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  • Choosing the right chopping boards and tables

    Chef using a chopping board

    For commercial food businesses, choosing the right chopping boards is important in helping to maintain high standards of safety and food hygiene and in ensuring costs for replacement equipment is kept to a minimum.

    In this guide we’ll outline the options from color-coded sets which help to avoid cross-contamination, to wooden and plastic boards and tables, along with offering tips to help you ensure your boards and tables are kept in good repair.

    Colour Chopping Boards

    Plastic colour-coded chopping boards help avoid cross-contamination of food in your kitchen. Although individual businesses may have their own systems, in common practice there are six different colour-coded chopping boards which are often matched with food groups that are recommended by the Food Standards Agency in the UK.

     

    WHITE -- bakery and dairy products.

    YELLOW -- cooked meats.

    BROWN -- root vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips or turnips.

    RED -- raw meats only.

    BLUE -- raw fish only.

    GREEN -- salad, fruit and fresh vegetables.

     

     

    PURPLE chopping boards

    Purple has recently been introduced into some colour-coding food preparation systems as a board where foods which are  ‘free-from’ allergens such as gluten.

     

    Currently this colour-coding system is only recommended and as yet is not enforced by law. Wall charts or posters put up throughout food preparation areas are a good option  are available as a quick reference for employees, to help them see which colours are suitable for each task at a glance.

    We offer a range of colour-coded chopping boards, at custom sizes. See page 7 of our brochure for more information.

     

     

     

    Colour coded chopping boards

    PLASTIC CHOPPING BOARDS

    There are two main materials used to make plastic chopping boards:

    • High-density polyethylene (HDPE) - HDPE boards are often slightly more expensive, but they are stronger and more resilient to knife scratches and warping. Thicker board widths are advisable in commercial kitchens.
    • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - LDPE is a lightweight plastic designed to be replaced often, helping to cut out food contamination. These boards can warp and bend under high temperatures, such as dishwasher drying cycles.

    Tips for maintenance and replacement:

    • A plastic chopping board should be replaced when its surface is deeply scored. Bacteria can grow in these areas and be transferred to food, even after the board has been washed.
    • A plastic chopping board should also be replaced if it is warped. Plastic and acrylic chopping boards can ‘warp’ particularly if subjected to high heat, for example in a dishwasher during the drying phase. The bend in the board means that someone chopping is more likely to slip and injure themselves while using a knife.

     

    WOODEN CHOPPING BOARDS

    Wooden chopping boards are more resistant to bacteria growth than plastic chopping boards. Wooden boards also have a lower erosive effect on knife blades, helping your knives to stay sharper for longer. However, laminated wood boards are not usually dishwasher-safe and are therefore more difficult to clean. Wood can also be ‘scored’ to leave grooves and the boards can crack, exposing more areas for bacteria to latch on to.

    Tips for maintenance and replacement:

    • Wooden chopping boards should be replaced if they are cracked, scored, or if the seams between the boards begin to separate.
    • Wooden chopping boards should not be submerged in water, as this can cause them to warp and crack as they dry.
    • Seasoning a wooden board or table with mineral oil can help to prevent cracking. Once a month, rub the oil along the grain and removing excess oil with paper towel.
    • To clean the board, wash both sides in hot soapy water and use anti-bacterial spray to ensure any bacteria is eliminated. Air drying is the best option.
    • Keep your chopping boards upright with space between them to ensure they are kept dry, which reduces risk of bacteria growth.

    For commercial food preparation, we offer bespoke boards cut to the required size and thickness. We can also supply tables with chopping boards and sink units fitted to specific specifications to help ensure that your food preparation area is as safe and efficient as possible.

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    If you’d like more advice on these or other products which will suit your workplace our team are happy to offer advice. Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

     

  • Safety signage in the workplace

    3D render of set of basic Safety at work warning and information signs on white background

     

    Are you aware of the legal requirement for employers to ensure that safety signage is provided and maintained in the workplace? Here’s our guide

    Health and Safety Executive regulations in the UK require employers to ensure that safety signs are provided (or are in place) and maintained in circumstances where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been removed or controlled by other methods. This is only appropriate where use of a sign can further reduce the risk.

     

    Click here for a full guide to HSE regulations on safety signage.

     

    You can also get more guidance a full range of products from us.

     

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    Step one: Determining where safety signage may be needed

    To check this, it’s necessary to look to the risk assessment carried out for your workplace premises under. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations) this risk assessment should identify hazards and risks associated with those hazards, and the control measures to be taken. For example in a noisy area, access may be restricted and those working in the area required to wear ear protection.

     

    When those control measures have been put in place there may be a significant ‘residual’ risk such that employees must be warned of any further measures necessary.

