How Can I Improve Waste Management?

We are all being made aware of the importance of Waste Management at the moment. It is all over the news and social media…stop waste…decrease landfill…say no to plastic.

Our waste has changed over the last hundred years which means traditional methods of disposal such as burying and burning are no longer feasible.

Waste management is a bit more than putting the bins out for the binmen to collect and take away. There is so much that you can do before collection which can save time, money and the planet.

The 6 R’s of Waste Management

The 6’s of waste management can help you manage your waste. They are:

  1. Reduce – There are things you can do to reduce your waste. Think…do you really need to print that email? If you do, does the signature of the email add an extra page of printing that you don’t need?
  2. Refuse – Simply say NO. Say no to plastic and other unrecyclable materials. Work with your suppliers and reduce packaging. In the canteen or company kitchen, say no to disposable cups and cutlery. If you have a watercooler, say no to the plastic cups and bring your own reusable cup.
  3. Reuse – Before you throw items away, have a think…can you use it for something else? Can you reuse packaging? Have you printed a page you didn’t need, use it as scrap paper. An old cup or pot, can you store things in it? It could be a new pen pot. Get creative, turn an old ladder on its side, mount on a wall and you have a new shelf or rack for extra storage.
  4. Recycle – There are so many schemes for recycling, have a look in your local newspaper and see what programmes are in your area. These schemes can cover clothing, metal, wood and more. You can also find recycling bins in your local supermarket car park.
  5. Repair – Repairing things when needed is a great way to reduce waste. Ripped workwear can be mended by stitching it back together. Superglue, nails and tape are other items you can use too.
  6. Resell – We have all heard the saying…’ one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. There are so many selling sites and pages now. Sites like eBay, Shpock, Gumtree and so many selling pages on Facebook and Facebook Marketplace. Of course, you can always stick an advert in your local post office as well. These are great ways of getting rid of unwanted items and you can make a little bit of money at the same time. You never know…you might find some treasure yourself.

Organising your Waste

If items are destined to be disposed of, then organise your waste, so that it can be disposed of or recycled correctly. How you do this, can depend on the industry you work in.

Schools

The biggest source of waste in schools is paper, followed closely by cardboard. Make it easy to sort waste by placing colour-coded bins in classrooms. You can have a blue bin for paper, green for recycling, red for plastics and black for general waste. Using these colours can encourage and make it easy for children to get into the habit of recycling. Why not have bins with transparent bodies so that the children can see their efforts?

Offices

Paper, cardboard, disposable cups and plastic make up the majority of office waste. Having coloured open-top bin for recycling paper and cardboard between a group or for an individual will make it super easy for staff to recycle. Each member of staff can have their own small lidded bin for general waste tucked under their desk.

Warehouses

Warehouses can produce vast amounts of waste, this could be cardboard, shrink wrap and pieces of metal. A standard waste bin would simply not be enough. Installing industrial recycling and waste sacks could be the answer! Have a different sack for shrink wrap, metal, glass, cardboard and general waste for easy disposal into larger wheeled bins ready for collection.

Clinical and Research Facilities

It is vital waste is sorted correctly in clinical and research facilities, especially when disposing of items such as chemicals and sharps. Installing clinical sack holder bins is an ideal way of sorting waste. Differentiate between the types of waste by having a different colour lid for each waste type. When disposing of chemicals and other liquids such as acids or even body fluids, try using granular absorbents. These granules absorb and neutralise liquids enabling them to be simply swept up and disposed of in the general waste. This can save time and a lot of money as specialist waste collections are not required.

When sorting your waste, make sure you come up with a plan and inform your staff so they can follow your procedures. Applying labels to your bins can help ensure procedures are followed, especially if you have visitors or patients who will not be aware of your waste management plan.

I hope reading this has given you ideas on how you can manage your waste.

We will be back in the new year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

How Do I Keep Safe From Hazards At Work?

Over the last couple of months, we have been discussing different areas of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). We have covered respiratory protection, gloves, head protection, ear and knee protection. This month we are going to cover the topics of fall equipment, high-visibility clothing and eye protection.

