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  • 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 742642 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
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    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 742642 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

  • Clothing and equipment for cleaners

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    It’s easy to overlook the role of janitors and facilities staff but without them, an office can turn to chaos with overflowing bins or workspaces that aren’t clean and safe for employees and visitors.

    Duties can range from light cleaning duties through to fixing and maintaining office facilities when things go wrong. It’s important to make sure that staff have the right tools to do their job effectively. They will also need appropriate workwear, as this can help to avoid potential accidents from happening as they carry out their work.

    Equipment

    Basic equipment such as brushes, scourers and disinfectant are an obvious requirement and having these colour coded so that equipment can be used in appropriate zones is helpful. You might also want to consider things like specific boxes to dispose of sharp implements (such as knives) if you work in an environment where you are using these regularly.

     

    VIKAN NAIL BRUSH STIFF, 48MM X 118MM RED, £1.99 VIKAN NAIL BRUSH STIFF, 48MM X 118MM RED, £1.99

     

    SHARPS BOX, £11.68 SHARPS BOX, £11.68

     

    Workwear

    Facilities staff also need a basic level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe from chemicals and germs. Even a mild cleaner can cause problems if it gets splashed in a person’s eyes, so it’s best to provide staff with goggles, gloves and protective uniform.

    When it comes to clothing long sleeves and trousers with padding in the knees for jobs which involve kneeling can make life much more comfortable.

    For footwear, look for rubber-soled safety shoes or shoe covers as these can help to prevent accidents due to slips on wet floors.

    OZONE LIGHTWEIGHT SAFETY TRAINER SHOE, BLACK, £33.25 OZONE LIGHTWEIGHT SAFETY TRAINER SHOE, BLACK, £33.25

     

    V-NECK SWEATSHIRT, NAVY, £13.78 V-NECK SWEATSHIRT, NAVY, £13.78

     

      MASCOT LERIDA TROUSERS - BLACK, REGULAR, £53.95
    MASCOT LERIDA TROUSERS - BLACK, REGULAR, £53.95

     

    Another important consideration you need to think about is preventing the spread of germs and bacteria. By taking some very simple steps and encouraging facilities staff to change gloves regularly and wash hands thoroughly after cleaning restrooms, you can significantly reduce the risk of germs spreading into other parts of your office.

     

    £3.65 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE £3.65 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE

     

    As always if you would like any advice or a review of what equipment and workwear are right for your business, please contact our team as we’re happy to help you with any requirements for your business. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 742642.

  • A guide to spill control in the workplace

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    Anyone who has ever slipped on a wet floor can testify to the fact that even seemingly harmless substances can be hazardous when spilled. Of course there are slips and falls to consider, but also other issues could cause harm to people, the environment and result in costly fines. Something as innocuous as milk, for example, in enough volume, will kill marine life in waterways or promote algal growth in drains.

    The way staff respond to a spill in the workplace can make a really big difference to the outcome.  Here are a few tips to help ensure spill hazards are dealt with as effectively as possible.

    What problems can spill hazards cause?

    The main hazards fall into four broad categories: slips and falls, health exposure, explosion and fire and environmental pollution.

    Training

    Ensuring that all staff understand that the potential consequences of a spill is an important first step in how your business copes with spills and in helping you to prevent spills in the workplace. Basic training to ensure staff understand that preventing spills can help co-workers to avoid injury and long periods off work as well as avoiding potential environmental damage and possible fines from the HSE is a first step.

    Also make sure that staff are allocated clear roles and responsibilities in the event of a spill and make sure these measures are written into your health and safety policy. It is a legal requirement and good business practice to involve safety representatives of your business in your spill response plans and training.

    Staff also need to ensure that powders and liquids are stored safely. If you have chemicals keep them in a marked lockable cupboard.

     

    FLAMSTOR CABINET, 500X530X980MM (EXT) 40L SUMP, £315.70 FLAMSTOR CABINET, 500 X 530 X 980MM, 40L SUMP, £315.70

    Even small but regular spills can add costs to your business.  Things like oil dripping from machinery or solvent bottles knocked over through careless handling and someone forgetting to put the top back on securely all cost money, and small sums add up to big ones over time.

     

    What to do in the event of a spill

    Step 1: CLEAR THE AREA

    As soon as  the staff member responsible for an area is informed of an incident, all personnel who do not need to be at the scene must be cleared from the affected area immediately.

    If the substance is hazardous the alarm should be raised immediately and the staff member in charge should also find out whether anyone has come into contact with it and arrange first aid and medical attention if necessary.

     

    Step 2: RESTRICT ACCESS

    Depending on the area, access can be restricted by placing barrier tapes and / or warning notices.

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

    Step 3: ASSESS THE RISK

    Next, gather information from the person who reported the spill and those who know the area and materials. The details you need include:

    • the substance
    • the quantity
    • its state (flowing or stable)
    • the location. Is it enclosed or open? Are there any materials nearby that could compound the hazard? Are there any drains that it could enter?

    If the liquid spill is non-hazardous, you have to determine whether it poses a slip risk.

