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Using ladders safely on construction sites Posted 19/08/2019

When working at height on a construction site for any length of time there will usually be scaffolding provided for health and safety reasons.

 

However, for both practical, cost and space reasons, there are many occasions when ladders will need to be used on site.

 

For electricians, painters, carpenters as well as some other smaller jobs required on site, ladders are the only way to access high areas, ceilings, guttering and more. 

Hi-vis: How does it work Posted 11/07/2019

High-visibility clothing, or hi-vis as its better known, is a form of protective clothing that’s made from fluorescent material with reflective tape or shapes added for extra visibility. It’s used to make the wearer more visible to those around them. This much we can legitimately assume you already knew.

 

However, you might not know exactly how it works at both a physical and interpretative level. You might not realise either exactly how successful and important it has been in the fight against workplace injury, road safety and cycling safety. So, we’re going to address each one of these points in turn and shed some light (if you’ll pardon the pun) on the issues.

Surprising professions which require personal protective equipment Posted 21/06/2019

If you work in the construction industry or are in close contact with dangerous chemicals then, wearing PPE will most likely be a part of everyday working life. Eye and head protection and the hard to miss hi-vis jackets have become closely linked with jobs in these industries, a positive sign that PPE equipment has been widely accepted and used. Knowing what to wear on a construction site is as important as any other part of the job!

 

However, there are jobs out there where the dangers are not so obvious but are equally important to have the correct protective measures in place. Here is a look at some jobs which place PPE at the top of their agenda, but don’t immediately come to mind.

PPE disposable work wear: pros and cons Posted 15/06/2019

There are many jobs where it is necessary to wear certain garments or apparatus to protect our person or our clothes from damage. In some circumstances it is actually required by law that you wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles and hard hats.

 

In most situations, this work wear needs to be tough and durable, so that it provides long lasting protection against damage and injury. However, there are other circumstances when the work wear doesn’t need to last for long periods or will get so dirty or damaged during the course of the work that it will be useless. There are other jobs that require clean and fresh PPE equipment each time work is carried out. Which is wear disposable work wear comes in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Is it safe to put stickers on hard hats Posted 30/05/2019

Is It Safe To Put Stickers On Hard Hats?

 

Although it’s important for workers onsite to be able to enjoy their job, and express individuality where it is safe to do so, workplace safety has to take priority. On-site, clothes choice is limited by legal safety requirements. This includes steel-capped boots and hi-vis waistcoats. It also includes wearing a hard hat of the correct colour and manufacture type.

 

For hygiene reasons, it’s better that each worker keeps their own hat – so stickers are a great way to identify which hat belongs to each person. Similarly, some companies would like to have their logo or a person’s job title on hard hats. This blog will assess the pros and cons of hard hat stickers. Could stickers on hard hats be a safety concern?

Where to store your personal protective equipment Posted 18/05/2019

 

Personal protective equipment, or PPE as it’s more commonly known, is designed and used in the workplace to protect staff against assessed health and safety risks. It includes some standard items, such as helmets, gloves, and safety harnesses, but can also include more specialist workwear and protective devices such as respirators, chemical shields and body protection.


PPE is a crucial part of the constant drive to make workplaces safer for those who work there. Along with the provision of PPE, which is legally required in the UK in most instances, employers are also responsible for providing the instructions, procedures, training and supervision to ensure it is used correctly.

Choosing PPE for Electrical Work Posted 13/05/2019

 

People face risks every day at work, but it’s possible to take steps to reduce the chance of being injured accidentally. Personal protective equipment protects workers from hazards such as trips, burns, electrocution, and falls.

 

The biggest risk posed to an electrician is that they might come into contact with electricity. In these cases, electrical PPE clothing would be a great line of defence. Items such as electrical safety gloves, eye protection, and bump caps are all necessary to ensure that electricians are protected at work.

When Do You Need To Wear A Safety Harness? Posted 09/05/2019

When Do You Need To Wear A Safety Harness?

 

Working at height is one of the biggest causes of injury (HSE) and fatality in the workplace. On construction sites and in warehouses, risk of falling means that serious personal injury is a possibility. Although it’s not pleasant to think about, it’s important that workers and managers take a proactive approach to correctly using safety harnesses. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a guide to the selection and use of fall prevention and arrest equipment (HSE).

What Are PPE Regulations In 2019? Posted 25/03/2019

 

If you are an employer or employee working in a high-risk industry, you should already be familiar with the meaning of PPE. However, in the real world that isn’t always the case. Most employers and employees will not be completely familiar with the PPE regulation even if they know roughly what it entails. Some staff might have heard the term but not even know what it means. And yet, it is something that could save your life and that has taken working people hundreds of years to achieve.

 

Most employers and employees won’t be completely familiar with the PPE regulations in 2019, even if they know roughly what they entail. Some staff might have heard the term but not know what it means or how it applies to them.

Chainsaw Protective Clothing Posted 18/03/2019

 

A chainsaw is a powerful tool designed to be used with due care. With a commanding engine and some strong, forceful metal chains, a chainsaw can cause major injuries if it gets into the hands of someone with an inadequate amount of knowledge on how to use it properly. Work associated with using the tool is often dangerous with a high risk of injury.

 

It is against the law for chainsaw operators to carry out work without having received relevant training. Just as importantly, however, chainsaw workers must wear the appropriate PPE as laid out by HSE.