The latest workwear news and tips

How to Complete a Working Outdoors Risk Assessment

Posted by Xamax on 18/08/17 08:38

Working outdoors can come with its share of risks. Whilst many are tucked safely at home or in offices in extremes - rain, wind, snow, ice, heat - outdoor workers don’t have the luxury of protection from the elements. Many workplaces know there are dangers to their employees, but don’t know how to conduct an outdoor risk assessment. We’re here to tell you how to complete a working outdoors risk assessment.

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Topics: PPE, Regulations

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

Working in the Rain Regulations: What You Need to Know

Posted by Xamax on 09/08/17 07:58

British weather isn’t known for its extremes but that doesn’t mean that those exposed to the elements - even in the UK - aren’t at risk. This country is certainly known for its rain, though. It’s anecdotal evidence the world round that British people (especially Glaswegians) and Seattleites alike enjoy copious amounts of rain. When most of us will be running for the wellies, macs, and brollies, when it’s wet and cold - and, perhaps, venturing indoors - those who work outside don't get the luxury. So what about those who do work outside? Are there any specific ‘working in the rain’ regulations? What are employers’ responsibilities when it comes to weather - if any - and, more specifically, rain? Find out what you need to know about working under wet conditions.

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Topics: PPE

Working Outside in the Sun: 3 Policies Employers Must Address

Posted by Xamax on 04/08/17 08:19

When you think of England, you don’t often think of sweltering summer sun. Most people picture drizzly rain in the green, sheep-laden countryside, but, even though the weather is ever-changing, temperatures have been rising recently, especially in summer. When your employees work outside in the sun provisions must be made to keep everyone safe. What are the policies employers must address? Is there a maximum outdoor working temperature? What do employers have to provide to keep everyone cool and are there any special circumstances that apply only to summer and working outside in the sun?

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Topics: PPE

Are Rigger Boots Banned On Construction Sites?

Posted by Xamax on 02/08/17 09:51

For many on the construction site, rigger boots are an attractive option because they’re a slip-on safety boot between a lace-up and a wellington. They have a looser fit than traditional safety boots, and their added waterproofing makes them an appealing choice; however, are rigger boots banned on construction sites?

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Topics: PPE

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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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

Nitrile VS Latex Coated Gloves: Which is Best?

Posted by Xamax on 19/07/17 09:17

When searching for work gloves, nitrile coated gloves, and latex coated gloves are popular options, but which is best? Before we begin with the merits, let's discuss the properties of latex and nitrile themselves. What is each substance made with, and what's its purpose? Does one fare better than the other? Find out. 

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Topics: PPE

What PPE Is Required For Construction Site?

Posted by Xamax on 13/07/17 15:33

What PPE Is Required For a Constructions Site? Personal Protective Equipment is designed to be a last resort when all other safety measures have been put in place. All PPE provides some level of protection, and some PPE is required by law whilst others just provide additional protection. On a construction site, for example, do you need to wear a hard hat or a bump cap or can you choose to wear none at all? Do you have to wear specific safety boots, or can you wear what you choose? What about eye protection, hand protection, or body protection? Do you need to wear Hi-Vis or is that a choice?

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Topics: PPE

How to Encourage and Manage Employee PPE Responsibilities

Posted by Xamax on 10/07/17 08:54

PPE is designed to protect workers from workplace hazards and risk but PPE doesn’t last as long as you’d think. Once you have the equipment, your job isn’t over! It all depends on how often your PPE is used and in which conditions. PPE needs to be inspected regularly to measure and test safety, but who should be in charge of carrying out those checks and determining when replacement is necessary? Is it the employer? The department manager? Or should there be employee PPE responsibilities? The easiest answer is that there should be a dedicated employee or team of employees who are responsible for each type of equipment.

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Topics: PPE

Is It Time to Renew Your Workplace Health And Safety Policy?

Posted by Xamax on 06/07/17 15:01

For any company that has more than five employees, you must have a written health and safety policy and you must bring that policy to the attention of your employees via training. Once you have a Workplace Health and Safety Policy in place, how often do you need to renew your policy?

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Topics: PPE