Night-time. The only light is the shimmering of the Stars billions of miles away. You can barely see your hand in front of your face...
Personal protective equipment (PPE) are items that will protect the wearer against potential health and safety risks at work. Required for a variety of industries such as construction and agriculture, PPE can change according to the wearer’s working conditions. Here’s why it’s important to use PPE.
LED lamps have many uses thanks to their efficiency and longevity. Already used in signs, homes and at events, this technology might be able to help when it comes to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Prototypes are in development that could see LED lamp technology improve PPE, helping to eliminate some workplace hazards.
As sunrise fluctuates between 6.30am all the way to 8.30am as the British weather transitions from Autumn to Winter, and sunset happening between 6pm and 4pm at the peak of winter, there are many hours your workers may be shrouded in darkness or semi-darkness as they work. When it’s darker outside, your workers are in more danger of accidents. In fact, workers are 15% more likely to have an accident in October than they are in the previous six months, which means employers have a duty to increase protection and awareness.
Although it might not seem like it on the surface, a lot goes into what a door supervisor must wear when on duty and their role involves a lot more than standing in front of a door and looking intimidating. They manage crowds and queues, deal with confrontational groups and individuals, check tickets, patrol inside and outside of venues, keep an eye on behaviour and deal with conflict where they might need to get involved. They also deal with emergencies by cooperating with police and other emergency services, or even provide first-aid. With so many duties, it’s important that door supervisors stay safe, so what should a door supervisor wear?
Anyone working in a cold environment is at risk of cold stress. In several industries, workers are required to work outdoors in cold environments for extended periods of time and the consequences of spending too much time working in the cold can be fatal. Cold stress is just the beginning of the issues that could follow, but it is preventable if workers are taking the relevant steps in protecting themselves when working out in cold temperatures. However, not everyone is aware of the condition, so what is cold stress? Workforce symptoms and treatments.
When the weather gets colder outside, it’s important to wear layers and cover up. Many people die in the UK winter because they are underprepared for the weather, so it’s vital that companies help workers understand what they need to stay warm. But it’s not just about staying warm.
Many have noticed that our English summers are getting hotter each year with temperatures reaching up to 38℃ in some cases. With increased heat, there are inevitable dangers, especially for those who work outdoors. Even on overcast days, the sun can permeate clouds, causing burns and thermal discomfort. Hot weather may make workers sweat or feel the need to wear less, but these are not always the safest choices. Here’s some advice on PPE for hot weather: how to keep cool.
The Health and Safety Executive notes that there were 74,000 reported cases of work-related hearing loss in 2004 to 2005. In 1997 to 1998, those figures were closer to half a million. Both education and regulations have likely decreased these numbers of preventable hearing loss, but it’s important that hearing is protected where possible. What is noise-induced hearing loss and how can NIHL be prevented? Here’s our guide for site managers.
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.