Health & Safety Update - May 2019

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Health & Safety Update | May 2019

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The HardCap AeroLite® from JSP is the lightest, best performing, full shell Bump Cap on the market weighing less than 135g without compromising on performance. It is designed to be worn in work environments where there is a risk of impact to the front, top and also scrapes to the side of the head from stationary objects. The HardCap AeroLite® is extremely lightweight and comfortable, which is really important to individuals who need to wear bump cap protection for long periods of time in today’s busy demanding environments. The sleek textile cover has large open weaved panels to facilitate the transfer of cool air to the head reducing heat build-up and discomfort making it one of the coolest caps on the market. Underneath the textile cover is a tough HDPE shell and a lightweight EPP impact liner offering class leading impact performance. The HardCap AeroLite® looks stylish and feels good to wear with the added padding for extra comfort and optimum fit. The padding is replaceable and the comfort pad and sweatband are moisture wicking to move sweat away from the skin. The Polygiene® treated sweatband and foam-cushion comfort pads guard against the growth of bacteria, fungus and mildew reducing skin irritations and odours and therefore requiring less washing. The Polygiene® treatment is permanent and effective for the lifetime of the product. Wear more and wash less® – Polygiene® treated garments can be used more times before washing and can be washed at lower temperatures which means that you save energy, water, time and money. Tested to BS EN 812, the HardCap AeroLite® consistently exceeded its requirements, recording an average transmitted force of just 5kN – well below the maximum 15kN allowed by the standard. It was also successfully tested at temperature extremes of -40°C and +50°C, making it the best-performing full-shell bump cap on the market. The HardCap AeroLite® is adjustable to fit head sizes from 53cm to 63cm and available in black or blue, with either a 50mm or 25mm peak. The longer peak provides more shade in outdoor or brightly-lit environments, while the shorter version allows for better vision when looking upward. The large reflective areas on the side panel of the textile cover and the reflective piping around the peak provide extra visibility in lowlight conditions. This textile cover is removable and machine washable.


Lux Intelligent is the updated emergency lighting system from Advanced. It saves money, time and makes it so easy to manage a compliant system, you can do it on your phone. Use existing wiring, or your LAN for a ‘no wires’ network. Unlimited, low-cost, any-time, networking of panels anywhere via LAN. Cloud monitoring and reporting of any system anywhere in the world, on your computer, phone or tablet. Live status report gives immediate indication of any issues. Works with almost any light or luminaire, including LEDs. Easy conversion of existing lights. Works with any existing emergency lighting system including central battery. Cost and efficiency benefits with automated testing and reporting. One click sharing of maintenance or test reports right from your phone. Full test history available any time. The easy way to demonstrate compliance to BS5266.

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BakerHicks develop new health and safety BIM technology

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, have launched the Risk Cube, an innovative way of protecting the health and safety of construction workers and end users. This 3D Building Information Management (BIM) component visually identifies and details risks within the design model. The Risk Cube was born out of a need identified by the BakerHicks BIM and CDM teams to more closely align their CDM Regulation 9 Risk Register outputs with the new PAS 1192-6 standard. Brought in last year, PAS 1192-6 provides the first BIM specific guidelines for the collaborative sharing of H&S information. Crucially, the Risk Cube removes the need to update multiple documents. All the H&S information for each risk is contained within its relevant cube in the central model, which is then automatically replicated on any drawing or register linked to the model. This removes the risk of information being out of sync

across different documents, allowing designers to be confident that the same information inserted into the model will be extracted for issue. The Risk Cubes are embedded within the 3D BIM model, allowing BakerHicks’ designers to populate H&S information at the precise location where the risk is identified. The information within the cubes can then be extracted from the model in a variety of formats, including within risk registers, 2D drawings, 3D views and in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment. This gives the user the ability to view the information in a way that suits them, ensuring every risk has been highlighted and understood by all parties. The ability to directly export the information contained within the Risk Cubes into a VR environment means it can be presented to clients and stakeholders in a clear and easy to understand manner. This immersive technology allows the user to visualise, interact with, and review all risks in-situ, giving them a better understanding of the risk and how it could potentially affect the facility’s end use or construction. Trevor Strahan, head of BIM at BakerHicks, says: “Our focus in

developing this technology has been on giving everyone involved in a project easy access to really important information that could save someone getting injured or worse. “We realise the importance of H&S information and are passionate about sharing it in the most effective way possible. We’ve already trialed the Risk Cube on two of our projects in Scotland with great success and believe that it’s a true step change in how essential risk information is collated, presented and shared throughout a project’s lifecycle.” The Risk Cube is designed to be a more effective means of communication. It informs contractors’ method statements and risk assessments, and provides key risk information via the drawings and specifications actually used by those carrying out the work on site. For clients and end users, it also provides information specific to ongoing maintenance tasks, enabling safer and more effective facilities management. The Risk Cube is capable of working across multiple software platforms, including Revit and Navisworks.


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JCB WORKWEAR - NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH Progressive Safety who hold the sole distribution rights for the manufacture of safety footwear and workwear under the world famous JCB brand are pleased to introduce a new and improved website. RE-ENGINEERED TO BE USER FRIENDLY JCB Workwear are launching their new and improved website in May 2019, offering consumers an easier buying process and a more enjoyable experience. With a cleaner, easy to navigate look and feel, more product details with clearer pricing, consumers will certainly be drawn back to the website time after time. Customers will be able to order a JCB Workwear Catalogue, or browse on-line and with the new ‘Customise Your Workwear’ facility will be able to have their workwear branded with a company logo and delivered straight to their door!

If you prefer to see the products before you buy, their is a ‘Find your nearest Stockist’ portal, all you need to do is pop in your postcode. Also launched in May, is the new JCB Workwear Spring/ Summer 2019 catalogue, with the latest additions and fantastic new lifestyle photography. For more information e-mail: Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing Ltd 101 Worthing Road, Sheffield, S9 3JN Tel: 0114 273 8349 Fax: 0114 275 2452

Why respiratory protection is so important Dust and fumes are a problem with which we are all familiar in our homes, but it can be a much more serious problem in the workplace. Paul Riddick, co-founder and technical director at fume and dust extraction specialists VODEX Ltd explores how contaminates being produced on a daily basis in the workplace can damage your health and could even prove fatal. Repeated exposure to vapours, fumes and dust is a health hazard. Although vapours are invisible, and many dust particles can be very small (less than five microns) and also invisible to the naked eye, this doesn’t mean the dangers for operators don’t exist. Broadly speaking, dust can be classified into two types: inhalable and respirable dust. Respirable dust particles are generally more hazardous, as they are small enough to get right into the smaller tubules of the lungs, and can cause physical blockage or irritation. It can extremely dangerous if the material is toxic or even carcinogenic, as the lungs may be able to absorb it quickly into the bloodstream. Left unchecked, exposure to dust can lead to occupational asthma. This can be a serious condition leading to severe chronic asthma if exposure to a respiratory sensitiser continues. How can you protect yourself from hazardous fumes and dust at work? In the first instance, there may be ways to reduce the volume of fumes or dust that is made - or to ensure that less of it becomes airborne. In addition, you can reduce the hazard level if you are able to switch materials to an alternative that is less toxic.

