Health & Safety Update - July 2021

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DEALING WITH RAPID DEMAND AS THE MARKETS OPEN The past few months have created instability and turmoil for many with whole market sectors been forced to suspend operations and sadly, many businesses forced into closure – we wouldn’t go as far as saying engineering and construction has thrived, but it does appear that this sector has been fortunate in as much as its doors have stayed open. Experts predict that with the re-opening of other markets the economy will see a sudden and sharp growth - this could ripple through and put a surge on the demand for most trades – whilst this is great news in general, rapid growth is much harder to manage than a steady growth rate. We contacted one business who are very familiar with the peaks and troughs of demand in supply and see if they could help answer some questions around managing this problem. HFE Signs Ltd are the UK’s preferred supplier for mail order Safety Signs & Printed Banners – with such a diverse market range, HFE are familiar with having to adapt to demand in short notice. We contacted their MD Karl Hunter and asked his input on the following: how has the past few months been for you Q: Firstly, guys and what measure have you had to take? Karl: The past months have been incredibly difficult for HFE, a large portion of our work is within the outdoor leisure and event industry - printed banners, flags and roller banners did grind to a complete halt. The measure we took initially was to look at the markets that were open and divert our marketing budget to target those industries – we also took advantage of the job retention scheme to preserve jobs and also we invested in development of a complete section on our website related to COVID safety. and Warning Signs must be a big market – how Q: Safety do you manage a very large order at short notice? Karl: HFE have 9 large printers and carry tens of thousands of pounds worth of stock – due to the nature of our trade we can go from quiet to rushed off our feet within a single order. We find this exciting, and we love a challenge – the team at HFE are very hard working and flexible - with the equipment, the stock, the planning and most of all the staff – we can honestly say we’ve never missed a deadline.

during quiet times Q: So, do you print the most popular signs, so you have them ready to go? Karl: Not anymore, we find that more and more customers like to add their own branding to the signs, this is something we offer at no extra cost and it gives the safety signs a nice corporate image. We encourage businesses to push their brand, I personally believe adding branding to signs is a must. Printing to order doesn’t delay the delivery and it means all signage can be bespoke in both the warning messages and the branding aspect too. when you are quiet, what Q: So do you have people doing? Karl: Fortunately for HFE, we have a very wide range of products and there is always preparation work that can be done to make processes and assembly more efficient when the orders come. We have large signs in our workshops titled ‘What to do when caught up’ – a quick brain storming session should make it possible for all businesses to exhaust a simple and effective list. such a competitive industry, how Q: With do you keep ahead of competition? Karl: I believe our customer service sets us apart – we appoint a contact to a client who looks after them through the entire process, we offer free design and have many multibuy products online – we also have a loyalty discount scheme. HFE Signs are rated 5 out of 5 on Trustpilot and have been supplying Signs, Banners & Flags since 1996 Check them out today at


A smartphone app which allows construction companies to access and track all their compliance and safety paperwork in one place has been officially launched. From left: Craig Buglass, Alan Hartin, and Joao Matos (Image+)

‘Under Construction’ – created by Coventry-based digital design company Apps Plus (the App division of Image+ Limited) – enables construction firms of any size to easily store, track and fill out key forms relating to their SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality) requirements, such as SSOWs, operative certificates and risk assessments.

environmental aspect requirements and was all wrapped up in a user-friendly way. It’s fast, reliable and a pleasure to use. “We have also been extremely impressed with the approach from the Image+ team to adapt this system to suit our every need.”

The app also allows site managers to streamline project management, allowing them to view updates on progress in real time when workers submit status reports.

When a firm downloads the app, it may not have all the forms it needs for a given project. Managers can send Image+ the forms it needs to use, and they will tailor the app to store and track those specific forms for that project.

All documents can be shared with a firm’s principal contractor at any time, saving both parties having to put together the paperwork and travel between sites to assess it.

Alan Hartin, Managing Director at Image+, said: “Under Construction will be unique for each construction company that uses it.

Notifications can also be sent to users alerting them to any issues, such as safety certificate expiration dates being sent to supervisors far enough in advance for them to address them.