Fall Protection

Fall protection is used in more industries than you may realise; It is used in construction, building maintenance, window cleaning as well as the emergency services to name a few.

It is essential that your equipment is tested regularly and meets current safety standards which can be found on the government health and safety website – https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg367.pdf

Fall protection is generally broken down into 4 categories ; Fall prevention, fall elimination, fall arrest and administrative controls.

Fall elimination means to discover a way to complete a task without the need for working at height and removing the fall risk completely.

If the elimination of a fall cannot be achieved then fall prevention applies. This would apply for any tasks that need to be carried out close to a fall hazard, like working on the edge of a building.

Fall prevention falls in to two sections. The first being to use barriers at the hazard point such as rails or scaffolding around the building. The second section would be to ensure personal protection equipment (PPE), for example a Restraint Positioning Lanyard and Harness is used.

Fall arrest, means to protect a worker who has fallen, from dangerous contact with the ground, in other words to catch before descending. Hitting the ground from any height can result in serious injury, shock or even death, fall arrest equipment will prevent fatalities.

Administrative controls are required when and where changes need to be made to reduce the risk of a fall. This could be as simple as adding warning signs or notifying staff.

Ensure you and your company follow the fall arrest ABCDE for good practice and for the safety of everyone:

A – Anchorage: A fixed structure, this could be part of a building.

B – Bodywear: A full body harness, ensure your harness meets the European standards EN361 & EN358 such as a 4 point restraint harness.

C – Connector: How your bodywear and anchorage are connected together such as a lanyard.

D – Deceleration Device: This is an essential component designed to absorb the energy from a fall to reduce injury. This could be an energy-absorbing twin lanyard.

E – Emergency Plan & Equipment: A clear plan of action should a fall occur and a rescue to take place. This procedure should be made known to all workers.

High Visibility Clothing

High visibility or high-viz clothing, is clothing which is highly fluorescent. The main colour is bright, usually yellow, pink or orange with reflective tape or banding and can be seen easily against any background. High-vis clothing is worn in many industries and environments.

The visibility is categorised into 3 classes, the amount of fluorescent material and reflective tape on a garment determines the category.

Class 1: This is the lowest level. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.14 sqm and reflective tape is 0.10 sqm. These garments are usually worn on the lower half of the body. The most common class 1 garment is trousers. They are usually made from fluorescent material with two reflective bands on each trouser leg.

Class 2: This is the medium level of visibility. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.50 sqm and reflective tape is 0.13 sqm. High-vis waistcoats usually fall in this category with reflective bands over the shoulders and around the torso.

Class 3: You’ve guessed it, this is the highest class. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.80 sqm and reflective tape is 0.20 sqm. These items cover a larger area of the body, such as a high-vis jacket.

Risk assessments should always be conducted to decide which class of visibility should be worn. High visibility garments should conform to the International standard BS EN ISO 20471:2013+A1.

Eye Protection

Eye protection means the use of eyewear such as glasses or goggles to prevent injury to the eyes or loss of sight. It can also be achieved by using a full face covering.

Choosing the correct eyewear primarily depends on the potential hazard.

Protective Glasses: These provide protection against small objects, and can be used to avoid dust impacting the eye. Similar to prescription glasses in style with wider arms for additional protection. If you are working outside, smoke lensed glasses will provide the protection you need and act in a similar way to sunglasses.

Safety Goggles: They provide all-round protection against liquids and small particles. The deep rims ensure the goggles seal the eye area and can protect from liquids and small impacts. The elasticated strap ensures a comfortable fit for the user. Depending on your working environment, you may require vented goggles to prevent fogging.

Ensure that your safety glasses and goggles are CE Marked and are EN166 Compliant.

Full Face Safety Visor: If you are at risk from a greater hazard then you may need full eye and face protection. Safety visors can be used as well as safety glasses if required and can be worn for prolonged periods of time as they are usually fitted around the head for additional comfort.

