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  • PPE for winter and cold environments 

    PPE for winter weather

     

    It’s important to stay dry, warm and comfortable when you are working outside during the winter, or in cold environments. It’s wise to invest in good quality PPE which will work well and last for a long time. Here is our guide to the key things to check when you’re buying and some great new products.

     

    Ensuring that workers are protected from extreme cold temperatures is an important safety consideration, with studies showing that accidents frequency increases by 35% in extreme high or low temperatures.

    This is because people working in extreme temperatures tend to behave in a more unsafe way and make poorer decisions. For example, a worker may take shortcuts if they feel too cold and need to get warm, or they may lose the ability to concentrate if feeling extremely cold.

    While providing PPE that can help to retain warmth, it’s also important to ensure that the products and fabrics are designed to avoid overheating and keep the body at the right temperature as heat stress can also occur if the only PPE available causes the person wearing it to feel too hot.

    Being aware of these risks and carrying out a clear and thorough assessment of the PPE that will best suit workers will  not only improve health and safety but also morale and productivity.

     

    Things to consider during assessment:

     

    Ambient temperature:

    How warm or cold is the surrounding air temperature. For example, we have been experiencing colder temperatures during the winter in recent years. Is there a need to reassess PPE available for particularly cold snaps.

     

    Wind: the wind chill factor can make the temperature feel much lower than the actual air temperature being measured. Fabrics and PPE that protect against this can help to improve what the HSE term as ‘Thermal Comfort’ how warm a worker actually feels.

     

    Visibility: With low light levels throughout the day, in poorer weather and shorter daylight hours, Hi Vis PPE is important to consider when choosing winter PPE.

    Humidity: very humid temperatures mean more sweat so it is important to ensure fabrics are breathable, so that moisture does not stay close to the body but can evaporate as easily as possible.

    Insulation: How much heat does PPE workwear retain and can the workwear be removed or adjusted easily to allow a worker to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Layering garments can help here.

    Physical activity: If we’re physically active, we generate more heat, so the PPE chosen will need to account for this, and you may need to provide PPE for work that involved lots of activity and rest periods when the body can cool very quickly.

    Individual circumstances: Factors including weight, age and medication can all affect how an individual reponds to cold conditions.

    Consider what work is done, and in what conditions but also monitor feedback from staff about whether workwear is warm enough or causes them to overheat.

    Things to consider when buying PPE for cold weather:

     

    Insulation: Does PPE offer a range of insulation and layers to ensure that workers can keep warm but adjust PPE either by removing or adding layers or adjusting the garments to maintain a comfortable body temperature.

     

    CRANE FUR-LINED HOODED SWEATSHIRT £28.95 CRANE FUR-LINED HOODED SWEATSHIRT £28.95

     

     

    This faux fur-lined sweatshirt from our supplier ORN Clothing offers a high level of insulation and comfort. The fur retains tiny pockets of warm air to maintain body warmth. It also has durable stitching on all main seams to ensure it will retain warmth and last well as workwear. The zip and yoke at the neck can be adjusted to keep warmth in, or to cool down. The item also comes with matching polo shirt and soft shell to allow layering of workwear.

     

    Visibility

    SAUNTON, ISO 20471 Class 3 Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt Orange, £31.05 + VAT SAUNTON, ISO 20471 Class 3 Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt Orange, £31.05 + VAT

     

    Made with 50% cotton fabric, this high-quality Hi Vis sweatshirt is breathable and also made with 310GSM Diamond Quilt to ensure warmth. The ribbed cuffs and hem help to retain heat and it also comes with double fabric hood with zip cord. The quantity and quality of Hi Vis fabric and reflective tape means that it meets ISO 20471 Class 3, the highest standard for visibility workwear for employees working in high-risk environments.

     

    Gloves

    Protecting extremities is also important when choosing cold weather PPE.

    TEGERA PRO ACRYLIC LINED WINDPROOF GLOVE, £18.76 TEGERA PRO ACRYLIC LINED WINDPROOF GLOVE, £18.76

     

    These windproof gloves are comfortable but also ensure excellent grip.

