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Revealing safety and personal protective equipment misconceptions – part 2

Posted by Martin Lill

27-Nov-2017 07:00:00

If you missed the first part of this two-part series on debunking PPE misconceptions, you can read the last instalment by clicking here.

As mentioned in the first part of this blog series, PPE standards are often developed as a “catch all” response to accidents and occurrences, but when it comes to specific risk environments, they can sometimes be lacking. On that basis, it’s important to assess your requirements to determine the right PPE.

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Topics: PPE Manufacturer

Revealing safety and personal protective equipment misconceptions – part 1

Posted by Martin Lill

14-Nov-2017 12:30:00

Over the last two decades, the number of PPE standards has increased exponentially. There are now multiple standards that PPE needs to meet – at a minimum – in order to be approved.

However, as organisations come to rely more and more on those standards, and various PPE equipment is manufactured, the question is this: how well do organisations and safety managers understand the precise meaning of a standard? And what are the implications of viewing a standard as a “benchmark” for performance, rather than a minimum performance level?

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Topics: PPE Manufacturer

The Importance of Conducting a PPE Risk Assessment for your Workforce

Posted by Martin Lill

10-Oct-2017 13:00:00

When was the last time you conducted a PPE risk assessment?

The operational environment is always changing. Accidents can happen at any time – it’s important that you have a regular and scheduled PPE risk assessment process to ensure your equipment is in top condition and ready for any scenario.

Why?

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Topics: PPE Manufacturer

PPE in the summer: working in hot temperatures

Posted by Martin Lill

02-Oct-2017 09:00:00

 PPE in the summer: working in hot temperatures

While we all love to soak up a bit of sun, none of us enjoy working in the heat. Parts of Europe experienced their hottest summer in more than a decade as temperatures hit 44C (111F).  High temperatures can make it difficult to maintain concentration and stay hydrated and cool.

For office workers, the solution might be turning on the aircon and loosening a shirt button or two. However, for those working in hazardous environments, where chemicals and dangerous materials are routinely used, it’s not so simple.

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Topics: PPE Manufacturer

PPE Safety Standards: Is your equipment actually safe?

Posted by Martin Lill

05-Sep-2017 07:00:00

Does just meeting the relevant PPE safety standard actually make the equipment safe?

When an organisation buys PPE that meets a safety standard, it’s acquiring nothing more than compliance to the minimum acceptable performance levels.

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Topics: PPE Manufacturer

How to calculate Safe-Use Times for Chemical Suits

Posted by Martin Lill

13-Mar-2017 23:06:20

Our blog “When is a breakthrough not a breakthrough?” looked at why permeation test “breakthrough” cannot be used to indicate how long you can safely use a chemical suit; not only is that not what test breakthrough is designed for, but it is also wholly unsuited for the purpose. Which leaves chemical suit users with a problem… How do you know how long you are safe?

If you have read the article about Frank Schaaf, Head Nurse at Evonik in “Health & Safety International” you already know there is a solution... a relatively simple calculation that can be made. Here it is…

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Topics: Chemical Protection

AVIAN FLU and Infectious Agents: Understanding and Clarification of EN 14126 Tests and Classifications

Posted by Martin Lill

21-Dec-2016 11:52:52

With outbreaks of Avian flu now identified in several European countries including the UK this is likely to be a growing story in early 2017 – and we will be publishing our advice on suitable protective clothing in the new year.

However, as was the case during the Ebola Crisis two years ago, there remains a serious misunderstanding of the tests and classifications in the important EN 14126 standard (Clothing for Protection against Infective Agents) with some manufacturers claiming classification for the ISO 16603 test referenced. This is either a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of the standard and in the worst case could lead to serious consequences. Correct understanding of EN 14126 is important in the selection of appropriate protective clothing and this blog explains the facts.

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Topics: Bloodborne Pathogen Protection

Question: When is a "Breakthrough" not a "Breakthrough"?

Posted by Martin Lill

09-Dec-2016 02:42:11

Answer: Ask Frank...

One of the confusing and commonly misinterpreted aspects of chemical suit selection is the chemical permeation test – used by many as a simple indication of the effectiveness of a chemical suit as part of a selection process. However, the test result most quoted and used – the “Breakthrough” – more correctly called the “Normalised Breakthrough” – and quoted in minutes, is not actually, at least in the way most of us would understand the term, a “breakthrough”. So what is it?

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Topics: Chemical Protection

The marriage of PPE partners… “for better or for worse?”

Posted by Martin Lill

17-Nov-2016 05:12:33

CE standards identify types of protection as neat, separate issues… protection against chemicals; or protection against heat and flame; or protection against arc flash and so on. This is convenient… but unrealistic. Applications often feature more than one hazard; protection might be needed against chemical and heat and arc flash. Most users have to deal not with single but with multiple hazards.

The obvious solution is to “marry” protection types by combining PPE. But is this a marriage made in heaven? Or is it a route to PPE hell? Will the properties of one affect those of the other? This can and does happen, and users should be aware of the possible dangers that might result…

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Topics: Protective Clothing

Are you certain your Type 3 chemical protective garment is really Type 3?

Posted by Martin Lill

05-Oct-2016 11:33:35

With the proliferation of limited life garments – often at lower and lower prices, it is vital to ensure you are getting what you think you are getting – especially in the case of Type 3 where protection is critical. Yet the detail of some recently introduced garments suggest they may not quite provide what is written on the label… at least not in the way you would probably understand it… and you might be using one of these garments…

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, Protective Clothing, Chemical Protection, Chemical Protective Clothing Standards