Depending on the task in hand, the shield can be a clear PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol) or could be a mesh.

This concludes our monthly discussions on PPE, I hope you have found them informative. If you require any further assistance in regards to PPE please feel free to contact us on 01353 665141.

How do I keep safe at work?

Last month we started discussing the importance of PPE, we talked about face coverings, gloves and head protection. In this months blog, we are continuing this discussion by covering ear and knee protection

Lets start with…

Ear Protection

Ear protection should be worn if noise or sound levels exceed 85 decibels. Ear/hearing protection is designed to reduce the level of sound that reaches the eardrum to reduce the risk of hearing loss.

When you are looking at ear protection, it helps to understand the ratings so you can select the appropriate piece of kit.

The Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is a measurement that rates the effectiveness of the device to reduce the sound exposure. The higher the NNR number, the better the noise reduction potential.

The Single Number Ratings (SNR) is an international rating system for noise reduction. Tests are carried out in laboratories that are independent of the manufacturer. The results determine the rating given.

NRR and SNR ratings show the number of decibels the item will reduce the noise level by. These ratings are measured differently so you may find the values are different but the general rule is the same, the higher the rating the better the performance of the item.

Ear Defenders or Ear Muffs provide protection by covering the ear with a cup. The outer shell of the cups is usually a hard thermoplastic with an acoustic foam layer. This foam absorbs the sound waves which in turn reduces the magnitude of the waves before they enter the ear. If you find defenders that are rated EN 352-1, this means that have been tested and meet the European requirements for hearing and performance protection. They must be labelled with the standard number, manufacturer and model number for identification.

Silverline compact ear defenders conform to EN352 and have an SNR rating of 27db. Each cup has a soft foam-filled cushion designed to provide comfort over prolonged periods of time. They fold up for easy storage on a work bag or workshop.

If you have little ones that are eager to help or if you are taking them to an event where noise levels may be high like a fireworks event, Junior Ear Defenders are ideal with an NRR of 26db. They offer a low profile and foam cushioned headband and cups for comfort.

Ear Plugs are another form of ear protection. They are able to offer a higher level of protection as they are inserted into the ear canal. They are used when the highest level of protection is required and because they fit into the ear canal they can be used with other types of PPE. They are extremely lightweight, easy to carry and store. Ear Plugs should conform to the EN352-2 European standard, however, this marking may only appear on the packaging. EN352-2 means that the plugs meet the requirements for EN352-1 as well as additional requirements such as design and minimum attenuation (loss of sound waves strength).

When you are considering ear plugs, you need to consider the environment in which you are going to use them. Do you require Corded Ear Plugs? It is very hard to tell if someone is wearing plugs, as they insert into the ear canal can be difficult to see them. Having corded ear plugs allows other people such as colleagues to see this item of PPE is in use.

Should you be working with machinery or in construction, corded ear plugs may be a hazard. Ear plugs without cords are available, try to get ear plugs that are bright in colour so that others may be able to see that ear plugs are in use.

Knee Protection

Knee Pads help to reduce the impact on your knees and provide cushioning when kneeling, to help prevent injuries. They may also protect you from sharp objects such as tools and nails. There are four types of knee protection:

Type 1: Knee protection which is not part of a garment. These are usually fastened to the knee by using straps.

Type 2: These knee pads are placed in pockets or attached to trousers in the area of the knee.

Type 3: This is completely independent and not worn as part of clothing, such as a kneeling mat.

Type 4: The knee protection for this level is incorporated into the design of a stand-alone item, such as a kneeling stool.

Each type of protection is defined by different levels of the European Standard EN14404. This standard measures the size, force distribution, penetration resistance and user testing.

Level 0 – Knee pads at this level are designed for working environments where working on your knees is minimal. They provide comfort when working on flat surfaces. Hard Cap Knee Pads provide this level of protection with a foam inner for extra comfort.

Level 1 – These pads provide protection against items 1cm or smaller which are on a hard and flat surface. They are ideal for those who are working on their knees in regular intervals. Gel Layered Knee Pads provide this level of protection. The gel layer compresses less than foam and gives greater comfort for longer.