    Click here to see our full range of cold work gloves

    Click here for our range of hats and headgear

    If you would like more information or assistance in identifying your PPE needs and products which will meet your needs and your budget, please contact our team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com.

  • Face masks: which to choose for your workplace  

     

    Portrait attractive asian waitress wear face mask and face shiel

     

    New rules come into place from 24th July on face masks when it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England.

    In this guide find out which face coverings are needed for different purposes and the latest advice on how and when to order new stock.

     

    Under the Public Health Act 1984 it is already mandatory to wear face coverings  on forms of public transport including buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.

    From Friday 24th July, anyone who goes into shops or supermarkets, including food takeaway shops, without a face covering could face a fine of up to £100.

     

    As we’ve seen throughout the year, ordering the right kind of items at the right time has been essential to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new regulations. So it’s important to know what kind of face covering is needed for what purpose.

     

    Currently we do have stock, but there is high demand so do call us on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com so we can advise you on the right kind of face covering and order what you need in good time.

     

    Face coverings are not the same as masks

    A key point is that face coverings and face masks are not the same and there are many different varieties of face masks and coverings which suit different purposes. The government is keen to emphasise that:  “It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.”

     

    For retail staff and staff wishing to stop the general spread of COVID-19 

    In these situations, a face covering does not have to be formally graded as PPE.

    Protective face masks which are comfortable, reusable and which can be ordered in quantities are an ideal solution for many businesses. They work by preventing the wearer from spreading any infection, and use of these masks has been found to be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus in public places.

     

    We do have some excellent products, including this Protective Face Mask:

    WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99 WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99

     

    This mask has some of the key qualities that you need to look for in face masks which are needed to stop the general spread of coronavirus in shops and supermarkets and on public transport.

    • It has an anti-bacterial treatment which lasts for 12 washes which helps to keep the wearer healthy
    • It is soft and comfortable, with an ergonomically designed fit so that it can be worn for longer periods of time.
    • 100% cotton double layer offering good protection from the spread of ‘droplets’ and means that the face mask can be washed at a high temperature.
    • These face masks can be ordered in bulk for staff, please call us for details and the latest stock levels. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

     

    For construction or site workers 

    An option which is helpful for workers and visitors to construction sites or factory floors are visor style face coverings which are practical and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

     

    This COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND retails from £4.99.

    COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99 COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99

     

    For frontline and healthcare workers 

    Those at higher risk may opt for more protective face coverings, such as 3 ply surgical masks, which are designed to be disposable.

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

    These ear loop surgical masks are priced singly but boxed in 50's. Please contact us for quantity discounts. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

    These 3 ply masks are mainly intended for healthcare professionals and are proven to be as effective as an N95 respirator mask in preventing viral infections. The masks work by preventing particles entering the body through the nose or mouth.

    They are lightweight and breathable and designed to fit comfortably.

    At this time it is advisable to call or email us with any orders so we can ensure that stocks are available for you and offer advice on the best products to suit your needs. Please feel free to call our team on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com and we’ll do our utmost to ensure you have the right face coverings for your needs.

  • Back to work: a guide to opening up your business after lockdown

    actory workers with face mask protect from outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. Concept of protective action and quarantine to stop spreading of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19.

    It’s official, those who cannot work from home are being actively encouraged to go back into the workplace. This includes many in the manufacturing, construction and food industries.  Here is our guide to ensuring staff and visitors are safe and social distancing is implemented as the nation begins to return to work.

    A general guide to good practice when encouraging employees to return to work:

    • Ensure 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
    • Ensure employees who are in an extremely vulnerable group and should be shielded are supported to stay at home
    • Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
    • Make sure managers can spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on relevant processes, including 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.
    • 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.
    What exactly are the social distancing requirements that the government is recommending?

    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.