“Every site and project will be slightly different, so we handle the first step of tweaking the app for each user so the forms they need are included within it.

Under Construction was refined by Apps Plus after Birmingham-based construction firm Gridlocked – which specialises in installing ceiling and partition systems in a wide variety of buildings - used the app for several months, and is now ready for the wider market to download and use.

“Once the correct forms are embedded into the app, it becomes far easier for managers to keep track of everything instead of filling out paperwork the old-fashioned way.

Since using Under Construction, Gridlocked noticed a significant improvement across all its SHEQ responsibilities, operations, performance and evidential record keeping. Craig Buglass at Gridlocked said: “An app like this for construction companies like us has been long overdue in my opinion. “Construction is still one of the most dangerous sectors of employment in this country, so we are always looking to improve on how we process, control and manage risks associated with our specific trade. “The Under Construction app comprehensively enhanced all our safety, health and wellbeing, quality and

“It gives peace of mind to construction managers that their SHEQ responsibilities are being taken care of, and it also saves time and money by giving them an easy way to share key paperwork with their principal contractors at any time. “We would encourage any construction firms looking to increase their efficiency to get in touch.” Anyone looking to download Under Construction can find it on the App Store or Google Play with more information at Alternatively, contact Image+ on 024 7683 4780

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SNICKERS LITEWORK WORKWEAR – making light work of warm weather. Snickers Workwear = Comfort = Wellbeing and Improved Performance. The 2021 LITEWork clothing range delivers great thermal comfort in warmer months with light, quick drying fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable all day.

The new range of ‘Rip Stop’ shirts are stretchy and breathable, offering UPF50+ sun protection – great for craftsmen who work long hours outdoors. While 37.5© fabric technology in the midand base-layer garments have features for efficient ventilation and moisture transport to keep you comfortable all day. The ergonomic, body-mapping Trousers, Shirts, Shorts, Jackets and Windproofers have all the comfort and functionality of other Snickers Workwear stretch garments delivering extra freedom of movement and improved performance on site. Just like high performance sportswear, they’ll also keep you feeling cool and looking smart whatever you’re doing and wherever you are on site this summer. So, to make sure you get the right protection, flexibility, durability and ventilation, check out the Snickers Workwear LiteWork range for precisely the right garments to fit your workday. Getting more information on the Snickers Workwear clothing range is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue or email


World-leading certified Kneeguard™ solutions to protect your knees. Snickers Workwear’s Kneeguard™ is a fully certified, trademarked system for knee protection against kneeling injuries and everyday knocks at work. The combination of Kneeguard™ pads and the Kneeguard PRO positioning system in Snickers workwear trousers is a crucial combination for reliable knee protection. In Snickers Workwear trousers kneepad pockets, you can adjust the kneepads to different heights to ensure correct positioning - for you - for maximum protection. There’s also different types of Kneepads to fit different types of trousers to suit different jobs on site. Such as the specialist kneepads for the Floorlayer trousers and the slim-fit Kneepads specially for the slim-fit trousers. The unique design features also make the kneepads extremely flexible when you walk, yet they close around your knees when you kneel down – without your knees sliding off when you move around. With superb impact protection, the market-leading D30® Ergo kneepads are made of a unique material that moulds around your knee to provide enhanced impact protection and are great for tradesmen and women who spend a lot of time working on their knees.

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BOUNDARY MONITORING Q&A WITH INDUSTRY EXPERT CASELLA Tim Turney, Global Marketing Manager at occupational hygiene and workplace hazard monitoring expert Casella, discusses the use of boundary monitoring to identify potential hazards, ensure compliance and protect workers from health risks. What is site boundary monitoring, and where is it used? Site boundary or ‘fence line’ monitoring is used widely on construction sites and other high-risk locations including demolition projects, mines and quarries and environmental remediation sites. Boundary monitoring units are set up on the exterior perimeter of the worksite to monitor for potential hazards that might cause compliance issues for the site, or present a health risk to workers and site neighbours. It’s an essential part of the safety and risk management ecosystem of these sites, and helps control and mitigate potential environmental, health, and reputational risks.

