporate logo can be applied. Vented Safety helmet £6.95
    The Style 300 is a stylish and comfortable safety helmet design weighing just 310g. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene, the helmet has an eight point Terylene head gear and terry towel sweatband. The helmet is durable, well balanced and has an extensive range of accessories, such as face protection and hearing protection that easily connect to the helmet shell maintaining comfort and maximising protection for the wearer. The design also provides a rain gutter, making it well suited to applications in exposed environments. Style 300 provides multiple branding areas where a corporate logo can be applied.

     

    Unvented safety helmets are best suited from areas where a worker requires protection from chemicals, electric shocks or hot liquids

     

    OTHER FORMS OF HEAD PROTECTION

    Other forms of PPE such as respiratory protective equipment (RPE), eye protection, face shields and hearing protection may also be required.

     

    Click here to see our range of visors and face protection.

     

    Click here to see our range of respiratory masks

     

    Click here to see our range of eye protection

     

    Click here to see our range of ear protection

    CHECKLIST FOR EMPLOYERS

    • Have the hazards present in the environment been reduced, isolated and controlled as far as reasonably practicable?
    • Is the head protection suitable for the task you are going to undertake? For example, if the employee will be bending forward, ensure there is a chin strap or ratchet wheel to keep it in place, and check if there is sufficient electrical protection.
    • Is the safety helmet free from damage such as cracks, scratches or impact strikes?
    • Is the safety helmet free from chemicals and solvent-based paint?
    • Has the helmet been stored correctly?
    • Has the helmet been used to carry items in it?
    • Does the helmet fit properly?
    • Has the helmet to be adjusted to ensure it stays on your head?
    • Have any accessories to the helmet been adjusted?
    • Do you know what the colour of the other hard hats being worn on site mean?

    BUYING GUIDE

    Remember that the longevity of PPE plays a key role in your purchasing decision, ensuring you don’t have to buy equipment at a faster-than-expected rate.

    Purchase a range of sizes and enough spares to cover any damaged or lost equipment.

    Ensure the headgear you buy is compatible with other personal protective equipment that may be required by workers, such as respirators, goggles or ear defenders. Please feel free to ask our sales team for more advice and information on available products. Email sales@cissafety.com or call 01726 74264

  • Win a BBQ for summer get togethers

    Summer’s well and truly here and this month here at CIS Safety, we’d like to offer you the chance to win a fabulous barbecue.  Simply fill out your details on the form below to enter, and let us know if you’d like to receive our free articles, downloads and health and safety guides.

    Good luck!

     

    Win a barbecue this summer!

     

    Perfect for your summer get togethers, this BBQ comes with a cooking grill, a side burner and a warming rack to stop food going cold. Other features include a condiment rack and a shelf. The BBQ can be easily moved around your garden or patio space. Suitable for both propane and butane gas. Please note, the gas is not included in the prize. Competition closes 31 August, 2018

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION

     

    T&C: 1. PRIZE MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE WINNER BEING NOTIFIED AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. 2. NO CASH ALTERNATIVE. 3. NO EMPLOYEES OF CIS SAFETY OR ANY COMPANY ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR COMPETITION, PROMOTION, OR GAME OR ANY MEMBER OF THEIR CLOSE FAMILY MAY ENTER. 4. CIS SAFETY ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY PRIZES WON. 5. THE DETERMINATION AND DECISION OF THE EDITOR ON ALL MATTERS WILL BE FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO. CIS SAFETY RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ABSOLUTE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRY COMPETITORS, OR NOMINEE, ADD TO, OR WRITE ANY RULES, OR TO CANCEL THE WHOLE OR PART OF ANY COMPETITION, GAME OR PROMOTION AT ANY STAGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION.6. WHERE CIS SAFETY OFFERS PRIZES ON BEHALF OF AN ASSOCIATED COMPANY THESE PRIZES ARE PROVIDED IN THEIR ENTIRETY BY THESE ASSOCIATED COMPANIES. 7. ENTRANTS MUST BE AGED 18 YEARS OR OVER. PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY MUST BE PROVIDED ON REQUEST. 8. ANY CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES AND / OR RULES OF PLAY WHICH ARE PUBLISHED AS PART OF ANY COMPETITION, PROMOTION OR GAME FORM PART OF THE RULES FOR ENTRY OF THAT COMPETITION OR PROMOTION. 9. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THE CLOSING DATE. 10. NO PURCHASE/PAYMENT IS REQUIRED UNLESS STATED.
  • Why invest in corporate workwear

    The Benefits of Corporate Clothing

    Improving sales, staff performance, raising brand awareness… If you don’t already have uniforms or corporate workwear, there are a few good reasons to consider investing…

    GILDAN ADULT HOODED SWEATSHIRT, ROYAL, £14.33 GILDAN ADULT HOODED SWEATSHIRT, ROYAL, £14.33

     

    1. Day to day promotion!

    It’s a well-known statistic that people have to see your company on average seven times before they make a purchase. Having your staff wear your branding gets your name and identity out to the wider world on a daily basis. Surveys reveal that simply using branded workwear is more effective than any kind of print or digital advertising.