     

    Safety signs should be used if they will help to further reduce this residual risk, for example warning visitors and staff not to enter a particular area. If the risk is not significant, however, there is no need to provide a sign.

     

    It’s important to remember that safety signs are not a substitute for other means of controlling risks to employees but rather a supplement to measures that are already in place. For example, in some workplaces where there may be a risk of a foot injury, it may be appropriate to remind staff using the sign indicating that wearing foot protection is mandatory.

     

    Another point to note is that fire safety signs are regulated separately to the HSE safety signage and these may be required even where the risk assessment suggests there is no significant risk in a specific area.

     

    Step two: the different kinds of signs and choosing the correct ones to use.

     

    Safety signs may not be simply visual images and text on signboards. HSE definitions also include acoustic signals (such as fire alarms), verbal communication or hand signals.

     

    When it comes to visual signboards, the regulations set out that they should meet the following requirements:

    • Be sufficiently large and clear to be easily seen and understood.
    • Have adequate illumination
    • Size appropriate for intended viewing distance;
    • Durable, securely fastened and properly maintained (eg washed or resurfaced) to ensure they remain visible.
    • Use pictograms or symbols which are identical or similar to those shown in the HSE Signs and Safety Regulations.

     

    Generally, signs come under the following categories:

     

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    STOP: A prohibition sign – a sign prohibiting behaviour likely to increase or cause danger (e.g. ‘no access for unauthorised persons’);

    Prohibition signs are generally round with a black pictogram on white background, red edging and diagonal line (the red part to take up at least 35% of the area of the sign).

     

    warning sign

    BE CAREFUL: A warning sign – a sign giving warning of a hazard or danger (eg ‘danger: electricity’);

    Separate regulations cover hazardous substances, but generally speaking, warning signs are triangular in shape and contain black pictograms on a yellow background with black edging (the yellow part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

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    AN ORDER:  A mandatory sign prescribing specific behaviour (e.g. ‘foot protection must be worn’). These signs should be round with a white pictogram on a blue background (the blue part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).
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    INFORMATION: Signs giving important safety information, for example, the location of emergency exits, first aid, or rescue facilities. These signs should be rectangular or square in shape with a white pictogram on a green background (the green part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

     

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    FIREFIGHTING SIGNS

    The signs should be rectangular or square in shape with a white pictogram on a red background (the red part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

    Step 3: Implementing the signs

     

    The HSE Safety Sign Regulations also set out useful points, such as ensuring that you do not put too many signs close together so that they become confusing. Acoustic signals should not be sounded together for a similar reason.

    It is also important to ensure that staff training incorporates basic knowledge and information so that workers are made aware of all safety signs used in the workplace.

    You can order signage which meets the HSE regulations and also get advice and help regarding the best signage for your workplace from us here at CIS Safety.

    Here are some examples:

     

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

     

    SHARPS BOX WITH OFFICIAL BIOHAZARD WARNING PICTOGRAM £17.72 SHARPS BOX WITH OFFICIAL BIOHAZARD WARNING PICTOGRAM £17.72

     

    You can also get more guidance a full range of products from us.

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    For more details of more products or advice or information on the right safety signage for your business, call us on  01726 74264 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

  • What’s the best method for branding your workwear?

    Branding your workwear is a good idea for a number of reasons, including marketing your business and boosting brand awareness as well as improving staff morale.

    Click here for our article about the benefits of branding corporate workwear.

    Once you’ve decided to introduce branded workwear into your business however, it’s helpful to have a step by step guide to implementing this, so that you get the best results, based on
    your business needs and the kind of workwear you use.

    Here’s our step by step guide.
    Step 1: Decide which items of workwear you want to brand and what your uniform policy will be.
    You can decide to introduce a staff uniform (see a guide from ACAS on the regulations for uniform policies in the workplace here). Or, you can take the less formal approach of offering staff with branded clothing items such as polo shirts or jackets and leave them to make the decision of whether they wear them.

    Consider not just the sector and nature of your company when deciding this, but also the different job roles and the practicalities of different workwear items.

    For example, if some staff tend to be outside in colder weather, branded fleeces may be the best option, but staff who mainly work indoors or with clients, may be better served with polo or traditional branded shirts such as this Oxford shirt.

     

    KUSTOM KIT OXFORD SHIRT, £15.76 KUSTOM KIT OXFORD SHIRT, £15.76

    Step 2: Select the workwear clothing you wish to brand
    Once you have decided on the kinds of workwear you are going to provide, researching which particular workwear to buy is the next decision.

    Naturally setting a budget is a first step, however, it is often a costly mistake to choose the cheapest items, which may be made from thinner, less durable fabrics. Also consider how many items you will realistically need. If staff will be wearing items daily, they will probably need at least three days worth of workwear, so they have time to wash and dry it between shifts.
    Key things to check when selecting a particular brand of workwear:

    • The washing guidelines -- if items can be tumble dried or washed at lower temperatures, this makes life easier for whoever is laundering the items.
    • The sizes, styles and cuts available -- are there enough options to suit your workforce?
    • Are the colours compatible with your brand and the nature of your business?

