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  • What do you need to do to prepare for a no deal Brexit?

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    Brexit will be upon us soon, but how will it affect your business if a no deal scenario occurs? Here is a guide to some of the key things to be aware of:

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    Health and safety laws will remain largely the same...

    Under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, all EU law in existence immediately before Brexit is converted straight into UK law as soon as Brexit occurs. These laws have to be interpreted in line with the principles laid down in the European Court as they apply immediately before Brexit day. That means most courts in the UK will be bound by these principles with the exception of the Supreme Court.

    UK courts don’t have to follow any decisions made by the European Court after Brexit, but they may still be taken into account if the UK court considers them to be relevant to a particular case in hand.

    In addition to this  the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) came into effect before the UK joined the European Union. It’s a robust and long-lasting piece of legislation which demonstrates the UK’s commitment to ensuring the safety of workers.

    In addition, most employment laws affecting workers rights are likely to remain the same too as many originated in the UK.

    You can find more information on how HSE regulations will operate should a no deal Brexit occur here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/health-and-safety-executive-information-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

    SAFETY MARKS

    In most cases, you can continue to use the CE safety mark

    According to government advice, “In the majority of cases you will still be able to use the CE marking if you are selling goods on the UK market after the UK leaves the EU.” Goods on sale in the UK before Brexit takes place will be considered “placed on the market” and can continue to be sold without any changes.

    However, once Brexit takes place, the process of replacing the CE mark with the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark will begin.

    The government will give businesses notice about the change to using UKCA markings, and importantly, the rules for using them will be very similar to the current rules for using CE markings. One key point is that the UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU market.

    Meanwhile, most PPE suppliers in the UK will still be able to use the CE marking for products being placed on the UK market if any of the following apply:

    • you currently CE mark your good on the basis of self-certification
    • any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body
    • the certificate of conformity previously held by a UK body has been transferred to an EU-recognised notified body

    If PPE is CE compliant, it will continue to be compliant in the UK.

    For more detailed advice and guidance on the CE  and UKCA mark click here:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-use-the-ukca-mark-after-brexit

    LABELLING

    Food and drink

    Companies which label food and drink will need to make changes to their labelling.

    Although the UK will have a 21-month transition period for labelling changes after exit day, there are some instances where a transition period is not possible. The main examples of this are:

    • the use of the EU organic logo,
    • use of the EU emblem
    • labelling food as originating in the ‘EU’

    Defra is encouraging a pragmatic approach to enforcement of these rules within the UK.

    For more guidance on labelling food and drink click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-labelling-changes-after-brexit

    For advice specific to organic food, click here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trading-and-labelling-organic-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

    You can also find general guidance if your business is in the food and drink sector here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-food-and-drink-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

    Textiles

    The rules for labelling textiles will largely remain the same should a no deal Brexit occur:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/textile-labelling-after-brexit

     

    USING CHEMICALS

    If you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, you need to follow REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) regulations.

    Find out what you must do to meet REACH requirements.

    For more information, click here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-comply-with-reach-chemical-regulations

     

    DATA PROTECTION

    If your company is GDPR compliant and you have no contacts or customers in the European Economic Area (EEA), then you do not need to prepare to be data compliant if a no deal Brexit happens. If you do have contacts and customers, or a presence in the EEA, you will need to take steps. Mainly, this will involve working on your Standard Contractual Clauses.

    The Information Commissioners Office has full guidance and some helpful toolkits here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-brexit/data-protection-and-brexit-for-small-organisations/

     

    TRADE MARKS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    There have been some changes to intellectual property laws to try to help protect UK businesses in advance of Brexit. After Brexit, however EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) will no longer protect trade marks in the UK. On exit day, the IPO will create a comparable UK trade mark for all right holders with an existing EU trade mark.

     

    For more information and help on trade marks, copyright, patents and design click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/intellectual-property-and-brexit

     

    FURTHER GUIDANCE

    These are some of the key points which our customers and contacts will need to be aware of.  If you are looking for more advice, you can find a helpful list of advice by topic at this link on the governments Brexit advice website: https://www.gov.uk/find-eu-exit-guidance-business

     

    Of course our team are also happy to talk to you about how we can help to make sure you are ready for a no deal Brexit. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com if you would like a free consultation.

  • 5 New Year safety resolutions every business should make

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    When it comes to safety in the workplace we often tend to focus on what we are doing wrong or ticking the boxes to ensure we are compliant and meet regulations. Of course we all want workplaces to be safe to ensure no-one is harmed or injured unnecessarily, but building good health and safety practices into the workplace culture will also help to improve efficiency and morale as well as benefiting productivity profit margins.

    We have selected 5 effective safety resolutions you can adopt which will result in better health and safety in your workplace as 2020 gets underway.

    Have a weekly tidy up
    A tidy and well-organized workplace improves safety by ensuring that trip hazards are removed and that important safety equipment such as PPE and first aid kits are kept in a location where staff can find them quickly and easily. The regular maintenance through weekly tidying ensures that the drift of misplaced items and general untidiness is habitually kept in check. It also improves productivity, saving the average two to three hours per week which the average worker spends looking for lost things. Studies reveal that a tidy workplace generally reduces stress in workers and ensures that anyone who visits the workplace feels a sense that things are running smoothly and efficiently. You can find out more about the productivity and stress-reducing benefits of a tidy workplace in this article: The case for finally cleaning your desk.