    • If employees can work from home they should be encouraged to do so. It means greater safety and fewer people on site making it easier for those who do need to come in to maintain social distancing. There are some helpful tools to help you manage tasks and productivity of teams remotely and these include:For communication: Zoom.us (now updated to address reported privacy issues) and Google Hangouts for online meetings.For project/task management: Asana, Monday, Trello and Slack are all popular and well-used systems to assign tasks, share files and manage workflows and deadlines.
    • Members of staff who are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, as well as individuals whom they live with, should be supported as they follow the recommendations set out in the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively

     

    Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

     

    It may be helpful to have floor stickers and signage to help you maintain the 2 metre distance between anyone on the premises. We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

    Click here to see some posters

    What if we cannot maintain a 2-metre distance between employees easily?

    There will inevitably be some activities where it is almost impossible for staff or visitors to maintain the social distancing guidelines. If this is the case, government guidance is to carefully consider whether this particular activity needs to continue for the business to operate. If it does need to take place, then the guidance is that employers should take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission of COVD-19.

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or taking a break. Before and after operating machinery or equipment and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    To help with this, you should consider adding additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and/or hand sanitiser.

    When entering and leaving, you should ensure your workforce stays 2 metres apart as much as possible. To protect your staff, you should remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.

    Many businesses will need to provide more handwashing and hygiene facilities.

    These products may be helpful:

    Refillable liquid soap dispenserFloor mount for soap dispenser

    Wall mounted dispensers for alcohol gel or soap. These dispensers can also be mounted on floorstands.

    This sneeze stand is helpful for anyone who coughs or sneezes or needs to wash their hands after touching a key touch point such as a door handle.

     

    Sneeze station Sneeze Station. Contains 2 x 236ml sanitizing hand gel; 3 x boxes of 80 tissues; one label to seal prior to disposal.

     

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

    For manufacturing and processing businesses...

    If essential activities mean that staff cannot easily maintain a 2-metre distance between each other, staff should work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face if possible.

    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.

    Staff should be assigned to shift teams which remain the same to limit social interaction.

    Break times should be staggered and staff encouraged to take breaks separately from each other rather than gathering. Staff should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after each break.

    You should also put up signage and floor markings in storage and warehouse areas, encouraging a 2-metre distance from colleagues where it is at all feasible.

    Click here for detailed guidance on food processing.

    For the construction industry...

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or operating machinery and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    Employees should keep the windows of enclosed machinery or enclosed spaces open for ventilation and the inside of cabs should be cleaned between use by different operators.

    The site and workflow should be planned to minimise contact between workers and avoid skin-to-skin and face-to-face contact. Where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible.

    Staff should use stairs in preference to lifts or hoists. Where lifts or hoists must be used, you should lower their capacity to reduce congestion and contact at all times, and regularly clean touchpoints, such as doors and buttons.

    Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitizers should be used.

    More examples for employers are set out in these illustrative industry examples

     

    What if we want someone to come back to work but they ask to stay at home?

    Government guidance currently is that employers in businesses which are legally allowed to open should actively encourage those who cannot fulfil their roles from home to return to the workplace.

    For those staff who ask if they can stay at home, even though they cannot fulfil their role at home, the guidance is that employers should use their discretion and respect the medical need to self-isolate in making decisions about sick pay.

    Sick pay must be paid to those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are living with someone who has those symptoms. SSP is also available to those who are staying at home because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (shielding).

    Guidance about those who live with someone vulnerable who needs to be shielded is simply that they should be supported as they follow the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively.

    If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.

    Employees are also entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on them (a ‘dependant’) in an unexpected event or emergency. This would apply to situations related to coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need to look after dependants, including children who need to be looked after because their school has closed.

    There’s no statutory right to pay for this time off, but some employers might offer pay depending on the contract or workplace policy.

    ACAS have more information online.

    Click on the links below for more official guidance and information:

    Government guidance to businesses about COVID-19

    HSE guidance on social distancing 

    If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out e-shots on the following ranges.

    • Equip your staff: Hi-vis waistcoats, masks, face shields and other PPE
    • Keep it clean: Wipes, spray, gel and soaps and hygiene products

    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.
  • How to make PPE last as long as possible

    PPE

     

    The shortage of PPE at present is of huge concern. While every effort is being made to supply what is needed, it is also vital to ensure that what supplies are available last as long as possible, obviously with safety as the key priority.

