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  • A guide to sustainable PPE

    A guide to sustainable PPE

    There is more and more concern over the impact of PPE on the environment, but how can you ensure that you keep everyone safe, meet budget requirements while maintaining sustainable practice? Here is a guide to some options that can help.

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase in the use of disposable PPE has been dramatic, causing big concern for conservation organizations. With litter picking and beach cleaning groups reporting a huge increase in disposable face masks and gloves in particular littering beaches and countryside, many studies have been conducted. It transpires that the UK is expecting an extra 66,000 tonnes of contaminated waste from face coverings alone in 2020, according to the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub.

    Many companies wish to address sustainability issues in their practice and procedures, but how can companies who are already challenged by the economic pressures of the pandemic address concerns while still keeping staff and customers as safe as possible?

    The good news is that as more research has been carried out, it is becoming clearer that there are affordable and effective forms of PPE that are more sustainable. Also, it seems that there is less need for disposable PPE outside of medical settings.


    Face masks

    The guidance around PPE for healthcare and social settings differs from non-healthcare settings and this applies to face coverings that should be used.

    Click here to access the government PPE hub which offers guidance on both kinds of settings.

    You can see guidance on face masks for non-healthcare settings here: https://brc.org.uk/media/674992/face-coverings_guidelines_v2.pdf
    In summary, the key point is that in non-healthcare settings, face coverings are mainly used to prevent the wearer from infecting others, and often reusable fabric coverings are a highly effective and sustainable option.

    Here are some examples of reusable and washable face coverings that we can supply.



    REUSABLE & WASHABLE FACE MASK FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING & INFECTION CONTROL. The anti-bacterial treatment on this mask lasts for 12 washes. The masks are soft and comfortable, in part due to the ear loops which help the mask to fit comfortably and snugly. They are double-layered and made from 100% cotton. They are available in boxes of 20 Masks per box / 600 per Carton. Minimum order is one box (product price is per mask)

    Ralawise snood face covering Snood (pack of five) from Ralawise

    These snoods from Ralawise are alternative face coverings that can easily be pulled up and down making them convenient for workers who do not need to be removing and applying face masks frequently.

    They come in packs of five and can be machine washed at 60 degrees.


    Beechfield Snood, surf blue Beechfield Snood, surf blue

    These Beechfield snoods are made from breathable fabric, are seam free and also machine washable. They come in a wide range of colours.



    While disposable gloves are recommended for healthcare settings and for clearing staff who are sanitising areas used by individuals who have been tested positive for COVID, in fact, official guidance states that it’s better for most workers and the general public to wash their hands or use sanitizer where possible rather than using gloves.

    It is necessary to use gloves if using some chemicals such as cleaning products, you can use reusable gloves for this purpose and we have a range available.


    Click here for our full range of gloves


    However, as PPE in protecting against COVID, if you are not in a healthcare or social setting, and do not need gloves to protect against hazards such as heat, cold or cuts, for example, advice is to wash or sanitise your hands. The reason for this is that wearing gloves in other circumstances won’t necessarily protect you from COVID-19 and could actually lead to a spread of the virus. Many people in general work settings or using gloves for day-to-day tasks are not aware of how to put on and take off gloves in a way that minimizes cross-contamination. In addition, using gloves tends to lead to people having a false sense of security and touching their face or phone with contaminated gloves which is why using them can result in the glove wearer becoming infected by coronavirus.


    Using soap and water is the most effective way to get rid of any coronavirus on your hands, because the soap breaks down the virus in a way that causes it to instantly disintegrate. The next best option, when water is not available is to use hand sanitiser.

    So, what is the best sustainable option?



    A plastic-free option for handwashing, soap bars are generally more sustainable and usually cheaper than liquid soap.

    Many have avoided using soap bars during coronavirus for fear of transmitting the coronavirus via soap bars during frequent handwashing. But while at first glance it may seem liquid soap is preferable to use in times of pandemic as every user has their own ration, untouched by others, a raft of studies reveal that coronavirus, or indeed bacteria cannot be transmitted from person to person via bars of soap.

    Click here if you would like to find out more.


    These buttermilk soap bars are 70g and are kind and gentle to the skin. Great for use in areas where hands are regularly washed.


