Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Uvex on the issues surrounding breathing protection

Breathing Protection: The Long-Term View

Eurosafe Group supplier, Uvex shares its knowledge about the consequences of not taking the long-term view of respiratory protection at work. With the belief that ‘it will never happen to me’, many workers are putting their lives at risk.
Uvex explains “Sadly we now know only too well the devastating long-term effects (15 or even 20 years later) asbestos, respirable crystalline silica, or silica dust, or other carcinogens have on the respiratory systems and health of those who regularly inhale them.

“While asbestos is the biggest killer, silica dust is catching it up. Exposure to this is currently a big issue, exemplified by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)’s ‘No Time to Lose’ www.notime- tolose.org.uk campaign, a new, global, cross-industry commitment to tackle silica dust and related work- place cancers.

“Exposure to harmful substances can, in the long term, lead to incurable silicosis, lung cancer and other serious lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and tuberculosis (TB).

“Cancer from working with carcinogens is the leading cause of EU work-related deaths, responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year, while 900 workers in Britain get lung cancer from silica dust exposure each year, and at least 666,000 workers a year die from workplace cancer globally.
Quartz is the most common form of silica, found in common workplace substances such as sand, stone, rock, concrete, bricks, clay and mortar. Silica is only hazardous when very small dust particles are inhaled, which penetrate deep into the lungs.

Operations such as cutting, sanding, sawing, drilling, grinding and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock and stone products can cause airborne silica dust, so that workers in industries such as construction, demolition, excavation, foundries and glass, pottery and concrete products are particularly vulnerable.While dust control measures
such as local exhaust ventilation systems and dust suppression by vacuuming or spraying water are useful, these are not enough on their own. Well-fitting, appropriate and comfortable RPE should also be provided to prevent workers from breathing the dust that inevitably becomes airborne despite these other measures.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), employers must perform an assessment of the risks from silica dust and take any necessary preventative or control measures. They must keep exposure below the Workplace Exposure Limit of 0.1 mg/m3 respirable dust, averaged over eight hours, and, where necessary, provide workers with, and train them how to maintain and use properly, respiratory protective equipment (RPE), which must also be face fit tested.

The correct type of disposable, or reusable, breathing protection should be selected for the task in hand, according to the level of hazard, to ensure that it per- forms properly. Disposable masks are designed to keep out dust, and may feature valves to ease breathing, while reusable respirators protect against chemicals, gases and vapours as well as particulates.

Whichever type is chosen, they need to fit properly, be as comfortable as possible over long periods of time to prevent workers taking them o , be super-sealable, reliable, able to fit a variety of head sizes and face shapes, have low breathing resistance and be compatible with other PPE, such as eyewear.

EN149 Standard specifies three types of filtering face piece respirator: FFP1, the simplest device, FFP2, which o ers more protection, and FFP3, which gives a greater level of protection for jobs such as cutting kerbstones, reducing exposure by a factor of 20.

Uvex offers a selection of all three types of breathing protection mask, all of which perfectly fit all the above criteria and all of which are available from Eurosafe.
Providing RPE that does not fit the wearer properly and is therefore ineffective can be worse than not providing any protection, since it may give a false sense of security. The BSIF’s Fit2Fit (Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme) www.fit2fit.org gives helpful advice and lists accredited testers, and aims to raise the quality of fit-testing in the UK.

Deaths related to exposure to asbestos fibres are still increasing in the UK, because workers were not protected in the past. In 2014 there were over 2,500 deaths from mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, with a similar number of deaths from asbestos-related lung cancer.

Huge and growing numbers of workers worldwide are equally at risk from silica dust, so employers must think ahead and take sensible precautions to prevent silicosis becoming the new asbestosis in 20 years’ time.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Protecting hearing through collaboration, innovation and training

Protecting people from hearing loss at work is in the DNA of all our Eurosafe members, as we continuously investigate and suggest specific solutions, training or equipment that can be used to protect people from a whole range of hazards at work. With other personal protection equipment aimed at stopping more physical types of injury, protection of hearing is a much more long-term concern for businesses, especially those where employees are exposed to noise levels above 80 dB on a daily basis.

 Our five key steps to protecting hearing include:
• Identification of noise levels in the workplace and specific applications
 • Carrying out a hearing test based on noise data
• Selection of the right hearing protection equipment
 • Training in the use, care and when to replace equipment
• Regular reviews of hearing validation and PPE equipment By testing noise levels across your operations and processes, you can understand which employees will be exposed to noise over 80 dB for any length of time.

You can also understand the types of noise and environment in which this noise is present. This enables you to match other PPE, like hard hats and safety goggles with relevant earmuff or earplug protection. Monitoring a worker’s hearing through routine testing is an effective way to identify any damage that may be the result of workplace noise. This is why Eurosafe members always suggest the use of hearing testing, not only to protect the employee, but to make sure the employer understands and documents the level of hearing capability of existing and importantly new employees.

 Through workplace noise monitoring you can then select the right hearing protection for each individual, working in each different high noise processes or areas. Typically, hearing validation systems have relied on subjectivity from the individual being tested. This works with a sound being played in a quiet environment and an individual who is wearing ear protection asked to indicate when they can hear the various pure tones of sound. Although it is a positive move from the employer to carry out hearing validation in the first place, using this subjective approach lacks clarity, can't be measured and therefore recorded effectively. Not only does this put the end user at risk, it also has limited use in protecting the employer from future claims against hearing loss, whether that loss has occurred onsite or elsewhere.

With the new 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation system, based on science not subjectivity, these barriers to protecting hearing and safeguarding employees, as well as employers are removed, as the system works without any input from the employee.

