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  • Back to work: a safety guide for delivery drivers

    Delivery courier driver inside the van car with parcel post boxes checking amount he protective face mask, under curfew quarantine pandemic coronavirus COVID-19

    As lockdown eases and more and more businesses go back to work, we are still being advised to adhere to social distancing to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.

    This can be especially difficult for delivery drivers, however. Here is a guide to help delivery drivers to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    At the depot

    The key goal here is to make it easy for staff to maintain social distancing and also to avoid surface transmission when goods enter and leave the delivery vehicle. Employers need to think about this carefully in high volume situations such as warehouses, distribution centres, and dispatch areas and have simple, effective procedures in place to make this easier and to keep staff safer.


    • As far as possible, keep the same people in teams or shift groups to reduce the number of people staff are coming into contact with.
    • People who work together in one vehicle should be in a fixed pairing as far as possible. Where possible and safe, having single workers load or unload vehicles or use the same pairs of people for loads where more than one is needed.
    • Do walk-throughs of tasks to identify where people have to directly pass things to each other (such as job information, spare parts, samples, raw materials) and find ways to remove direct contact, for example, by using drop off points or transfer zones. Where the nature of the product allows for use of electronic pre-booking, arrange non-contact deliveries.
    • Select low risk areas for pick-ups and drop-offs. This should be a place where items can be placed to minimise the opportunities for contact between on-site staff and delivery drivers. After you have done this, make sure all staff are aware of the new pick-up and drop-off collection points, procedures, and use clear signage and markings to re-enforce the new measures.
    • Set up daily procedures to check any drivers for signs and symptoms of coronavirus and record any findings for your due diligence records.
    • Should staff come into contact with items used by delivery riders or drivers, they should wash or sanitise their hands before moving to another task. Ensure adequate hygiene facilities such as hand washing areas or hand sanitiser is available for them to do this.


    In the vehicle

    • Clarify key times when drivers need to wash their hands, for example, when entering and leaving the vehicle and before and after handling goods they are delivering. Make sure there is enough hand sanitizer to enable this.
    Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85 Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85


    A helpful product is this Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85. Designed to fit in the passenger seat or centre of any vehicle, this kit can be held in place with a seatbelt and provides drivers who may not be able to access regular washing facilities and who come into contact with other people easy access to sanitising items.

    Kit comes complete and includes:

    1 x Dispenser box (Inc bin) - all recyclable

    2 x 236ml Alcohol gel

    2 x Blue paper roll

    2 x face visors (not PPE)

    1 x 100 Disposable gloves

    • Provide guidance and cleaning products to encourage frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, fuel pumps and vehicle keys. Also ensure there are safe places for rubbish to be stored and then disposed of by the driver who is using the vehicle..
    • Encourage drivers to stay in their vehicles when it is safe and practical to do so.
    • Advise drivers to keep the vehicle well ventilated, using Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and/or opening windows and doors where possible and safe to do so.
    • Ensure drivers use wipes to clean fuel pumps before and after use.


    At delivery points

    • Ensure all delivery persons wash their hands or use sanitiser before and after collecting items. If you are supplying your own drivers, you should ensure they have plenty of  60%+ alcohol content sanitiser available.
    • When delivering items, arrange to leave orders at the customer’s door rather than handing over person to person.  You can arrange customer notification through a bell/knocker, phone or text message. Ensure your delivery team are adhering to the 2m social distance rules.
    • Use electronic or contactless payment and signature methods where possible to minimise person-to-person contact.
    • You might also wish to provide face masks for your drivers.  We have a range of products available.


    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £1.20 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £1.20 each

    Ear loop surgical mask, 3 ply type IIR. Priced singly but boxed in 50's. Please contact us for quantity discounts

    • It’s a legal requirement for delivery drivers to have access to welfare facilities in the business premises they visit as part of their work. The HSE, however, say they are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.
    • Try to arrange access to welfare facilities ahead of time and if you are accepting deliveries, ensure drivers have access to appropriate toilet facilities during their journeys and at their destinations and set up facilities to enable them to do this safely, for example, by prior booking-in,  and provision of hand sanitiser.


