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  • Back to work checklist: Are you ready to open for business?

    Women cafe owner wearing protective mask stand in counter Covid-19 conceptual

     

    With more and more businesses now allowed to open up, here is  is our checklist to help you ensure that the retired social distancing and safety measures are  in place in your business:

    STEP 1: CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT

    An important first step is to carry out and record a formal risk assessment of opening your business.

    • Identify hazards
    • Assess the risks
    • Control the risks
    • Record your findings
    • Review the controls

    Click here for full guidance and Risk Assessment templates.

     

    STEP 2: DECIDE WHICH STAFF ARE REQUIRED ON SITE

    Only staff who are essential must come on site. For example, they may need to operate specialised machinery. The number of staff coming in should be kept to a minimum.

    • Employees who are in a vulnerable group, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant womeN,  are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance and to work from home if at all possible.
    • Coronavirus has meant many people have moved accommodation.Are contact numbers and emergency contact details up to date?
    • Set out clear policies and step by step processes for sickness reporting and sick pay.
    • Ensure there are plenty of handwashing facilities. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitiser as a secondary option where necessary. Tissues should also be provided and staff informed of and encouraged to follow good hygiene practices.

    We can help you to find the best products and source stock to meet your needs.

    For example, we have products specially tested against coronavirus such as these wipes:

    SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, PACK OF 100, £5.40 SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, PACK OF 100, £5.40

     

    Coronavirus Wet Wipe (Tub Format) Sanisafe 4C Hand & Surface Anti Virul Formulation 33GSM Blue Aquaspun Polypropylene (Recyclable) Sheet Size: 200mm x 200mm 100 Wipes Per Tub. This product has efficacy against several strains of coronavirdae family enveloped viruses in addition to extensive independent testing against gram positive and gram negative bacteria and fungi.

    Click here for more information on ordering hygiene and sanitiser products from us to help you stay safe from coronavirus infection.

    • Have a clear written policy and keep all staff up to date about what you are doing to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.

     

    STEP 3: ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS MAINTAINED ON SITE

    The key guidance on social distancing is that employers who have people in their offices or on-site should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to maintain a 2-metre distance from others and that they should be able and encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water ideally, for at least 20 seconds.

    To facilitate this and ensure staff safety the additional points should be considered.

    • Put up signs to help staff and visitors maintain social distancing.

    We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

    Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

    • Install screens and barriers to separate people where possible
    • Train staff to wash their hands and clothes if they touch someone, for example, after helping someone in an emergency
    • Ensure employees wear face covering safely although there’s no legal requirement to wear it.
    • Close off areas that are not essential
    • Encourage staff to use stairs instead of lifts whenever possible
    • Keep workstations 2 meters apart where possible and have a dedicated space for each team.
    • Sanitise workstations between occupants where people share
    • Rearrange desks to avoid face-to-face working
    • Help people to avoid people passing objects, for example by setting up drop-off points
    • Stagger break times and, if possible, have breaks outdoors or use freed up space from people working remotely to create break areas
    • Cleaning procedures should be scheduled regularly and more frequently throughout the day, even if this means, pausing production to allow staff to wipe down workstations with disinfectant.
    • Check if you need to service or adjust ventilation systems and get advice from your (HVAC) engineer if you’re not sure if they need adjusting.

     

    Entrances and exits

    • stagger arrival and departure times off staff
    • Use as many entrances and exits as you can
    • Use screens in reception areas if possible
    • Mark a one-way flow where possible
    • Deactivate key touch points such as turnstiles, or keep doors open where possible to help ensure people touch things as little as possible.

    Where staff cannot stay 2 meters apart, they should:

    • only work together up to 15 minutes at a time
    • wash hands and clean surfaces regularly
    • work side by side or back-to-back rather than face-to-face
    • have fixed teams to minimise exposure

     

    In customer facing areas:

    • use 2 meter floor markings to organise queues
    • have a one-way flow through the site where possible
    • minimise contact when customers are paying, for example by using contactless
    • Provide handwashing stations or hand sanitiser for customers coming in and out.

    You can get more advice tailored to your specific business by filling out this online questionnaire:

    www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening

    USEFUL PRODUCTS

    Fogging machines can be useful equipment to ensure that COVID-19 is completely eradicated from an office, room or holiday let.

    They work by expelling a fine, almost invisible mist of disinfectant into the atmosphere which eventually settles on all surfaces including those impossible to reach by conventional methods. The settings can be adjusted to allow for a dry fog which protects textiles and fabrics. 

    Regular fogging with an approved disinfectant such a Virosol as will help prevent the cross-infection of viruses such as MRSA, COVID 19 Coronavirus. Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

    VS-500 Fogging Machine

    To help protect staff and customers  from COVID-19 infection, handwashing dispensers which can also be mounted on floor stands may also be helpful

    REFILLABLE LIQUID SOAP DISPENSER, 900ML, £21.95 REFILLABLE LIQUID SOAP DISPENSER, 900ML, £21.95

     

    Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

     

    If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out eshots and will also be sending out an e-shot for the hospitality industry.

     

    Click here to sign up for updates on these products and future news and guides from us here at CIS Safety. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button on our emails.

     

    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

  • Keeping your computer clean

    young business man cleaning computer on dark background

    In February a range of organisations run clean your computer campaigns, but why is this important and how do you keep your computer clean? Our guide can help you to improve productivity and save money...
    Cleaning your computer regularly will help you keep it working properly and avoid expensive repairs.

