Plant & Works Engineering
Protecting the industrial environment

By Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s product manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures

Brand-new environmental noise monitoring system

CASTLE says its latest innovation has made complicated environmental noise monitoring a thing of the past. With live data streamed directly to, solar panels and lithium battery options, the E-Box has all the bases covered with 3 options available, The LITE, POWER and LIVE.

Great value safety footwear

SOLID GEAR says combining maximum comfort and protection with a robust and durable design, the Onyx is available as a shoe or a boot and is ideal for different types of on-site work.

Portable appliance testing

MARTINDALE ELECTRIC says when it comes to testing portable appliances, its HPAT Series of portable appliance testers now includes the HPAT400 and new updates to its existing range, to enable both contractors and competent in-house personnel to quickly and safely verify the electrical safety of all types of appliances.

Ultimate choices in work trousers

SNICKERS WORKWEAR says September sees the next generation of work trouser choices from a premier brand of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women.

Electric Arc - understand the risks

SNICKERS says as working clothes on site go, there’s a big difference between conventional electrician’s workwear and specialist ProtecWork garments from Snickers Workwear, which includes protective wear for electricians.

Noise-activated warning signs

PULSAR INSTRUMENTS has announced that one of its most popular interactive noise warning signs, the Pulsar SafeEar, has now been reinvented to be weatherproof and dustproof. The company says this new SafeEar IP65 Weatherproof Noise-Activated Warning Sign works just like its original signs that light up when a pre-set noise level is reached to warn workers and visitors when they need to put on their hearing protection or when noise levels need to be kept down.

Safe radar system solution

PILZ says new to its safe sensor technology portfolio is the world's first safe complete radar solution for protection zone monitoring. It comprises the safe radar system "LBK System" from Inxpect S.p.A. and the configurable small controller PNOZmulti 2. As radar technology is fundamentally insensitive to external influences such as dust, rain, light, sparks or even shock, the solution provides safe, economical monitoring even in the most rugged environments where optoelectronic sensors and technologies cannot guarantee availability.

Proximity switch for Ex zones 0/20

EGE says launching the IGEX20a inductive proximity switch, it presents a compact sensor with ignition protection type Ex m (encapsulation). The company says, observing the relevant installation standards and conditions, it can be used directly in zones 0/20 without any further switching amplifier.

Safe and hazardous area pressure transmitters

The AMO M10 is a new low cost industrial pressure transmitter designed for general purpose pressure measurement. This sensor is rugged and durable, and can provide accurate measurement even under harsh conditions, available in gauge, absolute and sealed gauge versions. The MPM489 model is the ATEX approved version certified to ATEX Exia IIC T4 Ga .

Plugging the low-risk safety gap

SICK has announced it has launched the first 2D LiDAR sensors safety-certified to PL b, specifically designed to plug a gap for lower-risk applications where safety-rated integration is needed in small, low-speed automated guided vehicles and carts, service robots or collaborative robots.

Interactive noise warning sign

How do your workers know when to wear hearing PPE and when it’s safe to remove it? Millions of workers are affected by high noise levels in their workplace loud enough to damage their hearing.

Protect employees from chemical exposure

CASELLA, air sampling, noise and vibration specialist, has announced it has launched its advanced and lightweight low flow pump, the VAPex Pro and says the elite low flow pump is the ideal solution for seamless reporting on employee’s levels of chemical exposure, saving occupational hygienists’ crucial time in their working day.

Safety & Health Expo 2019: courage and risk – a different perspective

Can you reduce human error and eliminate up to 95% of workplace injuries? Join Eddie the Eagle, former British Olympic Ski Jumper, and Larry Wilson, CEO and author of SafeStart International, at SHExpo this June for the answer. The safety duo will address the topic of courage and risk at this year’s Safety & Health Expo 2019, Wednesday 19th June, ExCeL London UK Keynote Theatre, 11:30 – 12:30.

Fatigue and human error: a financial risk to business

SAFESTART INTERNATIONAL, a leading safety training programme, is inviting companies to attend its latest discovery workshop. The event will take place in Leeds, The Queen’s Hotel, on the 14th May. Register free here.

Biodegradable nitrile glove

GLOBUS GROUPS says it has enhanced its market-leading single-use disposable gloves range with the introduction of the SHOWA 6110PF new biodegradable nitrile glove.

Escape and rescue equipment

British manufacturer of custom-made breathing escape respirators and respiratory protection systems, SEMMCO reports that its entire range of hooded life protection devices is fully compliant with the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425, ahead of the deadline in April 2019.

Don’t get caught out this winter

Three red weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office since 2011, two of which occurred between 28th February and the 2nd March 2018, making last winter one of the most severe in a decade. ARCO, a leading UK health and safety expert, says it wants to encourage individuals and business owners to prepare for the worst.

Sanding dust issue solved

Lyndon Design is a high-end designer and manufacturer of stylish furniture, typically supplying the hospitality and leisure industries. During the manufacturing processes, Lyndon manufactures parts in a range of hardwoods. An existing sanding booth was proving insufficient to cope with the dust generated during manual sanding processes and Lyndon approached AIRBENCH to provide a solution.

Safety boots to the rescue

SCRUFFS has announced the latest addition to its collection, mid-ankle safety boots equipped with composite toe and midplate for lightweight flexibility and protection from sole penetration – whatever the weather.

Protecting the workforce during the festive season

UK businesses have a legal responsibility of ensuring staff are not over the alcohol limit while at work, to support this, ARCO a leading UK health and safety expert, says it wants to encourage the use of breathalysers in the work place this festive season.

