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Health & Safety Update | OCTOBER 2020

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Uncompromising workwear that works as hard as you do. High quality garments built with comfort and durability in mind designed for use in all trades. An extensive range of Safety Footwear, Workwear and Accessories to suit a variety of working environments.

SHOP THE WORKWEAR COLLECTION www.jcbworkwear.com TRADE PADDED JACKET The lightweight Padded Jacket has GEO THERM technology, powered by THERMOLITE® benefitting from a high warmth to weight ratio with no compromise on performance. Easy to move in and extremely warm, the outer fabric is mini rip stop to make them suitable for the tough outdoor jobs.

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HORTON HOODIE Made from heavyweight cotton rich fabric, with a front kangaroo style pouch pocket and thumb grips sewn into the cuffs for comfort when stretching. Lined snood style hood with drawstring for added warmth. Available in black and navy.

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A PRODUCT OF HARD WORK ESSENTIAL TROUSER Essential cargo work trousers with multiple pockets and knee pad pockets with Velcro® fastening. Triple stitched flat felled seams and reinforced back hem for durability.

£26.34 inc VAT TRADE PLUS RIP STOP HOLSTER TROUSER Our lightweight JCB Trade work trousers have reinforced CORDURA® holster pockets, multiple pockets ideal storage for tools and accessories and triple stitched flat felled seams for durability. With CORDURA® fabric around the bottom of the hem and a reinforced gusset for added durability.

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HYDROMASTER SAFETY WELLINGTON The S5 rated waterproof safety wellington with steel toecap protection and steel midsole is versatile and suitable for a vast range of farming and industrial applications. Wide fitting with a padded insock for consistent comfort over long periods. This style is rated SRC, the top rating for slip resistance under the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard.

EN ISO 20345:2011 S5 SRC

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3CX WATERPROOF SAFETY HIKER BOOT With a waterproof lining, this safety hiker boot stands up to wet working conditions. A composite toecap and midsole makes this style incredibly lightweight which makes being on your feet all day more comfortable. The 3CX has an oil resistant outsole and external toe protection adds to it’s durability. Also available in black.

EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 WR SRA

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BACKHOE SAFETY BOOT This lightweight water repellent black action nubuck boot has a high spec S3 safety rating. The highly durable composite toecap and midsole provide a lightweight, sure-footed feel even with the external heavy-duty scuff cap & heel protection. This style is rated SRC, the top rating for slip resistance under the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard with an oil-resistant outsole.

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The future of health and safety training for the construction industry We’ve sat down for a Q&A with SAMS Limited Operations and training Director Lee Sadd to see how his health and safety training company have dealt with educating people and companies on a variety of courses. Q: Hi Lee, Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Our first question is how are things going for SAMS since we’ve come out of lockdown and people have gone back to work. A: It was a very difficult period from March to May when we were at the height of lockdown. I had to make the decision to furlough all of my employees like many other businesses. Since then we have adapted our training outlay and opposed to clients coming into our offices we’ve taken quick and decisive action to go online for 7 of our most prominent courses which in include CITB, IOSH and NEBOSH training. Luckily after May and the introduction of online training we have had a positive upturn in business. Q: What lead you to moving the course online as we know previously CITB was only a faceto-face option? A: The great news for us was that CITB made the decision to move their courses online, which was crucial to SAMS. I think this was a major step in the right direction and massively helped us to

sustain custom over lockdown. With our clients a majority of them are in the construction industry and continued to work even when other sectors were on hold. So the training requirement was still there and we actually saw an increase after May as sadly many people who’s jobs had been lost due to the pandemic moved into our industry, as it was still vibrant. Another successful course, which we are proud to offer, is our mental health first aid training. With the current situation it has left a lot of people needing assistance so we were so pleased to help guide companies and people through this. Q: How do your clients find the online training? A: They love it! It’s great for them as they can learn from us in the comfort of their own homes. I’ve noticed that people are more willing to speak up through the course online as opposed to in person. It also really helps the UK as no travel is required. What’s been great for us is we can now train people all over Great Britain. We’ve had clients from as far as Scotland attend our courses. I do miss the faceto-face interaction but over the last few months we have successfully