    Of course, face masks and gloves have been a major cause of litter during the pandemic. But there are other forms of PPE which companies need on a regular basis that can also be sourced sustainably. One type, in particular, is hi-vis workwear which is often made from plastics and less sustainable materials.


    One range we supply is the EcoViz® range from Leo Workwear. This is the leading brand of high visibility clothing made from recycled or sustainably sourced fabrics. All EcoViz® products fully conform to ISO 20471 whilst constructed from fabrics derived either from recycled post-consumer clothing or recycled plastic bottles.



    When looking to find PPE workwear for more general use, those companies interested in becoming more sustainable might also be interested in some of the other sustainable workwear ranges we stock, including the range from ORN Clothing.

    ORN Clothing are a manufacturer of high quality, ethically sourced, sustainable workplace products. They are mindful of responsibility towards the environment and ensure that all operations have as little impact on the environment as possible. For example, in their mission statement, ØRN INTERNATIONAL state they aim to source 100% recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

    FIREBACK EARTHPRO JACKET from ORN Clothing, £67.45 FIREBACK EARTHPRO JACKET from ORN Clothing, £67.45


    The other great thing about this range is that as well as offering great value, the workwear is of extremely high quality. This high-performance jacket, for example, is manufactured to top specification and is made from waterproof and breathable fabric.
    (Waterproof rating 10,000m, Breathability rating 3,000g/m2/24hr).

    It’s also designed with safety in mind, hi-vis zips and hi-vis piping along the shoulders, sleeve and hem panels. There is an external adjustable cuff for greater protection, and an internal elastane cuff for protection and comfort A full-length storm flap keeps out the elements and three external pockets with zip closures, along with an internal storage pocket, adjustable hem and a detachable, adjustable hood all contribute to making it useful, effective and an excellent choice for PPE workwear.


    If you are looking to source more sustainable PPE our team are highly knowledgeable and happy to help. Please contact us on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com and we’ll be happy to provide information and advice to help you.

  • Helpful adaptations to fire safety during lockdown

    Person checking fire extinguishers in a workplace

    This week the British Association for Fire Equipment, an independent registration body for fire protection companies in the UK has issued a warning to companies that their fire safety obligations continue as normal, despite the lockdown restrictions.

    “Coronavirus is not an excuse for disregarding your [fire safety] responsibilities and businesses must ensure that they have an adequate amount of competent people to help in the implementation of both preventative and protective fire safety measures.” Station Manager Bill Shepherd, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Protection Department.

    While BAFE stress that where possible and following Government guidance, any office-based staff of registered companies should work from home to aid in the reduction of transmission of COVID-19, the message is clear. You still need to ensure that your policies and procedures, your checks and fire safety equipment are all up to date and in working order, regardless of the challenges posed by staff being on furlough and many working from home.


    So, how can companies meet this challenge?


    In this guide we set out some adaptations and strategies for ensuring your staff and premises are protected from the risk of fire during these challenging times.




    The Fire Safety Order (2005) remains current during the COVID-19 pandemic and operating businesses should ensure they are complying. If for any reason you have had to change the person responsible for ensuring compliance, local fire teams are always keen to engage and support in the process, especially now, as most businesses are experiencing changes in risk.

    A good strategy right now is to ensure the person in your business who undertakes fire risk assessments contacts the local fire service team for advice, resources and support, and this is helpful if the person is new to the role.

    Click here to find contact details for your regional fire service.



    It may also be advisable for the responsible person to consult with your insurer when considering risk assessment and mitigation. Although the insurer's role is not to determine compliance with the Fire Safety Order, they can help you to make sure that your policy is valid and all conditions are being met during lockdown.



    It might be that the individual responsible for implementing social distancing is not the same team member who is responsible for and familiar with your fire safety risk assessment. It’s important therefore, if you have not already done so, to walk through the premises and ensure that social distancing controls, such as one way systems, for example, or moved fixtures and fittings are not obstructing fire exits, fire escape and safety signage and they are not causing issues with fire alarms, smoke detectors etc.

    You may need to consider replacing or updating your fire escape signage, for example if furniture or fittings have been moved, or if staff are using different doors or corridors than they previously had.

    See page 14 of our Safety Signage catalogue for details of Fire Safety Signage.