    Step 3: Plan and implement the way your branding will appear on your items

    First of all design the actual look of the way your brand will appear on the items you are ordering. Do you want a logo on the left side of the chest or a big design on the back of a shirt? When choosing a printer or embroidery company, ask if they can supply visuals of different options.

    Step 4: Finally select the branding technique you will use

    Your options will include:

    • Screen printing
    • Indirect / transfer printing (transfers that can be ironed on to clothing for example)
    • Embroidery

    Screen printing
    Screen printing uses screen press units and involves creating a stencil and applying a mixture of inks or paints which is then pressed onto the item of clothing. Screen printing is expensive for smaller numbers but more cost effective if you are printing
    larger numbers of items.
    The benefits:
    Suited to very large runs, or printing of colour pictures, such as on promotional items or retail clothing designs. Often this option can suit most budgets, although smaller print runs can be expensive if you are using high quality printing techniques and inks.
    You can print quite intricate and detailed designs which simply can’t be replicated with embroidery.

    Indirect / heat transfer printing

    Indirect printing involves printing your design or logo onto a transfer paper and using heat to
    apply it to the garment. The colour options are limitless and fine details can be shown.

    The benefits: Often this option can suit most budgets.
    It is suited to small runs and often cost-effective. Set up fees are low and the method can be applied to nearly any garment.
    This option is particularly good for limited use or workwear that will be replaced often.

    The cons: Some print techniques will fade or deteriorate quickly if you use cheaper materials such as cheaper ink, fabrics or transfer papers. rushed or you use budget materials.

    Embroidery

    Stitching your logo or design onto clothing is actually the most popular method of branding, not least because it suits most fabrics and is often the more durable method of applying branding.

    Nowadays this option is cheaper due to technological advances which mean that designs can be added to clothing using machinery which is used in combination with computer programmes to produce extremely detailed and precise designs.

    The benefits: Embroidery is usually very durable and long lasting, although nowadays, some print technology can produce long-lasting results. It also produces professional results. As a result, this method is often used for a more professional image, on higher cost
    garments due to its durability and appearance.
    The cons: It’s often the more expensive method initially and can compromise waterproofing features of some workwear. It is not usually applied to low cost clothing such as T-shirts or Hi-Vis tabards.

    We offer a range of corporate workwear which you can add branding to. Click here to see our range.

    If you’d like to talk through your options with our team, please call us on If you’d like help and advice in arranging corporate workwear please do give our experienced staff a call on 01726 74264 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

  • Helpful tips on marking & labelling

    crayon

     

    An organized system of labelling is an essential activity in any facility. Ensuring safety is a key benefit, but it can also help to improve efficiency and organisation. It’s not always simple, however, particularly when a facility needs to label on difficult surfaces, such as sacks or food crates. Here is a guide to ensure you have a proactive labelling policy and helpful products to make the job easier.

     

    SAFETY

    COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

    Proper labelling is a key requirement of Health and Safety Executive regulations in many cases. If you are using hazardous chemicals, for example, even if simply for cleaning purposes, you will need to have the containers labeled to meet appropriate standards. Click here for the HSE guide to labelling hazardous chemicals.

    There may be other regulations where you need to have proper labeling too. For example, Regulation 4 of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) requires employers to take appropriate steps to provide general indications and, where it is reasonably practicable to do so, precise information on the weight of each load, and the heaviest side of any load whose centre of gravity is not positioned centrally. You can find more information about HSE regulations on labelling of loads here: www.hse.gov.uk/msd/labellingloads

     

    An effective and simple way to achieve this is to introduce a system where crayons are used to identify the weight and heavier side of crates or boxes as they are moved into storage areas so they can be handled more safely in the future.

     

     

    WAX MARKING CRAYON, BLUE PACK OF 12, £7.88 WAX MARKING CRAYON, BLUE PACK OF 12, £7.88

    Crayons based on paraffin waxes and paraffin oils. We use high-quality pigments to achieve an excellent colour quality. They write exceptionally well on practically all surfaces, are colour-fast, smudge-proof, unbreakable and temperature resistant. The markings can be easily removed from smooth surfaces using cleaning spirit. A suitable holder can be supplied upon request.

     

    LOCATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT

    Making safety equipment clearly visible can help staff or visitors to respond more quickly to emergencies and this can save lives in some situations.

    Fire extinguishers, first aid kits, emergency eye washing stations are among items that should be clearly labelled.

