With many factories being redesigned to be COVID-safe, staff returning to work, and with some key staff still not in post, it is easy to lose focus on some of the other airborne hazards lurking in factory environments, which are as dangerous as ever. Andy Pye looks at a few of these.

All organisations have been impacted by COVID-19. Many are fighting for survival. Alcumus is supporting the ‘Going The Distance’ campaign to provide help and guidance where needed. Whether that is increasing your presence to win new commercial contracts through SafeContractor, or to offer support and care for your staff through these uncertain times with PSM.

Wearing a face mask has become a part of everyday life during the pandemic, but it's posing communication problems for the hard of hearing. PWE reports.

PWE spoke to Steve Smith, director, Hi-line Industries Ltd, about how his company went from developing an unbranded sanitising product which was initially used to protect his own staff from COVID-19 to the branded Hi-Kleen and then to an aerosol he could leave behind with his customers, and finally to an established product which now forms a strong part of his business.

The Irish manufacturer Combilift, best known for its range of space-saving forklifts and other handling solutions, has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design to develop the Combi-Ventilate, a splitter device which turns one ventilator into multiple ventilation stations.

Workplace risk is an acknowledged reality but the implementation of a well thought through safety policy will significantly reduce such risk. Our eyesight is precious and demands the selection and provision of high-quality safety eyewear which not only ‘protects’ but which enhances wearer compliance due to excellent comfort and fit features. It’s clear that high quality personal protective equipment (PPE) can significantly reduce the high real cost of personal injury (productivity, litigation and income) while enabling more people to return to their families safe and sound. Clair Weston, marketing manager at UVEX, reports

UK safety company Arco, has launched a series of expert advice sheets to help PPE purchasers understand the recent changes to regulations and to ensure that any purchased item is genuine and compliant.

Andy Lill, business development manager for quality air at Atlas Copco, highlights the hazards of contaminated workplace breathing air, the role of compressed air purification as a safe alternative, and the need for employers’ compliance with a wide range of standards and regulations.

Serious workplace injuries cost US manufacturers more than $7 billion each year, according to Liberty Mutual’s 2019 Workplace Safety Index. Overexertion, falls, collisions with equipment, getting caught in equipment and repetitive motion injuries are the most common reasons that workers in this sector miss 5 or more days of work. Sam Cece, founder, president, & CEO of Swift Sensors, reports.

Alarm sounders and sounder beacons are safety-critical notification devices present in building procedures and manufacturing processes across the globe, so you need to be aware that there is a hidden issue that could cause problems resulting in unwanted plant downtime. James Morgan, product manager at Eaton, takes a closer look at how to mitigate or prevent the effects of inrush current.

There are an estimated 100,000 needlestick or sharps injuries in the UK every year, with many more taking place but not being reported. Cuts and lacerations from blades, saws, materials or machinery are also one of the most common workplace injuries and inadequate hand protection can be a factor in many of these accidents. PWE reports.

As a millwright, service technician or any type of field or in-house mechanic, we understand there is one main goal that we have in common, which is to keep the equipment running. This includes repairing and minimising downtime in the event of an unpredicted failure or breakdown. James Pekarek

Looking after employees’ sight can be one of the most cost-effective and beneficial ways an employer is able to support health and wellbeing in the workplace. Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, highlights a five-step plan to explain the simple ways in which workplace eye care can help to look after the health of employees’ eyes.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains what goes into making a workplace safety strategy.

Dave Bigham, director of global training initiatives at surface preparation equipment specialist National Flooring Equipment, discusses the importance of dust collection for manufacturers.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation, shares his three tips for machine safety.

New research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that over half (54%) of employers still provide safety over-goggles to those who wear everyday glasses. PWE reports.

Published on 15th March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard. Businesses are being urged to take up the mantel and ensure they are ‘ISO 45001 compliant’ ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Almost any place of employment can present a potential threat to health and safety from airborne particulates and aerosols. It is important to note, however, that dust hazards are not necessarily visible to the human eye and that the finest particles can represent the greatest threat because of their ability to travel deepest into the lungs. Effective monitoring is therefore key to the implementation of an effective risk management strategy. Josh Thomas of Ashtead Technology, reports.

Standards for protecting against hearing loss and infection need to be improved. PWE reports.

Steve Matthews, QSHE manager UK & Ireland, Atlas Copco, looks at the potential hazards involved in compressed air use and asks how aware is industrial management of the preventative measures that can be taken, the scope of current pressure regulations and the legal obligations of compliance.

From tank farms to petrochemical plants, exposure to toxic gases is one of the biggest risks workers face, especially those who work remotely and or alone. PWE spoke to Prabhu Soundarrajan, Global Connected Worker Leader for Honeywell Industrial Safety, about how the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technology is pushing the boundaries of gas detection and monitoring, while also helping businesses increase productivity.

Workplace eye injuries can be life changing, and yet, are often wholly preventable. Yet, despite safety eyewear being one of the most important pieces of personal protective equipment, a ‘one style suits all’ approach is often wrongly taken. Sangeeta Aeri, technical manager at Supertouch highlights the key factors that should always be considered when it comes to specifying new safety eyewear.

