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  • Hearing protection in the workplace

    Senior engineer man, construction worker covering ears ignoring

    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.



    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.


    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.



    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 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




    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


    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.






    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.



    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 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


    • 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?


    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

  • Why invest in corporate workwear

    The Benefits of Corporate Clothing

    Improving sales, staff performance, raising brand awareness… If you don’t already have uniforms or corporate workwear, there are a few good reasons to consider investing…



    1. Day to day promotion!

    It’s a well-known statistic that people have to see your company on average seven times before they make a purchase. Having your staff wear your branding gets your name and identity out to the wider world on a daily basis. Surveys reveal that simply using branded workwear is more effective than any kind of print or digital advertising.

    Do make sure your style of workwear re-enforces your company’s brand and identity. You can choose shirts, polo shirts or hoodies, for example, in our range of corporate workwear, to suit the nature of your work and the different roles of staff.

    See our corporate workwear range


    2. It’s helpful for staff


    Providing staff with uniforms prevents wear and tear on their own clothes and/or protects clothes (for example,  aprons or overalls). Having branded hoodies or polo shirts can also make it easier for staff to get the company ‘look’ right, reduces costs of of buying office wear and removes the stress and strain of those days when you just cannot find the right things to wear.


    Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29


    3. Health and safety


    If you need to invest in clothing to ensure health and safety of your staff, providing the right workwear is vital. jobs where the health and safety element demands a uniform. For instance, anyone working on roads or in other dangerous areas will require hi vis clothing. There are also many jobs which will require steel cap boots and if you work in food processing specialist kitchen uniforms and workwear to promote safety and hygiene are important. In many cases it is possible to have these items branded, making the work environment more professional and promoting your brand to anyone visiting the site.

    4. Improve staff performance

    Staff are more aware of their actions and how they behave if they are wearing a uniform of some kind. Whether they are working or out with colleagues, they know they are representing the company and studies show an improvement in customer service. Research also shows that when staff wear company logos, they feel more connected to their company and so an unexpected result can be improved staff loyalty.

    See our corporate workwear here.

    If you’d like help and advice in arranging corporate workwear please do give our experienced staff a call on 01726 742642 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

  • Your workplace fire safety checklist

    For most of us, a day at work doesn’t usually involve thinking about fire safety.   It’s fair to say, we’ve probably all followed fire drills and, at some point, been frustrated to get back to work and finish the job or task at hand.

    But according to the HSE, the majority of fires in the workplace are preventable, providing we introduce the right behaviours and procedures.

    So if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) here’s our workplace fire safety checklist to help reduce the likelihood of a fire affecting your business.

    Carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment

    First, it might sound obvious but fire needs a source of ignition (sparks or heat), a source of fuel and also oxygen.  Whatever working environment you’re in, if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) you’ll need to take time to really consider the risks and what might cause a fire as part of your Fire Safety Risk Assessment.


    As a first step, think about the hazards. If you’re in an office are there electrical appliances that need to be checked?  In a warehouse or factory there may be different hazards and risks that you need to consider such as chemicals or other sources that can fuel a fire.  Then think about the risks (the likelihood of these creating a fire). You may not be able to completely avoid those risks altogether but you can reduce the risk and manage them.

    For more information visit the government’s Fire Risk Assessment section which provides specific guidance on risk assessments for various working environments

    It’s worth remembering that if you employ more than five people, you’ll also need to keep a written record of any risk assessment.

    We offer a Fire Safety Log Book, £6.27 which can help you to log vital fire safety records and meet your legal obligations.


    Minimise fire risks

    Take time to look at your working environment and consider potential hazards as a starting point,  but you should also maintain good housekeeping.

    • Avoid the build up of rubbish that could burn.
    • Keep clear space around potential ignition points
    • Make sure if you do have heaters in the office, that these cannot  be knocked over.
    • Ensure that flammable substances are kept separately where possible.
    Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40 Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40


    This secure storage cabinet that keeps your hazardous substances safe, organised and accessible. This cabinet is built to the same exacting specification as the popular Safestor cabinet, but with the addition of specially designed flameproof vents to prevent build-up of fumes. Supplied with adjustable shelves and heavy-duty 5 lever deadlocks, this robust cabinet comes complete with warning stickers and complies with all COSHH regulations (the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health), ensuring that your hazardous substances are kept safe, accessible and secure. 30 minute fire resistance.