    Encourage staff to wash their hands
    It sounds unimportant, but improving basic hygiene standards by providing hand sanitizers, training and signage to encourage your workforce to wash their hands regularly can dramatically reduce the time staff are unwell. According to a 2014 study, a virus sample placed on a doorknob and tabletops in an office spread to 40-60 percent of workers and visitors within just 2-4 hours. As well as reducing sick leave, it can also mean fewer accidents which occur due to staff members who have turned up for work not feeling alert and at their best because they are poorly.

    Plan monthly PPE spot checks
    A very common cause of incidents is the mis-wearing or mis-use of PPE equipment. A survey released by Kimberly-Clark Professional, revealed that 89 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been and 29 percent said this had happened on numerous occasions. At the start of each year, it is a good idea to organise refresher training and handouts to remind staff of key things to remember when it comes to wearing PPE. Spot checks can also help to identify issues such as loose-fitting items, worn straps or items being worn incorrectly. The spot checks will also reveal if PPE is not fit for purpose because it is uncomfortable or not working as it should and opens up channels of communication between management and staff using the PPE for reporting other safety issues that concern them.

    Have a session to refresh and discuss lifting and carrying techniques
    Another highly common cause of injuries and indeed legal action in the workplace are incidents which happen when workers are lifting or carrying heavy objects,. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the biggest risk to British workers with more than a million cases reported each year, at a cost more than £5.7 billion. At this time of year, hold or plan in a refresher session for staff to make sure they are aware or have been reminded of the proper techniques to lift or carry heavy objects. Also, include the storage of heavy objects, checking that all staff understand the importance of placing heavy boxes and items in the correct places around the workplace. You can also use these sessions to ask staff if they have any concerns or requests around other safety issues.

    Send short and sweet safety updates throughout the year
    Regular fire drills are required by law (click here for UK regulations on fire drills), but it's also a good idea to involve workplace first aiders and staff in quarterly dummy runs or refreshers of other incidents. These can be drills based on what needs to happen if a minor injury occurs, to what someone needs to do if they believe a hazardous chemical has been spilled. Ensuring that you include a health and safety article in a regular workplace newsletter or bulletin can be a habitual way to remind all staff of key information such as where the first aid box is, or who the current first aiders are and break down key health and safety information into bite-sized, digestible portions, rather than assuming staff will read lengthy policy documents and remember all the information. The article below also suggests ways in which you can introduce training techniques to help ensure workers don’t forget safety training, but actively get into good habits which ensure workplace safety: Why do employees forget their training.

    Of course it is always a good idea to make sure you review your safety procedures and equipment and our team are always happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com if you would like a free consultation.

  • Sustainable workplace ideas that save you money

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    Sustainable workplace ideas that save you money 

    There was a time when choices about workplace supplies often meant choosing between sustainability and cost-effectiveness. Now, more than ever, however as innovative eco-friendly products are produced at increasingly competitive prices, there are many ways in which being kind to the planet can also improve profit margins.  Here are some ideas…

     

    Concentrate solutions

    A growing trend in the cleaning product industry is to provide concentrated cleaning products. If you look at the ingredients of many cleaning products, a large percentage of the product is actually water. Reducing the water in the original product which is sold not only reduces the carbon footprint of the product in terms of shipping, as products take up less space and weigh less as they are transported, it also means that packaging is reduced. All of this, of course, has an impact on price.

    All you need to do in the workplace is replace your cleaning products with concentrated versions ( concentrated liquid or tablet versions) and ensure that staff are well trained and equipped to simply add the right quantity of tap water.

    We have a range of spray guns and accessories in which you can use the concentrate solutions, see page 19 of our brochure: https://cisafety.com/pdfs/CIS%20Cleaning-Hygiene%202015.pdf

     

    Aqua dosing 

    If you need to wash down areas frequently, installing dosing pumps which mix the correct amount of chemicals with the water flow can be an effective way to avoid using too much cleaning or sterilizing product. The systems can also be used to ensure waste water is clean and decontaminated before it leaves the plant. Using pumps can also help you to use less water.

     

    Switch to reusable transport packaging

    Using crates or other reusable transport packaging can dramatically cut packaging costs. Click here to find out more about reusable packaging.

     

    Go paperless

    Whatever type of business you're in, the preparation and storage of documents not only involves using paper but printers, printer ink as well as storage space and the cabinets and boxes required to hold and file the documents. This adds up to a much larger carbon footprint than if you move to an online system of storing documents.

    Not only will you save money on paper, printer ink and storage equipment and space, you will also increase productivity. Files can be stored in such a way that it is simpler to search for and locate key documents. Using invoicing software can also mean that you can automate some tasks such as sending out recurring invoices and even recording payments and sending out reminders.

    Click here to see invoicing apps that could help reduce costs and paper in your office. 