    In between delivery driver shifts


    • Have clear and thorough cleaning procedures for each vehicle at the end of each shift.
    • Ensure that each vehicle has sufficient quantities of hand sanitiser/wipes to enable workers to clean hands after each delivery/drop-off.
    • Don't forget to clean vehicle keys before and after each person handles them.
    • Where workers are required to stay away from their home, centrally log the stay and make sure any overnight accommodation meets social distancing guidelines.

    You can see more more guidance for food delivery drivers here:



    Download full Government guidance on for coronavirus safety measures for staff who work inside a vehicle here:

    Working Safely during Covid-19 _In Vehicles
    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 and help you source the PPE and cleaning and hygiene products that you need to keep your staff and customer safe. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.


  • 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

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    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.
  • 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 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


    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:


    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:


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



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




    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:




    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/



    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



    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.

  • 5 New Year safety resolutions every business should make

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    When it comes to safety in the workplace we often tend to focus on what we are doing wrong or ticking the boxes to ensure we are compliant and meet regulations. Of course we all want workplaces to be safe to ensure no-one is harmed or injured unnecessarily, but building good health and safety practices into the workplace culture will also help to improve efficiency and morale as well as benefiting productivity profit margins.

    We have selected 5 effective safety resolutions you can adopt which will result in better health and safety in your workplace as 2020 gets underway.

    Have a weekly tidy up
    A tidy and well-organized workplace improves safety by ensuring that trip hazards are removed and that important safety equipment such as PPE and first aid kits are kept in a location where staff can find them quickly and easily. The regular maintenance through weekly tidying ensures that the drift of misplaced items and general untidiness is habitually kept in check. It also improves productivity, saving the average two to three hours per week which the average worker spends looking for lost things. Studies reveal that a tidy workplace generally reduces stress in workers and ensures that anyone who visits the workplace feels a sense that things are running smoothly and efficiently. You can find out more about the productivity and stress-reducing benefits of a tidy workplace in this article: The case for finally cleaning your desk.

    Encourage staff to wash their hands
    It sounds unimportant, but improving basic hygiene standards by providing hand sanitizers, training and signage to encourage your workforce to wash their hands regularly can dramatically reduce the time staff are unwell. According to a 2014 study, a virus sample placed on a doorknob and tabletops in an office spread to 40-60 percent of workers and visitors within just 2-4 hours. As well as reducing sick leave, it can also mean fewer accidents which occur due to staff members who have turned up for work not feeling alert and at their best because they are poorly.

    Plan monthly PPE spot checks
    A very common cause of incidents is the mis-wearing or mis-use of PPE equipment. A survey released by Kimberly-Clark Professional, revealed that 89 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been and 29 percent said this had happened on numerous occasions. At the start of each year, it is a good idea to organise refresher training and handouts to remind staff of key things to remember when it comes to wearing PPE. Spot checks can also help to identify issues such as loose-fitting items, worn straps or items being worn incorrectly. The spot checks will also reveal if PPE is not fit for purpose because it is uncomfortable or not working as it should and opens up channels of communication between management and staff using the PPE for reporting other safety issues that concern them.

    Have a session to refresh and discuss lifting and carrying techniques
    Another highly common cause of injuries and indeed legal action in the workplace are incidents which happen when workers are lifting or carrying heavy objects,. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the biggest risk to British workers with more than a million cases reported each year, at a cost more than £5.7 billion. At this time of year, hold or plan in a refresher session for staff to make sure they are aware or have been reminded of the proper techniques to lift or carry heavy objects. Also, include the storage of heavy objects, checking that all staff understand the importance of placing heavy boxes and items in the correct places around the workplace. You can also use these sessions to ask staff if they have any concerns or requests around other safety issues.