    Do make sure your style of workwear re-enforces your company’s brand and identity. You can choose shirts, polo shirts or hoodies, for example, in our range of corporate workwear, to suit the nature of your work and the different roles of staff.

    See our corporate workwear range

     

    2. It’s helpful for staff

     

    Providing staff with uniforms prevents wear and tear on their own clothes and/or protects clothes (for example,  aprons or overalls). Having branded hoodies or polo shirts can also make it easier for staff to get the company ‘look’ right, reduces costs of of buying office wear and removes the stress and strain of those days when you just cannot find the right things to wear.

     

    Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29

     

    3. Health and safety

     

    If you need to invest in clothing to ensure health and safety of your staff, providing the right workwear is vital. jobs where the health and safety element demands a uniform. For instance, anyone working on roads or in other dangerous areas will require hi vis clothing. There are also many jobs which will require steel cap boots and if you work in food processing specialist kitchen uniforms and workwear to promote safety and hygiene are important. In many cases it is possible to have these items branded, making the work environment more professional and promoting your brand to anyone visiting the site.

    4. Improve staff performance

    Staff are more aware of their actions and how they behave if they are wearing a uniform of some kind. Whether they are working or out with colleagues, they know they are representing the company and studies show an improvement in customer service. Research also shows that when staff wear company logos, they feel more connected to their company and so an unexpected result can be improved staff loyalty.

    See our corporate workwear here.

    If you’d like help and advice in arranging corporate workwear please do give our experienced staff a call on 01726 742642 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

  • Your workplace fire safety checklist

    For most of us, a day at work doesn’t usually involve thinking about fire safety.   It’s fair to say, we’ve probably all followed fire drills and, at some point, been frustrated to get back to work and finish the job or task at hand.

    But according to the HSE, the majority of fires in the workplace are preventable, providing we introduce the right behaviours and procedures.

    So if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) here’s our workplace fire safety checklist to help reduce the likelihood of a fire affecting your business.

    Carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment

    First, it might sound obvious but fire needs a source of ignition (sparks or heat), a source of fuel and also oxygen.  Whatever working environment you’re in, if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) you’ll need to take time to really consider the risks and what might cause a fire as part of your Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

     

    As a first step, think about the hazards. If you’re in an office are there electrical appliances that need to be checked?  In a warehouse or factory there may be different hazards and risks that you need to consider such as chemicals or other sources that can fuel a fire.  Then think about the risks (the likelihood of these creating a fire). You may not be able to completely avoid those risks altogether but you can reduce the risk and manage them.

    For more information visit the government’s Fire Risk Assessment section which provides specific guidance on risk assessments for various working environments

    It’s worth remembering that if you employ more than five people, you’ll also need to keep a written record of any risk assessment.

    We offer a Fire Safety Log Book, £6.27 which can help you to log vital fire safety records and meet your legal obligations.

     

    Minimise fire risks

    Take time to look at your working environment and consider potential hazards as a starting point,  but you should also maintain good housekeeping.

    • Avoid the build up of rubbish that could burn.
    • Keep clear space around potential ignition points
    • Make sure if you do have heaters in the office, that these cannot  be knocked over.
    • Ensure that flammable substances are kept separately where possible.
    Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40 Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40

     

    This secure storage cabinet that keeps your hazardous substances safe, organised and accessible. This cabinet is built to the same exacting specification as the popular Safestor cabinet, but with the addition of specially designed flameproof vents to prevent build-up of fumes. Supplied with adjustable shelves and heavy-duty 5 lever deadlocks, this robust cabinet comes complete with warning stickers and complies with all COSHH regulations (the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health), ensuring that your hazardous substances are kept safe, accessible and secure. 30 minute fire resistance.

    Have an emergency plan  

    Once you’ve carried out any risk assessment, and worked out what you need to do, then you can prepare your emergency plan.

    Have the right fire safety equipment

    As an employer you also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that you know what to do in the event of fire breaking out.  Make sure smoke alarms, fire alarms or bells are installed and are working properly and that you’ve got the right fire-equipment for putting a fire out quickly.

    Check the exits

    Make sure fire exits and escape routes are clearly marked and unobstructed at all times and that staff are trained to know what to do in the event of a fire.   If you have vulnerable workers or workers with disabilities make sure you have considered their needs and safety.