One of the most common ways in which you can control fumes and dust is to extract it from the environment using a Local Exhaust Ventilation system (LEV) which uses either filters or a duct to atmosphere system. Removing fumes and dusts from the environment The vast majority of LEV systems are ‘recirc’ or re-circulation extractors. Re-circulation extractors are devices that pass air through a filter to trap the fumes and dust and pass the clean air back into the local environment near the source. The other main type of extraction system is known as a ‘vented to atmosphere’ system, but these are mainly targeted at hazardous fume extraction rather than dusts, unless a degree of filtration is present first. These are more traditional and involve a combination of ductwork, extraction hoods, and filters connected to a fan in the wall or roof and an exhaust that releases air outside the building or to an area away from the initial source. For particulates (dusts and smoke) the most effective and probably the most widely known filtration system is a high efficiency particulate arrestor (HEPA). These filters are very fine and often remove higher than 99.99% of particles down to 0.3 microns.


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TC Security Services awarded

100% Achilles Audit Following a rigorous 2-day assessment, TC Facilities Management (TCFM) has once again successfully completed their “Achilles” annual audit for the fourth consecutive year. The audit saw a score of 100% being awarded in all four key areas that the audit measures: Corporate Social Responsibility, health and safety, environment, and quality.

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This 100% achievement validates TCFM’s operational capability, competence and compliance and follows the recent news that TCFM achieved a clean sweep in passing three external management systems audits including the new ISO 45001:2018 standard. The two-day visit included an audit of both head office and a client site. The auditor was particularly impressed by • The great team effort with the experience welcomed and enjoyed by everyone involved • The breadth of documentation to evidence the quality management systems in place • The ongoing commitment to our duty of care of our colleagues by investing in innovative technology. • The design and navigation of the training matrix in use • The use of the site visit report which captures the four key areas that the audit measures. • Our down-to-earth approach, doing what we say we do in a straightforward and uncomplicated way. At the site audit, the auditor commented about the appearance, attitude and knowledge of security officers to ensure the job they do is done to the very best of their ability. On receiving the news of the audit score, Richard Grafham, Group Compliance Manager said, “Attaining this recognised accreditation demonstrates our high standards and competency. All our accreditations will enable us to continue to leverage our national

“Attaining this recognised accreditation demonstrates our high standards and competency” capability as we compete for other national contracts, expand our reputation as a quality supplier and gives us an excellent opportunity to see ongoing success as a business.” Satia Rai, Operations Director said, “I am delighted in this result. In achieving 100% for the second year in row, we have been able to demonstrate that our team is committed to consistently delivering first class service to our customers. Something which gives businesses, partnered with Achilles UVDB community, confidence that we can deliver what they need.”


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Anti-slip footwear to launch at the Safety & Health Expo 2019 The latest footwear creation by Safer Safety named ‘Grip’ will be showcased at Safety & Health Expo 2019. In 1999 Safer Safety were the first company to introduce high performance Anti-Slip footwear into the UK and 20 years on it will be launching a brand new range at Safety & Health Expo, in ExCeL London from 18-20 June 2019. For the first time ever Safer Safety will have its very own UK designed range of anti-slip footwear called ‘Grip’. Designed and manufactured by Safer Safety, a full range of ‘Grip Footwear’ will be on display for all visitors to see in detail the footwear’s 5-star Grip rating from HSL and its easy clean outsole. The company’s latest invention is designed for footwear of UK sizing only. Visitors to Stand SH2434 will be able to try on the Grip footwear at the Expo in June. Click the link below to secure your free ticket.

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Starkstrom has designed the Isolated Power Supplies to comply with the International and UK Standards for areas that are classified as either “Group 2” or “Clinical Category 4 or 5” locations. The Starkstrom Automatic Transfer System has now been certified Sil 2, to give even greater peace of mind. Starkstrom will continue to strive to be seen as leaders in our field of expertise. To find out how our solutions can help your hospital please find our contact details below. Tel: +44(0) 20 8868 3732 Quote ref: 00022018

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RoSPA links up with ‘Get a Grip’ ladder safety campaignS The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has joined The Ladder Association’s ‘Get a Grip’ campaign, to highlight the long-term, life-changing impact that a fall from height can have on family and friends. Falls from height are the single biggest cause of injury in the workplace, with 29,000 people reporting such an injury over the past five years[1], and the cost is estimated at £800m[2]. Meanwhile, falls in general are consistently the number one cause of hospital admissions from accidents[3]. Launched earlier this year, the Get a Grip safety campaign has also been joined by Abbi Taylor, whose father Jason Anker was paralysed after a fall from height when she was aged just three. As part of an emotional awareness-raising video and leaflet, Abbi talks openly about how her life with her dad has been profoundly affected. She speaks about how he could not walk her down the aisle or dance with her on her wedding day or play with or babysit his young granddaughter. Raising awareness ladderThe aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of using ladders and stepladders safely, both at work and at home, reducing accidents and the heartache they cause for everyone. Abbi said: “It’s hard to talk about how my dad’s fall has impacted our lives, but I felt it was so important to get that message out – there are real-world consequences of your actions when using ladders incorrectly. My dad was lucky, as he got to see me grow up; there are many families out there who have a hole where one of their loved ones should have been, because they had a fall.”

Gail Hounslea at The Ladder Association said: “Everyone involved in this campaign has been overwhelmed by Abbi’s story. There’s always a focus on the impact of an accident on the injured party themselves, but what we often forget is the impact on those connected with them. Behind every person who falls from height is a family, friends and colleagues who will all be affected in some way. Alison Thewliss MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Working at Height, said: “Abbi’s powerful testimony really brings home the devastating impact that a fall from height can have, not only on the person involved, but also on their loved ones. “The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height has recently published an inquiry report regarding falls from height. Amongst other things, the report draws on testimony of victims and their families, and seeks to draw out best practice from industry in order that we can improve the figures around serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace as a result of falls from height. “The published report makes a number of recommendations that the APPG will continue to present to UK Government Ministers – via debates and questions – to help drive improvements in safety for employers and employees alike.”