What hazards can be monitored for? Hazards that are typically monitored for include excess levels of dust, noise, vibration and, in some cases, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Volatile organic compounds include a variety of chemicals, some of which

may have short- and long-term adverse health effects, and if these are present on a site or work their way into soil or groundwater they can present a hazard to future development or remediation of a work site or property.

Why is site boundary monitoring important? There are two main aspects to this – health and compliance. From a compliance point of view, there are stringent legal and environmental controls surrounding levels of noise, dust and vibration that construction projects cannot exceed. Local environmental health bodies will require work sites to prove their regulatory and legal compliance through accurate reporting and data sets for given hazards over specific time periods. Site-wide compliance is vital across the construction and demolition industries. Civic and legal responsibility to measure site emissions is backed by legislation and governing authorities. In the UK, sites will need to comply with their section 61 notices. These are a proactive


combined to give a full picture of site emissions and risks, increasingly project managers and occupational hygienists are turning to combined solutions, such as the Casella Guardian2. These combined monitoring solutions bring together several real-time hazard monitoring devices in one enclosure, which can be easily installed at the edge of a site and, once powered, require minimal further interaction. Data capture continues seamlessly, and reporting can be entirely customised to suit the needs of the end user. These units can be easily relocated as site boundaries change or redeployed to new projects. Having a constant source of monitoring data gives projects a safety net in terms of accountability. Data is always on hand to prove that sites have been compliant, and give a full and accurate picture of the site’s potential emissions.

What are some important factors to consider when purchasing a boundary monitor? Site managers are of course busy people, so as little manual maintenance of environmental monitors is key. Having a single unit that can measure parameters such as noise, dust and vibration (plus others) means only one unit to install, and one set of software with which to interact and learn, making the process easier and saving time. Once units are installed at a site boundary, they need very little interaction – ‘set it and forget it’, as the phrase goes. They enact monitoring 24/7 without input, running either from mains, battery, or even solar powered configurations.

measure that can save a contractor or developer time and money, improve environmental performance and prevent prosecution by keeping sites compliant with law and legislation . Site monitoring must be recorded and reported on, and action taken if limits are exceeded – sites must be able to evidence compliance and maintain their reputations, and local communities must be considered. Alongside the human cost to health, fines of up to £20,000 ($30,000) per violation are possible if preventable noise and dust exceed agreed emissions levels, not to mention the long-term potential costs of a damaged business reputation.

What kinds of boundary monitoring equipment are available? There are a variety of different solutions available for site boundary monitoring. Many are dedicated to specific individual hazards, including dedicated dust, noise or vibration monitoring systems. While a variety of different monitoring solutions can be employed and

Users can then receive automatically generated, customised reports to a set schedule, or when specific emissions limits are reached, preventing issues with surrounding residents and subsequent complaints to authorities. Limits can be used to trigger preventative measures such as dust suppression. Managers only need to check a single unit or combined data report, a more efficient method than checking multiple monitors and data sources. Alerts can be sent instantly via text, allowing sites to monitor levels around the clock and react quickly to reduce levels of dust or noise that exceed set limits and mitigate potential negative outcomes, and give site managers a reliable data source that can be accessed any time. Daily, weekly, or monthly reports can be sent directly to an email inbox in graphical or tablature format, and can even be supplied directly to local authority or environmental organisations – getting ahead of potential site-visits from inspectors. These remote reports allow managers to check data streams across multiple units and multiple sites remotely, reducing physical time spent on site. By being able to provide data in email/file formats to environmental and local authority inspectors directly, this also reduces the time having to spend managing data and ensures environmental incidents are prevented, and data is reported in a timely manner.