     

    Label switches: Labeling switches is a simple way to ensure the employees don’t switch on unnecessary lights and appliances or turn off ones that should be left on and it also acts as a constant reminder.

     

    Remove personal bins: If staff have to walk to bins to dispose of rubbish they will be more mindful of waste. Invest in quality bins and waste containers that last a long time and place them centrally. If you use this system you can also use colour-coded bins so that waste can be sorted into the right bins for recycling.

    See page 15 of our brochure for recycling bins: https://cisafety.com/pdfs/CIS%20Cleaning-Hygiene%202015.pdf

     

    If you would like more information about any of these products or ideas, our team are happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Wiping cloths: disposable v cloth

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    In an age where sustainability is important for the planet and the bottom line, the choice of disposable wipes or reusable cloths, is not straight forward.

    Here is a guide to help you choose the best option for your business…

    Disposable wipes

    The pros…

    • Disposable wipes are sterile when first used and using them can reduce the risk of cross-contamination and help you to meet hygiene standards.
    • There is an increasing number of more eco-friendly disposable wipes now available, including biodegradable or compostable wipes, which means that they can be disposed of with fewer concerns regarding environmental damage.
    • Although cloths are reusable, the cost of laundering and monitoring hygienic use and storage of cloths means that disposable wipes can be a cost-effective choice.
    • Nowadays stronger disposable wipes are available which are more durable and effective for cleaning surfaces such as floors or rough worktops.

     

    The cons…

    • Basically, they cause environmental damage. Many disposable wipes are not biodegradable and end up being washed into oceans and watercourses. They often contain plastic and can remain as litter and pollutants for hundreds of years.
    • Even disposable wipes which are labelled as flushable can cause problems as many brands still adhere to standards set by the European industry body Edana allowing products to be labelled as “flushable” even though they do not break down quickly when they enter the sewer system.
    • Some wipes labelled as flushable simply break down into microplastics which contaminate marine eco-systems causing damage to marine life and even entering the human food chain.
    • In 2017, an investigation of sewer blockages in the UK estimated that non-flushable wet wipes account for about 93% of the material causing blockages.
    • Even if wipes are eco-friendly, they often come in plastic packaging.
    • The government has mentioned plans to ban disposable wipes as part of proposals to ban single-use plastics, so it is worth considering alternatives in case the ban is brought into force in the near future.
    • When used in industry, to clean chemicals and other hazardous substances, disposable wipes can actually be classified as industrial waste which is costly to process. (Find out more about the classification of industrial waste here www.solidwastemag.com/blog/industrial-and-hazardous-waste-a-classification).
    • Disposable wipes which are infused with alcohol can cause skin irritation and dryness.

     

    Reusable cloths

    The pros…

    • A good quality cloth can be washed and reused for around 50 times, in comparison to one disposable wipe
    • They are considered a sustainable, plastic-free option

     

    The cons…

    • The Food Standards Agency says they can be one of the top causes of cross contamination in kitchens and food preparation areas.

    Click here for the FSA guide to meeting hygiene standards when using cloths

    • Reusable cloths will need to be washed at high temperatures, using detergents in order to keep them clean. This can be time-consuming, costly and uses energy, which means it is not an entirely eco-friendly choice.
    • If using reusable cloths, it is important to have written and clear procedures to store, disinfect and replenish cloths, and to ensure staff are aware of and using these procedures.

     

    As we all try to find balance in what we do, it may be that certain tasks, such as cleaning highly contaminated areas or areas where food is prepared, demand disposable wipes, while in other circumstances, such as floor cleaning, reusable wipes which are frequently cleaned and disinfected are the better option.

     

    Products to consider:

    For food preparation areas:

    STANDARD J- CLOTHS, BLUE, £4.41 STANDARD J- CLOTHS, BLUE, £4.41

     

    J cloths are strong enough for scrubbing, absorbent enough for spills and soft enough for cleaning glass and other shiny surfaces. Machine washable and reusable.

     

    For floors, furniture and equipment

    MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32 MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32

     

    Microfiber cloths are perfect for cleaning multiple surfaces including glass, mirrors and shiny surfaces, including metal.  They are highly absorbent, can be washed and reused hundreds of times and also come in differently coloured options to allow for colour coding systems to be used to prevent cross-contamination.

    If you would like more information about wipes or other cleaning products, our sales team are happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

     

     

  • How to take care of your hygiene tools

     

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    Once you’ve chosen the right hygiene tools for your business taking time to make sure they are used, cleaned and stored properly will not only prolong their life and maintain their quality and effectiveness but will help to ensure that you meet required health and safety regulations. Here’s our guide:

     

    Keeping it clean

    You might think that this goes without saying, but it’s always worth mentioning that a hygiene tool is only as good as its cleanliness. There are six main steps when cleaning your tools. Start with a  pre-clean during which you remove excess food waste by knocking, wiping or pre-rinsing the tool. Then, during the main clean, loosen surface waste and grease with a detergent. After this, rinse to remove loose food waste, grease and detergent. While this might seem like a good place to stop, you must now follow with a disinfectant or heat to kill bacteria before completing a final rinse to remove the disinfectant. Once this is all complete, you must let your hygiene tools dry completely, ideally through air drying, but paper towels or clean, dry cloths can also be used. Instilling these practices during training, policies and visible materials to remind staff of cleaning procedures will not only ensure that health and hygiene standards are maintained, but your tools will last longer and work more effectively.