     

    ORGANISATION AND EFFICIENCY

    A clear and consistent labelling process is vital when organising storage areas.

    Make sure you have a clear, well thought out system and write it down in process and training manuals.

    For example, you can use specific colours to label particular categories of products, enabling instant visual processing -- but this only works if everyone understands and sticks to the system.

    You can also use these labels in other parts of the facility to help improve organization. If you are working with items which are particularly difficult to mark, there are some great products which can be used to mark items such as crates, seafood boxes or even metal or clear plastic.

     

    LUMOCOLOR PERM OMNIGRAPH CRAYON, RED PK12, £12.40 LUMOCOLOR PERM OMNIGRAPH CRAYON, RED PK12, £12.40

     

    For opaque marking on almost all surfaces even on dark or transparent ones, e.g. paper, plastic, metal, glass, wood, leather and stone. Also for use on wet wood. This marker is waterproof and does not bleed through paper.

     

    Benefits come in saving staff time in seeking out items and in reducing lost items which have to be replaced. Studies reveal that we spend 2.5 days per year looking for lost items, so the number of staff hours reclaimed by simple and effective organisation can add up to a significant boost to productivity in your workplace.

    MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT

     

    Using your own system of labelling to identify different computers, machines or vehicles is much simpler than checking serial numbers and makes maintenance and repair of these items much easier.

    Marking pipes and wires with labels that match a written and thought out system can also save time and help to avoid accidents or unnecessary disruption. It’s essential to mark pipes which carry hazardous material, such as steam, for safety reasons of course. But labelling pipes and wires can help staff or external workers to track them from the source to the destination and make it easier to carry out maintenance or other work.

    This type of labelling can be something as simple as a solid colour that represents a specific type of pipe, or you can print off a written label, or write words, such as ‘cold water pipe 1’ every 20 feet or thereabouts.

    TEMPORARY SIGNAGE

    While most workplaces will have commonly used signs like ‘wet floor’ already available, having markers and a signage system for more unusual or ‘one-off’ signs is helpful.

     

     

    TRAINING BENEFITS

    Having a simple and well organised labelling system makes it much easier to train and inform new employees as well as making it easier for staff from different departments to communicate and interact with each other and carry out their work throughout the premises.

     

     

    SUSTAINABILITY

    When choosing markers, it is now possible to choose products such as wax crayons which use fewer chemicals than permanent markers which are usually made from non-recyclable materials and plastics, or aerosols which nowadays emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute to smog and ground ozone levels.

    TWIST UP WAX MARKER, BLUE, £1.95 TWIST UP WAX MARKER, BLUE, £1.95

     

    Crayons based on special waxes and paraffin oil. We use high-quality pigments to achieve an excellent colour quality. The sticks are set apart by effective writing capability on hide, temperature stability, colour intensity and high luminance. The ingredients are harmless for humans or animals. Packaging and any unused materials can be discarded with residual waste. Contaminated fabrics and/or surfaces should first be roughly cleaned using a cloth and then washed with water and soap/detergent.

    If you’d like more advice on products and systems which can benefit your workplace our team are happy to offer advice. Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • PPE and RPE guidelines for Factory Engineers in the food industry

    Modern Factory Worker Technology Blue Milk Production

    When it comes to protecting factory engineers working in the food industry, regulations surrounding PPE and personal hygiene are particularly stringent to ensure high standards of food safety. In addition, PPE and RPE  regulations are constantly being updated. This article offers news on some of the latest products along with important news about new HSE regulations which affect factory engineers.

    When it comes to factory engineers operating in food production or processing areas, as well as general PPE regulations there are also several other key factors to consider when choosing PPE.

     

    For example, The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations state that “Every person working in a food handling area shall maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness and shall wear suitable, clean, and where appropriate, protective clothing.” These Regulations also state that “adequate changing facilities for personnel must be provided where necessary”.

     

    Key things to consider:

    While coveralls may be the most common outerwear, those working in food production areas must never wear PPE when visiting the toilet. As a result it may be more practical for engineers to wear separate trousers and jackets to speed up the changing process.

    These PU trousers are highly water resistant and ideal for washdown areas.

    PU WAIST TROUSER, £27.84 PU WAIST TROUSER, £27.84

     

    Disposable polythene coats may also offer a solution to factory engineers who need to visit food production areas.

     

    DISPOSABLE POLYTHENE VISITORS COATS, £10.70

     

    Factory engineers who have beards or facial hair also need to cover up while in a food production area. Disposable coverings are available in this instance.

     

    100 DISPOSABLE BEARD COVERS, £12.70

    When it comes to footwear, factory engineers in food production areas may also need to work in washdown areas often. A practical alternative to working in wellingtons are these Dunlap Rigair Lined Safety Rigger Boots, £68.78, which are fully waterproof but also have a steel toecap and fur lining.