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: Safety Expert Shares Three Key Areas of Focus for Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace Mark Nixon, Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Trainer at Arco Professional Safety Services, Shares Three Key Areas of Focus for Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace I have been a passionate Occupational Health and Safety Professional since 1995, but something changed five years ago. I was fortunate enough to be able to prevent a young individual from committing suicide. On hearing the phrase “you saved my life”, I made a commitment to improving my knowledge around the wellbeing and mental health of the people I work with every day and the employees in my clients’ organisations. I now deliver Arco Professional Safety Services suite of courses to clients and instruct the MHFA Two Day Adult Mental Health First Aid course. The feedback for these courses is breathtakingly positive; quite simply, the courses change lives and save lives. Mental distress across the nation is at an all-time high compared to pre-pandemic levels.1 As individuals face grief, forced isolation, an economic slump and unfamiliar ways of working, we can help organisations make the decisions that will strengthen, rather than harm, an already vulnerable workforce. Beyond the human cost, better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.2 There are three key areas that demand organisations’ attention to support and improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace: the business, the managers and the individuals.

The Business The ‘Hierarchy of Controls’ is an approach to risk reduction that has become entrenched in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) sector. It aims to provide a consistent structure for managing safety, 1 2

ensuring effective control measures are put in place to eliminate or reduce workplace hazards. However, mental wellbeing is one of the only areas of health and safety where the ‘hierarchy of control’ does not apply. At Arco Professional Safety Services, we have developed an alternative hierarchy that better suits the aims, problems and solutions in this critical area. Key principles include: • Prevention is better than cure. Recovery takes far longer than prevention and the costs to individuals’ livelihoods and businesses are far greater • Failing to maintain health and wellbeing increases the likelihood of poorer mental health • Enhancing and maintaining overall health and wellbeing increases the likelihood of better mental health

The Managers How much stress a team faces is dependent on factors such as resource availability, workload, corporate culture and the strength of their support system. Managers are ideally placed to help handle employee stress as they have a greater understanding of the people in their team, their roles and the stress risk factors. In as little as one day, we can help managers acquire the knowledge and confidence to manage mental wellbeing proactively.


We recommend a ten-point action plan that can help managers support their teams more effectively. Key actions include: • Carry out Stress Risk Assessments based on the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Stress Management Standards (HSG218) to establish and resolve the causes of stress in the workplace and use the HSE’s ‘Talking Toolkit’ to engage with individuals about the topic and make reasonable adjustments • For non-work-related stress, managers can use a coaching approach (ask rather than tell) to help employees identify what is causing their stress, why it’s stressful to them, how they can tackle it and where they can go for help and support • Managers can encourage employees to complete a Wellness Action Plan (WAP), which can be used to promote wellness in already healthy employees and help those suffering or returning from a mental ill-health absence

The Individuals There are many ways for individuals to manage stress, from guided breathing to decrease stress hormones and lower blood pressure, to understanding the importance of positive psychology. We teach recognised models such as PERMA as part of our mental health training courses to help achieve positive mental wellbeing. PERMA can help increase wellbeing by encouraging individuals to focus on living meaningfully, establishing supportive relationships, accomplishing goals and being fully engaged with life. Another key aspect of positive psychology is resilience, defined as the ability to cope with and recover from adversity. Individual resilience will differ from person to person and throughout a person’s lifetime. It is not a fixed trait; it can be taught and developed over time with experience. Dr Lucy Hone, researcher and resilience expert, outlines three key traits of resilient people: • Resilient people understand that bad things happen to everyone - Every life will come with ups and downs and understanding this is critical to a balanced response to fortune and tragedy • Resilient people can focus their attention skilfully Being able to view a situation ‘as-it-is but not worse than it is,’ is a vital skill for resilience and mental wellbeing. In addition to the things that may not be going so well, individuals can focus their attention on extracting the positives, otherwise termed as ‘benefit finding’. We recommend individuals ask themselves, ‘what has gone well today and what is still right with me, others and the world?’ • Resilient people ask if what they are doing is ‘helping or harming?’ - We encourage individuals to identify their unhelpful thoughts, self-talk and behaviours and choose more helpful, realistic and empowering alternatives

Ultimately, mental health is not only a major issue in the workplace, but a major opportunity to take stock and ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the wellbeing of our colleagues. Five years ago, a neartragedy cemented my belief that with the right support in place, positive mental health and wellbeing can be achieved and sustained. Mark Nixon is a Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Trainer at Arco Professional Safety Services. Arco Professional Safety Services offers specialist courses including Mental Health First Aid, Mental Wellbeing Awareness and Stress and Mental Wellbeing for Managers. Its highly experienced trainers can help build bespoke programmes to meet client needs, whether that means delivering training on the client’s site or at one of its national safety centres. The expert in safety can also provide training online via its specialist video conference service developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure businesses can continue training while maintaining social distancing. For more information on the mental health and wellbeing training courses available, visit the dedicated course finder at Arco Professional Safety Services. Alternatively, to contact Arco Professional Safety Services call 0330 390 0822 or email