    Fire safety signs in the CIS Safety Signage catalogue




    It’s a terrible thing to consider, but it’s also important if your premises are either unstaffed or there are fewer staff working, to review security risks, including risk of arson. Take time to consider access points, what security alarms, locks and CCTV you have to negate this risk. Your insurer and local fire service advisory team will be able to offer specific help here.

    Test the fire alarms and equipment

    If staff have been away for a while or premises unused, testing fire alarms, checking smoke detector batteries and fire extinguishers can all be overlooked. Arrange a time to get this done and log the date of the checks. If you need to update your equipment we have a full range of fire safety equipment, including extinguishers, logbooks and this helpful table to identify which suits your needs in our Safety Signage and Work Safety Catalogue on page 121.

    Table guide to which fire extinguisher to use for different kinds of fire




    Making sure that stock items that are valuable, or items such as cleaning products or hand sanitizer which can be flammable are kept in safe areas, away from sparks or heat sources is important at this time. It’s not possible for hand sanitizer to catch fire without a spark (See this fact check article here: https://fullfact.org/health/hand-sanitiser-fire-NHS/) but you should be cautious about how and where you keep hand sanitizer if you are cooking or using naked flames on the premises.

    Cabinets for storing hazardous or flammable products are available, such as this Flamstor cabinet which offers 30 minutes fire resistance.


    FLAMSTOR CABINET, 800X585X1250MM (EXT) 115L SUMP, £623.70 FLAMSTOR CABINET, 800X585X1250MM (EXT) 115L SUMP, £623.70




    A lot has changed over time, and it is always helpful to update staff training on fire procedures. If after your fire safety risk assessment and review, your fire safety measures have been altered then arrange to update staff training.


    As always our team are happy to talk through your specific needs at this time and offer information or assistance in updating your fire safety procedures. Please contact our team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com.

  • What do you need to keep your customer areas clean and safe?


    How to keep customer areas safe during COVID


    A step by step guide to ensuring areas such as takeaway collections or reception areas meet high hygiene standards to keep customers as safe as possible from the new COVID variants.

    While  Winter 2021 lockdown means that many businesses are closed to the public, many businesses are still offering takeaways or still receiving visitors in their reception areas.

    Here is a round-u of advice currently being offered to help businesses improve their COVID safety practices.



    Experts say that the second variant causes those who contract it to produce more of the virus in the upper part of their respiratory system, which means they breathe out more of the droplets which can cause others to contract the condition. The increase in these droplets can increase by up to 10 times, and this can happen even if the person has no symptoms such as a cough. It is therefore very important that all those working indoors wear facemasks whenever possible. The TUC is currently calling for the Government to bring in guidance on workplace face coverings to the WHO standard of three protective layers.

    Click here to see our range of respiratory masks 


    Add or increase signage helping and reminding customers to remain two metres apart

    Increasing the distance between customers and employees through signage or placement of fixtures and fittings is another way to reduce transmission of the more infectious second variant.


    It’s colder now, so we’re less likely to keep windows and doors open which can help to ventilate spaces and reduce the density of droplets in a space that is contaminated with the virus. Therefore it is important to ensure that rooms or spaces are well ventilated whilst remaining warm enough for employees and customers to sustain a comfortable body temperature. The CIBSE currently recommends a safety threshold for ventilation of indoor workplaces with outside air of at least 10 litres of outside air in offices per second per person.


    The new variant is also termed to be more ‘sticky’ due to a slight mutation in the protein which enters human cells. This means that someone touching an area that has been infected by the virus is more likely to contract the virus.


    Washing hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently can help to reduce the risk of anyone who has the virus on their hands from touching their nose, mouth or eyes which are the mucous membranes that are pathways to our throat and lungs. Given that studies show we touch our face on average 20 times each hour, increasing the presence of sanitizer and handwashing facilities is one way to help reduce the likelihood that touching a surface where the virus is present will translate into someone then touching their face before they have washed or sanitized their hands.

    Click here to see our range of hand cleansers and sanitizers

    There are some great new wall-mounted dispensers now which can help you to increase the availability of hand sanitizer and wipes.


    Multi-purpose surface mounted dispenser bracket, £4.46 Multi-purpose surface mounted dispenser bracket, £4.46


    These dispensers which we now have available are very easy to mount as they are designed with flexible, strong adhesive foam that will not fail and which will adhere despite surface imperfections. Meanwhile, the adhesive will not damage any surfaces and velcro straps ensure the product is held very securely. They are available at a low cost, so are suitable for multiple applications.