[1] RIDDOR, 2013/14-2017/18p. Fatal injuries to workers by most common accident kinds. [2] Health & Safety Executive – Costs to Britain of workplace fatalities and self-reported injuries and ill health, 2016/17. [3] NHS Digital, Hospital Episode Statistics, admitted patient care, England, 2012/13-2016/17.


Warehouse Labelling and Identification Systems By jim Roberts

The management of any warehouse/stores needs an effective labelling and identification system, stock needs to be identified and in its rightful place in order to maximise order picking and minimise costly errors. Beaverswood can offer a one stop shop for all your warehouse labelling and identification needs.

It is understood that many order pickers working in an environment where an in-effective system operates waste a large proportion of their time trying to pick goods that are not in their rightful place. This also leads to an increase in picking errors these errors hurt every aspect of the business as not only does it lead to having to re-process the order sometimes involving credits, re-invoices and re-despatch taking up lots of precious time it could also lower customer retention. For many SME’s having a full blown barcoded order picking system isn’t feasible due to the costs and as a result most business retain their existing systems which often become antiquated as a result of changes in product, market fluctuations and warehouses practices. A small outlay to produce a labelling system can help in


achieving lower picking times, lower errors and often help in increasing customer satisfaction and retention. Looking purely at cost saving lets use a typical example of an industrial goods re-seller averaging 50 orders a day with an average order value of £75.00 (£3750.00) His order picking errors are 3% (1.5 orders per day) with all the associated costs to correct these orders running at £40 per order. 1.5 orders x £40 =£60 – per day x 20 working days a month x 12 months = a yearly cost of £14,400. By having a more efficient system and reducing order picking rates down to 0.5% which would equate to 0.25 orders per day (£40 x 0.25 x 20 days x 12 months) would give a total cost of £2,400. Not only therefore is there a direct saving of £12,000 achieved in the first year but also it would equate to an extra 300 orders being delivered correctly to the customer, a true double edge sword by reducing costs and improving customer retention. As well as having an effective labelling system, legislation states that you must warn staff/visitors of hazards within the premises. According to statistics one worker is killed every six weeks and many more injured as a direct result of forklift accidents. Having set pedestrianised routes/areas and visible forklift warning signs will help reduce the likelihood of any incidents occurring. Our floor marking range can be found here FLOOR MARKERS

To further aid demarcation products such as floor signalling can be used which help highlight walkways, traffic flow, pallet positions and general marking on the warehouse floor. Available in a choice of 6 colours these floor labels are a simple but effective solution for floor marking. Over the last few years there has been a significant growth in company’s adopting 5S and LEAN manufacturing policy’s, The 5S focus is on Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain.

Company’s adopting these policy’s achieve higher operational results by sustaining a productive work environment, reduce waste, help lower accidents and lower unplanned downtime. To manage warehouse waste and maintain 5S standards adding Racksacks to the end of racking help waste segregation, promotes a cleaner green environment with less clutter/waste products being on the floor possibly leading to lower accidents.The racksacks are available in 14 standard designs and can also be produced with special prints/logos/design. Due to legislation that became effective in 2015 all waste producers must follow a hierarchy to re-cycle or re-use as much of their waste as possible and any waste that can not be must be segregated before being passed to waste collectors. These products can be purchased through many industrial distributors for further details on the nearest supplier and to obtain more information on labeling and identification products contact Beaverswood Supply Co Ltd, 0118 9796096,


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Emergency Access With Security The Emergency Bolt Company has been manufacturing and supplying its unique range of Cooperbolt emergency door bolts and door alarms for over 30 years. Cooperbolt door bolts are an economical and effective option to securely lock and alarm single and double doors whilst allowing emergency access in one robust housing. Alarmed units incorporate a loud 100db+ battery powered alarm. We supply alarmed and non-alarmed bolts for inward and outward opening doors, together with a range of door alarms and panic bolt alarms which can add an alarm facility in minutes. We manufacture our bolts and alarms in the UK, supplying UK and overseas markets.

Main Features • Secure bolt locking and emergency access in one unit. • Heavy duty, hard wearing, aluminium body. • Self-contained battery powered alarmed models. • Easy to fit. Minimal maintenance required. Nothing to break.

Operation Pushing the green pushpad (or pulling the handle) releases the bolt shoot, activates the alarm (alarm bolts) and allows the door to open. The bolt is reset and the alarm is silenced (alarm bolts) by locking the door with the key.

Choice of Models • Inward and outward opening. • Alarmed and nonalarmed. • Key switch (’S’): on/off keyswitch alarm.

Construction • Housing: die-cast aluminium. • Bolt Shoot: 12mm diameter steel. • Backplate: 2mm thick steel.

Contents Main housing unit, backplate, keep (flat keep: push bolts, box keep: pull bolts), 2 keys, door sign, battery (alarmed models), screws and fitting & operating instructions.

Door Alarms We have a range of heavy duty door alarms which provide a stand-alone alarm facility to most doors in a matter of minutes. They benefit from the same robust construction as our door bolts. Right hand and left hand models are available as well as a vertical fit model.

Other Products We also supply a range of other security, fire safety products from our Security Fire and Safety Direct website.

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Why saving a few extra pounds on emergency lighting can be dangerous When it comes to designing emergency lighting, there are many factors to consider. Peter Adams, Mackwell’s Central Service & Training Manager explains more. Not only must the emergency lighting system be fit for purpose, but it must also meet stringent safety and compliance standards. Meeting these standards can impact financially, both in terms of the design and specification, through to the installation, and the on-going maintenance of the system. Often portrayed as a necessary but unattractive part of the lighting scheme, emergency lighting is in fact, a safety critical system and is a legal requirement within commercial premises. It is provided to help facilitate the immediate and safe evacuation of occupants from the premises in times of emergency and as such, must be afforded the same importance and diligence of other such systems. Short cuts and corner cutting such as the specification of substandard components and ineffective maintenance schedules, brought about by budgetary constraints can all result in non-compliances, compromising the safety of the building occupants. One of the most fundamental aspects of building safety, the provision of an adequate emergency lighting system, can often be overlooked. Its importance, however, is critical in ensuring the safety of employees and members of the public. Emergency lighting provides guidance and illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely at times of emergency. The consequences of a non-compliant emergency lighting system can impact severely on the health and safety of occupants, resulting in prosecutions such as fines and custodial sentences depending on the level of non-compliance.

