UK businesses have a legal responsibility of ensuring staff are not over the alcohol limit while at work, to support this, ARCO a leading UK health and safety expert, says it wants to encourage the use of breathalysers in the work place this festive season.

SAFESTART INTERNATIONAL, a leading 24/7 safety and performance training programme since 2009, is inviting companies to attend its latest discovery workshop on the 28th November, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole between 10am – 3pm. Register free here.

FIRST MATS says keeping a workshop well maintained not only ensures that all machinery is running at its best, but also reduces the chance of accidents happening. A poorly maintained workshop is a haven for trip and fall hazards, not to mention accidents that could occur from the use of poorly maintained tools and equipment.

SAFESTART INTERNATIONAL has announced it will host a ‘Safety & Industry 4.0’ webinar on Tuesday 18th September at 10am to explore the role of human factors as we enter the 4th Industrial Age, an aspect often underestimated or forgotten by employers as they move towards a world shaped by big data and automation. This webinar will discuss the safety challenges that organisations and workers alike will face and address how they can prepare for the technologically enhanced landscape that is the future workplace. Register here: rebrand.ly/SafeStart-SafetyIndustry40-FREEWebinar

Global single use glove specialist UNIGLOVES, reports it has launched a new brochure bringing together its latest high performance, ground breaking hand protection solutions in one easy to use place.

With an estimated 20,000 workers still suffering with work-related hearing problems in Great Britain, health and safety managers should have noise monitoring processes in place to help eliminate this preventable condition. Monitoring solutions expert CASELLA says its in demand noise monitoring course returns on September 18th at its headquarters in Bedford, ready to train people in noise at work risk assessment.

FORTRESS INTERLOCKS, an expert in automation safety and interlock systems, reports it has been awarded its third Queen’s Award for International Trade, recognising the outstanding growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Fortress Interlocks says it is amongst 230 businesses nationwide recognised this year in categories that include sustainable development, promoting opportunities through social mobility, innovation and international trade. In 2007, the company won the Queen’s Award for Innovation and in 2008, the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Winners of the International Trade Award must demonstrate substantial growth in overseas earnings relative to business size and sector.

With a variety of roles being carried out in the great outdoors involving fuels, lubricants, chemicals and agrochemicals, spill control and containment specialist EMPTEEZY says it has expanded its range of portable eyewash solutions designed to protect those working without day-to-day facilities.

Lee Pickering, head of sector – manufacturing at Arco discusses the unseen risks for businesses and says although we enjoy the benefits of working in one of the safest places in the world, with the lowest incident rates of work related deaths in the EU, there’s a gap in the compliance process that is putting UK workers at risk of injury, even though they are using CE-marked PPE they believe will protect them.

SCRUFFS says it is committed to kitting out trade professionals in workwear that works as hard as they do. As the thermometer rises over the coming months, the company says it knows how important it is to stay cool and comfortable when working in a physically demanding profession and the latest addition to the Scruffs collection, the Trade Active Polo, is designed to be lightweight and quick-drying, and comes in two colours: black and graphite.

ARCO, a leading UK safety expert, has launched its new range of cut protection safety gloves, and says they provide workers with the most comprehensive hand protection range to date, meeting the revised EN 388:2016 standard whilst educating employers about the changes to cut level testing.

RITTAL says its Hygienic Design System enclosures combine the features of its Hygienic Design Compact enclosures with a modular, bayable configuration.

Ahead of the UK’s Clean Air Day on 21st June 2018, Casella announced a tender win for an online monitoring system for city roadside dust, located in Shanghai, China.

Scruffs says it understands that it is important to be comfortable when working in the sun, as the heat can soon take its toll and that is why it has designed a new work cap which not only looks good but will keep you shaded from the sun throughout the day.

British engineering company SEMMCO has announced the launch of its latest HEAD30 solution, part of its life protection systems range. Semmco offers a range of breathing protection solutions for individuals who work in confined spaces and hazardous environments, where the breathable atmosphere may not be safe.

SAFESTART, a leading safety training programme, has announced a free 1-day Discovery Workshop in Manchester on 22nd May. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how SafeStart gives people the skills and awareness to avoid making unintentional mistakes that lead to injury. The programme is designed to help companies move beyond compliance in the workplace to improve safety performance, employee engagement, culture, home safety and business results.

ZUMTOBEL says its new IP66 rated AMPHIBIA moisture-proof luminaire breaks new ground in lighting for even the most demanding applications. The company says its ‘one-material’ concept ensures optimum protection against physical impacts, chemicals and sudden changes in temperature while advanced lighting technology creates a safe and productive working environment and both the luminaire housing and the diffuser are made from the same high-quality material, composed of Polycarbonate, PMMA or CHEMO, ensuring optimum resistance over the full lifetime of the solution.

Hand protection specialist GLOBUS says it has further enhanced its leading portfolio of safety gloves with the introduction of the new SHOWA 4561.

