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Lone Working Hazards: How to Keep Lone Workers Safe

Posted by Xamax on 01/09/17 06:46

We may associate lone workers with some guy who works from home in his basement (maybe in his underpants) on some sort of tech job, but there are more people classed as “lone workers” than one would think. Nearly 6.8 million workers work alone. Anyone from security to some outdoor workers, even nurses and teachers are considered lone workers. Whilst no specific law dictates that workers cannot work alone, the Health and Safety Executive dictates that lone workers should not be at any more risk than any other worker. Here’s how to keep lone workers safe.

 

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Topics: PPE, Regulations

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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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

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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Topics: Buying Workwear, PPE

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