    They are also designed to be easy to change when empty and can be used to dispense any sanitizer or wipe tub up to 100mm diameter with the standard Velcro straps supplied – they will even take soft packs of wipes.

    They can be used in vehicles, vans, machinery, on desks or walls, in corridors or by workstations.


    Face to face meetings between staff and customers, site visits or visits to or from suppliers should all be reduced to an absolute minimum. Ideally, a health and safety officer should review all activities which increase risk and consider ways to reduce face to face contact, through online communications or updated methods of collection or delivery so that the risk of these visits has now increased as a result of the more infectious coronavirus variant.


    If you would like more information or assistance in updating your COVID safety procedures and finding products that meet your needs, please contact our team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com.

  • PPE for winter and cold environments 

    PPE for winter weather


    It’s important to stay dry, warm and comfortable when you are working outside during the winter, or in cold environments. It’s wise to invest in good quality PPE which will work well and last for a long time. Here is our guide to the key things to check when you’re buying and some great new products.


    Ensuring that workers are protected from extreme cold temperatures is an important safety consideration, with studies showing that accidents frequency increases by 35% in extreme high or low temperatures.

    This is because people working in extreme temperatures tend to behave in a more unsafe way and make poorer decisions. For example, a worker may take shortcuts if they feel too cold and need to get warm, or they may lose the ability to concentrate if feeling extremely cold.

    While providing PPE that can help to retain warmth, it’s also important to ensure that the products and fabrics are designed to avoid overheating and keep the body at the right temperature as heat stress can also occur if the only PPE available causes the person wearing it to feel too hot.

    Being aware of these risks and carrying out a clear and thorough assessment of the PPE that will best suit workers will  not only improve health and safety but also morale and productivity.


    Things to consider during assessment:


    Ambient temperature:

    How warm or cold is the surrounding air temperature. For example, we have been experiencing colder temperatures during the winter in recent years. Is there a need to reassess PPE available for particularly cold snaps.


    Wind: the wind chill factor can make the temperature feel much lower than the actual air temperature being measured. Fabrics and PPE that protect against this can help to improve what the HSE term as ‘Thermal Comfort’ how warm a worker actually feels.


    Visibility: With low light levels throughout the day, in poorer weather and shorter daylight hours, Hi Vis PPE is important to consider when choosing winter PPE.

    Humidity: very humid temperatures mean more sweat so it is important to ensure fabrics are breathable, so that moisture does not stay close to the body but can evaporate as easily as possible.

    Insulation: How much heat does PPE workwear retain and can the workwear be removed or adjusted easily to allow a worker to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Layering garments can help here.

    Physical activity: If we’re physically active, we generate more heat, so the PPE chosen will need to account for this, and you may need to provide PPE for work that involved lots of activity and rest periods when the body can cool very quickly.

    Individual circumstances: Factors including weight, age and medication can all affect how an individual reponds to cold conditions.

    Consider what work is done, and in what conditions but also monitor feedback from staff about whether workwear is warm enough or causes them to overheat.

    Things to consider when buying PPE for cold weather:


    Insulation: Does PPE offer a range of insulation and layers to ensure that workers can keep warm but adjust PPE either by removing or adding layers or adjusting the garments to maintain a comfortable body temperature.





    This faux fur-lined sweatshirt from our supplier ORN Clothing offers a high level of insulation and comfort. The fur retains tiny pockets of warm air to maintain body warmth. It also has durable stitching on all main seams to ensure it will retain warmth and last well as workwear. The zip and yoke at the neck can be adjusted to keep warmth in, or to cool down. The item also comes with matching polo shirt and soft shell to allow layering of workwear.



    SAUNTON, ISO 20471 Class 3 Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt Orange, £31.05 + VAT SAUNTON, ISO 20471 Class 3 Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt Orange, £31.05 + VAT


    Made with 50% cotton fabric, this high-quality Hi Vis sweatshirt is breathable and also made with 310GSM Diamond Quilt to ensure warmth. The ribbed cuffs and hem help to retain heat and it also comes with double fabric hood with zip cord. The quantity and quality of Hi Vis fabric and reflective tape means that it meets ISO 20471 Class 3, the highest standard for visibility workwear for employees working in high-risk environments.



