Health & Safety Update - January 2020

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Health & Safety Update | JANUARY 2020

Industry News - Safety & Security - PPE - Tools & Equipment

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ToolWatch App launches to combat tool theft epidemic in construction industry • ToolWatch App has achieved certification to BSI Kitemark™ for Secure Digital Applications • ToolWatch App effective in any industry sector affected by equipment or tool theft • ToolWatch to be made available to schools, colleges, health authorities and emergency services free of charge The ToolWatch App – which aims to fight tool theft in the construction industry, assist police in returning stolen goods to their owners and save business owners’ time and money is launched today. Recognizing the need for this ground-breaking new app to be trusted by tradespeople, businesses and police, the ToolWatch App has become the first such app to receive BSI’s Secure Digital Applications Kitemark. This mark of trust gives assurance that the app will work as intended with the appropriate security controls in place to protect user data and will be supported effectively going forward. In addition, the ToolWatch App has been accredited by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, for meeting its Police Preferred Specification to deter and reduce crime to protect people, possessions and buildings. SBD works on behalf of the Police Service and is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security products in the UK.

Alan Brett, co-founder of the ToolWatch App said: “For construction workers, the ToolWatch App gives them the reassurance and security, that if their tools are stolen and found by the police, they will get them back. “But the ToolWatch App will also be effective for all business and industries with equipment that is liable to be stolen – so it has huge potential in the fight against crime.”

The ToolWatch App has been developed to help fight the war on tool theft. As a recent survey by business insurers, Simply Business found earlier this year, one in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing an average of £3,000 in lost earnings (£870) as well as the cost of replacing the tools (£2,135). (1)

The ToolWatch story

The ToolWatch App is a low-cost subscription app service which once downloaded, registers a tool’s serial number and make. Users take a photo of the tool and upload it to a secure private profile, which can easily be amended or updated. The police have access to their own separate secure interface which allows them to check immediately whether a tool has been stolen.

Alan’s insurance company wouldn’t pay out as they couldn’t prove which van the tools were in, so Alan was left to cover the cost of the stolen tools, leaving him out of pocket for the loss of his tools and earnings. With no way of recovering the tools, or identifying their owner, the idea behind the ToolWatch App was born to help combat the theft of tools and van break-ins,

Founded by Alan Brett and Chris Tattum, the idea for the ToolWatch App came about after Alan, who runs his own building business, had £8,000 worth of tools stolen from one of his vans in 2017.

1. Survey was undertaken by Simply Business in August 2019 of 1,000 tradespeople across the UK:


If a tradesperson sells their tools to a subscribed member, they can easily transfer ownership using the ToolWatch App. If the new owner is not subscribed, then the tool is marked sold. Alan Brett, co-founder, ToolWatch App said: “We’re delighted to have been certified by BSI and receive our certificate from the organization in November at LondonBuild Expo, and we’re pleased to have worked so closely with BSI and SBD on testing. “With tool theft up 30% year-on-year (Simply Business), and a van being broken into once every 23 minutes, there is no doubt that business owners and crime fighters are crying out for help to tackle this epidemic. “We’ve been working closely with the police forces so ToolWatch App can realise its full potential and help stop van thefts. “ToolWatch is dedicated to supporting the community and will be making the app available to schools, colleges, health authorities and emergency services by allowing them to safeguard their equipment free of charge.”

which now occurs, according to police figures once every 23 minutes. (2)

Police benefits With the increase in tool theft, the ToolWatch App is an important asset for the police and has been welcomed by SBD, which works with police forces around the country to prevent crime. SBD believes the App provides an opportunity for tradespeople and business owners to work in partnership with the police to deter theft. Once an item is recovered, using a simple 3-step process which takes just a few seconds, a police officer can check ToolWatch to see whether a tool has been stolen, view the owner’s details and inform the owner via ToolWatch that their property has been recovered. This is done with a notification sent automatically informing the owner of the contact details of the relevant police force. Similarly, if a police officer carries out a vehicle stop, or finds someone selling tools at a car boot sale, they can check who the owner of the tool is by name and photograph, by simply entering the serial number and make on ToolWatch.

Business benefits Alongside the security and protection ToolWatch offers to construction workers, it also aids tradespeople within the industry. If a tradesperson is about to buy a secondhand tool, they can check whether it is stolen by typing in the serial number into ToolWatch which will show whether it has been reported stolen.

Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director at BSI comments: “The BSI Secure Digital Applications Kitemark was developed to help consumers confidently and easily identify websites or apps they can trust with their financial and/or personal details. “Achieving certification to the Kitemark involved the rigorous and independent testing of the ToolWatch App, so construction professionals can rest assured in the knowledge that the necessary security controls are in place for the information that is being handled. “It was an honour to present the certificate at LondonBuild Expo – ToolWatch should be delighted with what they have achieved.” SBD Development Officer Lyn Poole, who is on secondment to SBD from the Metropolitan Police, said: “We are delighted to have worked with ToolWatch and BSI and awarded police accreditation to the ToolWatch App for its capability to deter and reduce crime. “Tool theft is a problem and we welcome any product that will help police forces return recovered stolen tools to their rightful owners. We understand tool theft is costly for victims in terms of replacement and loss of earnings. We hope the ToolWatch App is used widely by tradespeople and others as well as police forces to combat tool theft.” Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Secured by Design said: “ToolWatch is our first SBD member company to have an app that has achieved the BSI Kitemark. We encourage police forces to make full use of this product’s capability to combat tool theft because we want it to lead to victims getting back their possessions and to assist with police enquiries into stolen property.”

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Is workplace noise making men less tolerant? Today, UK acoustics specialist Oscar Acoustics released findings from its research into the effects of noise on men and women in the workplace and found some striking differences between the sexes. Men react dramatically According to our research men are 20% more likely to react to noise in the workplace than women, sometimes dramatically. Some may be surprised to learn that men are twice as likely to ask for a quieter desk, but when scanning down the results, things get a lot more interesting. Men are also four times more likely to leave passive aggressive notes and startlingly six times more likely to resort to violence! These extreme reactions to excessive noise probably explain why 21% of men have poor relationships with their colleagues. Women on the other hand seem much calmer as half don’t react at all to loud noises. In fact men are just as likely to snap at co-workers as women are to simply wear headphones to counteract noise.

Ben Hancock, managing director of Oscar Acoustics, comments “Seeing how noise affects men and women differently is certainly eye-opening. What’s even more worrying, is the lack of parity between men and women when it comes to concerns being addressed. Is this part of a wider trend where bosses are not listening enough to the workplace concerns of women? Employers need to be aware of how a loud space can affect each individual on the payroll, and make sure everyone’s perceptions and experiences are taken into account. “Failure to do so will have commercial repercussions. A half of men and women polled say that excessive workplace noise is ruining their productivity. Treating everyone equally will ultimately boost your bottom line.”

Key Findings: •

Employers are failing to listen equally It appears that attitudes of bosses differs between the sexes. Why are a quarter of men reporting that their employer takes the issue very seriously, whilst less than a tenth of women say this is true? On top of this, only a third of women say their employer has taken action to protect them from noise (by installing insulation, cubicles or even firing offenders), compared to over a half of men.

Men can be significantly more violent; they’re six times as likely as women to get physical with a colleague over noise. They’re also: •

Three times as likely to snap at their boss

Four times as likely to leave passive aggressive notes

Five times as likely to quit their job

21% of men have poor relations with colleagues because of noise

Two-thirds of women say their employer has done nothing to protect them from noise. However over a half of men have been shielded against workplace din by their boss.



RRC LAUNCH NEW COURSE: NEBOSH Safety Simplified RRC are the UK’s largest provider of health & safety and environmental management training qualifications, and we are delighted to announce the launch of this new health & safety course. Safety Simplified has been created by NEBOSH and utilises the concept of augmented reality (AR) to bring safety learning to life. This three day course aims to get every member of the workplace involved in health and safety. The ultimate aim is to drive down incidents by ensuring workplace staff are provided with accessible, practical health and safety training.

is also available via online study which can be accessed worldwide. In-Company delivery can be arranged and tailored to your company’s specific needs, no matter the location.

Safety Simplified is suitable for those working in every sector, and requires minimal set-up. The courses uses real-life case studies along with numerous safety issues covered in the AR re-enactments, including noise, vibration, desk working, mechanical hazards and manual handling. Learners will also complete a simple risk assessment.