    Send short and sweet safety updates throughout the year
    Regular fire drills are required by law (click here for UK regulations on fire drills), but it's also a good idea to involve workplace first aiders and staff in quarterly dummy runs or refreshers of other incidents. These can be drills based on what needs to happen if a minor injury occurs, to what someone needs to do if they believe a hazardous chemical has been spilled. Ensuring that you include a health and safety article in a regular workplace newsletter or bulletin can be a habitual way to remind all staff of key information such as where the first aid box is, or who the current first aiders are and break down key health and safety information into bite-sized, digestible portions, rather than assuming staff will read lengthy policy documents and remember all the information. The article below also suggests ways in which you can introduce training techniques to help ensure workers don’t forget safety training, but actively get into good habits which ensure workplace safety: Why do employees forget their training.

    Of course it is always a good idea to make sure you review your safety procedures and equipment and our team are always happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com if you would like a free consultation.

  • How to care for hi vis and waterproof workwear

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



    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.



    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.



    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.




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


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



    Chelsea Leather Food

    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



    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.





    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 (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 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.


    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

  • Helpful tips on marking & labelling



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




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

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


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




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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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


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



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

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

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


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




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




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



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

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

  • Avoiding Cuts in the Kitchen - Safe use of Knives in the Catering Industry

    Knife being used during food preparation

    According to the HSE, cuts are the second most common form of injury in catering environments.  There are plenty of documented cases where people have been injured because they did not carry the knife properly, they applied too much pressure to the knife and many instances where someone was cut because a knife had been left in a sink.  

    There are a few simple tips which can help to reduce cuts and knife injuries in the workplace:

    • Use the right knife for the task where possible.
    • Keeping knives sharp.  It might sound counterintuitive but the sharper the knife is, the safer it is to use. Blunt knives often require more force to chop with and are more likely to slip.
    • Handling knives carefully when washing up.
    • Always store knives properly after use (in a scabbard or container)
    • Cut on stable surfaces.
    • Use protective equipment where required.
    • Train employees in the safe use of knives.  

    Using appropriate gloves can be particularly helpful in avoiding injuries as it reduces the risk of the knife slipping as well as offering protection.




    For hand protection we offer a premium product, Latex Palm Coated Cut 5 Gloves, which offer maximum protection in all EN388 categories (abrasion protection, tear and puncture resistance and blade cut resistance).  With a highly specialised mix of DuPont, Kevlar, stainless steel and other high performance fibres, they also have sanitised hygiene function preventing odour over extended use.


    Cut Resistant Filleting Gloves, £7.64 Cut Resistant Filleting Gloves, £7.64

    These cut resistant gloves are ambidextrous so can be bought singly and also reversed to increase wear – usually you only need to protect one hand when doing cutting work. They can also be laundered and are food safe.



    We have a range of knives for the catering industry, including the renowned Swiss professional knife.   Some are colour-coded and come in different lengths, others are more unique like the oyster knife. Here’s a selection...


    The Victorinox filleting knife has a flexible, high quality razor sharp ice-tempered stainless steel blade with a unique anti-slip soft grip nylon Fibrox handle.   


    4"/ 10CM SERRATED KNIFE  £5.18 4"/ 10CM SERRATED KNIFE  £5.18

    This 4" serrated knife enhances grip and safety.   The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant and have a protective hand guard, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.


    8.5"/ 22CM COOKS KNIFE, £11.90 8.5"/ 22CM COOKS KNIFE, £11.90

    Available in five different colours, allowing for colour coded use. The benefit of colour coding is using different colour for different foods to avoid cross contamination or even food poisoning. This cook’s knife has a curved blade designed to ‘rock' from handle to tip for a gentle, even rocking and gliding motion as you cut. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use. The safe, wide blade is also great for scooping and gathering after cutting.


    12"/ 30CM STEAK KNIFE, £18.96 12"/ 30CM STEAK KNIFE, £18.96

    This steak knife, also available in five colours provides a leading combination of initial sharpness and cutting edge retention. The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.


