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Workplace Health & Safety

  • Anti-Vibration Gloves: Do They Work?

    The invention of Anti-vibration gloves were a gift from the PPE Gods for workers who use automatic equipment such as pneumatic tools, rivet guns, jackhammers, etc. As more and more tools became powered, there were more and more vibration injuries reported in the workplace. Many brands offer different protection for... Learn More >
  • Guide To Choosing Hearing Protection That's Right For You

    In a noisy work environment, having the correct PPE to protect your hearing is essential. There are several consequences if you do not have the right equipment: Tinnitus, Acoustic Trauma, Temporary Hearing Loss, Industrial/Occupational Deafness, even Complete Hearing Loss How do you choose the right hearing protection PPE for your... Learn More >
  • Hard Hat Colour Codes: What You Need to Know

    As of January 2017, Build UK, who represents some of the UK's biggest contractors and trade associations, has mandated hard hat colour codes. Excepting Network Rail workers, whose sites only permit white and blue safety helmets, all other construction sites - new and existing - will be expected to change... Learn More >
  • Why is PPE Important in the Workplace?

    We should never ignore the importance of PPE in the workplace. To understand how important it is, we need to understand what it is. The definition of personal protective equipment (AKA: PPE) is any items of safety equipment that protects the wearer against potential occupational health and safety risks. It... Learn More >
  • PPE Legislation: How to Prepare Your Workforce

    The Personal Protective Equipment Directive was updated in 2016 and came into effect in 2018. These changes to the PPE legislation define what PPE is and what it covers. Not only was it updated, but the PPE categories were changed along with the PPE Directive. There is now a maximum... Learn More >
  • Hi Vis Standards - EN ISO 20471 Explained

    Hi Vis clothing is essential for keeping workers safe when working near traffic, cranes, forklifts or other vehicles. It is absolutely needed when working at night or in low-light conditions. The primary role of hi vis is to separate wearers from whatever background environment they are working in, quickly and at... Learn More >
  • What PPE Is Required For A Construction Site?

    Personal Protective Equipment is designed to be a last resort when all other safety measures have been put in place. All PPE provides some level of protection, and some is required by law whilst others just provide additional protection. So what PPE do you need to work on a construction... Learn More >
  • KN95 Face Masks: Health & Safety Executive issues warning against sub-standard face-masks flooding the UK market

    “A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.”Health & Safety Executive - UK The HSE safety alert is here: Use of face masks designated KN95. KN95 is... Learn More >
  • 3 Steps to Hand Safety in the Workplace

    Hand safety in the workplace is one of the most important aspects of Health & Safety. 40% of workplace accidents involve a worker's hands and 70% of hand injuries occur because the worker has removed their safety gloves. Staggering, isn't it!? Keeping your workforce's hands safe is everyone's responsibility, and... Learn More >
  • Helping To Prevent Covid-19 in the Workplace

    These are strange times indeed - this unprecedented pandemic is as worrying as it is serious - but we have to get on as best we can. What can you do to help prevent a domino effect of an illness that can kill at worst or at best, shut down... Learn More >
  • PPE Scams in the COVID Era - How To Protect Yourself

    As if you didn't have enough to worry about at the minute, it has been brought to our attention that there are some very sophisticated PPE scams doing the rounds. As your trusted BSiF Registered Safety Supplier, XAMAX® are passing on the information we have recently received from one of... Learn More >
  • How to Encourage and Manage Employee PPE Responsibilities

    PPE is designed to protect workers from workplace hazards and risk but PPE may not last as long as you may think. Once you have the equipment, your job is not over - It all depends on how often your PPE is used and in which conditions. PPE needs to... Learn More >
  • How to Safely Remove Disposable Rubber Gloves - 6 Step Graphic

    You need to know how to safely remove your disposable gloves without contaminating yourself - otherwise what's the point of wearing them in the first place? Unless you learn the procedure to taking off your single use gloves safely, you are putting your hands and health at risk. That's the... Learn More >
  • Fast-Tracking of Temporary Workforce Workwear

    With the current global issues, XAMAX® have set aside production capacity to help businesses with their temporary staff workwear. We understand retail and warehousing businesses are under strain and will do all we can to help. "Businesses needing to hire temp workers to fulfil increased demand due to this crisis... Learn More >
  • What Are The Health & Safety At Work Legal Obligations For Employers?

    With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reporting that there were 581,000 employees sustaining non-fatal injuries at work in 2018/19, it still seems that not enough is being done to protect workers. But what are the legal obligations faced by UK employers? What can be done to mitigate risk, and... Learn More >
  • Working in High Winds: The Risks and How To Mitigate Them

    The weather can play a huge role in dictating whether or not it is safe to be working outdoors. Working in high winds is a risk that is less discussed but it can be just as deadly to ignore. Workers need to know the risks and hazards associated, and how... Learn More >
  • How Often Should You Replace Your Hi Vis Clothing?