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Engel high-vis workwear helps save the environment A range of high visibility protective safety clothing with 50% of the material made from recycled plastic bottles has been introduced by workwear manufacturer Engel Workwear. Called ‘Safety Light’, each item of clothing can be verified to consist of regenerated polyester fibres ultimately spun from a specific number of plastic bottles to make up 50% of its content. This is combined with 40% cotton and 10% standard polyester (245 g/m2) to produce a cool-to-wear, durable fabric. By using regenerated polyester which is equally as efficient as new, there are also significant consumption savings on energy, water and C02. The Danish firm has worked closely with Unifi, one of the world’s most advanced recycling centres which transforms the recycled bottles into a polyester yarn called ‘REPREVE©’ The smart, mix-and-match range includes boiler suits (containing 37 plastic bottles), work-jackets (20 bottles), trousers (19 bottles) with Cordura kneepad pockets and elasticated waistband, bib-overalls (23 bottles) and shorts (14 bottles). All have many practical pockets and comfort-design features. There is also a specific selection especially for women called ‘Ladies Light’, all with the same benefits. Commenting on the initiative, the CEO of Engel Workwear, John Engel said: “We are delighted to be able to make a positive contribution in helping to reduce the impact of the single-use global plastic waste crisis by putting many thousands of otherwise discarded bottles to further practical purpose. By doing so, we are able to not only do our bit to help improve the environment, but also be the first to use this versatile fabric to produce a unique range of lightweight, hardwearing and comfortable high-visibility clothing which will help keep our customers safe” The Engel ‘Safety Light’ collection is to be further extended during 2021 and for maximum comfort and flexibility, no matter what the work situation, the company is also marketing their high-vis ‘Super Stretch’ range; this consists of a wide variety of garments with elastic fibres woven into a polyester and cotton mix; the strong yet extreme flexibility of the material allows each garment to return to its original shape thereby retaining all the inherent advantages of their design and style.

Comfort as much as durable practicality is important to any wearer as not only does the ‘Super Stretch’ workwear provide protection throughout the day or night, it also helps reduce tiredness, further minimising the risk of accidents. For more details contact Gareth Bladen at Telephone +44(0) 7759 520034 Or visit ENGEL Workwear - Catalogue ( Click here for more information.


Wipe away the risk of infection with new PURELL® Surface products Skin and surface hygiene expert enhances PURELL surface range to offer powerful, germ-killing peace of mind

Skin health and surface hygiene expert, GOJO IndustriesEurope, has extended its PURELL surface range, with the addition of two new products, to help businesses keep their spaces hygienically clean and healthy. The portfolio also has a new look. The yellow packaging has been replaced with blue trigger handles, lids, and labels, bringing them into line with PURELL’s market-leading hand hygiene range. Added to the portfolio of PURELL Surface Sanitising Spray and Wipes, are a bucket of wipes and a 5-litre jug. The bucket holds 450 wipes, ideal for large surfaces and intensive use, whilst the 5L jug is designed to refill the 750ml trigger spray bottles, making it a more sustainable purchase. Fast acting and with high antimicrobial efficacy, PURELL surface sanitising products can be used with complete confidence in a variety of settings and sectors. They are compatible with most smooth surfaces such as desks, tables, toys, fitness equipment, and worktops. Bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal, they come ready-to-use with no rinse required. Last year, PURELL Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub and its Surface Spray and Wipes were tested against Coronavirus1, passing the EN 14476 standard with a contact time of just 30 seconds. The Surface range has also been tested specifically 1 BCoV (surrogate virus)

on Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, and yeast, and conforms to the international food taint testing standard EN 4120:2007. This provides assurance that they are safe for use in food environments. Chris Wakefield, Managing Director UK & Ireland, GOJO Industries-Europe Ltd comments, ‘The PURELL focus on “formulation without compromise” is all about striking the perfect balance of efficacy and safety, which helps us to fulfill the GOJO purpose of saving lives and making life better through wellbeing solutions. ‘As society begins to re-open, employing effective sanitising and hygiene products will be crucial to keep spaces clean and COVID-secure, regardless of industry. Built on decades of scientific innovation and proven to work by independent testing, the PURELL brand can be trusted to safely and effectively eliminate germs and viruses.’ For more information, call +44 (0)1908 588444, email or visit