    Keep doing your risk assessments

    Finally, make sure that you review and update the fire risk assessment regularly - the HSE recommends doing this every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.

  • Have you got the right First Aid Strategy in place?

    No matter what steps you have taken to ensure you have a safe workplace, there may be times when your employees are injured or fall ill. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require provide ‘adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work’.
    These regulations apply even if you have fewer than five employees or if you are self-employed. As a minimum, you need a basic first aid kit and a designated first aid officer. You will also need to make sure any employees are aware of your first aid arrangements in the event that they need them.

     

    You can find out more with the Red Cross guide to First Aid for Employers.
    Whilst First Aid arrangements are very much dependent your individual working environment, here are five of the key considerations to help you establish the right first aid strategy for your organisation.

    1. The nature of your workplace
    You may be in a smaller office workplace with relatively low level hazards where the minimum provision would offer the right level of support for you. However, if you work in an environment with unusual circumstances and factors at play, for example working with chemicals or in very physically demanding jobs such as tree surgery or construction, then take time to carry out a proper risk assessment and think about the types of accidents that occur. In these cases it is likely that you will need trained first aiders. The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) has some useful case studies of different work environments, ranging from shops to construction sites and chemical processing plants to help you do this. It also has some useful risk templates to aid you in carrying out the assessment.

    2. Get feedback from employees
    Having regular health and safety conversations with your staff is good for two reasons. First, employee feedback can help with reducing the likelihood of accidents at work , but it can also mean you are better prepared in terms of First Aid provision. As an employer, you are responsible for making sure you have adequate and appropriate provision, but by including employee feedback in your First Aid strategy assessment, you will gain a different perspective of other provisions that need to be factored into your First Aid strategy.
    3. First Aid Provision and work absences
    When an employer's first-aid needs assessment indicates that a first-aider is unnecessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. When you decide on your appointed first aid person, you will need to think about working patterns and other absences. This person will need to take charge of first aid arrangements and potentially call the emergency services if required. They do not need to have formal first aid training but they do need to make sure that there is appropriate cover for first-aid arrangements irrespective of the working patterns of other employees. You will also need to ensure that anyone visiting your premises or site is protected, so it is a good idea to keep a Visitors book to ensure that your First Aider is aware of anyone other than staff on site.

     

    Visitors Book £8.80 Visitors Book £8.80

     

    4. History of workplace accidents
    When you are thinking about First Aid provision, consider if accidents have occured in the past and if so, whether this type of accident is likely to occur again. Think also about the demographic of your workforce. If you have older employees doing very physically demanding jobs, they can be more prone to sprains and other injuries. If it is, then this should be factored into your First Aid Assessment to make sure that your First Aid strategy covers it.
    For this purpose, it is helpful to have an Accident Book to record any incidents.

     

    Accident Book £8.60 Accident Book £8.60

     

    5. Remote workers
    If you have workers that are travelling or working remotely off site , it might be worth thinking about provision away from your main sites. Making sure your remote workers have access to first aid kits and provisions is vital - and could end up saving someone’s life.
    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, BS 8599 compliant First Aid Kits and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    If you would like more information, the HSE's free leaflet offers a good start. First Aid at work: your questions answered.

    As always if you would like any advice, please contact our team as we’re happy to help you with First Aid requirements for your business. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 742642.

  • What First Aid equipment do you need in your workplace?

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    All businesses need to have at least a basic First Aid Kit. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment in the workplace so that employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

    Since 2014, the best way to make sure your First Aid kit is adequate for the workplace is to ensure it meets the new BS 8599 standard. The British Standard BS 8599 sets out the requirements for first aid kits in the workplace.

    Step 1: Risk assess your workplace

    To make sure your First Aid kit is compliant you will first need to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace. The St John’s Ambulance has a helpful online resource to help you assess your First Aid Kit requirements. Click here for their First Aid Requirements Calculator

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as a minimum, a small, low risk workplace, for example a small office should have a first aid box, along with a person appoint to take charge of first aid arrangements and employees should be told clearly where the First Aid kit is kept and who is the designated First Aid Officer. It’s certainly worthwhile doing this at regular periods as according to The British Red Cross and personalinjurylawyers.co.uk, research found that 75% of employees can’t find their first aid kit at work.

    What should be in your First Aid Kit?

    Once you have assessed your workplace risk level, the BS 8599 standard sets out what you need and in what quantities in terms of First Aid Equipment. Click here for a guide. Items include the following.