Level 2 – Knee protectors rated level 2 can be used on flat surfaces as well as uneven surfaces in tough conditions, such as a building site or quarry. They must provide protection against a penetration force of at least 250+10 N. To get this level of protection, Hard Cap Gel Knee Pads are what you need. The pre-shaped flexible plastic caps and gel layer gives protection without reducing mobility or comfort.

Come back and have a read of our November blog when we will be discussing more PPE categories and keeping you safe at work.

Why is PPE so important?

The importance of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has been highlighted in the news recently due to COVID-19. With members of the general public as well as professionals now required to wear PPE, the sales of items such as gloves, aprons and face masks have gone through the roof. But, do you really know what you are buying?

PPE is worn in addition to clothing to help to protect you and others from injury or cross-infections. PPE can provide full-body coverage or provide protection for a specific body part, for example; hands, eyes and feet.

Respiratory Protection

In other words, Face Masks.

In the UK, it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings such as masks in shops and on public transport, and is advised when you cannot keep 2 metres apart.

One of the most familiar masks is 3 Ply Disposable Surgical Face Masks. Worn mostly by people in the medical profession, they are a comfortable fit and can be thrown away after use. These masks should always meet the European Standards EM:14683.

For a mask to meet the standard of EM:14683, it needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Bacteria Filtration Efficiency (BFE): >98% (Size of typical bacteria at 3-5 microns)
  • Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE): >99% 0.1 micron particle size
  • Differential Pressure (Delta P): <3.0 mm (Breathability – Pressure Difference, a low value is better)
  • Fluid resistance: 80 mmHg (Measure the ability to resist fluids at a specified pressure; level 1 = 80mmHg, Level 2 = 120 mmHg, level 3 = 160 mmHg)

You may also have seen Valved Face Masks. These masks are intended for prolonged use, as they allow exhaled air to escape from the mask whilst stopping dust, mists and fibres being inhaled.

Valved Face Masks are primarily used in trades such as Carpentry, Construction and Engineering. They are not used in the medical profession as the valve creates jets of exhaled air which can spread bacteria and viruses.

Gloves

Gloves are one of the most frequently used items of PPE; they can reduce the risk of injury and stop the spread of contaminants. With so many materials to choose from, which one is going to be fit for purpose?

Leather Gloves are designed to be hard-wearing and for repeated use. Rigger Gloves are one of the most familiar leather gloves. Designed for construction and general usage, these gloves are reliable with knuckle protection and safety cuff.

Welders Gauntlets; made from Cow Split Leather, protect the user from extreme heat. They conform to the European Safety Stanard of EN388, this means the gloves fabric or layers of fabric have the ability to resist heavy rubbing, cutting by a blade or sharp object, tearing, and puncture by a pointed object. The red colour of these gloves mean they can be used in areas of reduced visibility to provide a high level of safety.

Cotton Gloves offer comfort for prolonged use. The breathable material ideal for handling delicate materials such as brass, without leaving fingerprints. You may find cotton gloves have been dipped in Nitrile or PVC for extra protection against grease and oils.

Nitrile Gloves give protection without losing your sense of touch. They are perfect for clinical and research settings where you may be dealing with small components. Normally blue or green in colour, to allow the user to clearly see dirt to prompt change. Nitrile Gauntlets are designed for prolonged use and the smooth, non-porous material even protects the user from micro-organisms.

Vinyl Gloves are disposable and are used for short tasks where things are a bit messy! Available in different sizes to suit the user and also with or without powder. Powder-free Vinyl Gloves are increasingly popular as there is no risk of allergic reactions which can be caused by powdered gloves. These gloves can be an alternative to disposable Latex Gloves.

Head Protection

Head protection is a crucial part of PPE. It’s aim is to protect the users head from impacts and stop injury. The piece of kit you need fully depends on what job you are carrying out.

