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PPE Signs: Which Signs Go Where on Site?

Posted by Xamax on 22/06/17 08:31

There are over 15,000 potential signs that you can find in places all over the UK. It’s certainly an overwhelming number, but most signs offer mandatory protection. Safety clothing PPE signs indicate when, where, and which type of PPE has to be used or worn on a particular site - safety footwear, ear protection, eye protection, hi-vis clothing, and so on; these blue signs indicate the PPE is absolutely mandatory. They are always indicated as blue circles with white edging and white infographics. Most don’t need to be studied and can easily be identified.

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Topics: Insider

Coveralls vs Overalls: What's the Difference?

Posted by Xamax on 19/06/17 07:25

Coveralls vs Overalls: What’s the Difference? Well, some think the only difference is regional: a British word versus an American one, but really the true definitions are that coveralls are a one-piece protective wear worn for heavy, manual work, and overalls are trousers with a bib, holder, and loose straps for use over your normal clothes - they don’t cover the arms. However, in the British workwear industry, the words are interchangeable. Search on a workwear site for either term, and what you’ll get is the definition of ‘overall’ for both (i.e. garment that covers the torso, arms and legs). Whether you call them overalls, coveralls, a jumpsuit, or a boilersuit, it doesn’t entirely matter as long as you get the garment you actually want!

What are the uses of overalls and coveralls? Read more to find out.

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Topics: Buying Workwear

How to Pick a Dust Mask Rating : P1 vs P2 vs P3

Posted by Xamax on 16/06/17 08:32

Disposable or half-face dust masks protect against particulate hazards, such as airborne particles like dusts and powders. They come in three ratings: P1, P2, and P3. Each of these types of mask will specify their occupational exposure limit (OEL) and their assumed protection factor (APF). Dust masks are vital for a range of industries: construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and more. The P1, P2, and P3 ratings offer different levels of protection so it’s vital you find the correct level of protection you need.

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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

Anti Vibration Gloves: Do They Work?

Posted by Xamax on 14/06/17 06:31

Anti vibration gloves are for use when anyone in your industry will handle pneumatic tools, rivet guns, or jackhammers. Many brands offer vibration-dampening, impact resistance, and metacarpal protection to reduce the risk of injury; however, studies show that these gloves only reduce the risks slightly, and do not prevent injury wholly.

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Topics: Buying Workwear

7 Tips for Choosing the Best PPE for Welding

Posted by Xamax on 09/06/17 09:16

Welding is hot and dangerous work, so choosing the right PPE for welding is essential. With welding, workers recognise that PPE is mandatory - so you’re not likely to see someone skipping out on vital safety gear; however, comfort and fit are important to keep you going all day. 

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Topics: PPE

PPE Legislation Has Changed: How to Prepare Your Workforce

Posted by Xamax on 02/06/17 14:14

As we wrote about last month, the PPE regulations changed last year (2016), and the changes come into effect next year (2018). Mostly the changes define PPE and what is covered under the definition and what is not. Categories are shifting too and there’s a maximum five year certificate validity, according to the BSI PPE Whitepaper.  So, as a business owner, what PPE legislation should you be aware of?

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Topics: Buying Workwear

How to Properly Maintain and Store Protective Goggles

Posted by Xamax on 30/05/17 06:08

Can you image going a day without the use of your eyes? It would be difficult to read this blog, see where you’re walking, or even unwind watching television. For work, especially, most need their eyes to perform even basic tasks, so for this reason alone, eye safety is paramount in the workplace. Eye injury is often easily prevented by the correct safety eyewear. Over 90% of cases reported could have been prevented with protective goggles, and more than 2,000 people suffer each year with eye injury. If your workplace assessment has determined that protective goggles or safety glasses are necessary for your workplace, how do you properly maintain and store protective goggles? 

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Topics: Buying Workwear

Buying Site Safety Boots: 5 Considerations for Business Owners

Posted by Xamax on 26/05/17 13:54

Having the right site safety boots for your workers is key for their comfort and safety. Everyone has had that hike or that day at work where you’ve worn the wrong pair of shoes and you get uncomfortable blisters that make walking and functioning unpleasant for a week or two after. So if you don’t buy the right boots for your workforce, they won’t be able to work at their best - there’s nothing worse than having niggling discomfort all day.

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Topics: Buying Workwear

How to do Respirator Fit Tests: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Xamax on 24/05/17 09:10

Similar to regular PPE, Respiratory Protective Equipment (or RPE for short) is any facial protective equipment that is specifically designed to protect an individual’s airways from harmful airborne contaminants. However, in order to rightfully delegate your employees this PPE, you must ensure it’s fit for workplace use via a fit test.

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Topics: Buying Workwear

3 Personal Protective Equipment Regulations Buyers Should be Aware of in 2017

Posted by Xamax on 14/05/17 18:33

The first PPE Directive was adopted over two decades ago in 1992, and revised in 2002, which means an update was long overdue. An updated regulation was adopted on the 12th February 2016 in order for industries to stay abreast of burgeoning technologies, designed to help keep employees safe in the workplace.

The directive was published twenty days later, and regulations will apply after a two year transition period. What personal protective equipment regulations should buyers be aware of in 2017?

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Topics: Buying Workwear