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How to Choose the Correct Outdoor Work Clothes for Your Team

Posted by Xamax on 05/09/17 09:34

You have an upcoming six month project and your team will be working through the end of summer through to the autumn, for example, what kind of outdoor workwear will they need to keep them safe through these seasons? When you’ve been assigned the job of choosing the right protective equipment for your team, it can be difficult to know where to start. Do you buy summer clothing, warm clothing, or waterproofs? Here’s how to choose the correct outdoor work clothes for your team.

 

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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

Tree Surgeon Clothing: What to Wear and When to Wear It

Posted by Xamax on 31/08/17 06:02

Tree surgeons prune and treat old or damaged trees in order to preserve them, but this type of work involves working at heights, lifting heavy loads, and utilizing dangerous equipment, which means it can be hazardous work. What is tree surgeon clothing? How do you buy it? Here’s what to wear and when to wear it. 

 

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Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work: The Silent Workplace Battle

Posted by Xamax on 23/08/17 06:32

Most skin cancer is caused by sun exposure. The exposure may be long term or short term - where there are periods of intense sun exposure, causing burns. UV light in sunlight damages the DNA in the skin cells, and over time, this damage can lead to skin cancer. If your workers work outside in hot weather, then you should put measures in place to reduce their sun exposure. One in four skin cancer deaths result from those who work in construction or farming, and are continually exposed to harmful sun rays. Find out more about skin cancer and outdoor work: the silent workplace battle.

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Do Employers Have to Provide Sun Cream?

Posted by Xamax on 17/08/17 10:34

With British temperatures rising each summer, most people are aware of the dangers of skin cancer and sunburn; however, when your employees work outside, how can they protect themselves from summer heat waves? Sun cream is one of the easiest and most logical answers - outside of protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses - but do employers have to provide sun cream for employees?

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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE, Regulations

PPE Equipment List: What You Need in 2017

Posted by Xamax on 24/07/17 09:36

There are 7 categories of PPE Equipment from respiratory equipment to head protection to eye protection to body protection, and more. But what equipment do you really need in 2017?

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Why Ignoring PPE Maintenance is a Terrible Idea for Your Business

Posted by Xamax on 18/07/17 07:36

It’s a no-brainer that if you don’t maintain your PPE equipment, then it will not work properly. So why is ignoring PPE maintenance a terrible idea for your business? Bottom line: when safety goes out the window, accidents happen. If accidents happen at work, that means you lose time and money - in the form of worker absence, compensation payouts, and potential fines. It’s estimated that over 600,000 workers are non-fatally injured at work, often resulting in long absences - but the real figure could be much higher as these accidents often go underreported. Almost 150 workplace fatalities occur each year, and numbers are declining because there are safety measures in place.  

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Understanding Common PPE Symbols And Their Meanings

Posted by Xamax on 05/07/17 10:30

Symbols are quite literally everywhere. It’s universally recognised that man and woman graphical symbol mean male and female toilets, or, similarly, a disabled sign near a parking space means parking for disabled persons. The red octagon of the stop sign can be recognised from afar. But PPE symbols are another matter. Those on site might not always know what they mean. 

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4 Types of Protective Eyewear Sites Should Consider

Posted by Xamax on 27/06/17 08:41

Personal protective equipment is essential for anyone working in hazardous conditions; from construction to network rail, and from engineering to industry, employers are mandated to protect employees from harm. PPE should only be used as a last resort - as other safety measures should be the first line of defense to protect your employees.

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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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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