    Have an emergency plan  

    Once you’ve carried out any risk assessment, and worked out what you need to do, then you can prepare your emergency plan.

    Have the right fire safety equipment

    As an employer you also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that you know what to do in the event of fire breaking out.  Make sure smoke alarms, fire alarms or bells are installed and are working properly and that you’ve got the right fire-equipment for putting a fire out quickly.

    Check the exits

    Make sure fire exits and escape routes are clearly marked and unobstructed at all times and that staff are trained to know what to do in the event of a fire.   If you have vulnerable workers or workers with disabilities make sure you have considered their needs and safety.

    Keep doing your risk assessments

    Finally, make sure that you review and update the fire risk assessment regularly - the HSE recommends doing this every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.

  • Have you got the right First Aid Strategy in place?

    No matter what steps you have taken to ensure you have a safe workplace, there may be times when your employees are injured or fall ill. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require provide ‘adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work’.
    These regulations apply even if you have fewer than five employees or if you are self-employed. As a minimum, you need a basic first aid kit and a designated first aid officer. You will also need to make sure any employees are aware of your first aid arrangements in the event that they need them.


    You can find out more with the Red Cross guide to First Aid for Employers.
    Whilst First Aid arrangements are very much dependent your individual working environment, here are five of the key considerations to help you establish the right first aid strategy for your organisation.

    1. The nature of your workplace
    You may be in a smaller office workplace with relatively low level hazards where the minimum provision would offer the right level of support for you. However, if you work in an environment with unusual circumstances and factors at play, for example working with chemicals or in very physically demanding jobs such as tree surgery or construction, then take time to carry out a proper risk assessment and think about the types of accidents that occur. In these cases it is likely that you will need trained first aiders. The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) has some useful case studies of different work environments, ranging from shops to construction sites and chemical processing plants to help you do this. It also has some useful risk templates to aid you in carrying out the assessment.

    2. Get feedback from employees
    Having regular health and safety conversations with your staff is good for two reasons. First, employee feedback can help with reducing the likelihood of accidents at work , but it can also mean you are better prepared in terms of First Aid provision. As an employer, you are responsible for making sure you have adequate and appropriate provision, but by including employee feedback in your First Aid strategy assessment, you will gain a different perspective of other provisions that need to be factored into your First Aid strategy.
    3. First Aid Provision and work absences
    When an employer's first-aid needs assessment indicates that a first-aider is unnecessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. When you decide on your appointed first aid person, you will need to think about working patterns and other absences. This person will need to take charge of first aid arrangements and potentially call the emergency services if required. They do not need to have formal first aid training but they do need to make sure that there is appropriate cover for first-aid arrangements irrespective of the working patterns of other employees. You will also need to ensure that anyone visiting your premises or site is protected, so it is a good idea to keep a Visitors book to ensure that your First Aider is aware of anyone other than staff on site.


    Visitors Book £8.80 Visitors Book £8.80


    4. History of workplace accidents
    When you are thinking about First Aid provision, consider if accidents have occured in the past and if so, whether this type of accident is likely to occur again. Think also about the demographic of your workforce. If you have older employees doing very physically demanding jobs, they can be more prone to sprains and other injuries. If it is, then this should be factored into your First Aid Assessment to make sure that your First Aid strategy covers it.
    For this purpose, it is helpful to have an Accident Book to record any incidents.


    Accident Book £8.60 Accident Book £8.60


    5. Remote workers
    If you have workers that are travelling or working remotely off site , it might be worth thinking about provision away from your main sites. Making sure your remote workers have access to first aid kits and provisions is vital - and could end up saving someone’s life.
    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, BS 8599 compliant First Aid Kits and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    If you would like more information, the HSE's free leaflet offers a good start. First Aid at work: your questions answered.

    As always if you would like any advice, please contact our team as we’re happy to help you with First Aid requirements for your business. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 742642.

  • 4 key pieces of workwear you need all year round

    Hopefully the worst of the winter is now behind us, but there are a few key pieces of workwear which can keep workers safe and comfortable throughout the year. Here’s a roundup of the clothing and accessories outdoor workers should invest in.

    1. UV Protective Eyewear

    It’s not just at the height of summer that we need to protect our eyes. In fact, UV rays can be more damaging to our eyes on cloudy days, due to a scattering effect on the light. Regular exposure to UV rays can cause a range of eye conditions including cataracts and AMD -- age-related macular degeneration.


    Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35 Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35


    Click here for a  full range of eye protection wear


    2. Breathable waterproof jacket

    In the UK having a waterproof that is lightweight and easy to have onhand at all times is certainly beneficial. Ideally the fabric will have taped seams and a stormflap to keep rain out and the fabric should offer good level of waterproof protection but also breathability, to help avoid getting too hot and moist inside the jacket.


    Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38 Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38


    This packaway rain jacket includes many features such as, Taped seams, Integral hood, Waterproof and breathable Isolite lightweight Polyamide fabric, Windproof, Studded stormflap with hook and loop, 2 lower pockets and Mesh stuff sack

    You can find good information on which waterproof jacket to choose for different working environments or occasions at the Regatta website.

    Workwear that is certified in accordance with EN 343 protects against rain and snow, lets the skin breathe and conducts moisture and sweat away from the body. Click here to find out more about this.

    3. Hi Vis clothing

    When working outdoors wherever there is traffic high visibility clothing can save lives. If you would like further guidance, the EN471 specification sets out safety standards based on your regular working environment..For details click here


    Hi vis executive jacket Hi vis executive jacket, £49.50



    4. Safe footwear

    Slips and trips cause nearly 40% of all serious accidents, but the good news is that around 50% of these can be prevented by good safety practice in the workplace and wearing safe, comfortable footwear. Safety boots are good for some work environments, and if a worker is on their feet for long stretches, the footwear should have a broad base and have a heel no higher than 2cm in height.

    Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02 Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02


    Take a look at our footwear range here: www.cisafety.com/footwear

  • How effective are your cleaning products?


    Close Up Of Worker In Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning Down After Service

    Ensuring that a commercial workplace is adequately cleaned is both crucial and demanding. With staff using shared equipment, communal areas and washrooms, businesses need to take
    hygiene standards to a whole new level. Those businesses within the food industry face even more challenges.
    In these industries, it is helpful to understand how effective products are and to be certain that the products you are using are effective against the bacteria and viruses that you need to eradicate.

    Understanding the labelling on disinfectant products is important, particularly when vital information might be unclear due to marketing messages on the products. One of the most common terms to be found is that a disinfectant kills 99.9% of germs. In real terms, disinfectants which bear this label may not kill the specific variety of bacteria or pathogen you need killed.

    Disinfectants must list the microorganisms which a product has been tested for and found to be effective against on their label, as well as proper dilution and directions for use. There are many different formulations of disinfectant products which vary in chemical composition and efficacy claims (which germs they have been proven to kill).

    So how can you choose the best disinfectant and cleaning products for your business?

    Consider a few key factors:


    Disinfectants kill only select strains of germs. No disinfectant is capable of killing all germs found on a hard surface. The absence of all germs is referred to as sterilization and this cannot be achieved by using disinfectant solution alone. It is important to identify the key germs you need to eradicate and to select the best product to do that.
    Some types of formulations are particularly effective against bacteria commonly found in and around food preparation areas and it can be important to consider the kinds of foods you are
    working with and common pathogens linked to that food type.
    Seafood, for example can be host to bacteria including Vibrio, Salmonella, Shigella, and Listeria. Foodborne pathogens that affect meat, poultry, and processed egg products include V Bacteria, Bacillus cereus, Brucella species, Campylobacter, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli O157:H7 and other Shiga-toxin- producing E. coli (STEC), Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia enterocolitica.

    Trio 100 Food Safe Sanitiser Concentrate, 5L, £7.56 Trio 100 Food Safe Sanitiser Concentrate, 5L, £7.56

    TRIO 100 is an odourless, neutral sanitiser that is ideal for daily disinfection in the food industry. Effective against MRSA, Salmonella, E.coli and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Trio 100 kills
    99.999% of bacteria. Tested to BS EN 1276 at a dilution of 1:80 by an independent laboratory. Cleans and sanitises all hard surfaces safely. Use on a regular basis for cleaning and disinfecting the work surfaces, equipment, floors, and walls in kitchens, bakeries, meat
    preparation areas, breweries, shops, restaurants and canteens.

    D327 Food Safe Foam Cleaner & Sanitiser, 20L, £29.96 D327 Food Safe Foam Cleaner & Sanitiser, 20L, £29.96

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


    Some disinfectants are not recommended for all surfaces. Bleach, for example can damage stainless steel and strongly alkaline disinfectants can damage floors and fabrics.