     

    DUNLAP RIGAIR LINED SAFETY RIGGER BOOTS, £68.78 DUNLAP RIGAIR LINED SAFETY RIGGER BOOTS, £68.78

    CHANGING REGULATIONS

    It’s also important to keep up with changing regulations for PPE and for those who carry out welding RPE.  There has been a particularly important alert issued by the HSE relating to this recently.

     

    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, alongside limited evidence linking exposure to welding fumes to kidney cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an alert which notifies workers and employers that there is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fumes, including those from mild steel welding. The alert also points out that general ventilation is not an adequate measure.

     

    As of February 2019, all businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fumes arising from welding activities.

     

    Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fumes.

     

    What are the key changes?

    Under the new guidelines set out in HSE Bulletin STSU1 – 2019:

    • All Indoor welding tasks require the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is also required for any residue welding fumes.
    • Outdoor welding requires use of RPE.
    • If an RPE programme is not in place, this will need to be implemented with immediate effect.
    • In all cases, appropriate RPE is required to have a minimum Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 20.

    Any business which undertakes welding will now require a safety officer to review current measures in place to protect those welding and ensure that the measures now meet the new HSE requirements.

     

    To help businesses to offer adequate protection in different welding environments, the HSE has provided a guide to appropriate protection measures.

     

    PPE we can offer which helps companies to meet these requirements include our FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29 FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    This Safe-Welder™ Coverall is flame retardant and excellent PPE for welders who are exposed to heat.

    LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50 LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50

    We also offer this high quality split leather gauntlet with full lining for extra insulation and comfort. This is a very capable glove when handling all kinds of hot items or materials, it has a good abrasion and tear resistance too.

    Other important facts to consider include:

    • Suitable control measures must be applied, regardless of welding duration, and even if welding is carried out outdoors.
    • Welders must have adequate training in the use of any exposure controls such as LEV and RPE.
    • All engineering controls should be correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to testing.

    You can find more information on the HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health website.

    If you’d like more advice on what RPE and PPE is best for your workplace our team are happy to advice on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • New RPE guidelines for welding

    welding

     

    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has strengthened its regulation on how well businesses protect workers. This article outlines the new guidelines for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for welding.

    As a result of new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer, alongside limited evidence linking exposure to welding fumes to kidney cancer, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an alert.

    The alert notifies workers and employers that there is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fumes, including those from mild steel welding. The alert also points out that general ventilation is not an adequate measure.

    As of February 2019, all businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fumes arising from welding activities.

    Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fumes.

    What are the key changes?

    Under the new guidelines set out in HSE Bulletin STSU1 – 2019:

    • All Indoor welding tasks require the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is also required for any residue welding fumes.
    • Outdoor welding requires use of RPE.
    • If an RPE programme is not in place, this will need to be implemented with immediate effect.
    • In all cases, appropriate RPE is required to have a minimum Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 20.

    Any business which undertakes welding will now require a safety officer to review current measures in place to protect those welding and ensure that the measures now meet the new HSE requirements.

    To help businesses to offer adequate protection in different welding environments, the HSE has provided a guide to appropriate protection measures.

     

    PPE we can offer which helps companies to meet these requirements include our FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29 FLAME RETARDENT WELDING COVERALL, £30.29

    This Safe-Welder™ Coverall is flame retardant and excellent PPE for welders who are exposed to heat.

    LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50 LEATHER WELDERS GAUNTLET, £4.50

    We also offer this high quality split leather gauntlet with full lining for extra insulation and comfort. This is a very capable glove when handling all kinds of hot items or materials, it has a good abrasion and tear resistance too.

     

    Other important facts to consider include:

    • Suitable control measures must be applied, regardless of welding duration, and even if welding is carried out outdoors.
    • Welders must have adequate training in the use of any exposure controls such as LEV and RPE.
    • All engineering controls should be correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to testing.

    You can find more information on the HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health website.

    If you’d like more advice on what RPE and PPE is best for your workplace our team are happy to advice on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • A guide to transit packaging for food and drink

    interior of storage of fruit and vegetable packagesWhen it comes to packaging food for delivery both within and outside the UK, there are regulations as well as key considerations which can help to minimise waste and improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.

    At the very least, transit packaging must provide enough information for hygienic and safe handling and meet the basic standards for import and export. Good packaging of course plays a crucial role in protecting products and avoiding customer returns and waste.

    The Food Standards Agency is an excellent source of information and includes advice on the requirements of EC Regulation No 1935/2004, which sets out standards businesses must meet when using materials which come into contact with food. Click here for the Food Standards Agency guidance on packaging.

    This guide sets out the basic summary of things you need to consider in relation to transit packaging for food.