Gary Fallaize, RRC Managing Director commented: ‘’The Safety Simplified course will inspire a revolution in health and safety training and how it is delivered. Using AR technology helps learners understand the practical reality of health and safety; and workplaces will be able to measure success after training members of staff by driving down incidents, absenteeism and a reduction in illness and injury.’’

The Safety Simplified course is available now, RRC currently have six UK training centres running this course. It

For further information: call +44(0)20 8944 3100:email, or visit

Construction industry shows support for new Common Assessment Standard The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process. According to CHAS, which was the first recognised assessment body to certify companies against the new Common Assessment Standard, over 30 of the construction industry’s biggest names have announced their support for the scheme since it was launched in May 2019. At the same time interest among contractors, who recognise early sign up as an opportunity to get ahead of their competition, is extremely high. Led by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), the Common Assessment Standard replaces a multitude of prequalification schemes with a simplified process based on a single industry-agreed questionnaire. Once the new system is fully up and running it will be the primary route to prequalification in construction replacing the need for clients to specify a specific assessment body. Meanwhile contractors will only need one annual assessment, saving both parties time and money. The Common Assessment Standard is based on existing PQ questionnaires, including PAS 91, but its

remit is broader, covering topics including Modern Slavery, Finances, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, reflecting an overall drive towards more stringent supply chain standards that reflect recent changes and priorities in the marketplace. CHAS Managing Director, Ian McKinnon said: “CHAS is the first recognised assessment body to certify companies against the Common Assessment Standard living up to our reputation for leading the way in driving standards in prequalification. “CHAS is very proud to be at the forefront of the new scheme working with some of the biggest names in the industry. With a reputation for providing the best service at the best value CHAS is committed to making accreditation as accessible as possible. Equally for contractors who require additional support CHAS has a package of membership offerings designed to help their clients to be the best.”



ABLOY UK HONOURS D15 LOCKSMITHS WITH ISIA AWARD Abloy UK has presented D15 Locksmiths with the Locksmith Of The Year Award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2019, held at the Powerscourt Hotel and Resort Spa, Co. Wicklow. This annual event celebrates the success of the ISIA’s member companies, their dedication to delivering exceptional service to clients, and their commitment to innovation and outstanding service delivery. The awards also provide an opportunity to recognise those organisations and individuals that contribute to safety and security. The ISIA Locksmith of the Year award recognises the importance and vital contribution made by locksmiths to both domestic and commercial security. With a focus on customer service, quality and expertise, the winner of this award is selected through the assessment of a case study submission combined with responses submitted through an online customer survey. Nominees for this award are measured across a range of areas such as professionalism, customer service, quality of work and technical knowledge. This year three locksmiths were shortlisted – Crothers Security, and winners D15 Locksmiths.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, presented the award to Brian Molloy of D15 Locksmiths, a family owned, family run business that boasts highly trained and skilled technicians with a wealth of experience. Pat said: “It was our pleasure to sponsor the ISIA Locksmith of the Year award again this year, it’s a great venue and we were impressed with the quality of the shortlisted companies. We’re delighted to have presented D15 Locksmiths with this award, and on behalf of Abloy UK I wish Brian and his team every success in the future.” Sean Leavy, President of the ISIA, added: “People are at the heart of security and recognising the contribution that they make is vital. Showcasing the individuals who have established successful careers in our industry and are flourishing, helps us to attract future candidates of a high calibre to our industry.” For further information on products and services available from Abloy, visit, call 01902 364 500, or email



Revealed The UK is the Safest Country in Europe to Work in The experts at safety equipment retailer Vizwear have explored the most recent data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and found that of all the countries in Europe, the UK is the safest one to work in. The statistics show the total number of workplace fatalities of each country and has discovered that the UK is performing much more safely than our European neighbours. On the other hand, the worst offenders for workplace fatalities in Europe are: 1. Luxembourg - 5.02 (deaths per 100,000 employees) 2. Malta - 4.19 (deaths per 100,000 employees) 3. Estonia - 3.38 (deaths per 100,000 employees) 4. France - 3.32 (deaths per 100,000 employees) 5. Lithuania - 3.30 (deaths per 100,000 employees)

What do the workers think of this? An international survey to determine the levels of health and safety across Europe asked workers in each European country a number of questions, including whether or not they felt as though their health or safety was at risk because of their work. Unsurprisingly, nations with a higher risk of fatal injuries in the workplace were more likely to respond that they did indeed feel at risk when at work, including Luxembourg (27%), Malta (27%), Estonia (33%), France (34%) and Lithuania (28%). In comparison, when UK employees were asked the same question, only 18% felt as though their health or safety was at risk when they’re at work.

