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  • How to care for hi vis and waterproof workwear

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

     

    Storage

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

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

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

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

     

    Cleaning

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

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

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

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

     

    Replacing

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

    On-hand

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

     

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

     

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

    Chelsea Leather Food

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

  • Eye protection with prescription lenses

    safety-eyewear

     

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

     

    What the regulations say:

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Attention should be given to the following:

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

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

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

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

    What options are available?

    Face screens, face shields, visors

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

     

     

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

     


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

    Over-goggles

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

     

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

     

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

    Prescription spectacles or goggles

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click here to see our full range of protective eyewear

     

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

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