    Types of food packaging

    Transit packaging. The packaging which is needed for transport or export of food is the outermost layer of packaging and its primary purpose is to protect food while it’s being transported.

    Outer packaging. This is the packaging beneath transit packaging and is usually a box containing the bags, tins, or other containers that hold the food itself. 

    Sales packaging. The can, box or bottle or other container immediately surrounding the food or drink product and the layer which comes into contact with the food.

    KEY CONSIDERATIONS:

    AVOIDING CONTAMINATION

    When packaging food, safety demands that you take steps to ensure that any chemical or other elements of the food packaging are not able to migrate with the food itself. It is not enough to actually do this, you must have written documentation to demonstrate that you have good manufacturing process within business areas where food is packaged.

    Contamination of food can happen in a number of ways and at any stage of the food supply process and contamination can occur during the transit phase. For example, chemical contamination can result from cleaning chemicals used in vehicles or storage areas, fumes from transportation vehicles, and chemicals from metals. Packaging should be of a high enough quality to withstand any occurrence of chemicals around food. 

    Bacterial contamination is another major consideration. Packaging materials should be stored in a place where they won’t come into contact with bacteria that contaminates food and any food packaging equipment used to package raw food cannot be used to package ready-to-eat food. 

    Absorbent pads can also help to avoid leakage and prevent contamination. A product we offer are BulkSorb® Absorbent Pads which have been developed using a super thin, high absorbent, core which allows a huge reduction in carbon footprint compared to traditional absorbers using airlaid, cellulose and sap.

     

    BULKSORB ABSORBENT PADS, BLUE, 30X60 CASE OF 300 £115.50 BULKSORB ABSORBENT PADS, BLUE, 30X60 CASE OF 300 £115.50

    ENSURE THAT YOU USE APPROVED FOOD PACKAGING

    When choosing food packaging check their packaging has the international symbol for "food safe" material. This symbol is a wine glass and a fork symbol. The symbol indicates that the material used in the product is considered safe for food contact. This includes food and water containers, packaging materials, cutlery etc.The regulation is applicable to any product intended for food contact whether it be made of metals, ceramics, paper and board, and plastics. Be aware that some materials may be safe with some food stuffs but not others. Aluminium packaging is generally considered safe for the containment of some foods, but it does not react well with highly acidic food such as tomatoes and soft fruits.

    Plastic polyliners are a practical solution to pack food in containers such as cardboard boxes and to reduce cleaning time and costs in other reusable containers.

    500 POLY LINERS, 625 X 1050 X 625MM high tensile, heavy duty, BLUE CS, £46.40 500 POLY LINERS, 625 X 1050 X 625MM high tensile, heavy duty, BLUE CS, £46.40

    PLASTIC PACKAGING

    Some constituents of plastic can migrate into food or drink that the plastic comes into contact with. As a result, plastics have a legal limit of 10 milligrams per square decimetre of plastic surface area or per kilogram of food. There are also other migration limits apply to plastics monomers or plastics additives that are frequently used in packaging. Click here for a list of all EU legislation and guidance on plastic packaging which comes into contact with food.

    FOOD TEMPERATURE

    The Food Standards Agency guidelines state that cold food must be kept at 8°C or below. The only exceptions would be certain cured & smoked products; their temperature is dependent on the method of curing. For frozen products the requirement is -18°C with a tolerance of 3°C (not warmer than -15°C).

    As well as ensuring the transit vehicle has adequate temperature control facility, packaging that helps food remain chilled includes protective transit packaging such as our Flexiroll chilled packaging sheets or Sorba Freeze Blocks.

     

    FLEXIROLL CHILLED PACKAGING SHEET, 420mm X 60mm £175 FLEXIROLL CHILLED PACKAGING SHEET, 420mm X 60mm £175

     

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

    If you’d like more advice on transit packaging to suit the needs of your business, our team can help.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to maintain your PPE footwear

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    Many workers’ roles require them to be on their feet for a large proportion of the working day and so buying the right safety footwear and then making sure that your investment lasts as long as possible, can make a big difference to safety standards and day to day enjoyment of the job. Here is a guide to making the most of your safety footwear.

    Work boots are an important item of PPE that not only has a major impact on safety and comfort at work, but which is regulated by health and safety legislation. It is certainly worth investing wisely in PPE footwear, and then ensuring that once bought, footwear is maintained and cared for so that it lasts as long as possible.  

    Choosing the right safety footwear 

    The first thing to consider when choosing which footwear to buy are the risks present in the environment where the worker will be wearing the shoes / boots. Things to consider are water, risk of falling objects, chemicals, slippery surfaces and electrical or heat hazards.

    Click here to see our full range of footwear

    Safety footwear must conform to relevant health and safety footwear regulations, namely EN ISO 20345. Click here for a full HSE guide on standards for foot and leg protection.