    Step 4: CLEAN UP THE SPILL

    Make sure you have the right type of absorbent materials and cleaning detergents for substances on site and store them close to the site of a potential spill.  Some absorbents are good for dealing with oil, others with water, and still others with combinations of them. Some work on water; others are better suited to dry application.

    Click here to see our range of floor cleaning products and equipment

    We also stock a range of spill control products and can supply a wide range of additional products to cover all applications. Why not contact our sales staff for advice on what product would suit your application best?

    We  offer FREE site surveys which will give you recommendations on how best to equip your facility, along with many more tips and helpful planning advice. Taking advantage of this will not only make it easier for you to specify what is needed but gives peace of mind and helps prove due diligence in the event of any subsequent spill or disaster.

    As always if you would like any advice, please contact our team. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

  • Avoiding Cuts in the Kitchen - Safe use of Knives in the Catering Industry

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    According to the HSE, cuts are the second most common form of injury in catering environments.  There are plenty of documented cases where people have been injured because they did not carry the knife properly, they applied too much pressure to the knife and many instances where someone was cut because a knife had been left in a sink.  

    There are a few simple tips which can help to reduce cuts and knife injuries in the workplace:

    • Use the right knife for the task where possible.
    • Keeping knives sharp.  It might sound counterintuitive but the sharper the knife is, the safer it is to use. Blunt knives often require more force to chop with and are more likely to slip.
    • Handling knives carefully when washing up.
    • Always store knives properly after use (in a scabbard or container)
    • Cut on stable surfaces.
    • Use protective equipment where required.
    • Train employees in the safe use of knives.  


    Using appropriate gloves can be particularly helpful in avoiding injuries as it reduces the risk of the knife slipping as well as offering protection.

     

     

    BLUE LATEX PALM COATED CUT 5 GLOVES    £9.30 BLUE LATEX PALM COATED CUT 5 GLOVES    £9.30

    For hand protection we offer a premium product, Latex Palm Coated Cut 5 Gloves, which offer maximum protection in all EN388 categories (abrasion protection, tear and puncture resistance and blade cut resistance).  With a highly specialised mix of DuPont, Kevlar, stainless steel and other high performance fibres, they also have sanitised hygiene function preventing odour over extended use.

     

    Cut Resistant Filleting Gloves, £7.64 Cut Resistant Filleting Gloves, £7.64

    These cut resistant gloves are ambidextrous so can be bought singly and also reversed to increase wear – usually you only need to protect one hand when doing cutting work. They can also be laundered and are food safe.

     

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT KNIFE FOR THE JOB

    We have a range of knives for the catering industry, including the renowned Swiss professional knife.   Some are colour-coded and come in different lengths, others are more unique like the oyster knife. Here’s a selection...

    VICTORINOX FIBROX FLEXIBLE FILLETING KNIFE, 16CM BLACK  £16.66 VICTORINOX FIBROX FLEXIBLE FILLETING KNIFE, 16CM BLACK  £16.66

    The Victorinox filleting knife has a flexible, high quality razor sharp ice-tempered stainless steel blade with a unique anti-slip soft grip nylon Fibrox handle.   

     

    4"/ 10CM SERRATED KNIFE  £5.18 4"/ 10CM SERRATED KNIFE  £5.18


    This 4" serrated knife enhances grip and safety.   The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant and have a protective hand guard, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.

     

    8.5"/ 22CM COOKS KNIFE, £11.90 8.5"/ 22CM COOKS KNIFE, £11.90

    Available in five different colours, allowing for colour coded use. The benefit of colour coding is using different colour for different foods to avoid cross contamination or even food poisoning. This cook’s knife has a curved blade designed to ‘rock' from handle to tip for a gentle, even rocking and gliding motion as you cut. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use. The safe, wide blade is also great for scooping and gathering after cutting.

     

    12"/ 30CM STEAK KNIFE, £18.96 12"/ 30CM STEAK KNIFE, £18.96

    This steak knife, also available in five colours provides a leading combination of initial sharpness and cutting edge retention. The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.

     

    6"/ 15CM BONING KNIFE STD, £8.50 6"/ 15CM BONING KNIFE STD, £8.50

    This 6" Boning Knife is a part of our colour coded, good quality, low cost collection.

    2.5” OYSTER KNIFE £4.58 2.5” OYSTER KNIFE £4.58

    This 2.5" oyster knife provides initial sharpness. The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.

     

    REMEMBER YOUR BASIC TRAINING

    Finally, it’s worth making sure you update training so that everyone in your company remembers not to leave loose knives on worktops and that they don’t carry knives with whilst carrying other objects.

    If you’d like to see more best practice tips to help minimise the risk of injury, the HSE has a dedicated page setting out the dos and don’ts of knife safety.  Knife safety

    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 in the food processing industry

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    It's not just hygiene standards which are important when choosing workwear for for the food production sector, but also ensuring workwear is practical and safe.

    Here is our guide to workwear in the food meeting the highest hygiene standards in the food processing sector.