Face Shields with Safety Visors provide full head and face coverage and protection. The Mesh Safety Visor is ideal for gardeners and maintenance workers. It provides protection from debris whilst not impacting sight. This visor conforms to the European standard EN1731 which refers to the material specifications, design, performance and test methods for eye and face mesh protectors. The Forestry Hat and Faceshield with Ear Defenders meets the requirements for EN1731 & EN352. EN352 refers to the Ear Defenders making sure there is adequate hearing protection.

Another form of head protection is Safety Hard Hats. Primarily used on Construction sites. They are lightweight for prolonged used and are fitted with adjustable harnesses to ensure the helmet fits the user. These helmets should conform to EN397 which states the hat has been designed to protect the wearer from falling objects and debris.

Did you know that most people do not use their PPE correctly?

Over 50% of PPE is not used or managed correctly. This can lead to the spread of infection and/or injury.

The most common reason for this is knowing when to change your PPE. There is no set time for changing your PPE so you need to monitor it, if it is dirty, wet or damaged you need to change it and dispose of it properly.

PPE covers a very wide spectrum from welders’ aprons to ear defenders, please check back next month for my next instalment on how to keep you safe at work.

How to Reduce the Chances of Spreading Coronavirus- Know the Facts

How to stop coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, commonly referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronavirus is also known as novel coronavirus, which means it is a new strain of virus previously unknown to virologists.  The disease gets its number 19 from the year it was discovered.

Transmission of Germs

It is factual that; your hands are one of the main routes that viruses take to make their way from surfaces to your respiratory system, so keeping surfaces clean is one of the most effective things you can do to stop yourself contracting the virus. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for twenty seconds. If you can’t get to a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser will do the trick.

A question raises its head, regarding the quality of sanitisers.  Some have low alcohol content.  Medical grade sanitiser is over 70% alcohol (Ethanol or Isopropyl) this substance is intended to destroy or make harmful organisms like bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus, inactive.  The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend just that.  According to the available evidence on efficacy, tolerability and cost effectiveness, WHO recommends using an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser) for routine hand antisepsis in most clinical situations.  It would logically follow that a high alcohol hand sanitiser would be more than adequate for general usage by the general public too.

Hand Sanitiser compliant with the WHO is available here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/hydroalcoholic-hand-sanitising-gel-min-70-alcohol

Effectiveness of Wipes

Dr Clare Lanyon a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning with a regular kitchen surface with wipe.

This then raises the question regarding the wipe itself.  ‘are general surface wipes good enough to protect us?’  Looking at general surface wipes they are not only as effective as Dr Clare Lanyon states, but; they also contain plastic, making most of them last for years instead of breaking down.

The Answer

PoshChemie® has a product sold by Trade Shop Direct, called Alcohol Based Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner.  This has an alcohol content of 73.4% minimum, which makes it medical grade.  It can be sprayed onto hard surfaces to kill 99.99% of bacteria and virus (including coronavirus) on the surface.  The surface can be wiped with a paper towel to dry if required.  Paper towels contain no plastic, so these are compostable, and break down unlike the majority of general wipes.

High Alcohol Surface Cleaner without the ‘Plastic Wipe’ https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/alcohol-based-anti-bacterial-surface-cleaner

A Solvent-Free, Biological Parts Washer Degreaser. How To Become More Environmentally Friendly and Make Savings. A Helpful Guide.

TradeShopDirect advanced Industrial biological parts cleaner for washing and cleaning industrial and commercial parts and components and even equipment.

A new generation parts washer/degreaser for multiple application and industries. It uses concentrated biologically rich microorganisms to digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath. Safe for the operator and the environment.

Environment And The Law

There are a number of laws and commitments that every business has to adhere to, it just depends on what type of business you are. For instance, if you’re a company who produces a lot of chemical waste which could be damaging to the environment, you’ll obviously be held to a lot stricter standard than an organisation, for example, delivering letters.
The type of waste from old parts washers has to be disposed of in specially-managed waste facilities. It is not possible to dispose of hazardous liquid waste down drains or landfills in the UK.