     

    Keep to a schedule

    To ensure your tools are being cleaned consistently and to the correct standards, it might be beneficial to create a cleaning schedule and guidelines so that everyone knows what needs to be cleaned, how often and when they need to be cleaned and by who. Of course, instigating a ‘clean as you go’ ethic is also a good practice for any tools that are used regularly or which come into contact with food. Having a weekly, monthly or quarterly intensive clean can also be a good back up, particularly for items which may be forgotten or used infrequently.

     

    Read the instructions 

    It can be easy to lapse into a groove and assume all products can be cleaned the same way and with the same chemicals. Make sure staff read any instructions and labels before cleaning as some materials will be affected by certain chemicals and avoiding these chemicals will help to preserve your tools. This is particularly important for hygiene tools which come into contact with food as the plastic or polymers can be damaged by inappropriate cleaning techniques which in turn can cause a breach in health and hygiene standards.

     

    Store items correctly 

    Putting particular thought into how you store your tools might not be a priority but it’s worth noting that if you don’t store cleaning equipment in a hygienic manner it can result in a non-compliance according to the food safety standards set out by BRCGS (BRCv8: 4.11.6 – ‘Cleaning equipment shall be cleaned and stored in a hygienic manner’). For example, if you have colour coded hygiene tools, it is important to store each tool with tools of the same colour to avoid cross-contamination. When exploring storage solutions, keep in mind units that are designed to increase cleaning efficiency and reduce hygiene tool and cross-contamination.

     

    Click here to see information about Vikan Shadow Boards Click here to see information about Vikan Shadow Boards

     

    Some of our suppliers, including Vikan have storage equipment such as wall brackets, shadow boards and colour-coded brackets that can help you to implement effective storage solutions.

     

    It’s also helpful, when designing your cleaning procedures, ensure your storage accommodates only the tools required for cleaning each specific area of your site.

    If you would like more information about this, our sales team are happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to choose the right hygiene tools for your business

     

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    How to choose the right hygiene tools for your business

    Hygiene is a huge part of every business regardless of the work you carry out. Whether you’re in catering, education or construction, keeping things clean and safe is an integral part of a safe and productive workplace. Therefore, when choosing your hygiene tools and products it’s important you ensure they are going to meet your requirements. Here’s our guide.

     

    Consider what you are most frequently going to clean up...

    The first thing you should consider when exploring products is what exactly it is you will be cleaning away. Is it grease, dirt, bacteria or something else such as soil and mud? What risks are involved with the cleaning? Will using an ill-suited product result in mere grime build-up or could it lead to the spreading of bacteria and illness?  If you know what it is that you’re removing, then every product you buy should have this goal in mind so make sure to read any product descriptions thoroughly.

    For workplaces such as food processing plants, anti-bacterial cleaning solutions and cleaning tools which are designed so there are no nooks or crevices to harbour germs are a wise investment, for example.

     

    What areas and items need to be cleaned?

    After determining what you will be cleaning away, you need to be aware of which surfaces you will be cleaning on. A brush that is suited to flat surfaces will differ greatly to those that are designed to clean around grooves and protruding materials. Similarly, when looking at which cleaning solutions to use make sure to examine the chemicals used carefully as some could be harmful to certain surfaces. After all, you are not just cleaning, you are helping to provide longevity to your products and machinery.

     

    Are your products helping you to meet safety standards and regulations?

    If you work with food, you will be well aware of any hygiene standards you will have to comply with. Luckily, most tools that are used for hygiene purposes, especially if they are food-related, will state whether they conform to certain standards. If you don’t see whether or not a product meets all applicable EU and FDA standards, then it's best to check.

    You can find a helpful summary of regulations relating to cleaning products and equipment here: www.ukcpi.org/ask-an-expert/cleaning-regulations. The Health and Safety Executive also have a microsite dedicated to cleaning in the workplace, including helpful case studies and guides: www.hse.gov.uk/cleaning/index.htm

     

    Which cleaning tools and products are the safest and easiest for your staff to use?

    When choosing your hygiene tools, it’s a good idea to keep in mind what will help your staff perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. If choosing between two products, go for the product that will save time and make your employees lives easier due to a more ergonomic design or the product that has been specifically designed for that task. While multi-purpose products are great and certainly have their place, choosing something that is tailor-made for a specific task is often the right choice when it comes to choosing hygiene tools.

    Invest in hygiene tools which will last and which are easy to clean

    Another important factor to consider is whether a product will support good hygiene practices. Just as the age-old riddle asks what gets wetter the more it dries; it is possible for a brush or other cleaning tool to get dirtier the more it cleans. Therefore, when choosing brushes and similar tools, make sure they will be easy to clean themselves. This will not only help support a clean working environment, but it will encourage a clean and safe work ethic.