British Standards With the extensive revision of BS 5266 - 1: Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises (released May 2016 and brought into force in June 2017), the way designers approach emergency lighting has fundamentally changed. Despite better defined responsibilities and more detail on emergency safety lighting and standby lighting requirements, the area is now more complex with greater scope for confusion between parties responsible for the design, installation, testing/commissioning and ongoing performance of the emergency lighting system. As with most aspects of health and safety, there are many national and international standards in place to ensure that such systems can perform the tasks demanded of them. It is therefore imperative that the constituent components of the emergency lighting system are selected, designed and installed to the specific criteria within these standards, ensuring compliance and performance of both the components and the system as a whole. The Code of practice, BS 5266 :1999 – 2016, is an essential point of reference. Its accompanying standard; BS 5266 Part 7 - EN 1838: 2013, defines the minimum


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lux levels and photometric requirements when designing the emergency lighting scheme. Also, in place is the standard; BS EN 60598-2-22: 2014, for luminaires used in emergency lighting and ensures that they achieve the performance required whilst remaining electrically and mechanically safe. In addition, the European Application Standard with improved testing regimes, EN 50172: 2004, is a vital supporting part of the BS 5266 series. The design objective for any emergency lighting system is established by BS 5266 Section 5.2.1 which says that, when the supply to the normal lighting fails, emergency lighting is required to: • indicate clearly the escape routes • provide illumination along such routes to allow safe movement through the exits • ensure that fire-alarm and fire-fighting equipment can be readily located British and European Standards provide guidance on the implementation of requirements and solutions, on sustainability and energy use, guidance on required equipment, lighting for specific specialist areas as well as guidance on the installation process, testing and commissioning – all of which need to be considered at the start of the design process. It is also important for the manufacturer to understand the intended environment for the luminaire in order to specify the correct safety components. Although there is currently no legislation covering the use of LS ZH (low smoke, zero halogen) components, it is recommended that LSZH be used in fittings specified for use in large public areas where there is a risk of fire. This will minimize the risk from the after effects of an electrical fire, such as gas and smoke inhalation. For example, after the Kings Cross fire in 1987, LSZH sheathing became mandatory for all electrical wiring in London Underground Stations.

In order for the emergency lighting system to remain compliant throughout its lifetime, structured and effective maintenance is essential. The system requires testing in line with the requirements specified in BS EN 50172, together with any remedial action which is identified by these tests. Routine visual inspection of the system is also fundamental to check for any changes to décor, colour schemes, fabric and structure together with any reparations which may impact the designed scheme. Unlike a fire alarm system which is generally subjected to a simple, periodic audible test for functionality, (albeit in line with an annual sub-contracted service contract), the maintenance of the emergency lighting system is more time consuming if being undertaken manually, without the aid of an automatic test facility, The annual full discharge test of up to three hours duration may need to be staggered across different storeys and areas within the building and this may be perceived as a costly and labour intensive overhead. What value can be put on the health and safety of occupants though? The effect of the emergency lighting is seldom seen until required, and it is during these times, where the safe and immediate evacuation of the building is paramount, that we come to appreciate the true value of this safety critical system.

Luminaires The cumulative operating costs of emergency lighting can be considerable, and the choice of fitting should be considered in terms of its installation cost, long-term energy consumption and maintenance or replacement costs. LED’s consume about 25% of the power of traditional lamps and offer excellent lumen maintenance as the light output remains constant throughout its design life. The greatest cost benefit, however, relates to lamp replacement. LED lamps typically have a 50,000h rated life, ten times that of a typical fluorescent tube. Using LED emergency luminaires will greatly reduce the maintenance costs of an emergency lighting system and they have a longer expected life and lower running costs than standard luminaires.

Batteries Batteries also have an impact on the cost of luminaires intended for emergency lighting, with Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries the preferred choice for self-contained luminaires despite the fact that they utilise a toxic metal. However, Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries


Safety & Security offer a viable alternative with significant benefits over the Nickel-cadmium battery. The NiMH battery offers an energy density two to three times that of the NiCd battery, meaning it can be a third of the size of the NiCd equivalent. Combined with a LED light source and appropriate charger, this can result in a very compact package. Another significant benefit is the charging regime. NiCd batteries require a constant current charge, NiMH batteries however, have an excellent rapid-charge capability meaning they can be given a boost charge followed by a trickle charge. This results in long term energy savings, reducing ongoing costs.

Maintenance Traditionally industry practice has been to replace the whole emergency fitting if it fails the annual test as it was believed that this was more economical than isolating the circuit to replace the faulty component, usually the battery. This often results in emergency fittings being replaced every 3 to 4 years, but by choosing a fitting that allows for easy removal for repair and upgrade and an accessible battery drawer, the life span of the unit can be considerably increased, reducing long-term maintenance and replacement costs. Keeping emergency lighting luminaires clean is vital to lighting efficiency. Over time dirt, grease and the build-up of insects inside the light fitting can reduce the light levels and can reduce the illumination by up to 30%, potentially falling below minimum lighting levels. This could mean a test failure and result in a non-compliance.

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Testing Statistical evidence indicates that regular testing and maintenance of emergency lighting systems is not routinely carried out by many organisations as it is laborious and time consuming, and therefore expensive. However, the fines for non-compliance are more so and eventually puts lives at risk. Testing of the emergency lighting system should be carried out at regular intervals by a qualified person. The tests must be carried out in line with the schedules outlined in BS EN 50172 as below: • Daily – visual check that all charge indicators are lit on and check lamps on all maintained luminaires are working. • Monthly - a monthly functional test is designed to simulate a failure of normal lighting for sufficient time to allow all emergency luminaires to be checked for correct operation and signs of damage or deterioration and the results recorded in a log book. • Annually – a test simulating the failure of the normal lighting supply for the full emergency duration (typically 3 hours) to ensure that the emergency luminaires can function for the full duration whilst maintaining their declared emergency output or ballast lumen factor figures. During this test, the batteries will be discharged, and the luminaires will not be fully operational until they have had time to recharge. Therefore, this test is normally carried out whilst the building is unoccupied and at periods of low risk.

There are systems available which will make the testing process easier and less expensive, the upfront costs are similar to installing a standard emergency lighting system, but the payback is the long-term maintenance and testing cost savings. • Self-test Emergency luminaires provide simple ‘stand-alone’ automatic testing and the result of the test is indicated through a bi-colour LED on the luminaire. Monthly checks will still need to be carried out by the responsible person and the test results recorded and entered into the log book. However, the benefit of this type of system is that the person recording the information is not required to be qualified as they will not be testing the system manually. • Automatic Test Systems connect the emergency luminaires to a remote-control panel that collects the results centrally. These systems provide 24/7 monitoring, self-testing and reporting, including remote access to the status of every fitting, automatic record keeping and fault notification. These systems use a low voltage communication signal via an interface such as DALI and can be easily retro-fitted, providing regulatory compliance with minimal effort.