made a safe and covid secure workspace, which will mean from October 1st we can welcome people back to our HQ in Manston. Q: Do you think Zoom training for this sector is here to stay? A: In short, I don’t know. I think the CITB have been fantastic in how they have allowed the training to be completed remotely so that students can earn the qualifications required to carry out their role. The feedback we have from people has been brilliant and that cannot be ignored. However at the same time if awarding bodies decide face-to-face is the best way to be educated they will revert. In my personal opinion I think it will stay as the last 6 months have show that it works. From a business perspective we find the online course very fruitful as we have a much larger reach of people that we can train. We’re looking forward to January 2021 as we resume our classroom NEBOSH training that is a great course for aspiring safety professionals. For more information on the online training course offered by SAMS Ltd please visit www.samsltd.co.uk or call 01843 821406.


WELCOME October 2020

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Stay Safe with Snickers Workwear protective wear solutions for Men and Women

8 10 O’Donovan Waste receives RoSPA Award for health and safety achievements

14 ‘X-TREME’ 4-WAY STRETCH FLEXIBLE COMFORT FROM ENGEL WORKWEAR

Snickers Workwear NEW POLARTEC® POWER STRETCH® Jackets and Fleeces – the ‘Sustainable’ Choice


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INDUSTRY NEWS

Understand the Risks On Site – Protect Your Staff! Peter Dumigan is managing director of the Hultafors Group UK, owners of Snickers Workwear, which has recently launched the ProtecWork range of Protective Wear. He writes: The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 stipulate that: Every employer shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to his employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work except where and to the extent that such risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective. What does this mean for Workwear? Workwear as a form of PPE generally includes safety glasses, face shields, hard hats, safety shoes, insulating (rubber) gloves plus clothing more commonly known as Protective Wear. As working clothes go, there’s a big difference between conventional Workwear and specialist Protective Wear. Over the years, workwear has evolved to make your working day more comfortable and efficient, with built-in functionality for tools and fixings, as well as protection against cold, rain and the effects of warm weather. Protective Wear, which can have one or more CE (European Conformity) marks is significantly more specialist and has been developed to protect the wearer from serious risks such as heat, flames, mechanical hazards electric arcs, hazardous chemicals – and even the weather! In effect, it’s a type of clothing that can mean the difference between life and death for the wearer. Protective Wear has to be certified against Regulation (EU) 2016/425, which determines the fundamental safety and protection requirements with which clothing has to comply. The product certification process for this regulation includes the independent testing and accreditation of a product’s functionality and performance. This is carried out against a pre-determined set of standards and technical specifications that are designed to ensure a user’s safety and security. It’s a complex process that requires a considerable investment in time,

resources and money on the part of the product developer who, on successful completion, is required to affix the CE mark to the product as a visible indication of conformity with the fundamental accreditation requirements. The types of testing vary from one certification to another. For protective wear, the higher the protection category, the more complex is the testing process, which for protective wear, primarily focuses on garment fabrics. For instance, Snickers Workwear’s new, ergonomically designed ProtecWork clothing manufactured for welding and allied processes is tested to measure the ability of the garment to protect against ignition from various heat sources, such as open flames, molten iron splash and contact heat. The ProtecWork clothing that safeguards against the thermal hazards of an electric arc is tested and certified to eliminate second-degree burns in the event of an electric arc flash. Risk environments and CE protection categories. In order to meet the protective requirements of a specific risk area, protective wear is divided into three categories - the higher the category

number, the higher the level of protection. Category I covers exposure to minimal risks, and for this category there are CE standards such as EN 343 (rain protection) and EN 14058 (cold protection). Category II includes exposure to medium risks, for instance EN 20471 for high visibility clothing. Category III covers exposure to serious risks, which include major hazards such as electric arcs and molten metal splashes or liquid chemicals. CE protection categories for ProtecWork Protective Wear EN 14404 - Knee protection. This standard stipulates the size, force distribution, penetration resistance and user testing of kneepads. “We use Type 2 knee protectors for our products” says Peter Dumigan. “The knee protection is integrated with the trousers, which means that wherever you go, your knees are always protected. The knee protectors and the trousers are co-certified, ensuring safe and secure protection”. EN 342 - Protective clothing against cold.