    Bactericidal Food Safe Foam Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray, £2.52 Bactericidal Food Safe Foam Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray, £2.52


    A ready-to- use, spray on cleaner and degreaser, which will kill Salmonella, Listeria and other bacteria. Foam Cleaner is an odourless cleaner and sanitiser that will cope with a high level of
    soiling. Suitable for use on all water washable surfaces, the trigger spray application makes it easy to use and essential for sanitising awkward areas. Recommended for use in food hygiene areas to clean equipment; fridges and fridge seals, display cabinets, and chill areas.


    Do any of your staff or other people likely to come into contact with cleaning agents have skin or odour sensitivities to particular disinfectants?


    Do you need concentrated disinfectant which will be diluted? Ready to use wipes or an aerosol? Which products suit your business?

    Food Safe Probe Wipes, 200 Tub, £3.75 Food Safe Probe Wipes, 200 Tub, £3.75

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

    Ax Bactericidal Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray Ax Bactericidal Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray

    A fast-drying, spray on and wipe off bactericidal cleaner designed primarily for the food industry. Suitable for regular use on all hard surfaces to maintain clean and hygienic conditions. AX kills 99.999% of bacteria, and is tested to BS EN 1276 undiluted. AX is also effective against MRSA, Salmonella, E.coli and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. Ideal for cleaning all water resistant surfaces,
    such as; glass, aluminium, stainless steel, rubber, ceramic, plastic and tiled surfaces. AX can be used to clean display cabinets, fridges and fridge seals, chill areas and food probes amongst many other applications.
    Many excellent options for disinfecting are available. Our team are always happy to offer advice and support to help you choose the best solution. Call us on 01726 742642 or email us at

  • Golden rules for food hygiene

    Here is a guide to key rules for food hygiene along with some helpful products to help ensure your business avoids food contamination incidents.

    The number of incidents concerning food quality, integrity or safety that the Food Standards Agency investigates has been steadily rising in the UK over the last few years, with the most recent figures for 2016 revealing more than 2,000 incidents for the first time.

    We know that the great majority of people will experience illness as the result of consuming unsafe food at some point in their lives and so anyone working in the food industry, and indeed, most consumers need to be aware of the key rules for food hygiene.

    Rule 1: Clean surfaces and utensils well before preparing food.
    Disinfectant wipes are a good way to achieve clean surfaces, they quickly and effectively eliminate cross contamination by killing off harmful bacteria.

    Sanisafe Alcohol Wipes, 800 £19.62 Sanisafe Alcohol Wipes, 800 £19.62


    Alcohol-free surface and skin sanitizing wipes £7.58 Alcohol-free surface and skin sanitizing wipes £7.58

    This smaller pack is useful for cleaning surfaces and hands

    Rule 2: Regular hand washing
    Wash hands thoroughly and regularly is important at the following points.


    • Before preparing food
    • Between handling raw and cooked food
    • After using the toilet
    • After eating, drinking and smoking breaks
    • After handling refuse and waste materials

    Having a good quality hand cleanser can help to make this process easier, and when frequent hand washing is necessary, this can help to avoid damage to the skin.

    This HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner is a deep, rich cleansing lather containing Triclosan for proven antibacterial action. It is suitable for all industries where a mild yet effective soap is frequently required. Free from solvents, harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes and helps to prevent skin infections.

    HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner, 5L, £7.80


    Disposable gloves are also a useful way to ensure no harmful substances are transferred from raw foods or chemicals during food processing.

    Click here to see our selection:

    Rule 3: Use a colour coded cleaning system

    It is generally considered good practise to use a colour coding scheme when cleaning commercial premises. For example, blue is often used for equipment used for general, low risk areas, green for general food and bar use, red for general washroom and yellow for clinical use -- although different companies may use different systems.
    Our anti-scratch scouring pads come in different colours and are compliant with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points or HACCP system regulations. They do not disintegrate during use or damage surfaces and they are easy to clean as dirt and particles are not trapped in the way that they are with a traditional scourer mat. As a result, these are recommended for use in food production areas and catering kitchens.