Why is the UK such a safe place to work? Data from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work found that the UK was ranked fourth in Europe for the frequency of its risk assessments (91.9% of businesses). It was closely beaten to the podium by Denmark (92%), Slovenia (94.2%) and Italy (94.6%).

“It’s not surprising that the UK is performing well,” says Daniel Ure from PPE experts Vizwear. “Health and safety is something this country takes very seriously and businesses have steadily become savvier with the correct ways to protect their workers”. “All careers pose their own risks and dangers to employees, which is why it’s so important for all business owners to assess the risks, not just construction companies or manufacturers”.



A first for Hubtex UK Specialist supplier becomes first manufacturer to achieve FLTA Member Audit compliance As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialised electric multidirectional sideloaders, order picking solutions and equipment for handling bulky loads, Hubtex has an outstanding reputation to maintain. Which is why the company opted to participate in the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Member Audit, and is delighted to be the first manufacturer to meet the compliance standard. “Customers demand higher standards than ever before,” explains Tim Pick, UK Operations and Aftersales Manager at Hubtex UK. “We work in very specialised markets and our customers have specific requirements because of the nature of the goods they handle. This includes having to meet stringent Health and Safety regulations. The Audit is important because it provides clear evidence that we work to demonstrably high standards and gives our customers peace of mind by adding a vital extra link in their chain of traceability and accountability.” Created specifically for the materials handling sector, the FLTA Audit is a strictly confidential process that involves a physical on-site visit to inspect more than 100 criteria across the areas of safety, environmental procedures and best practice. “We believe that visiting the company’s premises is essential,” explains Tim Waples, Chief Executive of the FLTA. “Some accreditations involve an online questionnaire, but we consider this to be open to falsification. For an accreditation to have real credibility and integrity there is no substitute for a site visit.” To date, around one-third of the FLTA’s membership have completed the Audit and although there was some trepidation initially, feedback among participants has been overwhelmingly positive. “The Audit proved a real eye-opener,” acknowledges Tim Pick. “The FLTA’s Quality Manager was very knowledgeable and passed on a great deal of information that has helped us to improve a number of procedures. Importantly for the smooth-running of our business, it was carried out in a very professional and supportive manner with minimal disruption.

“It has also had a knock-on benefit to the forklift dealers who sell and service our equipment. We have been able to pass on resources to them and share insights gained through the Audit process, helping them to work more efficiently, safely and profitably. “You’re blinkered if you think you don’t need to meet the standards the Audit works to. Truck users are increasingly Health and Safety driven and if you can’t demonstrate that you meet their requirements, you won’t even make the short-list of suppliers. “I think the Audit is beneficial not only for us as a business, but also for the industry as a whole. Companies of every size should be making the effort to ensure they comply with Health and Safety requirements.” To find an accredited supplier, visit the FLTA website: The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on forklift trucks. For more information, please visit or call 01635 277577.


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.

The Emergency Bolt Company Ltd, Unit 6, Vennland Business Park, Mart Road, Minehead, TA24 5BJ. Tel: 01643 709591 Email: 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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Head and Eye Protection become one with the new EVO®VISTA™ Helmet from JSP

The EVO®VISTA™ Helmet has not only been designed to meet a standard but to exceed it on many levels. It combines a super strong ABS shell with the choice of either a EVO®VISTAlens™ or a EVO®VISTAshield™ depending on the levels of protection and performance required. The EVO®VISTAlens™ functions like a spectacle but offers increased levels of protection to EN 166B 2C-1.2 FT and the EVO®VISTAshield™ conforms to EN166 2C-1.2 with impact rating of grade AT. Both are optical class 1 and have antimist and anti-scratch coatings offering impact protection at extreme temperatures and UV protection. The new technology of the fully adjustable pivot arms in the EVO®VISTA® Helmet allows the lens and shield to be deployed outwards and over prescription spectacles unlike similar systems that require helmet adjustment to fit.