Safety & Security Specification Compromising on the specification of a fitting at installation can lead to long term maintenance issues, impacting on health and safety. It is a requirement that luminaires chosen for self-contained emergency lighting include a local indicator which is visible in normal operation. These indicators are a valuable aid to maintenance in the first instance, as they provide an immediate indication of the health of the emergency luminaire and that the battery is being charged. If the indicator is green, the luminaire is healthy. They do not, however, negate the requirement for regular safety checks. Emergency lighting systems should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure they are fully functional, the batteries are fully charged and that their light sources remain operational. These checks should be carried out by a suitably qualified responsible person as determined in the fire safety order and the fire safety log book should be updated subsequently to each test. This will ensure that all fire safety legislation is adhered to and that the emergency lighting system remains fully operational, meeting fire safety requirements.

The law is drafted to place ultimate responsibility squarely with the owner of the property, but it also names in the act a “responsible person”, who the owner of the property can appoint and delegate that responsibility to. That person is then required to make the necessary provision for emergency lighting, including undertaking risk assessments and having a proper fire safety schedule mapped out. Even if the owner delegates the responsibility, they are still responsible for ensuring that the “responsible person” has been properly trained. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the installation of emergency and safety lighting and Article 12 of the regulation stipulates that: “Emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs, and emergency routes and exits requiring illumination, must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.” Any breaches of the Order are likely to result in the person responsible facing fines or imprisonment. For too long, emergency lighting has been viewed as the poorer cousin to the main lighting scheme. Necessary as a legal requirement but ultimately detracting from the general ambience, and interfering with the aesthetics of the design whilst incurring extra expense. It needn’t be like this, however. In an era of discrete LED light sources together with slim-line control gear fixtures, architectural designs, and effective spacing tables, the emergency lighting luminaires, if used sympathetically, often end up complimenting the designed scheme whilst bringing comfort and reassurance to building operators. To compromise the emergency lighting is to compromise the health and safety at work act, the Fire Safety Order and ultimately, the individual.

Legal Imperative Since the introduction of the Fire Regulation Reform Order in 2005, the legal imperative for installing emergency lighting systems is the same as for the fire-alarm systems. Failure to comply with the correct installation of emergency lighting and to maintain the system could cost a business dearly. If fire authorities discover that the emergency lighting system is not fit for purpose or non-compliant, and that the system has not been properly maintained, the company could receive a hefty fine, often in the tens of thousands of pounds. If neglect is proven in terms of the standard of the installation or maintenance of emergency lighting, and leads to injury or worse, the ‘responsible person’ could face a custodial sentence.

Yes, there is a financial impact, but what price can be attached to a human life? Unless we change our attitude to this safety critical system, and give it the respect that it deserves, all too familiar, tragic events associated with non-compliant commercial premises will continue to occur. As a world leader in the design and manufacture of reliable, innovative electrical components, Mackwell’s emergency lighting products offer some of the best in quality and performance on the market today. Offering an unsurpassed breadth of products such as high-performance luminaires, super-discrete integrated emergency products and architectural exit signs. Emergency lighting is a legal obligation that should never be compromised – safety by choice, not by chance. Further information is available from Mackwell on 01922 742145 by email or by visiting the company’s website at




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safety partnerships announced IBM has announced a series of partnerships to develop wearable technology which will improve worker safety in hazardous environments. The international technology giant is teaming up with Garmin Health, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and Smartcone to integrate its Internet of Things (IoT) systems into their products. The IoT systems will monitor biometric and environmental data to help identify whether workers are at risk or not. Real-time data then will be gathered from the wearable technology, along with smart devices and other sensors to help companies quickly respond to any potential problems. “Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace,” said IBM’s Dr. Kareem Yusuf. “We are thrilled to work with Garmin, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone, and leverage their respective leadership and commitment to help improve safety in the workplace.” Activity trackers Garman Health is teaming up with IBM to offer companies who use the IBM Maximo Worker Insights platform the chance to receive alerts from workers wearing Garmin activity trackers. While the Japanse wearable tech company Mitsufuji has launched a new wearable shirt to track IoT sensor data from worker’s biometrics to help ensure safety and productivity in extreme environments.

The “hamon” shirt collects a wearer’s biometric data, including heart rate, body temperature and location, as well as environmental data such as humidity, temperature, noise and toxic gas levels, together with the use of IBM Maximo Worker Insights. By connecting to the IBM Maximo Worker Insights solution, the data can be analyzed in real-time, with alerts and alarms on a smartphone to take a break before an injury can occur. “IBM Maximo Worker Insights delivers the near real-time insight that our clients need to address the safety of their workers,” said Mitsufuji’s Chief Executive, Ayumu Mitera. “We are excited to work with both IBM and our clients to develop the hamon solution further. We see IBM as a valuable member of our team, not only providing powerful Internet of Things technologies, but also helping us identify new market opportunities around the world.”



How to ensure that your ppe equipment is always in tip-top condition AF International, leading brand manufacturer of effective cleaning solutions for the Office Products Industry now offers a complete range of cleaning solutions for the PPE sector. Utilising their experience and expertise from the last fifty years, the company has developed a range of high tech cleaning products specifically designed for the Personal Protective Equipment sector; the range is easily identifiable by the smart new gunmetal livery.

Establishing a regular cleaning regime for the maintenance of PPE equipment (such as safety glasses and hearing defenders) has never been more important, particularly as most PPE equipment is available for shared use in the workplace. Grease and grime can build up very quickly impairing the effectiveness of equipment. To combat this, AF International have developed three key products ideally suited for many industries such as construction, laboratories, education, warehouse protection and some sporting activities. PPE equipment is a legal requirement in many industries and maintaining good working order is not only best practice, but often imperative. Storing the equipment in a safe dry place does not, unfortunately, prevent dust and grime build up; prevention via a regular cleaning regime really is the best solution. Hearing defenders form part of mandatory safety equipment for many industries and shared usage is very common. AF’s EPC - Hearing Protection Cleaning Wipes are a re-sealable flat pack of 40 cleaning wipes, impregnated with a safe cleaning solution, designed to remove grease and dirt from ear defender equipment for daily maintenance. Safety glasses are also a key element of mandatory protective equipment with dust and dirt causing visibility issues. Choosing the correct cleaning and maintenance solution can help users to experience the best results from their safety glasses. AF’s SGC Safety Glasses Cleaning Wipes are available in a handy tub of 60 wipes, impregnated with a smear-free cleaning solution. This invaluable cleaning solution is also available in a box of 50 individually packed sachets, excellent for communal areas to prompt the use of regular PPE cleaning and maintenance. Paul Hardy, AF Brand Director commented “We truly believe that cleaning PPE correctly can keep hearing protection and safety glasses equipment in their best condition for all users. They are a critical importance within many workplaces and a regular and well maintained cleaning regime is vital.”

