Workwear, Street Furniture & Waste Management Specialist

Safety Solutions NI

  • Best Marketing Initiative Award

    The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2016 were presented at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 11th March.

    A great night was topped off with Safety Solutions NI scooping the Best Marketing Initiative Award for our new mobile responsive e-commerce website.

    Best Marketing Initiative Award

    We were also treated to a special dance performance from James & Ola Jordan.

    To view more pictures from the night, please visit link below;

    Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2016

  • Avoid hand injuries

    If you injure your hands, your quality of life deteriorates and it may take a long time for you to recover. But with the right hand protection you can minimise the risk of injury. Under the PPE Directive (Personal Protective Equipment), employers are required to familiarise themselves with the work environment legislation that applies to their activities. They are required for instance to carry out risk assessments so as to ensure that employees are given suitable protective equipment and that things like chemical management are safe. Always use gloves that specifically fit your hands and the environment in which you work.

     

    BLADE CUTS cut

     

    When handling machine parts or tools with sharp edges, you can easily suffer a cut. Unprotected cutting edges on machine tools and hand tools are also a major risk.

     

    VIBRATION INJURIES vibration

     

    People working with hand-held vibrating machines and tools can suffer vibration damage. These injuries develop gradually and may be incurable. People working with strongly vibrating equipment may also experience problems with neck and upper shoulder pains that spread down into the arms and hands. Pain in the shoulder blades and elbows are also commonplace.

     

    CRUSHING INJURIES crushing

     

    Involves the mechanical overburdening of the fingers’ bones and tissue. Even when the hand is only slightly crushed, blood vessels can burst. Muscles, tendons, blood vessels and nerves may also be crushed. A crushing injury often occurs when a glove gets caught in moving parts of a machine. If you work on moving machine parts, choosing a glove that is the right size and made from a less durable material is vital – the glove easily tears apart if you get caught. The test results in EN 388 can serve as a useful guide in finding the right kind of glove.

     

    FROSTBITE Frostbite

     

    When the air temperature is below +10°C, you can suffer frostbite. The risk increases in the presence of wind and damp. Direct contact with cold surfaces chills the hand severely. People who work outdoors in the cold are particularly vulnerable, but those working in cold environments indoors, e.g., in the food industry, are also at risk.

     

    BURN INJURY Burn

     

    A major burn injury is one of the biggest traumas a person can be exposed to. Many burns heal spontaneously but major injuries result in lifelong scarring. Always wear gloves during hot work, whether you work in a canteen kitchen or in industry.

     

    HYPERSENSITIVITY/ALLERGY Allergy

     

    Hypersensitivity is when someone repeatedly displays symptoms in reaction to things around them that most other people do not react to. Allergies are an acquired hypersensitivity to a particular substance. Some occupational groups are more exposed than others to substances that cause hypersensitivity and allergies. With the right protective gloves, problems can be avoided or eased.

  • How to choose, use and look after your protective gloves

    In this section, we provide tips and guidance on how to choose, use and look after your gloves and also on how to dispose of them afterwards.

     

    Choosing gloves

    Risk assessment.

    Assessment of protection needs.

    Choice of protective gloves.

    011. Risk assessment

    Start by examining what risks may be present or may develop in the work environment. This makes it easier to choose the right gloves and to prevent employees from being harmed, falling ill or suffering some other kind of detriment.

    • Sharp objects are the most common cause of hand injuries.
    • Work involving hot objects, hot liquids or welding – or work in an environment with radiant heat or molten metal droplets – can cause severe burns.
    • Work in extreme cold or work involving liquid gas can cause frostbite.
    • Chemicals can cause damage to the inner organs via skin absorption, or to the skin itself through corrosion and hypersensitivity (sensitisation), and can also cause cancer, reduce fertility and damage the gene pool.
    • Biological risks can be harmful to health.
    • Moving machine parts can cause severe crushing.
    • Vibrating machinery and tools can cause vibration injuries.

     

    022. Assessment of protection needs

    Based on the risk assessments and the job to be done, a suitable protective glove is chosen.The following steps are used:

     

     

    Quantify the risks.