Why You Should Buy This Biological Parts Washer?

There’s an ever-increasing need for us all to abide by the law and become more environmentally friendly and aware, It doesn’t use chemicals and solvents, It ensures the health and safety of the operator and well-being of the planet because the microorganisms constantly clean the bath. It also reduces and saves you money in waste disposal.

Industrial Biological Parts Washer

This advanced Industrial biological parts cleaner degreaser solution for washing and cleaning industrial and commercial parts and components is warmed to 38°C, an ideal cleaning temperature for cleaning and degreasing parts
(and using boost mode, you can increase this to 43°C if required), it has around a 30L bath and a brush for cleaning thoroughly between the parts. It’s a large parts washer, yet compact and robust. The heated parts washer benefits from a secure lid to limit any evaporation.

The biological degreasing parts washer solution, along with a microorganism concentrated tablets provides you with around a month of cleaning, at which point you add another microorganism tablet. The microorganisms continue to clean the solution, breaking down the contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

The solvent-free biological parts washer and degreaser is designed with the operator in mind, has a bath level indication and a very easy to drain, the integrated system included.


The microorganisms continue to clean the fluid and break down contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

Where Can This Parts Cleaner Degreaser Be Used?

The advanced, new generation parts cleaner degreaser is designed for use with many industries and applications where thorough cleaning and degreasing of oils and contaminants of parts is required, here are a few:

Industry

Metal Working; For cleaning and degreasing all types of parts, tools.
Glass Works: Cleaning grease moulds, cutters.
Electrical/Electronics: Degreasing of motherboards, electrical components, housing.
Textiles: Cleaning combs and looms, removing textile oils, weaving filters.
Vocational Training: Degreasing components and parts for cars, motorcycles, agricultural machinery.
Plastics Manufacturers: Cleaning moulds, extractors, bearings, removing hydraulic oils.
Paper Manufacturers: Removing ink from conveyor rollers, press rolls, degreasing casings and gears.
Printing/Screen Printing: Removing ink, cleaning rollers, ink wipers, ink mixers, spray rollers, various surfaces.

Transport

Motorcycles: Degreasing housing of engines and transmissions, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.
HGV’s: Degreasing gearboxes, diesel oil centrifuges, engine blocks and housing, cylinder heads, pistons, valves
and cleaning of other mechanical components,
Rail: Spark plugs, wheel bearings and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Shipyards: Cleaning of mechanical components and engines and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Public Transport: Fleet maintenance, bus, underground, tramway maintenance and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Car: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks. alloy wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Leisure

Boats/Jetski: Maintenance of mechanical components, engine maintenance.
Bicycle: Degreasing of chains and chainsets.
Ski Resort: Degreasing and cleaning of rope grips for cable cars and chair lifts, cleaning of internal components and springs.
Golf Courses / Racecourses: Maintenance of mowers, removal of oils, grass stains and cleaning of other components.
Campers and Caravans: Highly effective on for removal of black marks on bodywork.
Motor Sports: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, folks. allow wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Medical

Degreasing of titanium prostheses.
Removing polishing compounds.

Public Bodies And Authorities

Army & Police: Degreasing of arms and weapons and components, including barrel and breech.
Cemeteries: Equipment Maintenance.
District Councils: Cleaning of maintenance equipment, Refuse lorries, sweepers, mowers.
Local services: Fleet maintenance, cleaning mower blades, hedge cutter blades, plastic housing, carburettors,
chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Forestry: Cleaning mower blades, hedge cutters, plastic housing, chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Public Swimming Baths: Cleaning pumps, boilers and apparatus.
Water Treatment Plants: Cleaning pump, filters and pipes.

Agriculture / Agro Food

Horticulture: Maintenance of agriculture equipment,
Processing: Cleaning of pumps, milk treatment equipment, degreasing of metal moulds, degreasing of housings, plant maintenance conveyors, degreasing of gear reducers and effective cleaning of frying oils.
Abattoirs: various cleaning of components.