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U-Power Introduces New Red-Up High-Rebound Safety Shoe Italian safety footwear manufacturer U-Power is proud to launch the exclusive Red-Up collection of stylish, high energy-return, work safety shoes. Innovative technology has enabled the use of High Rebound Elastopan®, a new material from BASF, in the PU intersole of the Red-Up. This pioneering technology ensures a return of over 40% of energy to the wearer over the entire surface of the foot. Energy is regenerated and given back to the wearer to ensure better performance over time. The high-rebound, affordable, RedUp is also extremely flexible and lightweight, reducing fatigue and improving both posture and productivity.

Perfectly suited to industrial areas, the RedUp shoe comes as ESD, and features Elastopan® memory foam insoles, which take the shape of the foot and improve weight distribution and relieve pressure points, as standard. Three styles also feature the ground-breaking revolutionary Hypertex Putek® technology, a breathable and water-repellent material that is 20 times more abrasion-resistant than traditional materials. The Red-Up range of 25 different styles boasts all the highquality protective and safety features that come with a U-Power

U-Power’s Managing Director, Stuart Thorne, said: “The blend of softness, comfort, lightness, breathability and protection of the Red-Up shoe, plus the return of so much energy to the wearer, ensures a feeling of total wellbeing. Tiredness and fatigue are diminished, posture is improved, and productivity in the workplace boosted.” product, offering excellent shock absorption, an aluminium safety toe cap and a non-metal pierceresistant midsole. In addition, the Red-Up’s slip-resistance far exceeds the requirements of the European Standards. For more information, email, call +44 (0)1543 417 241, or go to



Dr. Martens combines durability, flexibility and comfort for new footwear collection Iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens is continuing to spearhead innovation throughout the work footwear category, with the launch of its Cubeflex boot, its most flexible welted product ever. A unique outsole fuses Dr. Martens welted construction with lightweight cushioning materials to deliver multi-directional flex, slip resistance and enhanced comfort.

and are likely to be lifting heavy materials as part of their job. Wearing the correct and comfortable footwear is especially important in order to prevent serious injury.”

In a survey conducted of 560 professionals working within the trade industry by On The Tools and Dr. Martens, 92.9% said that comfort was their main priority. Foot Fatigue is typically caused by an imbalance in the footwear or if the boots are too toe-heavy, potentially leading to sore shins, shin splints and other muscle fatigue.

The Britton 7-tie Gibson-cut boot combines durability and flexibility for a dynamic work style that has comfort at its core. Its new engineered Cubeflex sole provides multi-directional flex to move with the foot for enhanced comfort and support on unstable ground, while Dr. Martens resilient welted construction ensures the footwear is tough and built to last. The SoftWair™ sock liner combined with multi-density PU and EVA midsole components achieve superior levels of user comfort featuring increased arch support, improved breathability and supportive heel cup.

Jon Marchant, Global Category Director at Dr. Martens said: “Workers today demand greater comfort, reliability and durability without sacrificing the necessary levels of protection. In manual trade, workers spend much of their time on their feet

“I am really excited about the general future of the industry and what it means for Dr. Martens. Improving standards and regulations will drive consumers towards quality, reputable brands. As a brand we will continue to strive for innovative, product solutions with a focus on comfort,” concluded Jon.

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Galvanizing giants’ lead-free switch is first for industry One of the world’s leading corrosion protection companies has completed a unique conversion to lead-free galvanizing.

Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd made the bold decision to eliminate lead from its process at all 14 of its plants across the UK 10 years ago. The completion of the process means the company is thought to be the first of its type in the country to become ‘lead-free’. Small amounts of lead have been used to facilitate the galvanizing process for decades and it continues to be widely used today. The challenge for Wedge Group Galvanizing was to develop the metallurgy and overcome technical challenges while maintaining and improving on the quality of the finish expected by its customer base. Chris Woolridge, Managing Director of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, said: “The amount of lead used in a traditional galvanizing process is very small but we wanted to remove it from our processes completely and made a firm commitment to do that 10 years ago. “We have put a significant amount of time and effort into perfecting a

methodology that produces even better results than before. “The fact we believe we are the first galvanizing company in the UK to run a lead-free operation is a fantastic achievement.” The initiative was made particularly timely by the 2018 reclassification of lead massive contained in REACH (an EU regulation for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals). David Nobes, Technical Services Director at Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, said: “The reclassification could turn into a major headache for some of our customers, who might have to meet exceptionally tight tolerances or demonstrate exacting procedures. Some might even review the use of any process that involves lead as a result. “Because of the commitment we made 10 years ago our process doesn’t use lead at all and therefore removes any potential issues. Despite the challenges we’ve been running a lead-free

galvanizing process in our plants for some time and we are very pleased with the results. “It takes a very long time for background levels of lead to be removed from existing baths, but levels are monitored regularly and the fact we now achieve indicative levels of less than 50 parts per million (or 0.005%) within the bath melt means we can proudly claim our process is lead-free.”


performance comfort and style uvex is an internationally renowned manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) recognised worldwide for its comprehensive portfolio of products which provide outstanding protection; comfort and most importantly, a high degree of wearer acceptance. All uvex products are totally uncompromising where quality and dependability are concerned. The uvex range comprises of:

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Snickers FLEXIWork Stretch Shorts – For Cool Comfort This Summer Work Shorts for the flexible working environment - designed to deliver superior comfort and freedom of movement. While Fabric, Functionality and Fit are hallmarks of Snickers Workwear, it’s the innovation and fabric technology in the design of the new FlexiWork Stretch Shorts for men and women that really set these new garments apart. These shorts are great for working in the warmer months. Delivering superior flexibility and comfort, these lightweight work shorts come in a hi-tech body-mapping design and are made from a self-ventilating stretch fabric with Cordura reinforcements for all-round mobility and durability when you need it most. As well as being streetsmart with men’s and women’s designs, they’re packed with comfort and functionality and specially designed for the fast-paced professional who’s always on the go and always delivering top class work on site. For professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments, they’re a must for everyone who wants the ultimate in cool comfort this summer. To get more information on what’s right for you in the Snickers Workwear range, visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.


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lift truck safety inspections “need same clarity as HGVs”


Tools & Equpiment Logistics managers are being urged to seek absolute clarity over forklift Thorough Examinations, after it was revealed lift trucks are involved in 50% more serious accidents than HGVs.

