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How do task environments affect the safety of Personal Protective Equipment?

Posted by Martin Lill

23-Oct-2018 07:30:00

In part one of this blog series we discussed how everyday tasks can affect the safety of personal protective clothing. However, the environment in which a task is performed can have as much of an effect on a garment as the task itself. Various factors in the operational environment might place particular stresses on the garment – and this should be considered when selecting the right chemical protective clothing for your workers.

So what do you need to evaluate to determine the safety of personal protective equipment?

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Topics: Personal Protection Equipment

How can activity impact chemical Personal Protective Equipment?

Posted by Martin Lill

16-Oct-2018 07:32:00

When assessing chemical personal protective equipment requirements for your workforce, there are a number of factors to take into account, including applicable European standards, any chemicals present and their toxicity, the task type and physical environmental factors.

It’s important to balance employee comfort with the correct level of protection required for the task in hand, and while it might be tempting to protect workers against as much as possible, using tougher and thicker suits that provide the most protection, these suits may adversely affect employee comfort.

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Topics: Personal Protection Equipment

Which is the safer option for chemical protection? A re-usable or disposable coverall?

Posted by Martin Lill

09-Oct-2018 12:30:00

This is a question we are asked quite regularly. Yet the fact is there is no definite answer because there is no absolute, clearly defined difference.

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The latest changes to a key EN standard that affects all chemical protective clothing – a report from Lakeland

Posted by Martin Lill

02-Oct-2018 05:01:00

The revised EN 14325 standard follows Lakeland’s lead and effectively incorporates a calculation of Safe-Use Time for chemical suits.

Every few years European EN standards are assessed and rewritten and new versions and updates are published. However, one standard in particular – a standard last published in 2004 – has been updated and changed considerably: EN 14325.

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What information must you have before using a hazardous substance?

Posted by Martin Lill

13-Sep-2018 10:33:38

It’s important to understand the dangers presented by chemicals and other hazardous substances before a worker begins handling them. However, it can be challenging to ensure that everyone is protected all of the time – particularly when workers may take the view that they will worry about the long-term effects of exposure later.

So, what information must safety managers and their teams have before using a hazardous substance?

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How to enhance your donning and doffing procedures

Posted by Martin Lill

24-Aug-2018 06:30:00

In a high-risk situation, such as a disease outbreak or chemical or radiation leak, workers wearing safety clothing are exposed to dangerous agents, chemicals and hazards.

This is where robust donning and doffing procedures are essential; if not lifesaving. A single error in the donning and doffing process could result in cross-contamination or exposure to harmful chemicals.

But how can safety managers ensure that their donning and doffing procedures are up to scratch?

In this blog, we will outline some best practice tips for effective chemical suit donning and doffing, as well as several things organisations can do to improve their processes.

To find out more about how organisations can review their procedures and  improve workplace safety, click here. 

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The Shocking Truth About the Anti-Static Properties of PPE

Posted by Martin Lill

01-Jun-2018 08:20:00

There are several factors to consider when assessing the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements of your workforce. Noise, temperature and visibility are all factors likely to impact the final decision as to which PPE is right for your workers – but a further key risk to consider is the build-up of static electricity.

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Ebola Update: The latest outbreak

Posted by Martin Lill

18-May-2018 08:01:19

As the Ebola virus again raises its ugly head in Africa – this time in Congo – and with the World Health Organisation on the verge of declaring the latest outbreak an emergency of international significance, now seems a good time to refresh our guidance on selection of appropriate protective clothing for health workers involved in the care of victims.

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Topics: Protective Clothing, Safety Clothing, Personal Protective Equipment

Your PPE may look like it's CE Certified... but is it ?

Posted by Martin Lill

08-May-2018 12:55:15

In recent years, safety managers have become accustomed to the fact that if Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) bears the CE mark, it’s safe. After all, to be sold in Europe PPE must be CE certified by law.

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Choosing the right chemical protective wear

Posted by Martin Lill

01-May-2018 12:50:00

When it comes to protecting employees from on-the-job hazards in chemical environments, selecting the right chemical protective wear is essential.  

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