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INDUSTRY NEWS IEC 61482-2 specifies requirements for clothing protecting against the thermal hazards of an electric arc. These clothes belong to the Risk III category, which defines garments used in highrisk environments, and are certified to eliminate second-degree burns in the event of an electric arc flash (flashover). EN 388 - Protective gloves against mechanical risks. This standard applies to all kinds of protective gloves in respect of physical and mechanical aggressions caused by abrasion, blade cut, tear, puncture and, if applicable, impact.

EN 342 specifies the requirements and performance of clothing designed to protect against cooling of the body in cold environments. Wearing several layers is a great way of increasing insulation and enhancing protection against the cold. A layered outfit also makes it easy to adjust to rapid temperature changes. Remember that sweating should be avoided during continuous cold exposure, since moisture absorption will progressively reduce insulation. EN 343 - Protective clothing against rain. Rain doesn’t only make you wet, but also cold, hampering your work performance. EN 343 specifies the performance and requirements of clothing protecting against rain and vapour. The standard defines the water penetration resistance of the garment’s fabric and seams and water vapour resistance. EN ISO 20471 - High visibility clothing. EN ISO 20471 specifies requirements for clothing capable of signaling the user’s presence visually. Performance requirements are included for color and retro reflection as well as for minimum areas and for the disposition of fluorescent and reflective materials. EN ISO 11611 - Protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes. EN 11611 specifies material performance and design requirements for clothing developed to protect against heat and flame and welding - both lower levels of spatter (splashes of molten metal) and radiant heat, also more hazardous welding techniques and situations, which produce higher levels of spatter and radiant heat. EN 13034 - Protective clothing against liquid chemicals. EN 13034 targets situations in which

EN407 - Protective gloves against thermal risks.

the wearer relatively easily can step out from the risk environment and quickly remove the garment. Typical professions include truck drivers who drive gasoline transports and service technicians who occasionally handles lubricants, acids etc. For tougher environments with higher risks, higher protection garments are required. EN ISO 11612 - Protective clothing against heat and flame. EN 11612 specifies performance for clothing designed to protect from heat and/or flame (not including protection for firefighters and welders). The standard indicates protection against ignition from various heat sources – flames, molten splashes and contact heat for instance. To ensure full protection, the head, neck, hands and feet must be covered with other approved protective clothing. EN ISO 14116 - Protective clothing against flame. EN 14116 specifies the performance of protective clothing for workers exposed to occasional brief contact with open flames with no other thermal risks. EN 1149-5 - Protective clothing electrostatic properties. EN 1149-5 specifies material performance and design requirements for protective clothing with electrostatic properties. These protective clothes are designed to avoid the risk of incendiary discharge (the formation of sparks), when for example an elbow or a knee is brushed against a wall or similar surface/object. IEC 61482-2 - Protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc.

This standard specifies thermal performance for protective gloves against heat and/or fire. EN 511 - Protective gloves against cold. This standard applies to any gloves to protect the hands against convective and contact cold down to –50 °C. Avoid Injury – work safely, ensure your whole outfit offers proper protection “Working in high-risk environments involves, as the name implies, high-risk levels”, says Peter Dumigan. “So it’s vital that you – the buyer - carry out a proper risk assessment from which you’ll be able to choose the right protective wear to ensure the safety and well-being of your employees on site”. “To be able to properly identify what protection you need, you have to know what risks you, your employees or your workmates face. Importantly, each working situation will have its own required minimum protection depending on the risk situation”. “Never assume that a Category I garment will protect against the more serious hazards and risks defined in Category III. It wont and you’ll be putting your employees at serious risk if you think it will”. “That means understanding the hazards and risks of a specific working environment or knowing the risk level before starting work and therefore providing appropriate clothing and PPE accessories”. Snickers Workwear is able to provide a full advice service to compliment the ProtecWork product range. For more information check out www.snickersworkwear.co.uk


IS YOUR FLAT ROOF ESTATE...