It’s extremely quick and easy to find modern systems where a live feed will remain in place despite the original energy source being isolated. A remaining single phase or a floating neutral could be not only potentially hazardous, but disastrous.

PRYOR MARKING TECHNOLOGY has announced that it has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Pryor says its application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to safety while providing quality marking systems.

With the launch of its new WypAll ForceMax Industrial cloths, KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL says it is challenging manufacturing facility managers to reconsider their wiping choices, pitching the WypAll range of industrial cloths against traditional rags and laundered cloths used in plant and manufacturing settings.

ARCO, a leading UK safety expert, is offering its customers free advice on how to ensure their ladders and stepladders are compliant ahead of the revised European regulation on portable ladders being enforced this year.

Following market surveillance carried out over two years ago on a number of EC type approved and CE marked leather safety gloves, ARCO a leading UK safety company, says it has revealed worrying evidence of carcinogenic dangers found in a number of safety gloves still available on the market.

Following high industry demand, CASELLA has announced its popular noise monitoring course returns on 6th February at its headquarters in Bedford. The company says attending the one-day course enables individuals to gain key knowledge of the Noise at Work Regulations, measure noise exposure sources and gain the skills needed to start monitoring noise in their workplace. The course can save businesses time and money, as attendees learn useful information on occupational noise monitoring in the workplace.

Worker safety specialist ALPHA SOLWAY, part of Globus Group says Europe’s multi award-winning range of safety helmets by ENHA are now available in the UK and Ireland. The company says as a well established and respected innovator in head protection across mainland Europe with a reputation for quality and performance, ENHA’s extensive range of safety helmets has been designed to provide protection for workers across multiple sectors including construction, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, metal working and forestry.

One of Scotland’s leading engineering groups has announced a company-wide commitment to enhanced safety standards. AJT ENGINEERING says it has upgraded its 5S culture to 6S – adding in safety as a key element. The initiative is being carried out across the firm’s four divisions in Aberdeen, Port Glasgow and East Kilbride. Over 40 members of AJT’s 111-strong workforce are participating in the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) “Working Safely” course.

COBA EUROPE reports it has published a new catalogue to promote its latest range of floor safety products and it includes a wide choice of anti-fatigue and slip-resistant matting options, as well as GRP sheets, stair treads and nosing, and PVC strip curtains.

SICK says it has set new standards in the use of multiple light beams to safeguard the area surrounding hazardous machinery with the launch of the deTem Core family of safety light curtains for applications up to SIL3 / PL ‘e’ (Type 4).

In 2016 HERAS says it decided to improve its existing sliding gate so that it would not only be one of the safest on the market, but also would be easy to install, and extremely reliable giving end users many years of trouble free operation. ‘Safety is at the heart of everything we do and it is especially important for automated gates and barriers.’ says Geoff Miles, national sales director at Heras in the UK.

ARCO, a leading UK safety company, has launched its 2017-18 Big Book catalogue offering the best choice in personal protective equipment (PPE) and workwear. Arco says as well as the new products, the Big Book also features three new categories: First Aid, Storage and Materials Handling, and Maintenance and Facility supplies.

FERCELL says it was asked to assist the English National Opera with a fume extraction problem within the costumes department. A huge element of opera are the elaborate costumes, of which many are made at the London Coliseum. They required a new fume extraction system that would extract solvent fume from the gluing process associated with creating intricate masks and clothing.

The Natural History Museum has not only been updating the main hall with the replacement to the 112 year old exhibit Dippy, but also the maintenance workshops have had a full upgrade with new dust extraction and centralised ducting systems.

Footwear brand DR. MARTENS says its new modern outdoor range has been specifically designed to offer workers immediate work boot comfort and allow for a seamless transition when replacing boots.

Complying with legislation can be a real challenge, trying to keep up with the ever-growing number of rules and regulations. RECONOMY, a specialist in waste management and mini skip hire, offers advice as to how hazardous waste should be removed and why it is an important consideration within the construction industry.

A new case study which describes a solution created by MICHELL INSTRUMENTS to mitigate the risks caused by dust explosions in a sewage plant is now available to download. Michell says storing, transporting or mixing large quantities of dust creates a risk of explosion. Because the dust particles are small, they can easily ignite in the presence of oxygen and cause a potentially devastating explosion due to the sudden release of energy.

Respiratory protection expert SCOTT SAFETY reports it has enhanced its Phantom Vision power assisted respirator using proven modern technology offering an improved user experience. The company says delivering clean filtered air in accordance with the latest European best practice for asbestos removal, Phantom Vision provides a virtually unrestricted field of view, simplified decontamination, cleaning and maintenance, and low through life costs.

Two years on from raising concerns that some safety footwear with EC type approval and CE marking is not fit for purpose ARCO, a leading UK safety company, reports it has found further evidence of CE marked PPE products failing to meet required standards.