    Protecting extremities is also important when choosing cold weather PPE.



    These windproof gloves are comfortable but also ensure excellent grip.

    Click here to see our full range of cold work gloves

    Click here for our range of hats and headgear

    If you would like more information or assistance in identifying your PPE needs and products which will meet your needs and your budget, please contact our team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com.

  • Takeaway packaging: what's the right choice for your business?

    Takeaway packaging


    With frequently changing COVD regulations, many businesses are adapting and offering takeaway food and drink. This guide aims to help businesses when they purchase packaging.

    We will outline the key health and safety issues to consider, as well as other factors which will impact your business such as cost, quality and sustainability concerns about single-use food and drink takeaway packaging.


    Which container to use?

    Before deciding which takeaway containers you will need to purchase, you need to establish a clear answer to these questions:


    • Where will the food be eaten, at home or on the move?
    • If delivering, how long will delivery take?
    • What temperature will the food need to be stored at during delivery?
    • What size will the container need to be?
    • What type of food will they need to hold? - Is there sauce included with the dish?
    • What is your budget?


    Health and safety issues to consider:


    All food must be delivered to consumers in a way that ensures that it does not become unsafe or unfit to eat. Food that needs refrigerating must be kept cool while being transported. This may need to be packed in an insulated box with a coolant gel or in a cool bag. Equally, food that needs to be kept hot should be packed in an insulated bag.

    There are a range of packaging options available which can be helpful if you do not have refrigerated vehicles. For example, Sorba Freeze blocks not only keep your products cooler for longer while in transit but also come with a ‘no leak guarantee’  The high-tech reflective foil ensures the product arrives in pristine condition.



    SORBA FREEZE BLOCKS, 400G, 268 X 1000mm, CS 2000 £175 SORBA FREEZE BLOCKS, 400G, 268 X 1000mm, CS 2000 £185.50



    Takeaway meals should be labeled clearly so customers know which dishes are suitable for those with an allergy. Food businesses should also identify and remove possible cross-contamination risks in the delivery process. This can be done through packaging meals securely and storing allergen-free meals separately in transit to avoid contamination through any spillages.

    If an allergen-free meal has been ordered, it should be clear when delivered which container it is in. You can use stickers or a note on the container to label each meal.

    Making sure you use labeling products that won’t be erased during transit is important. These Lumocolor crayons, for example, are suitable for marking on almost all surfaces including paper and plastic. They are waterproof and won’t bleed through paper.






    The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that the likelihood of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is very low. The advice from the Government is that “while food packaging is not known to present a specific risk, efforts should be made to ensure it is cleaned and handled in line with usual food safety practices.”(Government Covid-19 guidance for food businesses)

    Disposable takeaway packaging continues to offer a safe and hygienic way for many businesses to continue to offer food and drink to customers.


    Sustainability and litter management

    While budget and concerns about managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission have led many businesses to opt for single-use plastic takeaway packaging, this, in turn, has led to a huge increase in littering, with some local authorities struggling to manage the problem. As well as the damage to the local environment, this can also cause reputational issues with your customers. City to sea has some helpful guidance about takeaway packaging options which are available for both food to be eaten at home (cardboard with a thin coating so it can be cleaned for recycling) to food to be eaten on the go (Bagasse, soft paper style boxes). Compostable, biodegradable, vegware or PLA (polylactic acid) packaging are also considered to be sustainable options. Encouraging customers to bring their own reusable coffee cups is also an option.

    Click here for  a guide to reusable coffee cups

    Click here for a full guide to sustainable packaging from City to Sea

    You can also get more helpful advice on adapting your food business and the key regulations and checklists to help you get set up at the FSA’s new Here to Help guide: www.food.gov.uk/here-to-help-food-businesses

    As always our team can talk you through the takeaway packaging options which suit your needs in terms of quantity, budget and key features as well as stock availability and delivery times. Call us on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • Keeping food safe: A guide to detectable products


    Consumers rely on retailers and food processors to protect them from unintentional contamination in food products. In addition to ensuring public safety, having effective measures in place to detect food contamination can help you to avoid costly breaks in production or product recalls.