AN ASSET OR A LIABILITY? The Government’s response to the Naylor Review acknowledged the importance of the collection of data to support strategic estate planning and stated:

reducing backlog maintenance not only provides a safer and higher quality estate but reduces running costs in the longer term.

A roof is a significant ‘out-of-sight’ asset and when its condition is unknown, often issues can develop over time. Easily accessible data is a crucial element in managing any estate. Without reliable data, any long-term strategic approach is unattainable and the management of the estate budget is rendered a purely reactive one.

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Langley provides a long-term approach by creating a full asset management plan for your flat roof estate by carrying out a comprehensive roof condition survey. The data gathered then supports preventative planning and cost-effective budget management, this is achieved by minimising the risk of sudden unexpected remedial expenditure.

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HOW TO ENSURE A ROBUST AND SAFE FLAT ROOF SYSTEM SPECIFICATION The White Paper, supported by Zurich, covers: Regulations, Broof(t4) classification, fire performance materials, the risk of non-compliance and specifying the correct system.


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A GUIDE TO FIRE SAFE ROOF SPECIFICATIONS Here, Daren Fraser, Head of Technical at Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd, explains the fire classification that is required to comply with current Building Regulations and offers advice on how to ensure a safe and durable flat roof specification, which can be trusted to resist the spread of fire. Since the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Government has published its draft ‘Building Safety Bill’ (July:2020) incorporating elements from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review. The changes to requirements have been vast, with a predominant focus on building safety standards. These changes have been described by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, as the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years.” Occupant safety is of vital importance, and the bill will look to entitle powers to the Building Safety Regulator, that will highlight failures in breaching compliance to Building Regulations.

resistance of building materials based on this distance. Compliant classification The external fire performance of a roofing material can be identified by European classification test standards BS EN13501-5, which classify roof systems into five categories based on their performance. Broof, Croof, Droof, Eroof and Froof, with B the highest fire resistant rating. Further to this, testing is carried out to meet individual legislative requirements for each country - t1 for Germany, t2 for Scandinavia, t3 for France and t4 specific to the UK.

Understanding Approved Document B Approved Document B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations is a vital reference document and should be used for guidance in mitigating fire risks in all areas of the building in line with Building Regulations. Section B4 ‘External Fire Spread’ focuses specifically on ‘resisting fire spread from one building to another’ and details the associated hazards. For roofs, one risk is that airborne material or heat from a nearby fire may cause the roof to ignite. To improve safety, Approved Document B (Edition 2019) states the minimum distances between buildings and the required fire

The specified test for the UK has two stages designed to meet the stricter requirements demanded by UK regulations. If the system passes the required criteria, it receives Broof(t4) classification. A Broof(t4) classified system is referred to as ‘unrestricted’ or ‘low vulnerability’ and therefore has no minimum distance requirement between adjacent buildings. Whereas specific guidance in relation to different building types might provide an opportunity to specify a roofing system with a lower fire rating than Broof(t4), this is not recommended. The distances stated in the regulations are designed to protect the roof and building from the risk of fire spreading from other structures but do not account for any other ignition sources that may be closer to the building. Anything less than a system that meets the Broof(t4) classification means that the building or buildings are more susceptible to fire risks. System Approach Another factor to consider is that fire resistance classifications apply to the whole roof system, rather than

individual components. This means that, if the system has only been tested and passed with a specific type and thickness of insulation, for example, it is dangerous to assume that that system will still perform as expected if the insulation type or thickness differs from that tested - this applies to any of the components that make up the system. A particular risk is that the substituted components are more combustible than the ones tested and therefore pose a significant fire risk if installed. Independent Certification Once a system has been specified for a new or refurbishment project, Facilities Managers can review the considered solution, on whether it is safe and compliant, through documentation supplied by the manufacturer/supplier. This should include details of independent certification, such as BBA certification, or a fire test certificate via the fire testing organisation. These will detail whether the system has Broof(t4) classification and whether the components specified match those detailed within the independent certification. If not, it may mean the system is not compliant to current Building Regulations. Fire safety is a crucial consideration when selecting a flat roof system. Specifications incorporating components that have been fully tested as part of a system will ensure peace of mind that the flat roof solution is safe and compliant. Langley is a 100% Hackitt Supporter. Further information on Approved Document B and safe and durable flat roof specifications, attend their CPD webinar titled ‘Mitigating Fire in Flat Roofing’. It is delivered live and can be booked via www.langley.co.uk/cpdpresentations