    • A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid.
    • Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work.
    • Sterile eye pads.
    • Individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile.
    • Safety pins.
    • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings.
    • Disposable gloves
    • Foil blanket
    • Mouth to mouth resuscitation device
    • Universal shears suitable for cutting clothing
    • Moist wipes
    • Microporous tape
    • Burn relief dressing

    It is recommended that you don't keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

    We have a range of BS 8599 compliant first-aid kits starting with our BS8599-1 WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT SMALL

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    Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment, specific to your workplace.

    We also have first-aid kits which are BS 8599 compliant but also designed to meet the needs of specific industries, such as the food and catering industry for example. BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE, which has dressings for burns and also tape and plasters which can ensure food and preparation areas are kept completely safe and clean.

    BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE

     

    Click here to see our full range of First Aid Kits

    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, individual low value items and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    More advice is given in HSE's free leaflet: First aid at work: your questions answered.

    If you’d like advice and get the appropriate kits and best pricing for your business please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk through all your First Aid requirements

    Call us on: 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Win £100 workwear voucher from CIS Safety

     

    Here at CIS Safety we know how important the right clothing and equipment is in order to get the job done safely and effectively.

     

    With this in mind this month we are offering a £100 towards workwear so you can find whatever you need to be safe and comfortable at work.

     

    PUMA IGS SAFETY ANKLE BOOT £69.50 PUMA IGS SAFETY ANKLE BOOT £69.50

    The voucher covers a wide range of workwear, and may be used towards purchase of our footwear range and also outerwear from our Mascot range, such as this Mascot Bancroft Shell Jacket, £59.84 a waterproof and windproof outer jacket that is ideal for layering on top of other workwear. The voucher also covers Hi Vis workwear from the range, such as this Mascot Lech Lined Bib and Brace, £89.95, and would be offset against higher value workwear such as this Mascot Vancouver Hi Vis Quilted Parka, £114

    MASCOT LECH LINED HI-VIS BIB & BRACE, ORANGE, £89.95 MASCOT LECH LINED HI-VIS BIB & BRACE, ORANGE, £89.95

     

    Click here to find out more about Mascot Workwear

     

    To enter, simply click on the link below and fill out your details.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW FOR £100 VOUCHER

     

    Terms & Conditions

    The winner will be selected at random and no cash alternative is available. This prize is not transferable. Products purchased using the voucher must be at list price and not used in conjunction with any other offer, credit note or special pricing By entering this competition you agree that CIS Safety can contact you to ask if you would like to receive offers and information. You can unsubscribe from these mailing lists at any time.

    Closing date:

    Midnight 15th May, 2018

  • 4 key pieces of workwear you need all year round

    Hopefully the worst of the winter is now behind us, but there are a few key pieces of workwear which can keep workers safe and comfortable throughout the year. Here’s a roundup of the clothing and accessories outdoor workers should invest in.

    1. UV Protective Eyewear

    It’s not just at the height of summer that we need to protect our eyes. In fact, UV rays can be more damaging to our eyes on cloudy days, due to a scattering effect on the light. Regular exposure to UV rays can cause a range of eye conditions including cataracts and AMD -- age-related macular degeneration.

     

    Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35 Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35

     

    Click here for a  full range of eye protection wear

     

    2. Breathable waterproof jacket

    In the UK having a waterproof that is lightweight and easy to have onhand at all times is certainly beneficial. Ideally the fabric will have taped seams and a stormflap to keep rain out and the fabric should offer good level of waterproof protection but also breathability, to help avoid getting too hot and moist inside the jacket.

     

    Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38 Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38

     

    This packaway rain jacket includes many features such as, Taped seams, Integral hood, Waterproof and breathable Isolite lightweight Polyamide fabric, Windproof, Studded stormflap with hook and loop, 2 lower pockets and Mesh stuff sack

    You can find good information on which waterproof jacket to choose for different working environments or occasions at the Regatta website.

    Workwear that is certified in accordance with EN 343 protects against rain and snow, lets the skin breathe and conducts moisture and sweat away from the body. Click here to find out more about this.

    3. Hi Vis clothing

    When working outdoors wherever there is traffic high visibility clothing can save lives. If you would like further guidance, the EN471 specification sets out safety standards based on your regular working environment..For details click here

     

    Hi vis executive jacket Hi vis executive jacket, £49.50

     

     

    4. Safe footwear

    Slips and trips cause nearly 40% of all serious accidents, but the good news is that around 50% of these can be prevented by good safety practice in the workplace and wearing safe, comfortable footwear. Safety boots are good for some work environments, and if a worker is on their feet for long stretches, the footwear should have a broad base and have a heel no higher than 2cm in height.

    Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02 Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02

     

    Take a look at our footwear range here: www.cisafety.com/footwear

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