Construction & Civil Engineering

Quarries: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.
Equipment Hire Companies: Maintenance of heat appliances, dust removal from housings and filters.
Motorway Construction Companies: Vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Tunnel Construction: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Operators Health

Is it solvent free?
Are there optimal hygiene and safety conditions? Remember that solvents affect health. Short-term effects of solvents can include; irritation of eyes, lungs skin, cause headache, nausea, dizziness and light-headedness.

Savings

Does It have consumable cost control and is it a low cost to run?
Are there microorganisms that continue to clean the fluid, breaking down the contaminants so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer?

Environment

Does it minimise waste?
Is it kind to the environment?

How To Buy The Parts Washer Degreaser

Finding the right environmentally friendly alternative to traditional solvent-based cleaners, couldn’t be easier,

Trade Shop Direct has always been at the front of offering great new products and support for our industrial and commercial trade customers and we are proud to say that we the UK reseller for the industrial biological parts washer and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. We have a great choice for the modern and savvy user of today.

We’re excited to now sell this new advanced biological parts cleaner and degreaser. Buy this Biological Parts Washer from us here and just leave the concentrated, biologically rich microorganisms, digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath in an environmentally-friendly way.

General UK Lockout/Tagout Procedure

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ONLY TRAINED & AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ARE PERMITTED TO LOCK OFF EQUIPMENT.

Prepare for shutdown.

Identify the type of energy used to operate the equipment.

Ensure that any secondary energy sources are also identified.

Identify the amount of energy used to operate the equipment.

Identify the potential hazards of that energy.

Locate the method of controlling that energy (switches, breakers, valves etc.)

Inform all affected employees.

Identify all employees who may be affected by the shutdown of equipment and inform them of the shutdown.

Ensure they know who is locking off the equipment and why.

Turn off the equipment.

Turn off the equipment using the operator controls

Follow the standard procedure for shutdown and ensure no-one is at risk when doing so.

Isolate all energy sources.

Ensure that ALL energy sources have been isolated.

Ensure that any secondary energy sources are isolated.

Ensure that ALL stored energy in the equipment is dissipated, e.g.

relieving trapped pressure.

releasing tension in sprints or block their movement.

block or brace parts that may fall due to gravity.

block parts in hydraulic and pneumatic systems that could move due to loss of pressure

bleeding, venting, flushing pipes with liquids or gases, ensuring appropriate precautions are taken against hazardous contents.

dissipating heat or cold and wear appropriate protective clothing.

Monitor and react to situations where stored energy can re-accumulate.

Lock off switches.

Lock off all switches or other energy controls (e.g. valves, circuit breakers) by using a suitable lock off device.

Only devices specifically designed for locking out should be used.

Each person working on the equipment should have their own personal padlock.

Each personal working on the equipment should place their padlock on the locking off device.

If the isolation device cannot support the number of padlocks needed, use a hasp or other suitable devices as necessary.

Apply purpose designed tags to the lockout to warn employees of the danger of the re-energising the equipment. These tags should be fit for purpose – durable, resistant to environmental conditions and attached securely to the lockout device.

Ensure the details of the tags are completed in full.

Test the equipment controls and circuits.

Make sure that all danger areas are clear from personnel and switch on the equipment.

Press ALL the start buttons or activation controls on the equipment to test the correct circuits have been isolated.

Test all of the circuits using the appropriate testing equipment to ensure that they have all been isolated.

Verify the main disconnect switch or circuit breaker can not be turned on.

Perform maintenance.

When preforming the maintenance of the equipment ensure that your actions will not reactivate the equipment.

If modifying or installing new equipment ensure that your actions will not reactivate the equipment.

If modifying or installing new equipment do not bypass the lockout.

When maintenance is complete ensure the correct reactivation procedure is followed to ensure the safety of both the person(s) working on the equipment and any employees that may be affected.

What is Lockout Tagout?

lockout tagout procedures1Basically Lockout Tagout is a physical method of preventing equipment from being re-energised when it is unsafe to do so.