    It sounds obvious but choosing workwear which allows for the highest hygiene standards is an absolute priority.  Every member of staff working in a food-handling area has to have a high level of personal hygiene. As an employer, there are plenty of things that you can do to help your employees meet those standards.

     

    The Food Standards Agency points out that staff must wear clothing that is suitable, clean, protective and that when preparing food they must have their hair tied back or under a suitable hair covering (a hat or a net).

     

    You can find more information in the FSA Guide here

     

    Of course as well as being clean and protective, clothing also needs to be fit for purpose, allowing staff to move around quickly, and in hot, often slippery kitchens or in colder freezer areas.

     

    Workwear for the food industry must also comply with the following HACCP regulations:

     

    • No external openings (pockets) above the waist to prevent items from falling out and into the food.
    • Pockets on bottoms must be covered to prevent items from getting stuck in the clothes and accidentally be moved from one place to another.

    At CIS we have a range of workwear solutions that are practical and well-tested. You can ask our sales team about our range of lab type coats, trousers and overalls that would meet these requirements.

     

    Our aprons are flexible and lightweight but still strong enough to resist a wide range of chemicals and oils - including animal fats - perfect for seafood and meat processing industries.

     

    DOUBLE PATCH FLEXIBLE PVC APRON, C/W TIES, BLUE, £13.87 CIS Safety DOUBLE PATCH FLEXIBLE PVC APRON, C/W TIES, BLUE, £13.87

    This flexible PVC apron with double thickness front is very lightweight and comfortable. Fitted with wide, durable neck band with adjustable buckle and hand ties. It comes in a range of colours and is popular with meat wholesalers and fish production. It has quick connectors and a double thickness front for extra wear.

     

    EPVC HEAVY DUTY APRON C/W SNAP CONNECTORS, BLUE £19.92, CIS Safety EPVC HEAVY DUTY APRON C/W SNAP CONNECTORS, BLUE £19.92

     

    This heavy duty apron is flexible and lightweight yet still strong enough to resist a wide range of chemicals and oils including animal fats, these aprons are the first choice for the seafood and meat processing industries. Wide neck straps ensure a high degree of comfort, and the quick connectors on both the next strap and waist straps mean that donning these aprons is a simple task that can be completed even with gloved hands

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    CLOTHING FOR WASHDOWN AREAS

     

    We also offer a range of washdown clothing – for high pressure cleaning of food production areas, or simply areas where there is a lot of water around such as fish filleting lines. These garments are all made from  wipe-clean materials, either soft and flexible PU or the more heavy duty PVC, and some have double thickness of material in high wear areas such as knees, front of smocks or front of bib & braces.

     

    PU WAIST TROUSER, LEG STUDS, GREEN, £27.84, CIS Safety PU WAIST TROUSER, LEG STUDS, GREEN, £27.84

     

    These cleaning trousers are highly water resistant with press button stud at the bottom of the leg.

     

    Finally don’t forget your disposable gloves.  Our food safe gloves have high tear and puncture resistance and are easy to put on.  They are latex free, tough and comfortable - perfect for all hygiene tasks.

    DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE  £7.05, CIS Safety DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE £7.05

     

     

    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

     

  • Women’s workwear that does the job

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    When you think of construction or engineering jobs, chances are you picture a male in high visibility clothing - after all it has tended to be a male oriented profession.

    But, with around 14% of women opting to go into construction, and an increasing number of women choosing engineering and trade professions as a career, there is a definite need for workwear and PPE that is specifically tailored for female employees.

    Our new range, Leowear ladies, includes hi-visibility garments that been trialled extensively by women for women. The result is a practical and stylish range of high performance garments that is perfect for the modern female workforce.

     

    SANDYMERE, ISO 20471 Class 1 Ladies Bodywarmer in Yellow SANDYMERE, ISO 20471 Class 1 Ladies Bodywarmer in Yellow

     

    We have some great new product ranges to help keep you and your employees safe and warm.  From women’s cargo trousers, warm and functional fleeces tailored for women, or polo shirts with triple stitched seams, we have great product ranges for the female workforce.

     

    LADIES CONDOR KNEEPAD TROUSERS. A multifunctional hardwearing trouser with internal kneepad pockets. LADIES CONDOR KNEEPAD TROUSERS. A multifunctional hardwearing trouser with internal kneepad pockets.
    inc_imageget (1) Wren Ladies Poloshirt, A high quality premium weight poloshirt, available in a range of colours.
    LADIES ALBATROSS FLEECE A versatile fleece which has two external pockets and two internal pockets.  LADIES ALBATROSS FLEECE A versatile fleece which has two external pockets and two internal pockets.

     

     Finally, don’t forget footwear.

    Women’s feet are often smaller than men’s and so we wanted to provide a brand that would prioritise safety and comfort.   We stock V12 footwear, a brand that has been designed taking into consideration extensive feedback from Transport for London’s female workforce.

     

    We now offer the V12 range of women's footwear We now offer the V12 range of women's footwear

    If you’d like advice or to know more about the workwear we stock, please give our experienced staff a call on 01726 742642 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

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