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PPE

  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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 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 >
  • What do You Need to Know About Buying Construction Site PPE for Summer?

    As the temperature rises, it can be easy for your construction teams to ditch their personal protective equipment, but it is your responsibility to provide them with the correct construction site PPE. For outdoor construction workers, the main dangers are UV exposure and overheating. Too much sunlight is harmful for... Learn More >
  • How To Pick Glove Ratings: Our Guide To EN-Standards

    There are several types of gloves available to purchase for a reason. You should avoid making the mistake of assuming that any type of glove can be used for any type of work you undertake, as this can bring its own set of dangers. That's why gloves are rated into... Learn More >
  • Why Ignoring PPE Maintenance is a Terrible Idea for Your Business

    It’s a no-brainer that if you don’t maintain your PPE equipment, then it will not work properly. So why is ignoring PPE maintenance a terrible idea for your business? Bottom line: when safety goes out the window, accidents happen. If accidents happen at work, that means you lose time and... Learn More >
  • Nitrile VS Latex Coated Gloves: Which is Best?

    When searching for work gloves, nitrile coated gloves, and latex coated gloves are popular options, but which is best? Before we begin with the merits, let's discuss the properties of latex and nitrile themselves. What is each substance made with, and what's its purpose? Does one fare better than the... Learn More >
  • How To Mitigate Excessive Noise and It's Effects

    Exposure to excessive noise levels can be severely harmful to your workers’ health, both short and long term. They are apparent in every industry and construction is up there with the highest noise and longest exposure levels. It is important to know what level of decibels is harmful to you... Learn More >
  • How to Maintain and Store Your Safety Glasses

    Eye safety is paramount for physical jobs such as working on a construction site or welding. Over 90% of cases of eye injuries reported could have been prevented with protective glasses. Over 2,000 people suffer each with an eye injury. If your workplace has decided that protective goggles or safety... Learn More >
  • PPE Signs: Which Signs Go Where on Site?

    There are over 15,000 potential signs that you can find in work places all over the UK. It is certainly an overwhelming number, but most signs offer mandatory protection. Safety clothing PPE signs indicate when, where, and which type of PPE has to be used or worn on a particular... Learn More >
  • Why is PPE Important? How to Sell the Idea to Your Staff.

    It’s a hot day out on the construction site on a hot roof, an unusually warm British summer day. Your employee isn't wearing his hard hat, or eye protection because they’re making his eyes and head sweat, but he is wearing some safety gloves. He’s no longer wearing a shirt... Learn More >
  • Understanding Common PPE Symbols and Their Meanings

    Symbols are quite literally everywhere. It’s universally recognised that man and woman graphical symbol mean male and female toilets, or, similarly, a disabled sign near a parking space means parking for disabled persons. The red octagon of the stop sign can be recognised from afar. But PPE symbols are another... Learn More >
  • What are the Types of Protective Eyewear Sites Should Consider?

    Personal protective equipment is essential for anyone working in hazardous conditions. Therefore, employers need to protect employees from harm. Likewise, other safety measures should be introduced first to protect your employees and PPE used as a last resort. Eye safety is paramount for those who work with glass, debris, chemicals... Learn More >
  • Covering Up - Cold Weather PPE Every Site Needs

    When the weather gets colder outside, it’s important to wear layers and cover up. Many people die in the UK winter because they are underprepared for the weather, so it’s vital that companies help workers understand what they need to stay warm. But it’s not just about staying warm. When... Learn More >
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