Anchor Safety Blog

Excellence in PPE

  1. October 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Preparing your workforce for a mild winter
    There are a multitude of articles, tips & advice out there for protecting your workers against the extreme cold.  The need for having the right levels of thermal protection for extreme weather is largely understood and documented.  However, the difficulty in the UK is the range of temperature fluctuations that your workforce has to deal with during autumn & winter...
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  2. September 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    10 Tips for Improving your Prescription Safety Eyewear Programme
    This National Eye Health Week, which runs from 24th-30th September 2018, we’re looking at the most common challenges in an important area of workplace safety - your Prescription Safety Eyewear Programme. A simple and straightforward programme leads to wearer adoption and engagement. If your programme causes headaches with paper-based forms, complicated eVouchers that are an administrative nightmare, or payment in...
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  3. September 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    How to Find the Right Defibrillator for your Workplace
    It’s something you hope will never happen in your workplace, but every year more than seven million people globally suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with no warning. The stark reality is that only 5-10% of those people survive. Overall, 13% of workplace fatalities are caused by an SCA. External defibrillators can increase survival rates by up to 75...
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  4. September 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Should Rigger Boots be banned?
    There is no law banning Rigger Boots, but there is a growing trend with companies buying footwear for their workforce that has more ankle support than the Rigger Boot provides.  With slips, trips and falls being the most common type of injury, accounting for 40% of major injuries reported in the workplace, there has been a rise in high-leg boots...
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  5. August 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    How to protect your workforce from Contact Dermatitis
    One of the most common types of work related skin condition is contact dermatitis. Diagnosing this condition can be challenging for medical professionals as there are many different stages and both acute and chronic dermatitis symptoms can vary considerably. When skin conditions arise in the hands, contact dermatitis is nearly always suspected. Factors like whether the condition improves away from...
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  6. August 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Are your Hand Injuries Rising with the Temperatures?
    Injuries occur when workers remove their PPE and “uncomfortable” is the number one reason cited for taking PPE off. During the summer months, the higher temperatures present a huge obstacle to keeping your worker’s hands protected. Safe behaviour is more likely to fall by the wayside as workers take their gloves off to gain relief from trapped heat in their...
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  7. August 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Safety footwear for the summer heat
    Protection, durability and comfort are essential qualities for safety boots. Getting this right when switching safety boots to suit seasonal weather can be a challenge. When temperatures soar, it’s important to keep feet both protected and cool. Breathability is the key.     If you are noticing more noise about hot sweaty feet, here are some great top picks for...
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  8. July 2018
    Kim Moore
    How to stop pesky insects from becoming a workplace hazard
    Thunder Flies, Greenfly, Wasps… they all love Yellow hi-vis. This known nuisance impacts safety behaviours as the insects can become distracting. It’s not uncommon to see workers who stop the task in hand and start doing a series of strange disco style moves to beat away the offending insects. The solution? Try a different colour, but make sure it offers...
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  9. June 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Why sunglasses are not the best solution to reduce glare
    When you think about eye protection, there is a good chance you immediately think about safety spectacles and PPE designed to keep dust, sparks and objects away from your employees’ eyes. However, the role of eye protection is considerably more extensive as you attempt to protect your wearers against a wide range of hazards.When working outdoors or under bright lights...
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  10. June 2018
    Sandy Spenkelink
    Should You Ban the Beard or Find Better Respiratory Protection?
    The current trend for beards and stubble amongst men has resulted in increased challenges for finding complete respiratory protection for an increasing number of the workforce. Full respiratory protection masks, helmets and respirators need to properly fit the face of your wearers in order to keep them safe. Unfortunately, many simply aren’t designed for people with facial hair. That’s why...
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