    • Decide how much arm/hand needs to be protected + size.
    • Decide the performance level, based on the relevant EN standard.

     

    THE SAFETY DATA SHEET is a document containing information on things like health and

    environmental hazards and other aspects connected with certain chemical products and substances.

    For professional uses, a safety data sheet is mandatory, even for prepackaged products.

     

    3. Choice of protective gloves03

    Whether the protection requirements are met depends entirely on the glove’s material properties. This is why the result of the materials testing in accordance with the relevant standard is of prime importance when choosing protective gloves. Other important factors are:

    • A good fit – right size and design.
    • Tactile properties – ability to feel objects.
    • Freedom of movement – suppleness of the material.
    • Comfort – whether the glove is comfortable and warm/cool enough.

     

    When choosing your glove, you should decide how resistant it needs to be to one or more of the following factors:

     

    Abrasion, blade cuts, puncture, heavy wear.

    Cold.

    Heat.

    Relevant chemicals, electrostatic charges or microorganisms.

     

    04User Instructions

    The instructions for use that accompany the package contain important information for the user. These instructions should therefore be readily available at the workplace.

     

    05Looking after your gloves

    If protective gloves are re-used, they must be inspected. Are they clean and whole? Have they lost their protective properties? The instructions for use must show how the gloves are to be cleaned, dried and stored; they should also be clean inside.

     

    If the gloves have been used for dealing with hazardous chemicals, they should be thrown away at the end of the working day – or earlier.

     

    Gloves should be stored in such a way that their protective properties are kept intact. Some glove materials, such as natural rubber, have a limited storage time.

     

    06Gloves as waste

    There should be set procedures for how gloves are to be used at the workplace, and also for how they are to be disposed of as waste. The gloves are in fact combustible but the way they have been used may affect their disposal. Special environmental rules apply in the case of gloves used to handle hazardous chemicals.

  • Rules, standards and CE markings

    If a protective glove is deemed to meet the safety requirements and is given a CE mark in an EU country, it can be exported and sold throughout the EU zone. To meet the requirements, the manufacturer has to comply with a number of EN standards. An EN standard includes demands, testing methods and requirements as to how the product is to be labelled in addition to the CE mark, and also sets out what the manufacturer’s instructions for use must contain.

     

    Explanation of the risk categories

     

    EU Directive 89/686/EEC divides personal protective equipment into three categories, depending on the level of risk involved. The greater the risk to which the user is exposed, the tougher the test requirements are concerning the gloves’ protective ability and certification. Since the EU Directive regulations are framed in general terms, European standards have been developed that specify requirements, test methods and marking instructions. One such standard is EN 420, which lists general requirements for protective gloves.

     

    Category i / simple design

     

    This category covers gloves used for work with minimum risks that can be identified in good time. This includes for instance gloves with less stringent requirements as to mechanical durability and gloves that are required to protect against hot objects. Gloves of a more basic type such as gardening gloves and assembly gloves belong in this category. The manufacturer must be able to show that the product meets the basic requirements for protective gloves (in accordance with EN 420), and is responsible for guaranteeing the CE marking. This applies to all protective gloves.

     

    Category ii / intermediate design

     

    Many protective gloves belong in this category, such as gloves where the requirements include mechanical durability to protect against, for example blade cuts. If gloves are to be given a CE mark, the manufacturer must be able to show that the product meets both the basic requirements and further standards that may apply to specific areas of use, such as welding gloves. The gloves must be tested by an approved laboratory and be type-approved by a notified body that issues certificates. Gloves in Category II must be marked with a pictogram, i.e., a symbol showing what the glove has been tested against and at what performance level. If the glove is intended to protect against mechanical risks (in accordance with EN 388), a four-figure code is shown beside or beneath the pictogram. These figures denote performance levels from tests against abrasion, blade cuts, tearing and puncture.