    Other things to look out for when choosing PPE footwear include:

    • Good quality stitching and seams
    • Good quality materials
    • Manufacturer reputation and customer service.

    Treatments to maintain your footwear

    Waterproofing treatments for your footwear, applied soon after purchase and at regular intervals thereafter, can also help you to maintain footwear in good condition. Reducing the amount of water that gets into leather can reduce shrinking and stretching, which in turn prevents damage to stitches and seams in the footwear.  

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    Periodically treating your boots with Leather food will rejuvenate the leather and maintain its water resistant qualities.

    If footwear does get wet, put them somewhere well ventilated to dry, but avoid using heat which can damage or crack leather.

    Using tree shoes inside your boots overnight will help them retain their shape and it’ll draw out moisture inside the boot caused by perspiration. 

     

    Make sure shoes fit well

    Shoes that are too big or too small are also likely to last for a shorter time, too small shoes being stretched and big shoes causing rubbing and soreness.  As a guide, you should allow a one centimetre gap between toes and the edge of the shoe. Steel toe caps should be padded properly and the heel should fit snugly. 

    Often workers experience discomfort simply because they are not wearing the correct size. 

    A common problem for women workers is that safety boots made for men don’t fit well, even if they are the correct size due to a difference in the shape of feet. We offer a range of safety shoes designed for women.

    Click here to see our range of ladies safety footwear.

    HEATHER S3 LADIES MIDCUT SAFETY SHOE, BLACK, £59.55

    Another option which can make footwear more comfortable and help it to last longer is to simply use insole inserts or good quality socks.

    Click here to see our footwear accessories

    Work boots will also last longer if they are not worn when its unnecessary, or given a ‘rest’ from time to time. One idea is to buy two pairs, which means it is possible for work boots to be dried thoroughly if they get wet during the workday.

    Keep them clean

    Finally regular cleaning will increase the lifespan of safety footwear. 

    Leather boots should be cleaned and treated regularly, and brushed with a shoe polishing brush to remove dust and debris. Leather food and water repellent spray is recommended to retain leather’s suppleness and performance.

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • How to get the best out of your PPE workwear

     

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    You can save unnecessary costs and help to protect yourself and staff by taking some simple steps to maintain workwear. Here’s a guide to ensuring your workwear lasts as long as possible.

    Research before you buy

    It’s always worthwhile considering how much workwear will cost per lifetime when making a purchase as well as considering current cashflow and budget within your business.

    Buying from respected manufacturers who have a good reputation for producing reliable, durable and high quality garments is key.

    We offer PPE from some excellent manufacturers including Elka and Mascot, for example. Both have a strong reputation for producing high-quality products with excellent functionality. They are also ethical and have robust Corporate Social Responsibility policies.

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    ELKA WATERPROOF BIB & BRACE, 053 OLIVE/BLACK, £52.70

     

    You can find out more about particular PPE items as well as manufacturers by looking at review sites such as TrustPilot.

    Ensuring that you choose PPE made from good quality materials is also important.

    Another issue to consider is buying the correct size. If workers are wearing workwear which is too big or too small, it will not be as effective in protecting them, and it’s also more likely that items will get worn, damaged or simply discarded as being uncomfortable and unfit for purpose.

    You can also buy single-use disposable items such as aprons or coveralls to protect more expensive workwear which is worn underneath.

     

    Click here to see our range of disposable workwear.

     

    Check workwear before and after use

    Always check workwear for damage before use. Checking there are no ripped seams, for example, is important both before and after use. Having a simple reporting process for damaged PPE and a trained member of staff responsible for carrying out and recording checks can help you to reduce costs in completely replacing items which could have been repaired quickly and easily at the first sign of damage.

    Of course, this also ensure that you meet good health and safety standards and maintain PPE to a high condition.

    Wash with care

    When washing it is important to wash at the appropriate frequency to ensure that workwear is kept free from oil, grease and other substances which can render it unfit for use, but also not to wash too often.   Hi-vis garments, for example, can only be washed for a limited number of times before the reflective tape is damaged.

     

    Always check the care label to ensure that items are not washed at too high or low a temperature, and that they are not put in a spin wash if this is likely to damage clothing. If you are asking staff to wash and maintain their own uniforms, be aware that clear guidance is important, and even then, this process will increase risk of damage to items due to workwear being washed at the wrong setting.

     

    Close all zips, check pockets for objects, and turn items inside out to reduce fading on the outside of the workwear.

    Hi-vis clothing should be washed separately as sometimes dye from other items of clothing can reduce the visibility of the workwear.

     

    Click here to see our range of hi-vis clothing.

     

    Take care of waterproof clothing

    If washing waterproof or breathable clothing, non-biological detergent is generally best, but always check the care label on each item. There are also products which can be used during or after washing to help ensure waterproof PPE continues to keep water out while retaining breathable qualities.