    While it is always tempting to opt for the cheaper choice, investing in high-quality tools is just that; an investment. A tool that lasts longer performs better, and helps improve overall hygiene in the workplace is an investment you won’t regret making.

    Are your hygiene tools designed so they are easy to store?
    Cheap or ‘budget’ tools often can’t be hung up or stored properly. Professional tools will have matching brackets or hooks to keep them stored safely, kept dry and out of the way.

     

    Consider how well the tools can be colour coded
    An important part of any hygiene regime is colour coding equipment so that it is only used in the appropriate zone -- for example, green for areas where food is prepared or processed and red for sanitary fittings and washroom floors. Look for tools that come in a consistent range of colours. Buying a disparate range of odd-ball products may result in having several shades of green or blue in your production area, or having bought a cheap brush you may find there isn’t a squeegee available in that colour…

     

    Add to basket...

    Here are some useful bits of kit to kickstart your hygiene tool wishlist.

     

    d327D327 FOOD SAFE FOAM CLEANER & SANITISER, 20L, £29.96 D327 FOOD SAFE FOAM CLEANER & SANITISER, 20L, £29.96

     

    D327 cleans and sanitises in one operation and is specifically designed for use through a pressure washer or lance with a foaming attachment. A hypochlorite based, highly alkaline food plant cleaner, it incorporates a high foam formulation to produce a dense clinging white foam in application. Designed for use in food preparation, food handling and food storage areas, D327 is effective at removing carbonised deposits, dried grease and oil, blood and protein, and starch from plastic walls and ceilings, ceramic tiles, vinyl and plastic coatings, stainless steel machinery and equipment.

     

     

     

    VIKAN SHORT HANDLED STIFF WASHING BRUSH, 255MM £5.76 VIKAN SHORT HANDLED STIFF WASHING BRUSH, 255MM £5.76

    Ergonomically designed short-handled churn brush with stiff bristles. This is a versatile brush suitable for every-day cleaning, ideal for stubborn dirt on conveyor belts, production lines, machinery and food preparation surfaces.

     

    FOOD SAFE PROBE WIPES, 200 TUB  £3.75 FOOD SAFE PROBE WIPES, 200 TUB, £3.75

     

    These blue antibacterial wipes in 13cm x 13cm size are great for cleaning probes and similar utensils. Eliminating cross-contamination quickly and easily with one wipe over, these wet wipes are effective against gram positive and gram negative bacteria, viruses and fungi including H1N1, salmonella, listeria, e-coli, Staphylococcus aureus, c-difficile, MRSA, candida albicans, and aspergillus niger, with a kill rate of 30 seconds. They are tested and approved to European norms EN1276 bactericidal efficacy and EN1650 fungicidal activity and are ideal for the disinfection of small to medium food preparation surfaces, weighing scales, microwave ovens, utensils.

    VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07 VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07

     

    This large 20-litre bucket by Vikan boasts multi-purpose functionality, hygienic design and unmatched durability. With its hygienic design and premium-quality, durable materials, the Vikan 20 Litre Bucket is a multi-purpose powerhouse you’ll find yourself using everywhere. It is an ideal “mixing station”, where you can mix ingredients stored in smaller Vikan buckets or in multiple 20 Litre buckets.

    Ideal for solid or liquid ingredients, it’s big enough to mix in, small enough for lifting and transporting. There are measurement markers inside for accurate measuring and a bottom handle and non-drip lip to facilitate lifting and pouring. Save space by stacking two buckets on top of each other.

    The lid snaps securely in place for enhanced food safety and you can transport straight to and from storage areas with ease thanks to the dual handle system for carrying alone or with a colleague. The large size lets you move more and save trips while the colour coding ensures proper segregation. This bucket makes an ideal cleaning and disinfection station for all sorts of food-related tools and utensils. This and all Vikan products meet all applicable EU and FDA standards.

    If you’d like some advice about what hygiene tools and products could help to improve safety and productivity in your workplace, our team are really knowledgable and happy to offer advice. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

     

  • How to care for hi vis and waterproof workwear

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    As the winter months appear, your employees will be reaching for their hi vis and waterproof clothing far more often, adding that extra bit of use that can see the fabrics wear down that little bit faster. To avoid having to restock earlier than you would like, ensure you have good policies in place to keep all PPE in good condition so it will protect your employees and maintain regulatory standards.

     

    Storage

    After a long day on site, it can be tempting for your employees to simply pull off their hi vis clothing and leave it in a crumpled pile on the floor until they need it the following day. Unfortunately, this will not help prolong the life of their clothing.

    If you have the space, allowing staff to store their outerwear at their place of work is ideal. While adding a sense of routine in how the garments are removed and cared for, it will also make it easier to conduct inspections to discover when clothing is need of replacing.

    Ask all employees to remove their hi vis and waterproof clothing as soon as they are inside. If they’ve been working in the wet or in close proximity to mud, ask them to brush off or wash any dirty clothing or footwear before storing as dirt and sand can be very detrimental to the longevity of PPE.

    Of course, damp is also a concern so ensuring the storage is warm and that items of clothing are allowed enough space and time to dry is another tick in the box. Similarly, allowing hi vis and waterproof garments to be hung up will ensure they are aired and will help them keep their original shape.

