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  • A guide to workwear for freezers and cold environments

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

    Here are some things to consider:

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

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

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

    X240 FREEZER SALOPETTES £68.96 X240 FREEZER SALOPETTES £68.96

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

  • Clothing and equipment for cleaners

    Low Section Of Male Janitor Cleaning Floor With Caution Wet Floo

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

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

    Equipment

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

     

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

     

    SHARPS BOX, £11.68 SHARPS BOX, £11.68

     

    Workwear

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • A guide to spill control in the workplace

    Worker panicking beside a spilt barrel with radioactive symbol sign. Vector cartoon illustration on radioactive spill industrial workplace accident concept isolated on plain background.

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

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

    What problems can spill hazards cause?

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

    Training

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

    What to do in the event of a spill

    Step 1: CLEAR THE AREA

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

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

     

    Step 2: RESTRICT ACCESS

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

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

    Step 3: ASSESS THE RISK

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

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

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

    Step 4: CLEAN UP THE SPILL

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Knife being used during food preparation

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

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

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


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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT KNIFE FOR THE JOB

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

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

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

     

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


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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

    REMEMBER YOUR BASIC TRAINING

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

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

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

  • A guide to workwear in the food processing industry

    Processing Poultry In The Food Industry. Chicken

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

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

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

     

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

     

    You can find more information in the FSA Guide here

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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    CLOTHING FOR WASHDOWN AREAS

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

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

     

  • Women’s workwear that does the job

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     Finally, don’t forget footwear.

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

     

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

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

  • Does your business use chemicals in the workplace?

    Chemicals

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

    What do the regulations say?

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

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

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

    Storing chemicals safely

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Are you or your workers at risk?

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

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

    Symptoms and early signs of hearing loss

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

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

     

    WHAT THE LAW SAYS

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

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

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

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

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

     

    This graph illustrates common noise levels in different working environments.

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

     

     

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

    Employers must:

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

     

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

     

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

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

    WHAT PPE SHOULD YOU USE?

     

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

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

     PREMIUM HEAVY DUTY FOLDING EAR DEFENDER, £9.18

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

    Click here to see our full range of ear protection

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

     

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

     

  • Choosing the right headgear for your workplace

     

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

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

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

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

    WHAT THE REGULATIONS SAY

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

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

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

     

    If using PPE you must also ensure the following:

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

     

    PPE including head protection must:

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    DIFFERENT KINDS OF HEADGEAR

     

    BUMP CAPS

     

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

     

    VENTED SAFETY HELMETS

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

    Vented Safety helmet £6.95

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

     

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

     

    OTHER FORMS OF HEAD PROTECTION

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

     

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

     

    Click here to see our range of respiratory masks

     

    Click here to see our range of eye protection

     

    Click here to see our range of ear protection

    CHECKLIST FOR EMPLOYERS

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

    BUYING GUIDE

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

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

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

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