    6"/ 15CM BONING KNIFE STD, £8.50 6"/ 15CM BONING KNIFE STD, £8.50

    This 6" Boning Knife is a part of our colour coded, good quality, low cost collection.

    2.5” OYSTER KNIFE £4.58 2.5” OYSTER KNIFE £4.58

    This 2.5" oyster knife provides initial sharpness. The handles are of an ergonomic design for strong, positive handling. They are also slip resistant, preventing the knife from slipping while in use.



    Finally, it’s worth making sure you update training so that everyone in your company remembers not to leave loose knives on worktops and that they don’t carry knives with whilst carrying other objects.

    If you’d like to see more best practice tips to help minimise the risk of injury, the HSE has a dedicated page setting out the dos and don’ts of knife safety.  Knife safety

    If you would like more information or advice about the products we have in stock and what is suited to your business, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264

  • Choosing the right headgear for your workplace




    It’s well understood that head injuries can be serious causing everything from memory problems, fatigue and dizziness to fatal injuries. Statistics from the UK workplace support this. Between 2015 and 2016, 15 workers were killed in the UK when being hit by a moving, falling or flying object. Head injuries also accounted for 10 percent of non-fatal injuries reported in the workplace.

    Providing good head protection for workers and visitors can prevent or reduce the damage caused by falling objects, as well as offering protection from bumps, caused for example, by walking into something.

    The following types of work might require protective headgear to ensure safety:

    • construction and building work
    • tree-felling
    • work where there is potential for objects falling from height
    • blasting work, eg in quarries, open cast mining, etc
    • low-level fixed objects, eg scaffolding where there is a risk of collision


    The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) give the main requirements.

    You can download a guide to these regulations from the HSE here.

    Under these regulations, employers assess and manage risks in the workplace to the best of their ability, for example, by roping off areas where there is heavy lifting overhead or risk of falling objects, and only provide PPE as a back-up measure and if potential causes of harm to health and safety cannot be controlled in other ways.


    If using PPE you must also ensure the following:

    • Items are checked and fit for purpose
    • Maintained and stored properly
    • Employees and visitors are given instruction on how to use it safely
    • Used correctly by employees


    PPE including head protection must:

    • Be appropriate for the risks and for the working environment
    • Take account of the user’s health, ergonomics, fit factors and be compatible with other items of PPE required to be worn
    • Adequately control the risk presented by the hazard without increasing overall risk experienced by the worker.
    • Be supplied free of charge.
    • Comply with relevant legislation concerning the design and manufacture.


    Self-employed individuals should provide their own hard hats and ensure they wear them.


    It is also important that head protection is correctly fitted and has an adjustable headband and chin strap where appropriate. Chin straps or a ratchet mechanism to adjust the headgear to fit correctly are important because headgear can be knocked off by a blow or fall. It’s worth considering ratchet wheel mechanisms to secure the hard hat as many workers do not use chin straps, due to comfort and because they can pose risk of snagging.


    The relevant standards are BS EN 397 and BS EN 14052.






    These won’t protect the wearer from heaving falling objects or items moving at speed, but they are suitable for workers likely to bang their heads against something, for example, a mechanic working underneath a car.  The main purpose of bump caps, as the name suggests, is to prevent bumps and grazes.



    These are useful for hot working environments, and liners can be worn in colder weather.

    Vented Safety helmet £6.95

    Vented Safety helmet £6.95  The Style 300 is a stylish and comfortable safety helmet design weighing just 310g. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene, the helmet has an eight point Terylene head gear and terry towel sweatband. The helmet is durable, well balanced and has an extensive range of accessories, such as face protection and hearing protection that easily connect to the helmet shell maintaining comfort and maximising protection for the wearer. The design also provides a rain gutter, making it well suited to applications in exposed environments. Style 300 provides multiple branding areas where a corporate logo can be applied. Vented Safety helmet £6.95
    The Style 300 is a stylish and comfortable safety helmet design weighing just 310g. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene, the helmet has an eight point Terylene head gear and terry towel sweatband. The helmet is durable, well balanced and has an extensive range of accessories, such as face protection and hearing protection that easily connect to the helmet shell maintaining comfort and maximising protection for the wearer. The design also provides a rain gutter, making it well suited to applications in exposed environments. Style 300 provides multiple branding areas where a corporate logo can be applied.