     

    Cleaning

    It should go without saying that all attire should be cleaned on a regular basis, but it’s surprising how people often don’t apply this to their outerwear. Of course, how often you will need to wash hi vis and waterproof clothing depends largely on the type of work your employees are carrying out so in most cases common sense will be the deciding factor.

    When it comes to hi vis clothing, removing stains and dirt is very important as not only can it cover the hi visibility panels on a garment rendering them ineffective, but long exposure to dirt and other materials can degrade the fabric irreversibly. It is therefore important that you instil a nature of cleanliness within your team. Make sure they know how important it is to keep their hi vis clothing clean and up to standards. Similarly, make it easy for them to act on it. Keeping clean and dry cloths and a mild stain remover where the clothing is kept will encourage workers to remove stains as soon as they can, in turn, keeping their clothing up to code.

    When the time comes for a deep clean, you have two options. There are plenty of companies who offer professional laundering services and who will collect, wash and deliver your garments on a regular basis. Alternatively, you can ask that employees take responsibility for their own clothing. Luckily, all hi vis clothing must come with clear instructions on the labels. However, a good rule of thumb when washing hi vis or waterproof clothing is to use gentle detergents and to avoid fabric softeners and bleach, as this will protect the reflective tape and waterproof membranes in the fabric.

    It’s important to include workers’ boots in the policy as well. Although they might look hardy, a build-up of mud and dirt is just as detrimental to a leather boot. Using a brush to remove dried mud and dust and water to wash the rest away, workers can ensure their boots stay clean and effective. Providing them with leather food and water repellent spray is also a good way of keeping the boots treated and up to standards.

     

    Replacing

    Of course, no item of clothing is going to last forever, especially heavily used PPE. Knowing when to replace each garment is an important part of caring for your staff. Luckily, regulations are there to help you know when it’s time to ditch the old in favour of the new.

    With hi vis clothing, a garment will be in need of replacing when the overall reflective surface area falls below the minimum area, which are as follows:

    Material Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
    Fluorescent material 0.14m2 0.50m2 0.80m2
    Reflective strip 0.10m2 0.13m2 0.20m2

     

    If a garment falls below these coverage areas, then it’s time to hang up the garment for good and replace it. Once replaced, it’s also important to remember these figures when workers are wearing the clothes. Even the act of tucking trousers into a pair of boots can reduce the reflective surface area enough for it to fall under the required amount. Similarly, if your company adds logos to its workwear, ensure it does not cover too much of the reflective surface areas or again it will not be up to scratch.

    Other signs that an item of clothing is in need of replacing includes: damage beyond repair, it has been stained so heavily that cleaning no longer restores it, or it has simply reached its shelf life, which can be the case with some PPE items.

    An important thing to remember when replacing PPE is to look for the CE mark, as this means the garment has been rigorously tested and has been approved for use alongside the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.

    If in doubt, check the HSE for advice and regulations for PPE for hi vis clothing see page 32.

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm

     

    On-hand

    When it comes to PPE, there are rarely ifs or buts. If it is required that an employee wears a hi vis vest when conducting his or her job, then there must be one available. With this in mind, it can be helpful to always have back ups on-hand in case of sudden damage to current clothing.

     

    Add to basket

    Here are some useful bits of kit that will allow your workplace to maintain an effective PPE care policy.

     

    CHELSEA LEATHER FOOD, £11.38 CHELSEA LEATHER FOOD, £11.38

    Chelsea Leather Food

    It’s important to look after leather, especially when it regularly gets wet. Natural oils in the material can be washed out and if they’re not replaced, the leather will crack. Periodically treating your boots with Leather food will rejuvenate the leather and maintain its water-resistant qualities.

    PPE Metal Storage Cabinet, 550x250x750mm, £379.99 PPE Metal Storage Cabinet, 550x250x750mm, £379.99

    Keep PPE safe and secure but still to hand with this wall mounted storage cabinet with lockable door and interior shelves. Your PPE won't get damaged or broken in this, thanks to the tough metal construction, and it is always visible where wearers can see it easily - reinforcing good practice.

    The interior section has a raised lip among the front to prevent items falling out, and this cabinet size will suit several items such as masks, helmets, gloves or a complete PPE kit. Front symbols can be changed on request to suit the application.

    COTTON RAGS- 10KG, £9.96 COTTON RAGS- 10KG, £9.96

     

    Useful to keep on-hand for cleaning PPE, these cotton rags are great for use with mild cleansers and stain removers as they are not harsh and won’t cause too much friction with reflective tape, leather boots or waterproof clothing.

    If you would like more information on caring for your workwear, or you are in need of replacing your current workwear, give us a call on 01726 74264, email us at sales@cisafety.com or take a look at the clothing we offer online atwww.cisafety.com

  • Eye protection with prescription lenses

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    Research shows that approximately 25% of all workers wearing protective eyewear will need prescription safety eyewear. In this guide we set out the main regulations to be aware of and also the key things to consider when setting out policy and procuring prescription eyewear.