 The 3M™ E-A-R fit™ Dual-Ear Validation system is a lightweight kit that includes the hardware and accessories you need to perform the hearing validation testing, this includes:
• A speaker with a desk top stand
• Probed test earplug samples
• Two double-ended microphones (one for each ear)
 • Power cable.
• USB connector to connect to a PC Additional 3M™ E-A-R fit™ Dual-Ear Validation system software is also provided for download from the cloud. This software enables the end user to record and safe data from each test, with an intuitive interface making usability simple.

 For Simon Ashton, MD of Eurosafe member Simon Safety, the new 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation system represents the first time the business has been able to suggest a holistic approach to hearing, that also measures the impact other PPE can have on protecting the wearer from noise. Simon: “As both a consultant and provider of safety equipment, to a whole range of businesses working in diverse environments, we have a dual role to play in protecting individuals. This involves the assessment of the risks and the provision of different PPE options, that are fit for the purpose of protecting against these risks. “With hearing validation, you have two options, the in-ear plug and the outer ear defender, but as we know through our experience of dealing with numerous suppliers, there is a huge variance in both the performance, application and flexibility of products. This is not to mention how easy they are to maintain over time, particularly from a hygiene perspective. For example, we have seen ear defenders that have mould growing inside them.“When it comes to training, the 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation system really comes into its own, as it is vital that ear protection is fitted properly and also combined with the other PPE being worn for the job. For example, you may need different eye protection, as the use of glasses can potentially impact the seal of an ear defender.” 

Eurosafe member Simon Safety and the PX Group, a leading integrated infrastructure solutions business, recently collaborated in a project with 3M. This was aimed at protecting employees and contractors working at the Western Wood Energy Plant at Port Talbot, Wales, a site operated and maintained by PX in consortium with Bilfinger Industrial Services. The power plant, owned by Western Bio-Energy Limited, generates enough electricity to power 10,000 homes, through the combustion of 160,000 tonnes of biomass per year. In order to do this, the plant shreds 80% virgin wood biomass material from sustainable forestry sources and up to 20% clean recycled wood biomass sourced from local suppliers. This material is fed into boilers, which in turn feed the onsite turbine, generating electricity. For PX Group it is the shredding, burning and generation phases of this process that create the most noise, which they need to protect employees from.

Having tested the equipment with Simon Safety staff that had been trained on the 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation system, PX opted to purchase it and train its own SHE team to carry out the regular testing and training. Michael: “We have now validated and trained all of our staff onsite and have made hearing validation a key part of our overall H&S reporting system, with plans for regular updates to ensure the training we have delivered is reinforced. “We are also validating contractors that come onto site to work in the areas where we have identified noise protection requirements. Having successfully implemented the system on the Western Wood Energy Plant we are now looking at rolling it out to other facilities with similar needs".

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Simon Safety awarded Outstanding Contribution Award.

Simon Safety & Lifting Centre Ltd, based in Neyland, Milford Haven, has been awarded the Golden Eagle Award for an Outstanding Contribution by one of their valued Upstream Oil and Gas clients.

Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited presented the award in recognition for the outstanding contribution Simon Safety has made to the success of their Golden Eagle Area Development project. The prestigious award is presented to vendors who have displayed exceptional qualities and fully support their projects beyond the basic requirements of the contract. The key to this success was good communication, flexibility and efficiency all of which Simon Safety demonstrated throughout.

Simon Safety are specialist suppliers of PPE and understand the importance and critical requirement when supporting clients, ensuring the safety of all personnel and providing a coordinated appearance for teams of employees, who are often working on Global jobsites.

After receiving the prestigious Golden Eagle Award, Simon Ashton, Managing Director of Simon Safety, said “I am delighted to be receiving this award on behalf of the dedicated and hardworking team at Simon Safety. It is a great feeling to receive recognition for the hard work and commitment we provide our valued clients, Thank you”.

Simon Safety & Lifting Centre Ltd are based in Milford Haven, alongside the UK’s largest Oil and Gas Port, and specialise in the supporting the UK Energy and Industrial business sectors through the manufacture and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, Work Wear and Workplace Safety Supplies.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

2015 BSIF Awards

Second year running for award winning Safety Company

Simon Safety, highly commended at the 2015 BSIF Awards

Simon Safety & Lifting Centre Ltd are delighted to have been awarded the 2015 British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Service Award for the second year running, recognised by their customers for offering exceptional and innovative service solutions.

Industry leaders and organisations gathered at the Safety & Health Expo in London this month to find out the results of the prestigious 2015 awards. In recognition for the outstanding customer service and dedication to the Health and Safety industry, Simon Safety received two Highly Commended awards recognising the efforts of their South Wales Headquarters and West Midlands Region.

Receiving the awards were Simon Ashton, Managing Director and Gavin Kendrick, Business Development Manager – West Midlands Region.

After receiving the awards, Simon Ashton, Managing Director for Simon Safety, said: “The BSIF Safety Awards recognise true excellence in service and innovation in the health and safety industry and what makes this award even more important, is that it is voted for, by our valued customers, Simon continued, that it is our total commitment at Simon Safety to keep workers safe and that we are delighted to have been recognised for our dedication to industrial safety”. 

Simon Safety & Lifting Centre Ltd are based in Milford Haven, alongside the UK’s largest Oil and Gas Port, and specialise in the supporting the UK Energy and Industrial business sectors through the manufacture and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, Work Wear and Workplace Safety Supplies.

Pictured: left to right, Philip Baker, BSIF Vice Chair, Alan Murray, BSIF CEO and Simon Ashton, Managing Director of Simon Safety.

Pictured: left to right, Philip Baker, BSIF Vice Chair, Alan Murray, BSIF CEO and Gavin Kendrick, Simon Safety Business Development Manager, West Midlands Region.

Monday, 30 March 2015

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