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Conveyor Sensor System ready to go Leuze is launching an innovative mounting bracket for their 25C sensors that saves conveyor system manufacturers both time and money

Designed for reliable pallet detection, the sensor and bracket are supplied as a pre-assembled set to enable the conveyor system manufacturer to pre-mount to the conveyor in the factory, which is traditionally done on-site during the installation and commissioning phase of the system. A perfect fit inside the conveyor

ABOVE: Innovative, factory integration of the special mounting bracket with sensor for pallet detection in the inner area of the conveyor. BELOW: New special mounting brackets for the sensors of the 25C series for pallet detection.

The innovative new mounting brackets are designed specifically to fit the 25C series sensors. This means that the conveyor system manufacturer can install the sensor and bracket set inside the conveyor thus protecting it from potential damage. The integrated sloping front screen of the bracket deflects any dirt or debris that may fall onto it ensuring that the all-in-one solution requires less cleaning and maintenance than systems that rely on standard retroreflective photoelectric sensors. In addition, the special ambient light configuration of the 25C sensors ensures that they are insensitive to high-frequency LED illumination used that is often found in production and logistics buildings and can cause unreliable operation of other types of diffuse sensors. Pallets are notoriously difficult to detect with diffuse optical sensors due to the differences in colour and surface. However, thanks to the detection performance and outstanding function reserve of the 25C sensors from Leuze these issues are easily overcome and reliable detection of different pallet types is ensured.

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SECURITY FOR INDUSTRIE 4.0A Seamless, secure data exchange for the integration of production and management levels Data exchange in Industrie 4.0 applications Data exchange is an important issue to look at when integrating the production (operational technology, OT) and management (information technology, IT) levels. This is due to the large number of variables and non-standardized interfaces, as well as the need to support access privileges and specific security requirements. Although OPC UA has now established itself as a standard technology for achieving these goals, the devil is in the details when it comes to implementing successful Industrie 4.0 applications.

Interface abstraction, data aggregation and security The dataFEED Secure Integration Server product from Softing Industrial works as an abstract interface between the worlds of OT and IT, offering users a set of key functionalities for efficient data exchange in a single component. In its role as an aggregating server, this middleware makes use of OPC UA’s address space modeling, especially for interface abstraction and data aggregation. In the process, this interface abstraction handles changes or extensions within one domain (OT/IT) without any modifications then being needed in the other. Advantages here include the ease with which new IT applications can be integrated into the overall solution, to exploit short innovation cycles in IT or make targeted changes to the production environment. With data aggregation, data from multiple sources can be consolidated on a single OPC UA server, so the IT application now only needs to access this one server. This simplification to the communications infrastructure cuts configuration effort for users. Another key feature of the dataFEED Secure Integration Server is its in-built security model, with filters available to restrict the address space for individual OPC UA client applications plus definable access types. Apart from full implementation of OPC UA security functions, whitelists and blacklists can also be defined to control data access from specific IP addresses, and detection of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks targeting OPC UA authentication is also included.

Direct benefits for customers Whether customers are retaining existing setups or are planning a new plant installation, deciding to deploy the dataFEED Secure Integration Server offers a significant set of advantages when running Industrie 4.0 applications. In one recent example, integrating 1.5 million variables into an overall system was the challenge faced by a leading provider of power station process control systems. However, accessing such a large number of variables is a major stumbling-block for many OPC UA clients. Because of this, the power station application instead chose to use the variable filtering option to achieve targeted variable access restrictions for individual OPC UA clients. In addition, only read access is granted to the individually configured variables. This prevents the unauthorized overwriting of assigned data values. A major automotive parts supplier likewise chose dataFEED Secure Integration Server specifically to handle variable aggregation and filtering from multiple, heterogeneous OPC UA servers, giving the OPC UA clients a standard, harmonized interface for accessing all variables. In this case, the customer’s need to implement a state-of-the-art security standard was another key reason for choosing this solution.