Although forklift trucks are not subject to an MOT, as HGVs are, they do require a Thorough Examination under both LOLER and PUWER, so the importance of carrying out this examination to the highest standard is critical to the industry and all those working in it. CFTS believes this lack of clarity surrounding how often lift truck examinations are carried out and documented can leave managers confused – potentially placing employees at risk. At the recent National Fork Lift Safety Conference, the HSE revealed there are around 1,300 serious forklift accidents each year – 50% more than HGVs. CFTS has therefore advised organisations to ensure their lift trucks are inspected to a safe, rigorous standard satisfying both LOLER and PUWER requirements – and to treat the issue as seriously as inspecting vehicles on the road. CFTS Chairman Geoff Martin says: “Every logistics or transport manager worth their salt knows exactly how their HGVs and PSVs are inspected and maintained. But the truth is, your lift truck is far more likely to be involved in a lifechanging accident – and to have its inspection regime questioned by the HSE. “Ironically, satisfying your fork lift Thorough Examination duties is actually far easier than for HGV inspections. Whereas HGVs need to undergo an annual MOT and formal programme of PUWER safety checks, the CFTS Thorough Examination for lift trucks covers LOLER and PUWER in one quality-assured process. “What’s more, if you have your Thorough Examination carried out by an experienced lift truck specialist, you can have any faults fixed there and then – instead of waiting for a retest, like you would with an HGV. For employers, that means fewer disruptions and lower maintenance costs. “The fact HGVs are so well-inspected goes to show the benefit of absolute clarity around standards, schedules, methods and documentation. Which is why BITA and the FLTA, the forklift industry’s two leading authorities, teamed up to create CFTS in the first place.” Established in 2004, CFTS is the fork lift truck industry’s own voluntary standard for Thorough Examination. Accredited providers sign up to a clear code of conduct, and standard inspection methodology, satisfying both LOLER and PUWER standards. And thanks to a growing network of more than 400 accredited companies, Thorough Examination has never been easier to arrange. To learn more about Thorough Examination, or to find the nearest details of your nearest CFTS accredited company, visit or call 07730 768668.


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How do you control who uses lift trucks on site? It should go without saying that letting someone without proper authorization use the equipment is a basic safety no-no. With a real risk of serious injury or even death resulting from forklift accidents, there’s no good argument for putting an unsuitable or unqualified person in control.

If someone is likely to use a lift truck on your premises, you need to be sure of the following:

training!” then I’m afraid your going to have to think again. If it’s too much trouble to train them, it’s too much trouble to have them in the truck.

• Have they been trained to use equipment safely?

An important safety step you’ll need to take is to bring in a system to prevent anyone unauthorized from having the possibility of using the truck. On a simple level this could be a system of tight control over who can access the keys to the trucks. However, there are more hi-tech systems such as PIN keypads or programmable fobs that can be brought in. These not only makes it far more difficult for unauthorized people to use a truck, but in the event of unauthorised use happening there will be an identifiable person whose code/fob/other was used by the

• Have they been trained to use the specific truck in question? • Have they received all three stages of training: Basic, Specific, Familiarisation? And if you find yourself thinking “But we have lots of temporary and agency workers. We don’t have time to put them through all those bits of


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“If it’s too much trouble to train them, it’s too much trouble to have them in the truck.”

unauthorised person, which encourages individual employees to take greater responsibility for their own access credentials. Any trucks that are accessible should never be left unattended, even briefly. When truck are not in use they should be safely parked and shut down — for example the gas supply should be turned off. As manager, this workplace is your work place, and as such you are dutybound to ensure it is kept safe. If drivers are visiting it should be routine to confirm that they have received adequate training and have sufficient site knowledge to operate safely. Implementing a system such as our Show Your Hand system across the site will also help visiting drivers if you brief them when they arrive. It’s another step to getting everyone on the same page.

Show your hand is a simple, operator-led idea with 3 easy-to-remember parts. 1. An operator sees a pedestrian coming too close and stops their truck 2. The operator shows their hand to signal for the pedestrian to stop 3. If the pedestrian does not stop, the operator turns off the ignition until a safe distance is achieved — reducing the risk of an accident. The same preparation should be true if any of your operators find themselves needing to use lift trucks on someone else’s site. Make sure they know to familiarize themselves with the new site before operation. Don’t just rely on the manager at the other end to take care of everything. You may feel this is a bit belt-and-braces, but with forklift safety it’s always better to be over-cautious than under-prepared.


“We want construction workers to be aware of the risks associated with the activities they carry out on a daily basis; be conscious of the fact their work may create hazardous dust; and consider how this could affect their health, in some cases irreversibly. We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust or disturbing asbestos by working in different ways. We want to see construction firms encouraging their workers to firstly keep the dust down and wear the right mask and clothing.

“Ultimately, we want construction workers’ lungs to be protected from ill health, so they can go home healthy to their families and enjoy long careers in this important industry.” For more information on the programme of inspections and to download our free #DustBuster selfie cards visit: and follow the campaign on Twitter at @H_S_E, on Facebook @hsegovuk and @SaferSites. You can also join the conversation at #WorkRight


In May 2019, revised definitions of four of the base units of the SI will come into force. The redefinition of the “Kilogram” ensures a stable definition for the unit kilogram. However it also calls for explaining the background and benefits of this revision. METTLER TOLEDO is helping users to understand it better with a free White Paper “Redefinition of 1 kg”.

Redefinition of the SI unit kilogram: Everything is Different, but Nothing Changes - METTLER TOLEDO’s new White Paper explains why. In 1889, the first General Conference of Weights and Measures (GCPM) defined the unit kilogram based upon the mass of the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK), known as the “Paris kilogram”. In November 2018, GCPM formally adopted the new definition and it will be practically implemented from May 2019. The kilogram had been the last measurement unit of the International System of Units (SI) to be defined by a man-made physical body, namely an artefact. However, the problem with this definition is that this physical body, although intended to have a stable mass, actually changes its mass over time. Since this body itself is the reference for all mass measurements, this change cannot be determined by any measurement. From World Metrology Day 2019 (May 20) onwards, the new definition will be in force and the kilogram will be defined in terms of a combination of fundamental constants: the Planck constant, h, which is stable and universally accessible. Until that point in time, h was measured directly linked to the IPK. However, from this date, the definition simply changes its direction. This also implies that the change of definition will not introduce any (step) change in the moment of switching. This major reexamination of the SI since its foundation in 1960 may be perceived as ground-

shaking to the weighing world. However, the goal of this redefinition is to ensure long-term stability and traceability of the unit for mass by making it independent of the material artefact, without affecting calibration or measurements. METTLER TOLEDO delivers a new White Paper based on expert knowledge to help customers find out more about the reasons, methods involved and benefits of redefinition of 1 kilogram. Stay ahead of the changes and learn more by downloading a free White Paper “Redefinition of 1 kg” now.


