PPE Legislation

  1. March 2019
    Roger Tydeman
    Top Tips To Protect Hearing In Your Workplace
    With today, March 13, being Ear Muff Day we explore the heritage of the humble (but essential!) ear-defender, remind ourselves of the legislation and provide a few tips to prevent hearing loss in your workplace. What started 146 years ago as a homemade invention to keep your ears warm whilst ice-skating has evolved into vital protection for everyone who works...
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  2. February 2019
    Anna Keane
    8 Step Respiratory Protection Programme To Protect Against Welding Fumes
    This month the HSE advised that exposure to welding fumes (including mild steel welding) can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer. The updated regulations are based on evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and have been endorsed by The Workplace Health Expert Committee, who has since reclassified mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen, meaning it...
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  3. September 2016
    Caleb Horner
    5 Reasons Why Contractor Safety Remains a Major Challenge
    Most companies have already made huge progress in employee safety, but contractor safety remains a nagging problem. It's no good having some people protected and others not. If you’re employing contractors on your site – or if you're sending your team to work as contractors on  a variety of client sites with their own risks and exposures - it's imperative...
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  4. July 2016
    Caleb Horner
    How to ensure PPE garments are free from harmful chemicals
    The PPE market is highly competitive in terms of price. Unfortunately, that's resulted in some factories cutting corners in an attempt to keep costs down. Often, that involves harmful chemicals and unethical processes. And that's why you need to know how to spot certifications that test clothing for harmful chemicals. With so much of your supply chain out of your...
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  5. June 2016
    Caleb Horner
    How to reduce occupational skin disorders
    According to the Health and Safety Executive, skin problems in the workplace have declined over the past few years. However, data suggests that there are as many as 7,000 new cases of occupational skin disorders reported every year. For businesses, there’s a huge duty to reduce occupational skin disorders and keep workers protected with hand protection, particularly disposable gloves. However...
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  6. May 2016
    Caleb Horner
    What will the new PPE Directive mean for you?
    The PPE Directive is in place so you can find the highest possible standard of PPE product, which has been designed, tested and certified according to European law, and bears the CE stamp as verification. But the time has come to amend the Directive. So what will that mean for you? Today, more than ever, businesses are aware of the...
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  7. December 2015
    Caleb Horner
    How to keep hi-vis clothing clean and compliant
    The darker winter months are when high-visibility (hi-vis) is most needed throughout the year. It's no wonder that towards the end of the year, employees find themselves grabbing their well-used hi-vis, as the longer and darker days appear - are you doing your bit by ensuring that their hi-vis is suitably clean and providing the necessary protection? According to the...
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  8. December 2015
    Caleb Horner
    The importance of diligence when sourcing PPE
    Cost cutting when sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE) can lead to poorly sourced items, from providers that might not be fully aware of the latest regulatory standards. This message was loud and clear last month as we were all shocked by recent due diligence failures from a popular British retailer. The business made headlines for their range of 'hi-vis' products...
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  9. December 2015
    Cedric Fairweather
    EN388:2003 to receive additional ISO13997:1999 rating
    In 2016, the EN388:2003 standard is due to introduce the additional ISO13997:1999 rating. This comes as injury statistics from a recent Labour Force report highlight the need for greater protection against mechanical hazards and suggest better tests are needed to determine protection. The new rating is a comprehensive test to improve the protective rating applied to hand protection. The EN388:2003...
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  10. November 2015
    Cedric Fairweather
    'Tis the season to avoid PPE stock outs
    Christmas is a busy time of year for the food industry. Many manufacturers take on hundreds and even thousands of temporary agency staff during the festive period to cope with the increase in seasonal demand. With such a large influx of workers, how does your organisation ensure all staff are trained and compliant, and wearing all of the correct, necessary...
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