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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: Personal Protective Equipment, Protective Clothing, Safety Clothing

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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Understanding long-term benzene exposure & its effects

Posted by Martin Lill

19-Feb-2018 04:45:15

Long-term exposure to gases, chemicals and substances later realised to be hazardous can have devastating impacts on health. Even though the damage may not be immediately or visually apparent, it does not mean that damage is not being done.

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Topics: Chemical Protection

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