    The frequency of replacing your hi vis clothing is not determined by a period of time, but how it is used and cared for. It doesn't have a shelf-life as such unless it falls under an old hi vis clothing standard. Having a physical job makes your hi vis more... Learn More >
  • Tinnitus - Don't Suffer in Silence

    This week (1st Feb - 7th Feb 2021) marks Tinnitus Week in the UK. Most of us have left a nightclub or concert with a dull ringing in our ears that usually disappears before the hangover. But for some, tinnitus is a real problem that negatively impacts on their everyday... Learn More >
  • How to Choose the Best Welding PPE

    Welding is hot, dirty and dangerous work. This means choosing the right Welding PPE is absolutely essential. Welders understand that personal protective equipment is not only crucial to staying safe in the workplace, it is essential to laying a good weld bead - so it is unlikely that you will... Learn More >
  • Safety Wellies - The Benefits Of Safety Wellington Boots

    Safety wellies have a range of benefits for people working in different settings, so we thought we would write about 10 of the main benefits of a safety wellington. Learn More >
  • How To Choose Safety Boots For Work - What you Need to Know

    Safety work boots are a necessity for ensuring your feet are as safe as possible while you carry out your work duties. There are a number of options on the market but it is important you choose the boots that are comfortable and suit the roles you carry out. Perhaps... Learn More >
  • Cut Resistant Gloves & Sleeves - How to Choose the Correct Protection Level

    In 2016, new cut resistance ratings for anti-cut gloves and sleeves in the EN388:2016 standards were announced, and in 2019 these standards began to find their way into PPE product. You will likely be familiar with Cut 1 - 5 resistance levels, but these are now deprecated. The EN388:2016 cut... Learn More >
  • Tree Surgeon Clothing: What to Wear and When to Wear It

    Tree surgeons prune and treat old or damaged trees in order to preserve them, but this type of work involves working at heights, lifting heavy loads, and utilising dangerous equipment, which means it can be hazardous work. What is tree surgeon clothing? How do you buy it? Here’s what to... Learn More >
  • 5 Types of Occupational Diseases and How to Prevent Them

    Daily contact with hazardous materials at work can lead to serious health problems later on in life for your or your staff. Occupational diseases can be horrific and fatal, so it is always worth educating yourself on how you can prevent them. As an employer - it is your responsibility... Learn More >
  • How To Do Respirator Face Fit Tests: A Guide

    Similar to regular PPE, Respiratory Protective Equipment (or RPE for short) is any facial protective equipment that is specifically designed to protect an individual’s airways from harmful airborne contaminants. However, in order to rightfully delegate your employees this PPE, not only must you understand the correct respiratory protection ratings for... Learn More >
  • What Is Cold Stress? Workforce Symptoms And Treatments

    Anyone working in a cold environment is at risk of cold stress. In several industries, workers are required to work outdoors in cold environments for extended periods of time and the consequences of spending too much time working in the cold can be fatal. Cold stress is just the beginning... Learn More >
  • Working in the Rain - Regulations You Need to Know About

    The British weather is famous for its rain, meaning that those exposed to the elements are at risk of getting wet. Most people work inside, but what about those who work outside? Are there any specific ‘working in the rain’ regulations? What are an employers’ responsibilities when employees are working in wet weather? Do... Learn More >
  • Safety Footwear Ratings: The Ultimate Guide

    Style and colour may be your first thoughts when choosing new safety boots or shoes, but it should be the fit, suitability for your job and the protection standards (aka: Safety Boot Ratings) that are at the forefront of your mind. This is a guide to the safety standards, classifications... Learn More >
  • Rigger Gloves - everything you need to know before you buy

    It is possible that rigger gloves are not the best option for you or your staff, so here is what you need to know before buying rigger gloves. Construction workers, landscapers, forestry workers, warehouse operatives, engineers and even road-workers need different types of gloves due to the safety elements featured... Learn More >
  • Do You Know the Construction Site Hoarding Regulations?

    Do you know the regulations concerning the hoardings around areas of construction work? The hoarding on building sites - temporary wall-like structures that are built around the perimeter of the site - are covered by site hoarding regulations. They are designed to shield the site from the view of the... Learn More >
  • Bump Caps or Hard Hats: What is the difference?

    Head injuries are often serious and all too often life threatening. It is important, when working in hazardous industries, you and your employees are protected with some form of head protection such as a Hard Hat or a Bump Cap. Hard Hats are very different pieces of PPE from Bump... Learn More >
  • Is It Time to Renew Your Workplace Health And Safety Policy?

    If your company has five employees or more, you must have a written workplace health and safety policy. You should bring this to the attention of your employees via training.  Is it time to renew your Health and Safety Policy? There is no set time for renewal of your health... Learn More >
  • Are Rigger Boots Banned On Construction Sites?