     

    Category iii / complex design

     

    These gloves can offer protection against things like highly hazardous substances. They are required to protect against permanent damage in situations where the user may have difficulty detecting the risks in time. This includes for instance gloves that protect against heat (above +100°) and extreme cold (below -50°) and gloves used for handling most chemicals. The gloves must be tested by an approved laboratory and be type-approved by a notified body. A further requirement is a yearly inspection of the production process and the gloves will be properly checked to ensure the right quality. Not until this is done may the gloves be given a CE mark. The notified body’s identity code (four figures) is to be placed directly after the CE mark, i.e. CE 0123.

     

    Protective gloves – general requirements and test methods (en 420)

     

    Summary of the requirements

     

    • The gloves must have been made so as to provide the protection they are intended for.
    • The seams and edges must not cause harm to the user.
    • The gloves must be easy to put on and take off.
    • The material must not harm the user.
    • The pH of the gloves should be between 3.5 and 9.5.
    • Chromium (VI) content should be below 3 mg/kg in leather gloves.
    • The manufacturer must state whether the glove contains substances that may cause allergies.
    • The protective quality of the glove must not be affected if the washing instructions are followed.
    • The gloves must allow maximum finger mobility (dexterity), given the need for protection.

     

    Size

    Circumference of hand (mm)

    Length (mm)

    Minimum length of glove (mm)

    6

    152

    160

    220

    7

    178

    171

    230

    8

    203

    182

    240

    9

    229

    192

    250

    10

    254

    204

    260

    11

    279

    215

    270

     

    It is important to choose the right glove size (see table above). Using gloves that are too large may increase the risk of accident. The sizing system in the above table is based on hand size, i.e., circumference and length. The standard also specifies requirements for resistance to water penetration, which is measured where necessary. In the case of anti-static gloves, special rules apply.

     

    Marking requirements

     

    Each glove is to be marked with:

     

    • The name of the manufacturer.
    • The designation, e.g., TEGERAR 9232.
    • The size.
    • The CE mark.

     

    Gloves belonging to Category II and Category III must also be marked with the following:

     

    • A pictogram denoting the type of risk that the glove has been tested for.
    • The performance level and the reference to the relevant EN standard, e.g. 388, next to the pictogram.
    • The four-figure code after the CE mark (only applies to protective gloves in Category III – High Risk).

     

    Requirements concerning instructions for use

     

    1This pictogram shows that instructions for use are included with the gloves’ packaging. The instructions should be readily available at the workplace and contain:

     

    • The name and address of the manufacturer or representative.
    • The glove and size designation.
    • Reference to the EN standard that the glove has been tested against.
    • An explanation of the pictogram and the mark.
    • Information on substances in the glove that may cause allergies.
    • Care & storage instructions.
    • Guidance on disposal of the glove after use.
    • Instructions on limitations of use.
    • Warnings concerning any mechanical or thermal risks and/or chemical health hazards.
    • Information on which chemicals have been tested and up to which level (applies to chemical protection gloves). Refers to the chemicals that form the basis for certification; others are available separately.

     

    Protective gloves against mechanical risks (en 388)

     

    EN 388This pictogram shows that the glove is intended to give protection against mechanical hazards. In order to be marked with this pictogram, the glove must be tested in accordance with standard EN 388 and must be approved by a notified body. Here, the glove’s resistance to abrasion, cutting, tearing and puncture is tested. These particular properties have been chosen since they largely reflect reality. After the tests, the glove is given a performance level rating for each and every one of the mechanical risks listed. This rating is on the scale of 1-5. The highest rating is 4 or 5. The glove is marked with the rating figures from the test and the numerical code is displayed alongside the pictogram. The glove’s ability to protect against mechanical risks of various kinds is tested in the following ways:

     

    1. Resistance to wear

     

    The material of the glove is abraded with sandpaper under pressure and the number of cycles required to wear a hole in the material is measured. The highest performance level is 4, which corresponds to 8,000 cycles.

     

    1. Resistance to cutting

     

    Here, the test involves measuring the number of cycles required for a circular knife rotating at constant speed to cut through the glove. The result is compared with a reference material and an index figure is established. The highest performance level is 5, which corresponds to an index of 20.