     

    What the regulations say:

    All prescription safety eyewear must meet the requirements set out in Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002. A CE marking which  signifies that the protection satisfies the necessary requirements of regulations and in some cases will have been tested by an independent body is also required.

     

    It’s important to note that standard prescription eyewear for reading, driving, etc is not a substitute for safety eyewear as it does not offer any relevant impact protection. For those who use prescription glasses (and this includes most people over the age of 40), a safety overspec must be used or the employee must be provided with prescription safety eyewear to meet their needs.

     

    The main requirement of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations is that personal protective equipment (PPE) should only be used as a last resort and where risk to health and safety cannot be controlled in other ways.

     

    If, following a risk assessment, certain tasks and areas do require that staff need protective eyewear, then a clear policy for training, provision, storage and maintenance of the PPE must be set out and implemented.

     

    Anyone using PPE will need to be informed why they need the eyewear, when and how it should be used, repaired or replaced and if there are any limitations.

     

    Attention should be given to the following:

    • The safety eyewear is suitable for the hazardous task or environment. Possible hazards include: Chemical or metal splash, dust, projectiles, gas and vapour, radiation

    Make sure the eye protection chosen has the right combination of impact/dust/splash/molten metal eye protection for the task and fits the user properly

    • The needs of the wearer
    • Compatibility with other PPE
    • If overspecs are worn there should be an adequate gap between the prescription glasses and overspecs that are worn over the top of them
    • All eye protection should have safety codes embedded or etched onto the lens and frame and should, at the very least, meet BS EN166 standards.
    • Ensure the eyewear is CE marked to indicate conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

    Click here to find out more about EN166 standards for eye protection here.

    What options are available?

    Face screens, face shields, visors

    This PPE is suitable for environments where projectiles or splash could harm the whole face, not just the eyes.

     

     

    CLEARWAYS POLYCARBONATE VISOR, £8.01 CLEARWAYS POLYCARBONATE VISOR, £8.01

     


    Good value face visor offering excellent strength and durability. Lightweight at just 160g, these polycarbonate visors give great protection against impact, projectiles and scratches and also offer splash protection (acetate version also available for better chemical resistance). 200mm length.

    Over-goggles

    Over-goggles (or eye shields) are suitable for many environments and it’s good to have some available if you have visitors to a site where everyone is required to have protective eyewear. However, these shouldn't be provided as a long-term solution glasses-wearers as they don't give comfortable vision, due to the effect of light refraction through two sets of lenses.

     

    EIGER SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AS/AF/PC/UV, £10.56 EIGER SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AS/AF/PC/UV, £10.56

     

    Eiger offer an excellent ski-style goggle with soft and flexible seal. They have indirect vents for protection against dust and liquid splash and anti-scratch and anti-mist polycarbonate lens, for excellent all round vision. Tested and CE Approved to BS EN166 1 B 3 4:2002

    Prescription spectacles or goggles

    Prescription eyewear is fitted with lenses which meet an individual's requirements for corrected vision. Protective eyewear lenses are made using the following materials:

    Glass lenses are scratch-resistant and offer excellent optical quality. However, glass lenses are rarely used as PPE as it shatters on impact and can only be fitted into fully rimmed glasses which limits the field of vision and the range of products it can be fitted with.

    Plastic, also known as hard resin, is approximately 50% lighter than glass and comes in the widest variety of lens styles of any material. It is far less scratch resistant but can be covered with a scratch-resistant coating and a UV coating for protection from harmful ultraviolet light.

     

    Polycarbonate is one of the thinnest and lightest materials available and it is usually preferred to conventional plastic (also known as hard resin) because of its impact resistance and lighter weight. Polycarbonate material blocks both UVA and UVB light.

    The nature of the hazard will often determine which lenses are best for the protective eyewear.

    TERMINATOR SAFETY SPECTACLES, CLEAR AS/PC/UV, £6.35 TERMINATOR SAFETY SPECTACLES, CLEAR AS/PC/UV, £6.35

    Clients requiring prescription lenses can try Terminator safety spectacles which are available as prescription lenses, including bifocal lenses.

    You can also see a range of protective eyewear frames from our supplier INFIELD here.

    Prescription eyewear does require the wearer to have an assessment, and our team can offer advice on the process of procurement and products available.

    Click here to see our full range of protective eyewear

     

    Our sales team can give you more information regarding prescription eye protection available. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Introducing the new Instagate!

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    When you need to safeguard and segregate pedestrians from workplace hazards or moving vehicles, or if you need to direct the flow of pedestrians for security and safety, pedestrian barriers are an ideal option.

    We’re really pleased to be offering the new Instagate by Armorgard which is the next generation crowd control barrier.

    • Instagate can be easily moved and deployed by one person.
    • It is available in 2 different heights (4ft and 6ft) with a unique latching system for adding additional modules to create any length.
    • It’s designed to be weatherproof and wind-resistant
    • Ideal for indoor or outdoor use.
    • Its unique rounded design allows it to be used with standard scaffold clamps for fixing to scaffold or turning corners.

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    Made from strong, lightweight aluminium, the Armorgard mobile barrier is also designed for easy movement and secure placement. With its braked wheels and a unique latching system, InstaGate can extend to any length and be opened and fixed single-handedly. Once expanded and braked, InstaGate forms a highly visible red and white barrier. Multiple units can be easily locked together.