     

    Storage

    Ensuring that workwear is stored somewhere dry and clean, away from UV light or workplace chemicals will increase longevity. Wet garments should be hung to dry in a warm, well-ventilated area away from dry clothing.

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Gloves: how to ensure they last as long as possible

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    Once you have chosen the right kind of gloves for your employees to wear whilst carrying out specific tasks, it isn’t just a case of letting them put them on and get on with it. As crazy as it might sound, you will need to train them in the way to wear their gloves.

    Here are the main points to cover when handing out hand protection to your staff for the first time:

    Do they fit?

    This is a very important thing to establish, obviously from a safety point of view. If, for instance, a pair of gloves are that bit too tight for an employee, they are going to be overly stretched and become more prone to breaking or developing tears more quickly. Ideally involve all employees in the selection process and provide a range of gloves for them to try.

    Put them on correctly.

    Of course we all know how to put on a pair of gloves but carrying out simple procedures like making sure your hands are clean and your fingernails aren’t sharp will keep gloves at their most effective inside and out.

    Take them off correctly.

    If you have been handling chemicals with the gloves, it is important you wash the gloves before taking them off. But best practice dictates you wash gloves anyway.
    Just as important is drying them.

    Store the gloves carefully and correctly.

    Poor storage can badly affect your gloves and means they will be in service with you for less time. Don’t scrunch or roll them up and leave them in a toolbox to get squashed and scratched. Keep them in a safe place, whether that be a roomy glove compartment (after all, it’s what they were originally built for) or on a hook or in an
    uncluttered drawer in the workshop.

    Wear them only when required.

    Protective gloves will be subject to unnecessary wear and
    tear if left on to carry out jobs for which they weren’t designed, eg rubber gauntlets left on when lifting heavy objects.

    Launder gloves regularly and correctly.

    It is a mistake to think that gloves are there to get
    dirty. Over time, dirt and grit can be corrosive and shorten the life of your gloves. As well as washing your gloves after each use, launder them regularly to reduce the build up of dirt
    particles. If the gloves are leather, remove as much as you can with a brush and then dry clean if you can. Alternatively, use a mild soap such as a saddle soap and make sure they are totally dry before the next use as dampness can also cause degradation. Nylon or cotton gloves can be washed with ordinary detergents and warm water (around 40°C) but if they are coated, the water should be cooler (under 30°C).

    No gloves last forever.

    Eventually all hand protectors will reach the stage where they are not fit for purpose and will need replacing. Carry out regular inventories of all gloves and make sure staff know to highlight any issues with any that they go to use that are not up to the job. For gloves used to handle chemicals, sometimes a change in colour will show up contamination.

    Three great long lasting gloves:

    The EN388 rating will indicate how long a pair of gloves is likely to last against various mechanical hazards. The code is usually followed by a series of numbers and sometimes letters that indicate their resistance levels for abrasion, impact, tears, punctures, circular blade cuts and straight blade cuts. The higher the number in each category, the greater the level of protection/resistance.
    Click here for the full list of EN388 numbers and what they indicate

    Here are some of our products with a particularly high EN388 rating...

    Emperor 24" Heavyweight Rubber Gauntlets, £22.43

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    Product Overview: EN388: 4121, EN374 ABCKL (43465)
    The EN388 label with the subsequent numbers indicates a very high level of abrasion resistance, a good level of protection against tearing but a fairly low resistance against circular blades and punctures.

    These gloves have a resistance to certain chemicals as indicated by the EN374 label. These chemicals are: methanol (A), acetone (B), acetonitrile (C), 40% sodium hydroxide (K) and 96% sulphuric acid (L).

    Extra features: Chlorinated to harden and cleanse the surface of the glove. Beaded cuff for tear resistance.

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

     

    Traffiglove Defender 5 Cut Glove, EN388: 4541, £14.95

     

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    Product overview: EN388: 4541
    These gloves have the EN388 label with the subsequent numbers indicating a very high level of protection against abrasion, circular blades and tears.

    Extra features: Water resistant so good for use in wet environments.
    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

    Kevlar 14cm Heat Resistant Gauntlet, EN388 2541 EN407 43432X, £16.20

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    Here the EN388 label indicates an exceptional resistance to both heat and cuts. This heavy duty Kevlar gauntlet which is tested to 350 C contact, convective and radiant heat, and level 5 cut
    resistance.

    Extra features: Seamless knitted construction for good dexterity and thick cotton liner for additional insulation and comfort. Extended cuff for wrist protection.

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

    If you’d like more advice on what PPE is best for your workplace and how best to ensure it lasts as long as possible, our team are happy to advise on latest products to suit your needs.
    Contact us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

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