    Detectable products reduce this risk and using them reveals that you have identified and reduced risk of foreign body contamination as a vital part of your Hazard Analyisis and Critical Control Point Plan (HACCP) which keeps your food safe from biological, chemical and physical food safety hazards.

    For guidance on making a HACCP plan visit: https://www.gov.uk/food-safety-hazard-analysis

    So what are the key characteristics of good quality detectable products and detection systems?

    Detectable products work very simply with the use of metal detectors or x-ray systems which are used in the food production line. Items do not have to be made of metal, for example some products are made of metal detectable plastics.

    Ideally detectable products have the following qualities:

    Detectable: Ideally, whole or broken pieces can be detected by metal detectors or xrays.

    For example, our supplier BST Detectable offers knives which have handles made from xdetect® polypropylene co-polymer handles which are metal detectable, x-ray visible, food grade, and available in nine colours so they can be used within colour coding systems in food production areas.


    BST Kitchen Knife BST Kitchen Knife

    The range of detectable products supplied by Vikan also comes with a test kit which allows you to check the detectability of different shapes, fragments or items from its metal detectable plastics product range.

    Kit for metal detection by Vikan Kit for metal detection, Vikan


    Implementing these tests regularly can be a helpful element in your HACCP plan.


    Strong: Frequent and repetitive use of items can result in breakage or wear and tear on food production items resulting in fragments or small amounts of the product entering the food product. Ensuring that the quality and strength of the items are of a high standard reduces the risk of contamination.

    A key thing to check is the level of industry and independent testing which has been carried out on detectable products.

    Ergonomic: Detectable items still need to be efficient and easy to use, they need to be designed in a way which ensures that the user does not incur Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or find it uncomfortable to use the item for long periods, and they need to be designed to reduce waste.

    Hygienic: Thoughtful design, such as that displayed in the one-piece construction of the Vikan metal hand scoop ensures that there are no seams or ridges in the product which can be awkward to clean and cause the build-up of bacteria.


    Hand scoop, metal detectable, one litre from Vikan Hand scoop, metal detectable, one litre from Vikan


    This ergonomically designed metal-detectable Hand Scoop is lightweight and durable. A one-piece construction prevents bacterial contamination, and a smooth surface allows for easy cleaning. Ideal for moving ingredients in food production areas. Metal detection can be tested using Vikan test kit.

    Don’t forget other items in the food production area…

    Commonly used items such as pens, earplugs and plasters are examples of items not used directly in the food production process, but which are commonly present in the area of production and which can cause contamination. Specialist suppliers including BST Detectable do offer these items as detectable products which will be spotted by metal detectors or x-ray screening.

    Detectable blue sticking plasters, 7.5cm x 5cm, box of 50 £8.08 Detectable blue sticking plasters, 7.5cm x 5cm, box of 50 £8.08

    As always, our team here at CIS is happy to offer advice on the best products to suit your needs and budget. Call us on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • How can we help over the next few months?

    CIS survey


    How can we help you over the next few months?

    Here at CIS we are very aware of the huge challenges many businesses are facing. We'd like to help and so we have created this short survey to find out if there are ways we can support you in the coming months. The survey takes around one minute to fill out.


    Click here to take our survey



    As always our team are on hand to help with any enquiries and offer advice on everything from social distancing signage to ensuring your workplace is safe, clean and hygienic.

    Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • Keeping social distancing screens clean

    A relatively new feature of many workplaces are social distancing screens. Whether used at to protect checkout workers and retail staff and customers or to separate colleagues in offices, their use is now widespread.
    As the purpose of these screens is to prevent the spread of virus as well as enabling people to see each other clearly, it’s important to keep these screens clean, hygienic and smear free. Here are some tips and products to help make that easier.

    What kind of screens?
    There are a wide variety of screens available, including hanging and freestanding screens as well as desktop dividers and portable, foldable screens which can be moved and stored easily. Some are transparent, some are frosted or fully opaque.
    The key requirement for social distancing screens however is that they can be effectively cleaned at least once a day and designed with no hard to clean areas, but smooth surfaces and joins.
    Perspex and acrylic screens are popular options. Glass screens are also used in some cases.
    Cleaning equipment and tips
    For Perspex and acrylic screens, it is important to use the right products. Cleaning wipes or solutions with at least 70% alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol, or other acrylic approved disinfectants are advisable.