Organisations operating hazardous areas – otherwise known as Ex-rated or Ex Environments - face a variety of challenges including compliance with the latest legislation, and advances in technology. Mark James, RS product manager, automation and control, for Northern Europe reports.

Whether it’s smart watches or fitness trackers, e-textiles or connected eyewear, wearables have entered the mainstream and taken consumer markets by storm. Such devices come with a host of practical functions, interweaving cutting-edge technology into our daily lives. Cleo Cabuz, vice president of engineering, Honeywell Industrial Safety, looks at the key to a safer and more productive workplace.

June sees the largest collection of health and safety solutions in the world come together under one roof at Safety & Health Expo 2017 and co-located shows Professional Clothing Show, IFSEC International, FIREX International, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo. PWE reports.

Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety explores ‘who is responsible for PUWER compliance?’ and why it is important for those individuals to plan ahead.

The key European rules regulating the equipment used to protect workers have been left unchanged for more than 20 years. However, a new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (2106/425) will introduce key changes to the way PPE is manufactured, sold and imported within the European Union. Irrespective of Brexit, the legislation offers UK manufacturers of PPE, employers and safety managers a unique opportunity to reassess occupational health and safety. Olivier Touchais, global manager for general safety at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

As industrial operations become ever more challenging, complex and dispersed, safety threats can emerge suddenly and without warning. Never has it been more important for businesses to access real-time safety intelligence. Armed with such critical data, safety managers can make better informed decisions that protect workers and prevent a major incident, maximise uptime and increase productivity. Mahesh Joshi, European product marketing leader for gas detection at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

Derry Carr*, chairman of the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) takes a look at who is responsible for the safe operation of boilers.

The European Commission and European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched the next stage in the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the start of working life [1]. PWE looks how employers can support the campaign by providing effective hearing protection, particularly for young workers.

Between the 21 – 23 June, Safety & Health Expo, the UK’s leading health and safety event, returns to London as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series - the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. PWE reports.

In all engineering-related disciplines a coherent and responsible health & safety regime is critical, and in the field of hydraulic hoses and related equipment and systems this requirement is no exception. Jerry Hughes reports*.

Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a major issue for many industries across the globe. In the UK alone, research estimates that over 1 million people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful. Some 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other hearing deficiencies caused by excessive noise at work. As such increasingly stringent noise at work noise and environmental noise legislation regulations have been put into place. PWE reports.

Updates to the COMAH regulations mean that companies must work harder if they are to remain in compliance, says Jeremy Gadd, head of instrumentation, control & automation at GSE Systems, Inc.

What to consider when hiring aerial access equipment. PWE reports.

Alex Baggott, business development associate at Fortress Interlocks, looks at the Importance of safety interlocking in the Waste and Recycling Industry.

As with all products there is considerable variation in the quality of safety showers currently available on the market. Ivan Zytynski, marketing director for The Safety Shower People, considers some of the features that make a good shower and why they are worth paying extra for. This is not a discussion about how showers meet the various ANSI and EN standards as it is assumed that meeting these requirements is an absolute minimum requirement for any purchasing decision. Instead Zytynski discusses the features that go above and beyond the American and EU design standards.

Safety & Health Expo returns to London’s ExCeL between the 16-18 June, showcasing the latest in new products and training for the Health & Safety industry and bringing together thought leaders from across the industry for an authoritative voice on policy, practice and legislation. PWE reports.

There are a number of different hazards facing a firm which is looking to build an offshore wind farm. ODEE reports.

The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) outlines what companies should do in order to best ensure they have an effective occupational health and safety management regime in place.

The majority of lift trucks used in warehouses and factories are battery powered. This means that battery handling – including charging and changing – can be one of the most important day-to-day tasks. Battery and lift truck suppliers have made great strides in recent years to ensure these routine procedures are carried out quickly, efficiently and above all safely. John Lawton, director of marketing, EnerSys Motive Power,(EMEA) reports.

The following is an edited extract from the Coxmoor Publishing Company book titled ‘Hydraulic Fluids – A Practical Guide’, by Allan Barber, Nigel Battersby and David Phillips, published in association with the BFPA. This article provides some useful health, safety and the environment-related advice concerning the use of hydraulic fluid.

Chris Buxton, CEO of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), and Martin Kingsbury, the BFPA’s membership director, consider some important safety and efficiency aspects to be aware of when sourcing, fitting, using, maintaining and replacing hydraulic hoses.

When it comes to protecting workers from health and safety risks, making assumptions can be dangerous: make a bad assumption and the result could be injury, or worse. Franz-Josef Nuelle, regional product general manager for hearing in EMEAI at Honeywell Safety Products explores the most common bad assumptions and how to address them.

James Carlyle, Ashtead Technology, takes a look at why instrument hire makes occupational safety sense.

Safety & Health Expo, the largest UK based safety exhibition will be held at ExCeL London from 17-19 June. Visitors to health and safety’s flagship national exhibition will find a high quality speaker programme and the very latest in innovative, market-defining products. PWE reports.

Ivan zytynski, from safety shower people, reports explores how psychological factors can play a role in the poor usage of safety showers and explains how some product features can help to eliminate these barriers.

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