    All in all, it’s a multipurpose piece of equipment which is robust and designed for a wide range of settings and uses.

     

    Click here to find out more about Armorgard Instagate and see a video of it in use.

    Our customers want a product that is quick to order and quick to deploy,” says said Armorgard Managing Director Terry Mitchell. "InstaGate ticks both boxes."

    If you would like to talk to us about this new product or simply ask advice about pedestrian barriers and other ways of safeguarding the public and your workforce from workplace hazards, call us on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com

  • Measuring & storage: tubs and troughs

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    When it comes to the storage of bulky materials and foodstuffs, tubs and troughs are often the ideal solution.

    Tubs

    Using plastic tubs allows you to store large quantities of materials, including foodstuffs and store it in an insect-proof and airtight container, reducing risk of damp and bacterial contamination.

    Troughs

    Freestanding plastic troughs, or troughs which can be held in steel, moveable trolleys are tough, durable and hygienic products with a variety of uses and they are frequently utilized within food processing and manufacturing, bakeries, the meat industry and catering trades. They are often used as washing and cleaning units for the cleaning of utensils and apparatus as they are very easy to clean and allow water to be drained freely and easily.

     

    What materials?

    Stainless steel 

    Stainless steel does not leach chemicals.

    Bacteria are a greater food safety concern than leaching chemicals. You minimize bacteria with tight sealing lids. ...Metal containers with slip-over metal lids seal as well as the best plastic containers.

    Do bear in mind that metal containers with plastic lids tend not to seal very well.

    Metal containers with slip-over metal lids seal as well as the best plastic containers.

     

    Plastics

    Plastic tubs are often less expensive and lightweight as well as being durable. However, not all plastics are safe for use with food;

     

    There are seven types of plastic, usually indicated by a number in a triangle on the container bottom.

     

    1. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE)

    E.g. Disposable soft drink and water bottles.

     

    2. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)/

    E.g. Liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

     

    3. Polyvinyl Chloride (V or PVC)

    E.g. Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles.

     

    4. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

    E.g. Clingfilm, sandwich bags

     

    5. Polypropylene (PP)

    E.g. Syrup bottles, yogurt tubs,

     

    6. Polystyrene (PS)

    E.g. Disposable coffee cups

     

    7. Other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources)

    E.g. Baby bottles, medical storage containers.

     

    • The best type of plastic for use in long-term food storage is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is indicated by the "2" symbol. HDPE is one of the most stable and inert forms of plastic, and all plastic buckets sold specifically for food storage will be made from this material.
    • Also take note of any food-handling symbols imprinted on the plastic item. A standardized system of symbols is used on plastics to indicate their appropriate uses around food. A symbol depicting a cup and fork means that the plastic is safe for storing food, and is therefore a food grade container.

     

    Key features to look for in tubs

    • Hygienic design: Smooth internal and external walls to ensure easy cleaning and avoid areas where bacteria can be harboured.
    • If plastic, made with food safety approved polymers. See above for more guidance on the different kinds of plastic.
    • Colour coding: helps to avoid cross-contamination.
    • Easy to read measures: Accurate measures inside can help with stock taking and informing staff on how much product is stored / can be added to the container.
    • Durability: Investing in containers made from durable materials means you don’t have to replace equipment, but also, there’s lower risk of contamination from bacteria gathering in damaged edges.
    • Close fitting lid: to enable materials and foods to be stored in hygienic, airtight conditions.

    See our range of tubs on page 14 of our brochure:

    https://cisafety.com/pdfs/CIS%20Cleaning-Hygiene%202015.pdf

    For larger containers and tubs please contact us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264

     

    Key features to look for in troughs

    • Plug chains on the outside of the unit: this ensures the user does not have to get wet to drain the trough.
    • Hygienic design: Smooth internal and external walls to ensure easy cleaning and avoid areas where bacteria can be harboured.
    • If plastic, made with food safety approved polymers. See above for more guidance on the different kinds of plastic.
    • Colour coding: helps to avoid cross-contamination.
    • Easy to read measures: Accurate measures inside are useful particularly if containers are used for concentrated solutions.
    • Durability: Investing in troughs made from durable materials means you don’t have to replace equipment, but also, there’s lower risk of contamination from bacteria gathering in damaged edges.
    • Close fitting lid: to enable materials and foods to be stored in hygienic, airtight conditions.

     

    120 LITRE WASH TROUGH C/W LID, 762 X 548 X 838MM, £470.47 120 LITRE WASH TROUGH C/W LID, 762 X 548 X 838MM, £470.47 227 litre capacity, insulated double-skinned body for superior heat retention. Durable and hard-wearing. Rounded profile, one piece construction with smooth surfaces - very easy to clean. Manufactured using 'food grade' material giving a Hygienic surface. 38mm drain outlet including plug - quick draining. Mould-in legs reducing the lifting height. Plug chain is fixed to outer edge so that the user does not need to get wet.

     

    If you would like more information on products that would suit your workplace, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

     

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