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CIAT Launches #CIAT4life in Europe to Increase Awareness Around Improved Indoor Air Quality for Everyday Life Now more than ever, indoor air quality (IAQ) – a nd how it influences personal health – is critically important. Indoor environments should be controlled, safe, comfortable and reliable. Today, CIAT shares its commitment to help preserve the health and well-being of everyone in everyday life with the launch of #CIAT4life, a campaign to increase awareness of CIAT’s advanced IAQ solutions and services to help create healthier indoor environments. CIAT is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. To meet the challenges of pollution factors and the risk of spreading airborne diseases, CIAT provides a range of air conditioning solutions specially designed to deliver improved IAQ. Recognized for its airside expertise, CIAT provides safety, comfort, peace of mind and efficiency. CIAT is committed to helping customers transform each of their buildings into a decisive shield against airborne intruders. Through #CIAT4life awareness efforts, CIAT strives to help customers improve their IAQ with a suite of innovative solutions and services. Through its new BluEdge TM service platform, CIAT delivers a best-inclass service and aftermarket offering, providing peace of mind to customers with superior service throughout the lifecycle of their HVAC equipment. CIAT offers expert services such as consultation, implementation and continuous monitoring to help customers restart, operate, maintain and upgrade their buildings safely and efficiently. Through its Indoor Air Quality Assessments, CIAT can test air quality and develop and implement upgrades to help ensure optimal filtration, ventilation, airflow and controls for their customers. CIAT experts can also develop and implement company-wide IAQ engineering standards. CIAT offers innovative technologies to help address pollution factors and the risk of spreading disease, pathogens or bacteria. CIAT offers new equipment and retrofits including innovative filtration technologies with various terminal filters and HEPA filters for particulate matter. CIAT also offers devices using UV-C light and

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IMIST HELPS FPA LABORATORY GAIN UKAS ACCREDITATION AND UNDERTAKES TESTING INTO FURTHER SYSTEM APPLICATIONS IMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high pressure water mist fire suppression systems, has worked with leading industry body the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to help it gain UKAS accreditation for one of its fire testing laboratory facilities - becoming the first and only test facility in the UK to hold this accreditation. The fast-growing Hull headquartered business, which has developed its own range of high pressure water mist fire suppression systems, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C fire testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is one of the most comprehensive fire test and research operations in the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as well as the support of iMist’s experienced team. The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fire testing marks another important milestone in the development of water mist systems in the UK.

Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: “For over 75 years, the FPA has been at the forefront of fire safety and we’re proud to have assisted them in achieving this respected third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the growing importance of high-pressure water mist systems in tackling the current challenges facing the fire suppression sector. Not only do they use considerably less water than traditional sprinkler systems, they are also easier and faster to install and, thereby, more cost effective.” As part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a series of live fire testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory which has increased the

system’s applications, demonstrating that in addition to being installed in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be installed below a plasterboard ceiling. For the live fire tests, the iMist nozzle was fed by both flexible and solid pipework running below a standard plasterboard ceiling. In each of the tests, the fuel load was ignited and the heat from the fire caused the bulb in the nozzle to burst which activated the iMist high pressure watermist system, discharging the fine water mist particles at high pressure for 30 minutes. During this time, the temperatures at pre-determined heights in the test cell were measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the tests were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all of the fires were successfully suppressed. Timothy Andrews, iMist business development director, added: “While fire system pipework is usually installed in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, particularly in older tower blocks, there are frequently issues around the possible break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our latest indicative tests show that the housing industry can now explore another less disruptive and highly effective option by installing a water mist system below the existing ceiling. Given the growing need to retrospectively fit fire suppression systems in order to meet the latest regulatory requirements and bring older housing stock up to current standards, this is great news for both landlords and developers.”