    The following items are in short supply and likely to be so for months to come:

    • Disposable gloves
    • Disposable aprons, sleeves, ‘paper’ suits etc.
    • Any masks, mostly FFP2 and FFP3 rated
    • Face shields / visors and safety glasses
    • Sanitizers
    • Paper towels and toilet rolls

     

    The Government has updated PPE guidance following the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular for workers in the health and care sectors. Click here to see the updates as of April 2020. This guidance relates to the use of both disposable and reusable PPE.

    Here are some suggestions for ways to make reusable PPE last for as long as possible.

     

    Non-disposable items: laundering and cleaning

    Before washing garments, close all fastenings such as zips or buttons, check pockets and turn items inside out.

    Before cleaning PPE always check the care label and / or the manufacturer’s instructions. Choosing a suitable cleaning agent is a crucial element of effective workwear and PPE care and maintenance. Non-biological detergent is best for waterproof and breathable fabric, for example. Rubber gloves should be cleaned with mild soap or bleach-free detergent and tepid water and thoroughly rinsed to remove all traces of soap or detergent residue

    Also check the advisable highest temperature and drying instructions. While UV rays can help to break down COVD-19, for example, it can also damage the effectiveness of PPE materials so a warm, dry area may be preferable to leaving items to dry in the sun once they have been thoroughly cleaned.

    Storage

    Storing is an important part of PPE care and a well thought out storage system can also. Correct storage of PPE reduces the likelihood of contamination and damage from harmful substances, high humidity, heat and light as well as helping you to manage stock levels.

    • Set clear expectations for PPE users on what they need to use, how to access it and how to store it. Provide written guidelines on proper storage procedures.
    • Ensure employees have clear, updated training on the use of PPE and are aware of a clear process to report any loss or destruction or any fault in PPE items.
    • Have a named person responsible for storage and managing stock levels of PPE.
    • Mark PPE storage areas clearly.
    • For PPE left at work after use each day, allocate storage space for employees to return their clothing and equipment. This will make inspections easier and reduce the possibility of losses.
    • Store items in a dry, clean area with enough space to clearly label and easily retrieve individual items.
    • Avoid keeping PPE near chemicals, oil or other hazardous substances.

    You can find more up to date guidance on PPE at the HSE website here: www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm

     

    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.

     

     

     

  • How to care for hi vis and waterproof workwear

    Thoughtful middle aged man, male builder foreman, worker, contra

    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.

     

    Add to basket

    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

  • How to get the best out of your PPE workwear

     

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

    Research before you buy

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

    Click here to see our range of disposable workwear.

     

    Check workwear before and after use

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

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

    Wash with care

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

    Take care of waterproof clothing

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

     

    Storage

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Do they fit?

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

    Put them on correctly.

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

    Take them off correctly.

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

    Store the gloves carefully and correctly.

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

    Wear them only when required.

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

    Launder gloves regularly and correctly.

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

    No gloves last forever.

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

    Three great long lasting gloves:

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

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

    Emperor 24" Heavyweight Rubber Gauntlets, £22.43

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

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

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

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Click here to view and purchase these gloves

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

  • Clothing and equipment for cleaners

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

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

    Equipment

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

     

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

     

    SHARPS BOX, £11.68 SHARPS BOX, £11.68

     

    Workwear

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • Hearing protection in the workplace

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

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

    Are you or your workers at risk?

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

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

    Symptoms and early signs of hearing loss

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

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

     

    WHAT THE LAW SAYS

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

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

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

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

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

     

    This graph illustrates common noise levels in different working environments.

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

     

     

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

    Employers must:

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

     

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

     

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

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

    WHAT PPE SHOULD YOU USE?

     

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

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

     PREMIUM HEAVY DUTY FOLDING EAR DEFENDER, £9.18

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

    Click here to see our full range of ear protection

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

     

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

     

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