    These wipes are effective against bacteria and viruses and designed so they won’t scratch surfaces.
    You can also use appropriate disinfectants and solutions in sprays with microfibre cloths which are good for high shine, scratchable surfaces.





    AX Ultra is a proven virucidal/bactericidal disinfectant which is safe to use on all touch surfaces that are washable. It offers virucidal activity against all enveloped viruses including Coronavirus, Influenza and HIV and is certified to BSEN 1276 and BSEN 14476. Chlorine free.

    Due to a shortage of trigger heads these are sold only in 3's, you will get three bottles and one trigger spray head.

    Using well designed cleaning equipment, which incorporates microfiber cloths and well designed handles can also save your staff a huge amount of time and make it much easier to keep screens clean.
    Our Vikan Easyshine Kit comes with a Flexible Mop Frame which is ideal for cleaning high gloss surfaces such as social distancing screens, and is designed to make it faster and easier to clean curved surfaces.



    If in doubt, our team are on hand to offer advice on the best cleaning products to make it as easy as possible to keep your workplace hygienic and safe at this time.
    Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • How to keep your cleaning materials hygienic

    Low Section Of Male Janitor Cleaning Floor With Caution Wet Floo   It’s more important than ever to maintain excellent hygiene standards in all areas, and a key part of this is ensuring that cleaning tools and equipment are hygienic. In this guide we set out the key steps and share some helpful resources to help you do this.

    STEP 1: Ensure you have the right equipment

    If you have not already carried out a full review and risk assessment around cleaning in your business, now is the time to do that. Look at all the hazards that could potentially arise if your premises and equipment is not cleaned thoroughly and note them down. This will then help you to take the next step of writing down clear cleaning procedures, including which cleaning tasks need to be carried out and how frequently. Look at this list alongside your current equipment and supplies and you can then assess if you have all the equipment and cleaning supplies that you need. When checking equipment, consider the design, age and state of repair of the equipment. For example, brushes or buckets with scratches or grooves in the design can collect grime and bacteria. Some equipment, such as the Vikan hygiene tools we stock, are specifically designed to have smooth contours and detachable elements which make them easy to keep clean.


    Click here to see our range of Vikan hygiene equipment

    STEP 2: Colour code items used in specific areas

    Different cleaning routines should be established for different areas of your premises. In particular, different procedures and equipment should be used for food contact and non-food contact areas. To avoid cross-contamination of areas, such as toilet areas and main entrances or food preparation areas,  must be easily identifiable and kept separate from those used in different areas. Color coding is often a simple solution but don’t use stickers which can come off or attract dirt as they disintegrate, it’s best to use cleaning tools which are colour coded. You can see a variety of differently colour coded hygiene equipment including sponges and scourers, brushes, mops and tubs in our brochure of hygiene tools and equipment. Failing that, you can also use labelling and tagging systems which can help to ensure the right cleaning tools are used in the right areas. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for more details.

    STEP 3:  Put clear written cleaning procedures in place -- including the decontamination and storage of cleaning tools.

    Having done the preparatory work, the next step is to set out clear written cleaning procedures and train staff accordingly. Training should happen at induction and be regularly reviewed. A key part of the cleaning procedures for each area of your premises should include cleaning and storing the tools used. The procedures need to be carefully considered but should include the following:

    • Clean and store the equipment correctly after every use ensuring it is thoroughly clean, sanitized and dry and ready for the next use.
    • Dispose of cleaning products that may have been contaminated.
    • Remove visible dirt and debris and pre-rinse
    • Wash the item using the detergent or product at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for cleaning the item. The rinse clean again.
    • Check and sanitize. Make sure the item is well cleaned and sanitize using disinfectant or sanitizer where appropriate.
    • Dry and store in the correct place, in the correct way. Ideally, for example, brushes should be hung on hooks or stored in a way where they are not kept on the floor or in disarray. We do have storage solutions for hygiene tools and equipment available. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for more information.
    • Record that the item has been cleaned, checked and stored appropriately.