    Unvented safety helmets are best suited from areas where a worker requires protection from chemicals, electric shocks or hot liquids



    Other forms of PPE such as respiratory protective equipment (RPE), eye protection, face shields and hearing protection may also be required.


    Click here to see our range of visors and face protection.


    Click here to see our range of respiratory masks


    Click here to see our range of eye protection


    Click here to see our range of ear protection


    • Have the hazards present in the environment been reduced, isolated and controlled as far as reasonably practicable?
    • Is the head protection suitable for the task you are going to undertake? For example, if the employee will be bending forward, ensure there is a chin strap or ratchet wheel to keep it in place, and check if there is sufficient electrical protection.
    • Is the safety helmet free from damage such as cracks, scratches or impact strikes?
    • Is the safety helmet free from chemicals and solvent-based paint?
    • Has the helmet been stored correctly?
    • Has the helmet been used to carry items in it?
    • Does the helmet fit properly?
    • Has the helmet to be adjusted to ensure it stays on your head?
    • Have any accessories to the helmet been adjusted?
    • Do you know what the colour of the other hard hats being worn on site mean?


    Remember that the longevity of PPE plays a key role in your purchasing decision, ensuring you don’t have to buy equipment at a faster-than-expected rate.

    Purchase a range of sizes and enough spares to cover any damaged or lost equipment.

    Ensure the headgear you buy is compatible with other personal protective equipment that may be required by workers, such as respirators, goggles or ear defenders. Please feel free to ask our sales team for more advice and information on available products. Email sales@cissafety.com or call 01726 74264

  • Be safe, be seen! Get the right hi vis gear

    We all expect to come home safely after a day at work and to make sure our employees and colleagues do too.  If you’re working in an area where there are specific hazards its important to take the right precautions to make sure you are visible.

    As the nights are drawing in and its getting darker earlier, now might be a good time to review your hi vis requirements and make sure you understand the regulations that are in place to provide the right level of protection for your working environment.

    What are the legal safety standards?

    The EN471 specification sets out safety standards for hi visibility workwear. It is split into three classes and making sure you meet the right specification for your working environment is important.

    If you are working on the roadside or on the railway for instance, you may have combined upper and lower garments correctly, but you also need to make sure they meet the right specification individually and have the correct amount or area of hi vis tape on.

    For details on what the standards are and what is required to meet each one, click here

    Hi vis, long sleeved jacket Hi Vis, long sleeved jacket, yellow, £9.14

    Is the hi vis clothing warm enough?

    With the weather turning colder, it is also important to make sure you are protected from the elements.   Do you need quilt lining? Many ‘warm-lined’ jackets are designed for Nordic conditions, some are even fur lined and whilst these are great for really cold spells they are simply too warm for a mild winters day. The problem here is that you may be tempted to discard your outer jacket if you feel too warm…and then will you meet the EN471 safety standards?

    The good news is that  options now open to workers who need hi-vis do include some really high quality, breathable and unlined garments. Some of the fabrics used will block wind but still breath, and so regulate the temperature much better. From shell jackets to mid-weight options to full fur lining we have a solution that will keep you protected at the right temperature.

    Check our breathable executive jacket here :

    Hi vis executive jacket Hi vis executive jacket, £49.50


    And, if you’re still cold, just layer up underneath with one of these great hi vis sweatshirts or hoodies:

    Leo workwear Leo Workwear Class 3 hooded sweatshirt. Ask us at CIS for details 01726 742642, sales@cisafety.com


    Hi vis for ladies

    For ladies, the range of work wear and hi vis clothing designed specifically for you is growing all the time. Contact us for more information or visit www.leoworkwear.com/ladies

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