    The keyboard
    It’s easy for dust, crumbs and liquid to end up on a computer keyboard. If these elements get stuck under the keys, they can stop the keyboard from working properly.

    To clean your keyboard, take the following steps:
    1. Ensure your computer is shut down and if necessary, unplug the keyboard.
    2. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to let dust or crumbs etc fall out.
    3. Use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys.
    4. Use a special computer wipe or moisten a cotton cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol and clean the keys. Don’t put any liquid directly onto the keyboard.
    5. Use a cotton bud with the wipe or rubbing alcohol to gently wipe the areas around the keys.
    6. Use a dry wipe or cloth to dry the keyboard.
    7. When the keyboard is dry, reconnect the keyboard if necessary.

    The mouse
    There are two main mouse types: optical mice which use light (LEDs) to track movement and mechanical mice which have small balls which roll over the surface on which you move the mouse.

    Optical mice require no internal cleaning because they do not contain any rotating parts; however, they can stop working well if dust or dirt collects near the light emitter.
    Mechanical mice are especially susceptible to dust and particles that can accumulate inside the rotating ball inside the mouse. This can stop the mouse pointer from working smoothly.

    To clean your mouse:
    1. Unplug the mouse if it is not wireless.
    2. Use a computer cleaning wipe or moisten a cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol, and
    use it to clean the top and bottom of the mouse.
    3. If you have a mechanical mouse, remove the tracking ball by turning the ball-cover
    ring counter-clockwise. Then clean the tracking ball and the inside of the mouse.
    4. Use a dry cloth or allow the mouse to dry before reconnecting the mouse.

    The mousepad
    Wipe your mousepad clean with a damp cloth, using water and a small amount of mild detergent. Allow to air dry.

    The monitor
    Dirt, grease from fingers and dust can make your computer screen difficult to read.
    There are monitor-cleaning kits you can buy, but make sure you use the right kind of cleaner for the material your screen is made from. For example, some cleaning agents will work for glass screens but are not suited to LCD screens. The safest method is simply to use a soft clean cloth moistened with water.
    Avoid using glass cleaning agents as many screens have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by glass cleaner.

    1. Shut down your computer or laptop.
    2. Unplug the monitor if it has a separate power source.
    3. Use a soft clean cloth moistened with water to wipe the screen clean.
    Do not spray any liquids directly onto the screen.

    Other computer surfaces
    Schedule time once a month to clean your computer case and the sides and back of the monitor to avoid a buildup of dust and dirt.
    ● Use an anti-static cloth to dust your computer casing. Do not use furniture cleaners or solvents.
    ● Use a can of compressed air to blow out debris from the air intake slots.
    ● Clean the monitor housing and case with a computer wipe or slightly damp cloth which you wipe downwards. Gently rub dry with a cloth or wipe afterwards.

    Dealing with spills
    If you spill liquid on the keyboard, quickly shut down the computer and disconnect the keyboard. Then turn the keyboard upside down and allow the liquid to drain.

    If the liquid is sticky, you will need to hold the keyboard on its side under running water to rinse away the sticky liquid. Then turn the keyboard upside down to drain for two days before reconnecting it. Please note that keyboard may not be fixable at this point, but the method above is probably the best option. To prevent this situation altogether, we recommend keeping drinks away from the computer area.

    Allow air circulation around your computer
    A computer can generate a lot of heat, so the casing has fans that keep it from overheating and it is important to allow good airflow around the device for this reason. Avoid stacking papers, books, and other items around your computer.

    If your computer is enclosed in a compartment or cupboard, make sure it is not pushed close to the sides and leave a door or panel open if possible to ensure good airflow.

    Helpful products

    TELEPHONE & VDU WIPES, £2.86 TELEPHONE & VDU WIPES, £2.86

    Multi- purpose wipes targeted for office use and are ideal for cleaning keyboards/ computer screens etc.

    MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32 MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ , £8.32
  • What do you need to do to prepare for Brexit day?

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    Brexit will be upon us soon, but how will it affect your business and what tasks need to be tackled before and during the transition period? Here is a guide to some of the key things to be aware of:

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SAFETY MARKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LABELLING

    Food and drink

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

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

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

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

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

    For advice specific to organic food, click here:

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

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

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

    Textiles

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

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

     

    USING CHEMICALS

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

    Find out what you must do to meet REACH requirements.

    For more information, click here:

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

     

    DATA PROTECTION

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

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

     

    TRADE MARKS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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

     

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

     

    FURTHER GUIDANCE

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

     

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

  • How to choose the right hygiene tools for your business

     

    Vikan hygiene equipment

     

    How to choose the right hygiene tools for your business

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

     

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

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

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

     

    What areas and items need to be cleaned?

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

    Add to basket...

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

  • How to 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

  • A guide to spill control in the workplace

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

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

    What problems can spill hazards cause?

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

    Training

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

    What to do in the event of a spill

    Step 1: CLEAR THE AREA

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

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

     

    Step 2: RESTRICT ACCESS

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

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

    Step 3: ASSESS THE RISK

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

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

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

    Step 4: CLEAN UP THE SPILL

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

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

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

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

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

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Special note - Amelia has done a great job this year for our site, quick, efficient, good follow-up and courteous, everything you need at the customer interface.
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After our BRC audit we received grade : A . I`m really happy, thank you for you and all the CIS team for your help.
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You are amazing!!!!

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