There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety footwear available is truly necessary. Read more
A study undertaken in 2010 by the Health & Safety Laboratory for the HSE showed that only half of the companies they surveyed were effective in providing adequate RPE that protected their employees.
It is a legal requirement that workers using tight fitting respiratory protective equipment (face pieces/masks) must be fit tested by a competent person. This requirement is detailed in Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations. Read more
The new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation became law on 21 April 2016. There is a two year transition period until its full enforcement in April 2018. The main changes put the onus on manufacturers to provide good quality equipment and provide the necessary information and certification, it is hoped that this will put an end to cheap inferior imports.
Categories for PPE have also been changed – Read more
Liz Preston and Kerry Greenwood recently attended The Health & Safety Event in Birmingham. It was brought to our attention that health surveillance is not taken up within companies as an important issue. Every year it costs billions of pounds to cover workers that are off work due to illness or injury. By keeping on top of your health surveillance this can easily be avoided. If your employees are affected by noise, vibration, dust, fumes or any other substances that are hazardous to health then it may be an idea to keep track of your employees health by using health surveillance questionnaires or by simple changes within the work place. To read more about health surveillance visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/health-surveillance/index.htm or call us to discuss any issues raised.
Gloves are a very good form of protection against chemical hazards, however when they fail this almost always leads to danger. It is important for anyone responsible for specifying gloves to understand the complex reasons gloves work and stop working.