Reaching new heights of protection from high-level damage Workplace safety innovators, A-SAFE, have re-engineered their Height Restrictor to bring even more customer benefits. A-SAFE is committed to providing workplace protection and safety solutions that are designed to minimise risk, injury and damage. The A-SAFE Height Restrictor offers guidance and physical protection; guarding against damage to vulnerable corners, columns, door openings and overhead assets such as sprinkler systems and ventilation pipes. “The A-SAFE Height Restrictor has proved a popular product since launch. It can be used as a visual aid to direct traffic at the same time protecting surfaces and as flagging up any specific risks at height” reports A-SAFE’s Product Manager; adding “this latest development introduces a new element of modularity. For our global clients this means the product is quicker to ship and quicker to install; reducing delivery and set-up times”. This modularity comes about thanks to two coupling mechanisms:

the iFlex coupling which is a key component of the A-SAFE flexible polymer barrier range, and unique to the company’s energy absorption system; and the new in-line coupling which enables the product to be adapted to the customers’ needs in terms of vertical height. Being easier and quicker to assemble means there is even less disruption to day-to-day activity during the installation process. According to A-SAFE’s Senior Design Engineer, “We are always looking at ways to improve the customer experience. Efficiency is a key driver and therefore anything we can do to minimise disruption to business as usual during installation is a key factor”. Reducing disruption and minimising downtime is an important goal throughout the product’s lifetime. Thanks to A-SAFE’s exclusive self-coloured polymer composition, high visibility is ensured and its

inbuilt strength and durability further supports the ultra-low maintenance solution. The unique composition of the A-SAFE polymer gives the Height Restrictor a unique capacity to flex, absorb impact and dissipate impact forces whilst retaining its integrity. This enables warehouse and factory managers to concentrate on the job at hand, safe in the knowledge the product is working to safeguard the business assets effectively year-on-year. As the inventors of the world’s first industrial strength polymer safety barrier, A-SAFE’s aim across its entire range is to give each customer the tools to create a safer, best practice working environment. The Height Restrictor complements this, and integrates seamlessly into the A-SAFE range of workplace protection solutions; adding valuable protection to busy environments.


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WernerCo appoints APS as exclusive BoSS X Series distributor for UK and Ireland The UK’s leading manufacturer of access equipment, WernerCo, has announced the appointment of Access Platform Sales (APS) as its exclusive distribution partner for its BoSS® X-SERIES in the UK & Ireland.

Both companies have long enjoyed a successful relationship and to formalise its partnership it showcased the micro powered access platforms together at this year’s Executive Hire Show. As part of the new distribution deal, both WernerCo and Cambridgeshirebased APS have launched a new advertising campaign featuring the X-SERIES, which is aimed at the hire and facilities management market. Nick Platt, VP Ops EMEA & Managing Director of WernerCo UK, commented: “We recognise the valuable expertise that APS brings to the supply and servicing of the BoSS® X-SERIES in the UK and Ireland. By having an exclusive

relationship with APS, it allows our customers to benefit enabling us both to present a simpler solution.” The BoSS® X-SERIES from WernerCo is a modern alternative to traditional ladders and steps, offering a high level of safety whilst remaining easy to transport and operate. The range of self-propelled micro-scissor lifts has the benefit of being compact in dimensions, simplicity in operation and offers working heights of up to 5.2m. APS Managing Director, Steve Couling, added: “BoSS® is a great brand and the X-SERIES has proved extremely popular in the push-around sector. By bringing in WernerCo as an exclusive partner it

means we can focus on providing a better level of availability and commitment to this range, thereby giving our customers a better service.” The BoSS® X-SERIES consists of the X3X, which has a maximum platform height of 3.2m and the BoSS® X3 at 2.55m. Both machines allow a safe working load of 240kg and are designed for use indoors in confined spaces as they fit through standard doorways and corridors as well as in passenger lifts. For further information and sales enquiries contact 01480 891 251 or visit


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Why climb when you could walk? Falls from a height stubbornly remain the number one cause of death and injury in the construction industry. Despite a gradual improvement – history has shown us that not enough resources have been put into preventing these incidences – the biggest single factor affecting safety in the industry. Gravity is not something that we think about as we go about our daily lives – even though it is an essential and ever present part of our lives…..and therein lies the rub. We are unable to function without it but as soon as we elevate ourselves off the ground to carry out a task - it becomes a latent danger. The second that we make an error, it impartially, indifferently and ruthlessly takes its toll. The risk is at its greatest wherever the working at height is temporary, that is why construction along with related activities are so severely affected from even a relatively low height fall which can produce serious or devastating injuries. Faced with this – the only logical conclusion is that anything that can be done to reduce or eliminate this risk has to be worthwhile considering. A ladder is an adequate device as a means of access to temporary works in many cases. This is only valid however providing that it is suitably positioned, secured, the user has both hands unencumbered and is focussed on the task of using the ladder. In reality - in a construction environment, these conditions are frequently not met and certainly can almost never be the case where an individual is working from the ladder. Even when selected and positioned to be an access device, the frequent requirement to move materials and tools between levels means that the ladder has the potential to become highly dangerous.


Tools & Equpiment European Work at Height regulations have already begun the push to move from ladders to stairways as a means of access to temporary works. Viewing ladders as “the last choice as a means of access or place of work” – means we can presumably expect any updating of the UK’s WAHR to

follow suit – and rightly so. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on working at height is due to issue their delayed report this month. It will be interesting to see what their document – snappily entitled “Preventing serious injuries and fatalities while working at height” has to say on the subject.

Temporary access stairways allow operatives to walk up a staircase rather than climbing ladders. As well as improving health and safety standards and site working conditions, stairways deliver production, financial and technical benefits.

Made of corrosion resistant, structural quality aluminium extruded profiles for strength and reliability, the Alto Universal Scaffold Stair is a light enough to be handled conveniently, simple and versatile solution to the working scaffolders needs.

As a leader in the provision of safe solutions for working at height, Alto has introduced a portfolio of products which make safety at height easier and more comprehensively available.

Often a tower is the practical solution to safe working at height – the newly re-engineered version of the Alto Stair HD Tower with self-closing intermediate access gates allows options for “odd” heights and an internal balustrade at the working platform.

The Alto Universal scaffold stair unit is an all-aluminium solution for safe, compliant access covering a range of levels in scaffolding that can fit in with the specific site application without the need for a separate stair tower.

The internal balustrade gives convenient, safe and versatile access – with no inconvenient hatches or potentially risky ladders.