The new EVO®VISTA™ Helmet is an innovative next generation feature rich helmet which incorporates a fully retractable optical class 1 faceshield or overspec within the helmet. JSP’s Research and Development team were inspired by feedback received from people who regularly have to wear head protection alongside eye protection. A common theme was not only the compatibility issue but also the amount of eyewear lost or damaged on site after issue.

JSP prioritise the needs and safety of the wearer and the safety cell concept of the EVO®VISTA™ Helmet with the dual shell technology demonstrates this commitment by providing additional protection. The safety cell prevents ricocheting debris travelling up the eyewear and being in contact with the scalp as well as preventing the faceshield or overspec from impacting the scalp should it be forced back on impact. The EVO®VISTA™ Helmet is fully compatible with JSP respirators such as the Force™8 PressToCheck™ and the Sonis® helmet mounted ear defender range. The benefits of having eyewear integrated in the helmet which is fully retractable and protected from scratching when not in use, easily deployed when needed and fits anyone with prescription spectacles will save companies money, time and worry.


Dust Hazards in the Workplace The fact that dust can be a hazard in the workplace is well known, but finding the most appropriate industrial vacuum cleaner to clean up and control it can be challenging. There are so many different standards and choices that make choosing the right solution difficult without some understanding of the potential pitfalls. The BVC range of Industrial Vacuum Cleaners from Quirepace covers virtually every conceivable application, and our knowledgeable sales team can advise on the benefits and advantages of different solutions. For example, very fine dust can be difficult to recover - it will quickly blind many filters, so the filter design becomes as important as the onpaper “power” of a machine. Similarly, dust may be hazardous to different degrees. Mineral dust from cutting and grinding processes are generally medium hazard, chemical dusts are often carcinogenic and organic dusts (such as wood, flour, sugar) will most likely be potentially explosive requiring an ATEX-rated vacuum cleaner. The BVC range of Industrial Vacuum Cleaners extends from medium duty units specifically rated for medium and high hazard dusts (M-Class, H-Class and Type H) to large, heavy duty units rated up to 15kW certified for ATEX environments.

The BVC Greenline range has been designed to offer a range of economically priced M-Class and H-Class vacuum cleaners that satisfy the HSE’s directives requiring the use of appropriately certified machines for general routine cleaning activities. The BVC professional range is manufactured in the UK to proven designs for heavy duty use, and normally carries a 5 year parts warranty. Many models in the BVC Professional range utilise our specialised “Clearflow” filter which, through constant natural agitation, helps to self-clean in use. Also,

most machines in the BVC professional range use brushless induction motors rated for continuous operation combined with BVC multistage vacuum pumps which deliver high performance from an extremely durable unit. Efficient and effective cleaning also depends on using the correct tools and hoses; for example the most suitable hose diameter for the application will depend on the density of the product to be cleaned, and specialised tools may be required to aerate large quantities of material to help it to flow. Effective control of dust hazards requires investigation of the potential risks resulting in informed choices being made to choose the best Industrial Vacuum cleaner solution. Quirepace Ltd




Redbacks Cushioning Limited, designers 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. Deciding to really look after your knees is a new year’s resolution you’ll be very glad you made and with perfect timing Redbacks have introduced their new ‘Kneeler mat’, an everyday ‘tool’ for many trade professionals as well as having multiple applications in and around the home and office. Giving long term anti-fatigue support and maximum comfort from kneeling in any direction the mat features 28 multi-directional leaf springs held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix; unlike rubber matting, foam or gel based products which can either be too hard or lose their cushioning properties the Redbacks Kneeler instantly returns to its original shape after each use; this unique combination is scientifically proven to reduce point pressure and distribute weight providing all-day comfort and helping to protect against muscoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis. Suitable for dry or damp conditions, this versatile mat has a waterproof base, is slip and penetration resistant, provides thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces, is easily portable and as with all Redbacks products has a fully washable cover at 30c and a 100% recyclable cushion. It can also be used as a comfortable seat cushion and even to stand on with the same weight distribution and tiredness-reducing benefits. The Redbacks Kneeler weighs 1363gm and is 450mm long, 270mm wide and 35 mm deep.

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Tilsatec launch ultralightweight 18 gauge cut level D range Experience the ultimate in hand protection. An ultra-lightweight 18 gauge glove with incredible fingertip touch sensitivity and tactility. Combined with level D cut resistance to EN388: 2016, this is the first in a new family designed specifically for this category.