SCRUFFS reports it has introduced the new Victory boot and says this high spec anti-static safety boot features a VIBRAM outsole, delivering lightweight durability and sure-footed comfort from one of the world’s leading outsole manufacturers.

Global sensor manufacturer SICK reports it has combined its technology-leading expertise in laser scanning and machinery safety to develop a next-level outdoor collision and detection warning system which achieves up to 80m-wide, 270 o field of view with high levels of reliability.

Following a rigorous testing process, CASELLA has announced Intrinsically Safe approval for its Apex2 personal sampling pump range, with class leading performance and capability. Instruments supplied for application in atmospheres where there is a risk of explosion must be designed with the appropriate safety requirement critical in achieving IS approval; protecting the equipment and ensuring it is safe to use. Casella says achieving the IS certification for the Apex2 range ensures that monitoring and analysis of dust exposure can be carried out safely and effectively in these areas.

ARCO, a leading UK safety expert, says it is urging businesses to do more to protect employees against the dangers of the sun this summer, following a recent survey that suggested only 5% of workers receive UV protection from their employers. Following the survey, commissioned by Deb, Arco says it has launched its annual sun protection campaign, to educate employers about the danger of UV rays and the steps they can take to protect outdoor workers, including providing appropriate sun cream.

SCOTT SAFETY, a leader in innovative personal protective equipment and safety devices, reports it has introduced the Protégé SG, a versatile new reusable single gas monitor that is configurable to detect 13 different gases. The company says the Protégé SG is a truly universal portable gas detector with advanced features, such as smart plug and play sensors and a replaceable lithium battery that provides unlimited life. The swappable sensors are equipped with a smart sensor board that automatically recognises sensor type and updates the gas label on the LCD display while automatically downloading the necessary calibration parameters.

SECURITY CAGES DIRECT has announced its new innovation - the new RackCage-SCD, designed to hold full depth pallets, and says it can simply be placed into position inside any type of existing racking. The company says the RackCage is supplied flat-packed in panels for easy on site assembly, and is made up by: front double doors; 2 x side panels; 1 x back panel; top roof panel; set of 10 - Nyloc assembly bolts and set of 3 - 10mm floor anchor bolts. The company says the unique design means that there is no requirement to attach the cage to the existing frame which might affect the integrity of racking and it is simply secured by bolting to the floor through the base frame of the 2 side panels and back panel.

GLOBUS says it is creating a new era in protective eyewear with the launch of Riley - a brand new range of high performance safety glasses and goggles designed to deliver the perfect combination of comfort, protection and style. Created by a dedicated team of safety eyewear experts with decades of experience, the company says the launch of Riley represents a completely fresh approach to eye protection, engineered using the latest safety eyewear technology, innovative designs and new performance features, Riley is ideally suited to a wide range of industrial applications.

DR. MARTENS says it has championed safety and worker welfare since 1960, when the first pair of 1460 boots rolled off the production line at its original Cobbs Lane factory in Northamptonshire. The company says drawing on over half a century of shoe-making expertise, and in celebration of its 57th birthday, it has unveiled a modern update to the original Icon 7B10 work boot –the brand new HYTEN S1P, designed for men and women who want to look good and work hard and able to provide all day comfort and protection; the boots are constructed with soft milled leather uppers and engineered with an internal steel toe cap.

ARCO, a leading UK safety company, has announced it has made a call to businesses urging them to ask their suppliers about their ethical assurance measures, in particular about due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in their business and supply chains. Arco says latest figures show that there are more than 45.8 million people in a form of modern slavery across 167 countries and says it takes its ethical responsibility seriously and was the first distributor within the industry to become a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Safety company PYROBAN says it is advising companies that their forklift engineers may need new training ahead of the introduction of the updated EN1755:2015 standard for explosion protected forklifts in November 2017. “To remain effective and safe, explosion protected forklift trucks must be serviced and maintained by trained engineers,” explains Darren Boiling, group after sales manager. “All engineers responsible for Pyroban explosion protected equipment in the field must first be trained to ensure they are qualified to work on the specific systems, and then regularly retrained to ensure their knowledge is in line with current product standards and legislation.”

Scott Safety, a leader in the design and manufacture of respirators and personal protective equipment, reports the new AVIVA is its latest innovative half mask. The company says ensuring worker’s wellbeing is priority; its low-profile head harness offers greater stability and compatibility with safety helmets and eye protection.

More than half of industrial workers are washing their workwear and protective clothing at home and potentially risking their safety, new research claims.

WESTMARK BV says its new website promotes safety to prevent dropped object accidents. The company says this online platform does not guard against bird droppings, comets or asteroids falling from the sky, but instead focuses on accidents arising from items that fall from multi-level worksites. Dropped object risks account for a significant number of severe accidents in the offshore and other labour intensive industries and Westmark says its new website offers simple and affordable solutions to prevent such accidents and improve safety.

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