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Whose Ear Is It Anyway?

04-Aug-2017 05:16:00

Hearing damage from excessive exposure to loud noise is an occupational hazard, particularly in industry. That’s why it’s so important to provide effective hearing protection to anyone exposed to noise during their working day. And effective means right for the purpose, the person and their ear.

Howard Leight – part of Honeywell – have been promoting hearing conservation and manufacturing earplugs for over 30 years, so they know all about choosing, fitting and wearing them.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Tools, Safety and Maintenance, PPE, Health & Safety

Covering Up Safety Issues

13-Jun-2017 07:04:21

If there’s a safety issue at your site, the last thing you’d do is try to cover it up, isn’t it? But sometimes, that’s the best way to resolve it.

Of course we’re not talking about keeping secrets from the H&SE. We’re talking about keeping your workforce protected by keeping them covered up with protective clothing. And it’s not just in obviously hazardous environments that providing protection is best practice. 

From something as innocuous as paint or grease, to clearly dangerous chemicals, blood-borne pathogens and asbestos, there are numerous substances which can be accidentally splashed, spilt or sprayed during a normal working day.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

When You Can't Repair or Replace

31-May-2017 11:10:00

When hearing is damaged, that’s it. Even ERIKS can’t repair or replace it. So it’s essential to use effective hearing protection. But how do you know the earplugs are working as well as they should? New Honeywell VeriPRO testing can tell you – in minutes. 

Working with any earplug, VeriPRO is a testing tool with user-friendly software, that gives fast, accurate, easy-to-understand results. The Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) it provides will show whether or not any particular earplug is providing the right amount of protection for the individual wearing it.

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Topics: News, Health & Safety, Best Practice, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Safety is in Your Hands

28-Mar-2017 11:43:45

The waste and recycling industry is a dangerous one to work in. It’s true that the number of accidents has fallen in recent years – but it’s still four times higher than the national average, and even double the rate in manufacturing and construction. Fortunately, reducing accidents further can be as quick and easy as putting on a pair of gloves.

Construction poses dangers from falling masonry and falls from scaffolding, for example. Manufacturing can involve heavy machinery and fast-moving components. Waste and recycling’s dangers may not be so obvious or so dramatic, but they still have to be faced every day, and they can be life-changing too.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, Waste & Recycling, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

A Major Cause of Industrial Injury, and How to Protect Against It

17-Oct-2016 08:18:17

Can you name the industrial injury which affected an estimated 15,000 people in the UK last year?

It’s an invisible threat, yet ever-present in industries ranging from construction to engineering and manufacturing.  Many of the protection methods available are:

  • Ineffective
  • Costly
  • Wasteful, or
  • Simply ignored

The answer is noise, and hearing loss isn’t the only problem it can cause.

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Topics: Innovation, News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

An Explosive Topic Neutralised by RX

10-Oct-2016 07:47:51

If you’re holding an ordinary metal tool in your hand in a potentially explosive environment, you might as well be holding a match.

All it takes is a single accidental contact and you could create a spark that ignites the vapours, liquids or dusts present in the atmosphere – with a bang!

That’s why ERIKS, with our Zero Accidents Policy and commitment to take safety seriously, recommend and supply the extensive RX range of non-sparking safety tools. From commonly used tools like hammers, spanners and screwdrivers, wire brushes and wrenches, to more specialist items like pipe wrenches, wire strippers, hexagon keys and wrecking bars, the RX non-sparking range allows you to work as normal even in an ATEX zone.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

World 1st for Hand Hygiene

05-Oct-2016 07:17:00

The world’s first alcohol-based foam hand sanitiser, formulated to kill 99.999% of many common germs in just 15 seconds, has been launched by Deb Group.

84% of users in an independent survey said they preferred new Deb InstantFOAM ® Complete foam format over alcohol-based gels. But pleasant to use doesn’t mean pleasant to germs.

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Topics: Innovation, News, PPE, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Concrete Doesn't Cut it for Wearwell

28-Apr-2016 09:15:37

Workstation mats have proven to generate a substantial rate of return not just in terms of financial benefits, but also in improved employee morale and productivity.  

The question arises, how do you achieve the same benefits for larger areas?

Ergonomic flooring is emerging as that solution. The main difference between workstation mats and ergonomic flooring is the ability to properly customize the product on-site.

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Topics: Best Practice, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

How to Avoid the Second Most Common Occupational Health Problem

12-Feb-2016 13:21:22

deb-stoko-hand-washingIt costs €600m a year across the EU, it results in 3 million lost working days a year, it can even force workers to change their jobs! 

What is it? Occupational skin disease.

But it’s not only your employees’ health and well-being that can be affected. Reduced efficiency and productivity, and increased costs to your business, are all effects that can be associated with this very real risk.

Employers have legal obligations to protect against the problem, but getting the right protection, in the most cost-effective way, needs a clear understanding of the particular problems in your business, and experience of how to solve them.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, PPE, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

How Can You Help Improve Your Employee's Health?

14-Jan-2016 12:53:00

“This year I resolve to take better care of myself.” 

This is a common statement that many employees work hard to fulfil.

What are you doing as an employer to assist them in reaching their goal, and what benefits could this have for your company? 

Wearwell have a few solutions...

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Health & Safety, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

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