    Rigger boots are an attractive option for those who work on a construction site. They are a slip-on safety boot between a lace-up and a wellington. Compared to traditional safety boots they have a looser fit and their added waterproofing makes them an appealing choice. However, are riggers safety boots... Learn More >
  • How to Ensure Road Worker Safety This Summer

    Working on the road exposes your team to hazards at the best of times, but in the summer there are added dangers. By reading this article, you will be able to outline how to maximise your road workers' safety in the warmer months of the year. Find out how you... Learn More >
  • How to Keep Your Staff Safe When Working in the Sun

    High temperatures and blistering sunshine can pose a great danger for your employees working in the sun. It is important that you understand the following risks and how you can keep your team as safe as possible at work: Change the Work ScheduleTake Regular BreaksBe Aware of the EnvironmentProvide PPE... Learn More >
  • Dust Mask Ratings: FFP1 vs FFP2 vs FFP3 - The Ultimate Guide

    PLEASE NOTE: This guide is not aimed at the general public and does not constitute advice to use a dust mask or respirators to protect from viruses. Here is everything you need to know about dust mask ratings - the same safety standards are used for respirator ratings and the... Learn More >
  • Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work: Do You Know the Risks?

    Sun exposure causes most skin cancer. The exposure may be long term or short term - where there are periods of intense sun exposure, causing burns. UV light in sunlight damages the DNA in the skin cells, and over time, this damage can lead to skin cancer. If your employees... Learn More >
  • 3 PPE Regulations Buyers Should Know

    The first PPE Directive was adopted over two decades ago in 1992 and later revised in 2002, meaning an update was long overdue. On the 12th February 2016, the new regulation was adopted in order for industries to stay on top of burgeoning technologies designed to help keep employees safe... Learn More >
  • 3 Policies You Must Address for Working Outside in the Sun

    It is important to understand how heat when working outside can affect your workers health both long and short term. With the weather rising each year, you must revise your policies to keep your staff safe while working outside. Here are 3 policies you need to address in order to... Learn More >
  • Can You Recognise and Treat Heat Stress at Work?

    Heat stress is a major threat to many workers, especially those who work outside in the summer months. But do not forget that heat stress at work is a threat all year round. Those who work in factories and bakeries are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, no matter what the season... Learn More >
  • How to Survive On the Road - 7 Summer Driving Tips for Delivery Drivers

    What if we were to tell you that driving in the snow, pouring rain and freezing temperatures are actually less dangerous than driving in summer? No way, right? Well… the conditions in the summer months contribute to more accidents than any other time of the year. There are various hazards... Learn More >
  • Do Employers Have to Provide Sun Cream?

    Most people know about the dangers of skin cancer and sunburn. However, when your employees work outside in the summer, how can they protect themselves from the sun? One of the easiest and most logical answers is sun cream. As an employer, is it your responsibility to provide your workers... Learn More >
  • Vehicle Loading - How to Avoid Injury

    If carried out incorrectly, vehicle loading can put your workforce at great risk. Not only of injuring themselves, they could also jeopardise the safety of other road users. If carried out against procedure, loading can be financially costly to your business too. Here are the various do’s and don’ts you... Learn More >
  • Grounds Maintenance PPE: Everything Your Team Needs

    Now that winter is coming to an end and the ground is finally starting to thaw, your grounds maintenance team will have much more work to do. The warmer weather means that your employees can get to work outside, clearing winter debris and preparing the work site for the months... Learn More >
  • Cold and Flu Prevention Tips for the Workplace

    Nobody likes getting ill and it is even worse when the fevers, coughs and sneezes force you and your employees to take days off work. It only takes one person to fall ill to bring down a large group of employees with a nasty bug.  What can you do to prevent... Learn More >
  • What PPE Equipment Do You Really Need?

    The answer is simple. You need personal protective equipment that will help keep your workers safe from harm in the workplace. Even after putting all the relevant safety measures in place, it is vital you ensure all of your staff wear the correct PPE on site all of the time... Learn More >
  • How Can NIHL Be Prevented? 4 Steps for Site Managers

    The Health and Safety Executive notes that there were 74,000 reported cases of work-related hearing loss in 2004 to 2005. In 1997 to 1998, those figures were closer to half a million. Both education and regulations have likely decreased these numbers of preventable hearing loss, but it’s important that hearing... Learn More >
  • When was Asbestos Banned in the UK?

    A recent survey found that nearly one in four construction workers in the UK may be exposed to asbestos, which places them at a higher risk of contracting terminal illnesses later in life, despite the fact that asbestos has been banned since 1999. The survey's findings plus the fact that... Learn More >
  • How Long Does PPE Last? (Probably Not As Long As You Think)

    How long does PPE last? Well, it may not be as long as you think - there is a recommended lifetime for every piece of safety equipment but it is determined under assumption of best practice and ideal conditions. Ideally, work boots would last 6-12 months on the job; hard... Learn More >
  • How To Pick The Perfect Pair Of Outdoor Work Gloves

    Gloves are a useful tool that many people often overlook when putting together an outdoor work uniform. There are many different types and styles made from a variety of different materials to choose from - you'll be surprised. From man-made materials to real leather and performance styles to models with... Learn More >
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