No longer do you have to choose between protection and dexterity, the 58-41 range delivers the perfect balance of performance and comfort allowing the most delicate handling and assembly operations to be carried out with ease. With options of a robust polyurethane palm coating which handles light oil well or the foam flex nitrile palm coating which offers 360 degrees breathability and superb grip, the 58-41 is designed to suit industries such as aerospace, light metal fabrication, final fix and light assembly. Tilsatec is a UK manufacturer with a long history in developing technical yarns for PPE, specialising in cut resistant hand and arm protection able to engineer high levels of performance and mechanical protection into the product range. For more information on the 58-41 range visit:

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SNICKERS WORKWEAR PROTECWORK INCREASING This fully accredited and independently tested Protective Wear for heat, flame, electrical arc and chemical risk environments delivers marketleading riskprotection in a wide range of hazardous working environments.

PROTECTION THROUGH LAYERS The key features and benefits of the clothing includes the hi-tech, advanced fabric technology integral to the Base-, Mid- and Top-Layer garments for both men and women that combine well with the Snickers Workwear hallmarks of bestin-class durability, comfort, ergonomics and fit.

Wear layers to increase your protection. Research carried out by Snickers Workwear in the toughest of working environments has concluded that the best ways to improve your level of protection is to wear layers. The main benefit of

wearing layers is that the air gap formed between different garments provides increased protection. ProtecWork clothing is fully accredited to a variety of risk and bad weather working environments and all the garments are manufactured from tailormade fabrics designed to respond to the demands of the conditions in which they’re worn. So with over 60 different garments and accessories to choose from, you can make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, comfort and durability. Check out the new Snickers Workwear ProtecWork range to fit your workday and wellbeing on site. For more information on Snickers Workwear’s ProtecWork Range, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at or email


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Leading independent freight firm expands its fleet with Mitsubishi Simarco is an award-winning provider of international logistic and freight services. They deliver a wide range of tailored solutions for clients globally across all Worldwide trade routes. With 20,000 square meters of transit warehousing in the UK, Simarco’s work can be intensive. Fifty-hour weeks for the trucks is not uncommon, meaning that materials handling operations consume a significant volume of fuel – making it an important cost centre. One of their depots in Essex had moved over to Mitsubishi GRENDiA trucks five years ago for this very reason and the savings on fuel were significant, even after a short period. Looking to expand further, the company spoke with their dealer, Bronze Mechanical Handling. An order picker and ten more of the LPG-powered GRENDiA were delivered, bringing the total number of machines across Simarco depots from Bronze up to 25. Managing Director of Simarco, Trevor Scott explains: “We wanted more GRENDiA trucks because of their incredible performance. The most important thing our company looks for in forklifts is reliability and fuel efficiency, and Mitsubishi gives us that.” The GRENDiA has very little environmental impact and incorporates technology to optimise air quality with 3-way catalytic convertors and a belly seal. The machines also dramatically reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions – as well as 95% of dangerous NOx gases.


Tools & Equpiment Bronze Sales Director, Chris Slater said: “Simarco are an environmentally aware company. Therefore, the trucks were specified with that in mind, without compromising on quality, reliability or fuel saving – all of which the GRENDiA is great for.” Moving forward, Simarco are looking to go further down the environmental route with its future fleet expansions. “We aim to go completely electric with our trucks within the next 3–5 years. Bronze are assisting us with the transition and will continue to provide alternative models as we phase out LPG,” said Trevor Scott. Having been highly impressed by the GRENDiA trucks, Simarco will be moving over to the EDiA range, continuing to benefit from the Mitsubishi quality and cutting-edge features they have become accustomed to. Chris Slater remarked: “Over the years, we’ve seen Simarco grow as a business and now we’re assisting them in the movement towards electric trucks across their entire fleet.

“With our close working relationship, we’ve proven our trust with Simarco and we’re ready to react to any changes they need.” Trevor Scott concludes: “The support from Bronze is always excellent, and they respond to any call-outs or questions very swiftly. I would have no hesitation in recommending them as a preferred supplier for materials handling equipment.” To find out more about the award-winning Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks range, and services from Bronze Mechanical Handling and other local Mitsubishi dealers, call the Greenline 0845 371 3048, contact or visit


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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


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.