Every year a large number of workers are injured in industrial accidents resulting from the unexpected start-up of workplace equipment and machinery. By ensuring that Lockout Tagout procedures are followed the risk can be prevented and injuries minimised.

Lockout is a physical method of keeping equipment from being re-energised, stop any unexpected movement, prevent the release of stored energy including the flow of gases and fluids. For example, to isolate an electrical circuit turn the appropriate breaker to the off position and place a lockout device in place to keep in this position. A padlock is then put in place on the lockout device to ensure it can only be removed by the person who locked it off.

Tagout is a highly visible warning placed on the equipment which has been isolated.  The tag should be of sufficient durability for the conditions, attached securely and proved details of the person who applied it. A tagout system should never be used without an appropriate lockout procedure as it does not provide the same measure of protection.

Lockout Tagout procedure should be followed during repair or maintenance of equipment where a worker could be injured by the unexpected start up of machinery. Depending on the type of machinery and energy source depends on which lockout device is used, energy can take many forms, which may include:

Electrical energy – commonly found powering nearly all workplace equipment.

Hydraulic energy – commonly found powering forklifts, cutting equipment and pumps.

Mechanical energy – commonly found in all machinery with moving parts.

Thermal energy – commonly found in equipment such as ovens or freezers (hot & cold).

Pneumatic energy – commonly found powering machinery via compressed air or gas.

Potential – commonly found in compressed springs or suspended weights.

Only trained and authorised employees are allowed to perform repairs, servicing and maintenance on equipment, and therefore training of all affected personnel must be arranged. This includes authorised employees who will be performing maintenance on the equipment as they need to recognise hazardous energy sources and the means necessary for isolation and control.

All other employees, contractors and visitors need to be made aware of the Lockout Tagout procedure with specific emphasis on the prohibition relating to attempts to restart or re-energise equipment which has been locked out.

Tags are an effective way of communicating the status of equipment which is undergoing maintenance.  Appropriate tags should be provided by the employer and be fit for purpose, they need to be:

  • Durable and hardwearing
  • Resistant to moisture, oils and other contaminants.
  • Easy to read and understand
  • Identify the person who installed it
  • Be attached using a method which is secure and that cannot be easily released. They should also be able to be attached by hand and should not be re-used.

Tags should always be used in conjunction with an appropriate lockout device. In some instances where it is not possible to attached a lockout device then tags may be used if there is no other physical alternative of isolation.

Further information can be found in current UK legislation. This has been put in place to prevent such accident occurring by controlling unauthorised or accidental use of energy.  The Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998, Section 19 Energy and Electrical at Work Regulations 1989, Regulation 13 both specifically cover these aspects.

In addition The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 both state that an employer should ‘make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees’ and ensure their ‘health, safety and welfare at work’.

Also the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 also states that it is also the responsibility of the employee to ensure the ‘health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omission of work.

Ensure your workplace environment and employees are safe and risks are minimised by following strict Lockout Tagout procedures.  If you need help and guidance please call 01353 665141, our Lockout Tagout specialist will be happy to advise.

How to make outdoor steps safe in wet weather.

safe steps

Did you know falling on slippery steps is the number one cause of accidents and injuries around the home; whilst we know salt is good in the snow and you can add grit to your steps in the winter it can be a messy old business.

To make your stairs and steps safer it’s a good idea to fix abrasive strips to each level. First you will need to make sure the surface is clean and dry, then simply attach a self-adhesive strip near the front of each step.

Our safety tread tape has a finely ground aggregate bonded to the surface to enhance the non slip properties and is available to buy by the roll, which is perfect for ensuring all of your outdoor surfaces are safe.

The textured tape is available in black, yellow & black chevrons and transparent (clear); it can be used inside and outdoors.  Our anti-slip tape is suitable for pretty much any edge that needs to either be clearly visible or anti-slip including ladders, boats and decking areas. The exceptional high bonding properties of the tape makes it suitable for sticking to wood, metal, concrete and tiles.

Ensure your home and workplace is safe this winter and call us on 01353 665141 to place your order or ask for further advice.