    Anti-scratch sponge scourer, HACCP compliant, £3.52 Anti-scratch sponge scourer, HACCP compliant, £3.52


    You can find more of our extensive range of hygiene tools and products here including a wide range of indoor and outdoor bins, including wheelie bins caters for all waste. In this section too you’ll find boning knives, steak knives, and cooks knives, quality colour-coded brushware, dustpans, squeegees and metal detectable products

    Click here for our extensive range of hygiene tools

    Rule 4: Avoid cross contamination between raw and cooked foods.

    Separate raw and cooked foods and use separate utensils and Store raw foods below cooked foods to prevent blood etc. dripping onto cooked food.

    Rule 5: Follow good personal hygiene guidelines

    Anyone working with food needs to follow good personal hygiene guidelines, which include covering hair and covering wounds with waterproof high visibility dressings.

    Click here to download the Food Standards Agency guide to personal hygiene for workers handling food.

    Again, being properly equipped makes life easier, and we offer these disposable hats to avoid contamination from hair.


    Disposable Bouffant Hats, £3.20 Disposable Bouffant Hats, £3.20

    These bouffant hats are a soft non-woven elasticated head cover with an elasticated edging for added strength and support. They are intended to be used for low risk applications and are widely used in the food industry.

    Rule 6: Wear clean and protective clothing to prevent contaminating food

    Our range of light duty polythene aprons will ensure a high level of hygiene for many industries.

    Disposable Poly Apron On Roll, 27" X 46" Blue, £29.80 Disposable Poly Apron On Roll, 27" X 46" Blue, £29.80


    The aprons are packed perforated on rolls, each individually wrapped in a polybag in order to suit each dispensing requirement.

    Rule 7: Use good quality raw materials and safe water.

    The Food Standards Agency offers guidance notes to help you navigate the rules and best practice for sourcing ingredients.

    Click here to see the guidance notes. 

    You can also use food assurance schemes to help ensure that any ingredients you are using are produced to the highest safety standards. Most food assurance schemes are run as product certification schemes that are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). These schemes use regular independent inspections to check that members are meeting specific standards and often use logos on consumer products to indicate this fulfilment. You can find a full list of UKAS certification bodies on the UKAS website.

    Rule 8: Pay attention to temperature!
    Make sure food is cooked safely and that food is kept at safe temperatures.


    • Defrost food thoroughly before cooking and cook joints of meat thoroughly.
    • When reheating any food, ensure that it is heated above 82°C for at least two minutes.
    • After cooking food, cool it as quickly as possible if it is to go in the fridge.
    • Keep food piping hot at above 63°C or cold below 8°C (ideally around 3°C) to reduce the risk of growth of food poisoning bacteria.
    • Check refrigerator and freezer temperatures with a thermometer. Record these in a log book

    Further guidance can be found on the Food Standards Agency website or you can download a copy of the Food Hygiene: a guide for businesses booklet.

  • Stay warm this winter -- a guide to thermal workwear

    The cold snap is with us and it is important to stay warm, particularly for those who work outdoors or in freezer environments. Here’s our guide to thermal workwear.




    It’s obviously unpleasant to be too cold but being in cold environments also carries health risks, with exposure to lower temperatures being linked to conditions including heart attacks and strokes, asthma symptoms, frostbite and hypothermia.

    Key advice is to dress in layers, so warm air is trapped between them and you can also control your temperature if you are moving in and out of the colder conditions. It’s also important to stay dry.


    Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29


    Thermal Suits such as this Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 by outdoor wear experts Elka will keep you warm and dry in cold conditions, with fabrics which keep out rain and water but which are also made to be breathable, so you you stay nice and dry inside the suit.



    Most of us are aware that hats are important having been told that most heat escapes the body through the head. In truth, this is something of a myth, but more recently researchers have discovered that when the head is allowed to get cold and the body is warm, the body’s core temperature can drop more quickly than we might expect.

    One theory is that because blood vessels in the scalp sit particularly close to the surface, this means that blood flowing through those blood vessels gets cold and then flows back through the rest of your body like your own personal cooling system. Another important factor is  the curious fact that people do not shiver when only their head is exposed to the elements. Shivering is your body’s way of slowing your rate of cooling, so not wearing a hat stops you shivering so you get colder more quickly.

    Another important thing to consider with hats is that they keep your ears warm. When we are exposed to cold conditions, our extremities, including our fingers toes and ears are often the first places that we feel the cold.  This is because the body constricts blood vessels in these places so warm blood keeps our important organs such as our heart and brain and lungs warmer for longer.


    Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95 Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95

    Choosing a hat such as this Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95 which comes with a  warm lining and ear flaps is more comfortable and practical when it comes to keeping out the cold.


    Lightweight Knitted Open Face Balaclava, currently on offer for £3.77 Lightweight Knitted £3.77

    Another good option for keeping your ears and nose and face warm is a balaclava, such as this Lightweight Knitted Open Face Balaclava, currently on offer for £3.77. These can also be useful as motorbike helmet liners.



    Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13 Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13

    Because extremities get cold quickly, thermal gloves are also important of course. It can be hard to wear gloves when you need to perform work tasks so thermal fingerless gloves such as these Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13 allow dexterity while keeping hands warm.

    Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99 Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99

    If it’s important to keep a good grip, these Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99 have special grip sections on the palm and will keep the whole hand warm.


    Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18 Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18

    There are also Hi Vis options such as these Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18 which are ideal for outdoor workers and which are also designed with fingertip sensitivity and grip, as well as waterproofing and adjustable cuffs to keep out the rain.


    Find out more…

    We’re always happy to help you find the best workwear options for you or your staff. If you’d like some advice please call us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Stay warm and safe: our Winter 2017 newsletter



    Welcome to our newsletter. When it comes to workplace safety, we’re discovering new, innovative solutions every day. Over the last six months we’ve been sharing some of our expertise and advice relating to workplace safety via our social media channels. Whether it’s the importance of sunglasses - particularly in the winter, how to make your workplace more sustainable, or discovering more about how the latest high vis clothing and footwear can help us to avoid accidents, there’s plenty of valuable information available on our website.

    Here’s a summary of the key articles and products we’ve shared over the last six months. As always, our team of experts is always on hand to talk through what solutions are best for your workplace, so do get in touch with any questions or comments.

    CIS Safety · tel: 01726 742642 · email: sales@cisafety.com · www.cisafety.com




    Safe & stylish...

    Trips and falls cause a huge number of workplace accidents, but with a planning and the right footwear, many can be avoided. Here are 5 footwear facts that can prevent accidents in the workplace.



    Product focus: Cascades Waterproof safety ankle boot £79.02 keep you dry, warm and safe at work

    A 365 year issue

    It’s easy to remember to tuck some shades in your pocket in June, but our article in early summer also highlighted how important it is to protect your eyes from the sun year round - particularly in the autumn and winter when the low winter sun can cause driving hazards. Our article on eye protection reveals why sunglasses are far more than a fashion statement.




    Product focus: Raptor Safety Spectacles £5.95 - wraparound sunglasses that are stylish while offering high level protection for your eyes. Click here for more information


    The latest hygiene products for the seafood and meat processing industries When it comes to food hygiene there are some fantastic new products which utilise the latest science and research to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria that both workers and the food they are working with are exposed to. Discover the important things to look out for when purchases everything from footwear to protective clothing when hygiene is critical.




    Product focus: Integra PU Lightweight safety wellington £48.94.
    Click here for more information

    Simple ways to make the workplace more sustainable…

    Sustainability is the buzzword in business just now for many reasons. Not only is it good for the planet and the wider community, but reducing waste and saving energy makes sense when it comes to profit margins too. We looked at 5 ways to make your workplace more sustainable, including thinking carefully about whether hand driers or roll towels are more beneficial all round.




    Product focus: 2 ply embossed roll towel £40.87.
    Click here for more information

    Hi vis workwear & winter footwear...

    With the dark nights rolling in and temperatures dropping it’s time to think about investing in workwear that can help to avoid winter hazards. Our article on Hi Vis workwear explains the latest gear and what kind or hi vis clothing is expected under accepted health and safety standards. We also focussed on winter footwear to help avoid slipping in cold, icy and wet conditions. There are some great products available. Click here for more information




    Product focus: Utility waterproof safety boots £43.20.
    Click here for more information

    Hand protection for all kinds of workers …

    Colder weather can lead to cracked and sore hands and getting the right kind or hand protection. We looked at gloves that offer everything from heat to cut protection ...more info.

    It is also important to have a good skincare routine can keep worker’s hands healthy and also help us all to avoid winter bugs ...more info.




    Product focus: Traffic Secure Cut 5 Glove £9.00.
    Click here for more information

    We hope you find some helpful information, and wish everyone an enjoyable festive season as we start to look ahead to 2018. We always welcome your feedback and comments, so please keep in touch.

    Warm regards
    Ian Munn - CIS Safety




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