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O’Donovan Waste receives RoSPA Award for health and safety achievements O’Donovan Waste Disposal, a leading family-run waste management business based in London, is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards. O’Donovan, who operate with 185 employees and run a fleet of 100 lorries, has received a RoSPA Silver Health and Safety Award for working hard to ensure its team get home safely to their families at the end of every working day. Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longestrunning H&S industry awards. Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director, said: “We are extremely proud to have been presented with a silver RoSPA Award. This recognises our ongoing commitment to deliver a safe working environment for our much valued team and demonstrates our continuous dedication to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. The RoPSA awards are known as ‘the toughest health and safety awards in the world’ so it is a huge achievement for us to receive one.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety. “RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.” The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management, safety delivered outside of the workplace, and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international organisation, new entry, workforce involvement, leisure organisation, and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy. Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2020 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 15th consecutive year. For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards


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Snickers Workwear NEW POLARTEC® POWER STRETCH® Jackets and Fleeces – the ‘Sustainable’ Choice.

Sharp, stylish looks and market-leading recycled POLARTEC® fabric technology make these a must for the autumn on site or outdoor leisurewear. Snickers Workwear continues to lead the way with working clothes that have an ergonomic design, superb functionality and fit – for both craftsmen and women. The versatile FLEXIWork full-stretch jackets, deliver a tight, body-hugging fit with efficient moisture transportation and durable shape retention plus great freedom of movement. There’s also long johns to match for full body insulation. The AllroundWork fleeces and bodywarmers – made from 80% recycled polyester - are packed

warmth and comfort to keep your body warm or comfortably cool when you most need it. Fashionable and functional, they combine practicality with street-smart looks and the right kind of sustainable choice Getting information on the Snickers’ new POLARTEC ® garments is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk


COVID SECURE Online Ordering for Prescription Protective Eyewear Our fully digital EyeTicket programme is a market leading, online ordering solution. It cuts out face-to-face interaction and the transfer of paper order forms between employees when raising a prescription eyewear order. This will not only reduce any risk of spreading the virus but also allow your organisation to function as normal when employees require their new safety glasses. Whether you’re working from the office or at home, you can issue EyeTickets directly to your employees with the reassurance that their eyesight isn’t being compromised. All you

need is your employee’s name, mobile phone number or email address and postcode (to find their local optician) and within seconds their EyeTicket will be delivered directly to them. In addition, we know we can reduce your administration and save you time managing a corporate safety eyecare program. At the same

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Stay Safe with Snickers Workwear protective wear solutions for Men and Women Snickers Workwear –Your Health, Your Safety, Your Wellbeing On Site. Long working days and cheap uncomfortable clothing makes Snickers Workwear’s protective wear range the better-informed choice for men and women working in hazardous environments and inclement weather. There’s a comprehensive selection of ergonomically designed Base-, Mid- and Top-layer clothes, certified as appropriate for different risks at work to ensure comfort, health and workforce-wellbeing all day, every day. The new range also includes waterproof and windproof AllroundWork Hi-Vis Jackets that provide protection in low-light, high-risk environments. So, whatever the hazard on site, the Snickers Workwear HiVis collection and ProtecWork range can provide a protective wear solution to provide maximum, certified protection whatever the risks on site. Getting information on the NEW Snickers Workwear new Protective Wear is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk



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‘X-TREME’ 4-WAY STRETCH FLEXIBLE COMFORT FROM ENGEL WORKWEAR Recognised for its comprehensive range of well fitting, stylish and practical workwear, Danish manufacturer ENGEL build further on their reputation in the UK with the introduction of their new ‘X-Treme’ 4 - Way Stretch’ work trousers. Designed to allow as much flexibility as possible whilst kneeling or bending, the slim-fit trousers feature a 4-way stretch ‘breathable’, cooling fabric which quickly absorbs and dries light perspiration. The knee-pad pockets are reinforced with hard wearing Kevlar Teramid and have two options for pad height adjustment; in addition to the many useful pockets for keeping essential tools and accessories immediately to hand, some of which have either Velcro or zip closures, optional hanging tool pockets can be attached to the

waist; the trousers also have extra deep hems so that lengths can be increased if required. Made from 73% nylon, 17% cotton and 10% elastine, the ‘Engel X-Treme 4-Way Stretch’ work trousers are available in a variety of colour combinations and in all popular sizes. For more information contact Gareth Bladen – email: gbl@f-engel.com Telephone: +44(0) 7759 520034 or visit: www.engel.eu/en


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Knee and body protection from Redbacks Cushioning Redbacks Cushioning Limited, developers of the award winning, ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology offers a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling

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he Redbacks Pocket Kneepad, specifically designed to fit work trousers, features a flexible leaf-spring held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix which unlike foam or gel ensures a high compression rate and 100% recovery to its original shape. This combination and the inherent ‘memory’ aspect gives unique controlled weight distribution; the deceleration of pressure protects both the knees and body from potentially damaging impact forces and gives long lasting, anti-fatigue support; traditional foam or gel solutions create point-pressure which focus the force or energy to a point which is then transmitted back into the knee joint and beyond. Easy to slide in and curved to fit comfortably around the knee, the water-resistant pads which conform to CE EN14404 Type 2 Level 1 help to protect against possible injury from sharp objects, wick away sweat and provide thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces; they are machine washable at 30°c and 100% recyclable. For more information or to become a supplier visit www.redbackscushioning.com email: sales@redbackscushioning.com or telephone: 01327 702104


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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

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Over 5,000 people die in the UK each year due to asbestos related diseases. It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with the relevant asbestos training. Asbestos can be found in many products used in building materials and may also be present in soils and surrounding grounds.

Have you received asbestos training? UK Asbestos Training Association “UKATA” sets standards in asbestos training and ensures that its members meet those standards. Book with a UKATA Approved asbestos training provider using the nationwide directory online at www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

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SBES Space-Bit the Social Distancing Wrist Band Introducing the SBES Space-Bit, the wristband which alerts and traces if workers get in each other’s safe-space. It is perfect for all work environments. Should two wearers become closer than 2 metres the SBES Space-Bit will vibrate and has an LED to alert the users to separate. Each SBES Space-Bit will automatically store the ID and contact dates of each alert. It has a rechargeable lithium battery and a full charge lasts up to 72 hours. The SBES Space-Bit is IP67 Waterproof and dust resistant plus CE, FCC and FDA Certified. Contact Tracking • Each wristband has a unique MAC address • It records every person wearing an SBES Space-Bit who comes into close contact • Up to 20,000 Contact records stored • Transfer contact records storage to APP via Bluetooth® BLE 5.0

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Health & Safety Update Recommended Suppliers

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- The Lone Worker Alarm Company

Our in-depth Knowledge of the issues surrounding lone workers and emergency response systems is based on many years of experience in consultation, research, design, implementation, management and support. The unique SBES lone worker alarm systems have been developed over the last two decades, enabling us to provide the most expert service and system solutions available in today’s industries. SBES’s commitment to lone worker protection is second to none. We have systems to suit all sizes of companies, so whether you’re a single user or a global company, we have the best lone worker protection available

With over 30 years of experience, and installations in over 20 countries, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automatic safety and slatted covers for swimming pools. PoolLock Automatic Covers offer you the safest, most convenient, most reliable and energy-efficient way to cover your pool.e

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Redbacks Cushioning - Innovative products built to make you last Redbacks® was formed in 2011 in order to develop our cushioning invention for which we now hold a number of international patents.

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Vicaima unexpected harmony Established in 1959, Vicaima have been supplying quality interior timber doors and door assemblies to the UK market for over 25 years. From its European HQ in Portugal, products are sent to be enhanced and distributed by the Vicaima Limited manufacturing and warehouse facility in Swindon, Wiltshire to developers, merchants and clients nationwide.

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