     

    1. Tear resistance

     

    An incision is made in the glove material. The amount of force required to tear the material apart is then measured. The highest performance level is 4, which corresponds to a force of 75 N.

     

    1. Puncturing resistance

     

    The test involves measuring the amount of force required to pierce the glove with a standard sized point and at a given speed (10 cm/min). Here, the highest performance level is 4, which corresponds to a force of 150 N.

     

    Property

    (Maximum performance)

    A) Resistance to wear (No. of revolutions)

    (4)

    B) Resistance to cutt ing (Index)

    (5)

    C) Tear resistance (Newton)

    (4)

    D) Puncturing resistance (Newton)

    (4)

     

    Level of protection

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    A) Resistance to wear (No. of revolutions)

    100

    500

    2000

    8000

    B) Resistance to cutting (Index)

    1,2

    2,5

    5,0

    10,0

    20,0

    C) Tear resistance (Newton)

    10

    25

    50

    75

    D) Puncturing resistance (Newton)

    20

    60

    100

    150

     

    The table shows what requirements apply at each performance level.

     

    WARNING If you work with moving machine parts, choosing a glove that is the right size and made from a less durable material is vital, since the glove easily tears apart if you get caught in the machinery.

  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards

    Safety Solutions Northern Ireland are delighted to announce that our new mobile responsive e-commerce website has just been shortlisted as a finalist for the "Best Marketing Initiative Award" at the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards.

    The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards gives local companies the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to business excellence.

    The overall winner will be announced on 11th March 2016, so wish us luck!!

  • Lisburn Triathlon Club - SERE Duathlon Series

    Safety Solutions are proud to be sponsoring this year's Lisburn Triathlon Club SERE Duathlon Series.

    This is a tremendously fast and enjoyable course in and around the Down Royal Racecourse, Lisburn. Whether you are an experienced multisport athlete or a complete novice, this three race series is suitable for you!

     

    Both the male and female winners of each race will also receive a beautiful branded Herock Softshell Jacket from Safety Solutions.

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  • Born2Run - Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series

    Safety Solutions are proud to be providing sponsorship to this year’s Born2Run Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series.

    This winter race series consists of 8 fantastic 10K courses to keep you running all winter long.

    The overall male and female winners of the series will receive a beautiful brand Herock Soft-shell jacket from Safety Solutions.

    We are also offer one lucky person the chance to win one of these jackets through a competition on our Facebook page, this competition will run until the end of the Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series.

    To find out the dates of each race please see image below;

    Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Race Dates

  • Univet X-Generation Safety Glasses and Goggles

    Univet have released a new generation of glasses and goggles for the work place. They have a wide variety of glasses which are available in different styles that can suit any place of work and any situation. They will be available to purchase from our website.

    All of their products have been uniquely designed to help benefit those in the work place. From the union of ergonomics, style and quality comes the exclusive X-Generation line from Univet. With innovative solutions designs to revolutionise the safety eyewear market. The new line of glasses provides the operator with optimal comfort with no point of pressure on the face, by combining protection and style.

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  • Ireland’s Electrical Trade Event - Come Visit Us

    Safety Solutions NI Ltd will be attending Ireland’s Electrical Trade Event in the Citywest Hotel Dublin on both Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th October.

    We have been allocated Stand No. 38, so if you’re coming along on either days make sure and pop along to see our new Safety Jogger Footwear and Herock Workwear ranges.

    Doors are open Wednesday 4pm - 9pm & Thursday 9:30am - 4pm so if your coming along make sure and pop along to Stand No. 38 and say hello.

     

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  • The Realex Payments Web and eCommerce Awards 2015

    Our new mobile responsive website has just been shortlisted in the Semi-Final for the Best eCommerce Retail Website in the Realex Payments Web Awards 2015.

    Check it out at www.safetyni.com

    These awards celebrate Ireland's best and brightest web stars.

    The 2015 Realex Payments Web Awards Nominated websites hashtags are #realexwebs15 and #iHaveASemi so make sure a check these out if you get the chance.

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