Honeywell Safety Glasses and Goggles
Honeywell Hand Protection
When workers are exposed to vibrating machinery, measures need to be taken to ensure their safety. At Protec Direct, we stock anti-vibration gloves from top brands such as Impacto, Honeywell and Polyco, including fingerless anti-vibration gloves, so you can find an option that’s just right for the task in hand.
Why wear anti-vibration gloves?
Vibrations from machinery can result in workers suffering damage to their nerves, muscles, tendons, bones and blood vessels. Over time, this can increase their risk of developing injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a neurological condition which results in symptoms such as numbness, aching or weakness in the hand and fingers. Meanwhile, HAVS injuries can be divided into three different categories, including:
- Neurological injuries – Starting with numbness or tingling in the fingers, in time this can lead to irreversible damage and even disability.
- Vascular injuries – These injuries cause the small blood vessels in the hand and fingers to constrict, causing the fingers to become numb and turn white. For this reason, the condition is also known as ‘vibration-induced white fingers’.
- Musculoskeletal injuries – This may take a few different forms, from arthritis and tendonitis to changes in muscle fibres.
With such serious health problems caused by exposure to vibration, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure workers are properly protected. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 were put into place to protect workers from vibration, and must be adhered to by employers.
How to reduce the risk of vibration
A variety of measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of injury from vibration, including:
- Limiting the amount of time employees spend being exposed to vibration.
- Providing employees with protective clothing, such as anti-vibration gloves.
- Selecting suitable equipment, such as low vibration tools, wherever possible.
Take a look at the HSE website for further guidance on controlling the risk of vibration.
Who needs to use anti-vibration gloves?
Anti-vibration gloves should be worn by anyone who needs to handle vibrating tools or machinery. This may include workers in industries such as:
- Auto repair
Browse our selection of anti-vibration gloves below, or explore our full range of hand protection gloves for a variety of purposes. We offer everything from builders’ grip gloves to protective cut-resistant gloves, so you can find just what you need to protect your whole team.
Honeywell Respiratory Protective Equipment
Honeywell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)
The correct selection and application of respiratory protective equipment is vital for protecting employees and meeting international safety standards.
There are many working environments in which effective RPE is necessary including cutting wood or stone, using products containing volatile solvents or working in a dusty area.
Workers may also require RPE when working in areas with low oxygen levels or where they may become low such as confined spaces, silos or tanks.
The Range Of RPE Available from Protec Direct
Our wide range of respiratory protective equipment includes full face masks, helmets, filters and accessories to ensure all levels of respiratory protection are available and protection from airborne particles is provided.
Disposable Respirators – Our range of disposable RPE includes FFP1 respirators suitable for low level dust based mists, FFP2 respirators suitable for moderate level dust/oil based mists and FFP3 respirators used typically for high level dust/oil based mists.
Half masks and full face masks – The range of half masks and full face masks provide an exceptionally reliable level of protection with full face masks providing eye protection in addition to respiratory protection.
Respiratory Helmets – Protec Direct provide a wide range of respiratory helmets, hoods, head-covers and much more.
Respiratory filters – With respiratory filters from leading brands such as 3M, Scott, Moldex and Elipse the range available from Protec Direct will ensure your respiratory protective equipment provides the highest level of protection against dust/oil particles.
Respiratory Protective Equipment and The Law
The laws surrounding the use of RPE state that a full risk assessment should be carried out prior to equipment being specified and that companies with fewer than five employees are not legally required to record their risk assessment.
The law states that RPE should be used when:
- An inhalation exposure risk remains after other reasonable controls have been put in place
- When putting in place other control measures
- For emergency work or temporary failure of controls where other measures are un-suitable
- When there is in-frequent short-term exposure and other measures may be impractical
In addition, all RPE must be looked after properly and stored when not in use in order to maintain working order and product longevity.
How Do I Choose The Correct RPE?
The three key considerations to take into account when specifying any RPE are the wearer, the task in hand and the environment in which the equipment will be used.
In addition there are specific considerations and a basic understanding of what is required to protect the worker. These are:
- The hazardous substance and the amount of the substance that is in the air
- The nature of the work being carried out
- The form that the hazardous substance will be encountered in e.g. gas, vapour, particle
- Any specific worker requirements that may be necessary such as a need to wear spectacles.
The Hazards That Require Respiratory Protective Equipment
Once the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) risk assessment has been carried out in order to identify the hazardous substances, the next two key areas to consider are the products used that are classed as hazardous substances and the work activities that may generate harmful substances such as cutting or heating materials.
When deciding on the protection factor required it is vital to ensure that the RPE selected can adequately protect the worker from the hazardous substance in the air around them, and this decision will be based upon the amount of substance that is present in the immediate atmosphere.
European Standards and Regulations For Respiratory Protective Equipment
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002)
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992)