    STEP 4: Have scheduled times and records for cleaning processes

    Set out how frequently certain tasks need to be completed and how often items should be replaced. Cleaning cloths and sponges for example, should be replaced regularly. It may be that a brush used in a general area where there is no food preparation is cleaned and checked once a month. Write out the procedures but also ensure that reasonable records are kept by staff of who cleaned which items and who was responsible for doing so. There are many variations on the best processes for different businesses and a very helpful guide can be found from Vikan. Vikan cleaning tool maintenance guide Click here to view and download Vikan’s guide to cleaning tool maintenance   We can also offer helpful advice on products and systems which will make the task of keeping your cleaning equipment hygienic easier and faster. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • Updating your First Aid kit and procedures

    First aid kit for the workplace

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic, guidance on First Aid procedures has changed. In this guide we will set out what changes need to be made to your current First Aid equipment and outline the procedures and training that First Aid responders in your workplace need to be aware of.

    Updating your First Aid kit

    Current HSE guidance states that first aiders should wear additional PPE when carrying out first aid. Guidance states that when giving first aid to someone, you should use the following equipment if available:


    • a fluid-repellent surgical mask


    3 ply surgical mask, £0.98

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

    These masks are disposable and fluid resistant and made to a high standard. Please note, priced singly, but sold in boxes of 50.

    Please note that there are discounts available on masks when ordering larger quantities when bought in boxes of 100 / cases of 1000. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

    • disposable gloves

    Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

    Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88 Powder free nitrile gloves, £0.88

    These are useful for any first aid situation. Beaded cuff, ambidextrous disposable gloves with high tensile strength and optimum sensitivity.

    Please note that there are discounts available on these gloves when ordering larger quantities. For more information, call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

    Click here to see more of our disposable gloves

    • eye protection

    XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

    XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06 XCEL lightweight safety spectacles, £3.06

    These safety spectacles are close fitting and suitable for men or women.

    Click here for our full range of eye protection

    • apron or other suitable covering

    Disposable poly aprons (roll of 200) £6.26


    Our range of light duty polythene aprons are packed perforated on rolls, each individually wrapped in a polybag to ensure they are clean and safe for use in first aid situations.


    Other items to consider:

    Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12

    Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12 Rebreath pocket mask, £14.12


    This pocket mask not only helps to prevent cross infection, it comes with a valve which allows the first aid responder to deliver the right amount of air with control and accuracy

    Non contact thermometer, £79.79


    Non contact thermometer, £79.79 Non contact thermometer, £79.79

    This thermometer can detect a fever from up to 5cm away from the forehead, allowing for hygienic and non invasive testing to establish if someone has one of the key COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever.




    This automated External Defibrillator (AED) device comes with dual pads for adult and paediatric use. This durable unit is built to take the demands of professional use but is priced for the workplace, office or school. Operation is designed to be simple and fast, simply open the cover and select adult or paediatric and the voice commands will guide you through the rest of the actions with visual indicators to clarify next step. Pads are always connected and ready to use.


    First aid procedures and training

    Official advice is for all employers to review their first aid procedures and training requirements given the current coronavirus pandemic and to discuss this with your first raiders.


    Click here to see a full guide from the HSE here.


    Initial assessment: Keep your distance

    Guidance is that first aiders should try to assist  at a safe distance and minimise the time where they share a breathing zone with the person who is sick or injured. If the person being helped is capable, they can be given verbal instructions to do things to help their situation, but treating the casualty properly is the first concern.

    Follow the 3P model – preserve life, prevent worsening, promote recovery.



    One of the key changes is the new guidance on giving mouth to mouth resuscitation and CPR. It’s essential that all First Aid officers in your company are trained and aware of these changes. Guidance is to follow the procedure set out in this guide by the Resuscitation Council UK:



    Here is a summary:

    Preserve life: CPR

    • Call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
    • Ask for help. If a portable defibrillator is available, ask for it
    • Before starting CPR, to minimise transmission risk, use a cloth or towel to cover the patient’s mouth and nose, while still permitting breathing to restart following successful resuscitation
    • If available, use:
      • a fluid-repellent surgical mask
      • disposable gloves
      • eye protection
      • apron or other suitable covering
    • Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths

    After delivering any first aid

    • Ensure you safely discard disposable items and clean reusable ones thoroughly.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible.

    First aid qualifications

    If because of coronavirus your first aider cannot complete training for their First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

    • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
    • the awarding body is satisfied that you can show:
      • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
      • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training.

    FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021

    If you would like more advice or guidance on First Aid equipment for your workplace, our team are experienced and happy to help. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

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