Reducing human error and eliminating up to 95% of workplace injuries

SAFESTART INTERNATIONAL, a leading 24/7 safety and performance training programme since 2009, is inviting companies to attend its latest discovery workshop on the 28th November, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole between 10am – 3pm. Register free here.

Workshop maintenance

FIRST MATS says keeping a workshop well maintained not only ensures that all machinery is running at its best, but also reduces the chance of accidents happening. A poorly maintained workshop is a haven for trip and fall hazards, not to mention accidents that could occur from the use of poorly maintained tools and equipment.

Webinar: Is your organisation ready for Industry 4.0?

SAFESTART INTERNATIONAL has announced it will host a ‘Safety & Industry 4.0’ webinar on Tuesday 18th September at 10am to explore the role of human factors as we enter the 4th Industrial Age, an aspect often underestimated or forgotten by employers as they move towards a world shaped by big data and automation. This webinar will discuss the safety challenges that organisations and workers alike will face and address how they can prepare for the technologically enhanced landscape that is the future workplace. Register here:

Single use glove solutions

Global single use glove specialist UNIGLOVES, reports it has launched a new brochure bringing together its latest high performance, ground breaking hand protection solutions in one easy to use place.

Noise monitoring course returns

With an estimated 20,000 workers still suffering with work-related hearing problems in Great Britain, health and safety managers should have noise monitoring processes in place to help eliminate this preventable condition. Monitoring solutions expert CASELLA says its in demand noise monitoring course returns on September 18th at its headquarters in Bedford, ready to train people in noise at work risk assessment.

Queen’s Award hat-trick

FORTRESS INTERLOCKS, an expert in automation safety and interlock systems, reports it has been awarded its third Queen’s Award for International Trade, recognising the outstanding growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Fortress Interlocks says it is amongst 230 businesses nationwide recognised this year in categories that include sustainable development, promoting opportunities through social mobility, innovation and international trade. In 2007, the company won the Queen’s Award for Innovation and in 2008, the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Winners of the International Trade Award must demonstrate substantial growth in overseas earnings relative to business size and sector.

Protecting remote workers

With a variety of roles being carried out in the great outdoors involving fuels, lubricants, chemicals and agrochemicals, spill control and containment specialist EMPTEEZY says it has expanded its range of portable eyewash solutions designed to protect those working without day-to-day facilities.

CE Markings are no guarantee of safety

Lee Pickering, head of sector – manufacturing at Arco discusses the unseen risks for businesses and says although we enjoy the benefits of working in one of the safest places in the world, with the lowest incident rates of work related deaths in the EU, there’s a gap in the compliance process that is putting UK workers at risk of injury, even though they are using CE-marked PPE they believe will protect them.

Stay on top form this summer

Scruffs_Trade_Active_Polo.jpgSCRUFFS says it is committed to kitting out trade professionals in workwear that works as hard as they do. As the thermometer rises over the coming months, the company says it knows how important it is to stay cool and comfortable when working in a physically demanding profession and the latest addition to the Scruffs collection, the Trade Active Polo, is designed to be lightweight and quick-drying, and comes in two colours: black and graphite.

Gloves make the grade

ARCO, a leading UK safety expert, has launched its new range of cut protection safety gloves, and says they provide workers with the most comprehensive hand protection range to date, meeting the revised EN 388:2016 standard whilst educating employers about the changes to cut level testing.

Hygienic solution

Rittal_Hygienic_Solution_for_Large_Control_Systems.jpgRITTAL says its Hygienic Design System enclosures combine the features of its Hygienic Design Compact enclosures with a modular, bayable configuration.

Roadside air monitoring

Casella.jpgAhead of the UK’s Clean Air Day on 21st June 2018, Casella announced a tender win for an online monitoring system for city roadside dust, located in Shanghai, China.

If the cap fits

Scruffs_Work_Cap.jpgScruffs says it understands that it is important to be comfortable when working in the sun, as the heat can soon take its toll and that is why it has designed a new work cap which not only looks good but will keep you shaded from the sun throughout the day.

Confined space rescue

Semmco.jpgBritish engineering company SEMMCO has announced the launch of its latest HEAD30 solution, part of its life protection systems range. Semmco offers a range of breathing protection solutions for individuals who work in confined spaces and hazardous environments, where the breathable atmosphere may not be safe.

Relieve safety pain

SafeStart_-_Injury.jpgSAFESTART, a leading safety training programme, has announced a free 1-day Discovery Workshop in Manchester on 22nd May. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how SafeStart gives people the skills and awareness to avoid making unintentional mistakes that lead to injury. The programme is designed to help companies move beyond compliance in the workplace to improve safety performance, employee engagement, culture, home safety and business results.

Moisture-proof luminaire

ZG_Lighting.jpgZUMTOBEL says its new IP66 rated AMPHIBIA moisture-proof luminaire breaks new ground in lighting for even the most demanding applications. The company says its ‘one-material’ concept ensures optimum protection against physical impacts, chemicals and sudden changes in temperature while advanced lighting technology creates a safe and productive working environment and both the luminaire housing and the diffuser are made from the same high-quality material, composed of Polycarbonate, PMMA or CHEMO, ensuring optimum resistance over the full lifetime of the solution.

Cut resistant glove

Globus.jpgHand protection specialist GLOBUS says it has further enhanced its leading portfolio of safety gloves with the introduction of the new SHOWA 4561.

Isolation indicator

Reece_Safety.JPGIt’s extremely quick and easy to find modern systems where a live feed will remain in place despite the original energy source being isolated. A remaining single phase or a floating neutral could be not only potentially hazardous, but disastrous.

Top safety accreditation

Pryor_Marking.jpgPRYOR MARKING TECHNOLOGY has announced that it has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Pryor says its application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to safety while providing quality marking systems.

New industrial cloths

With the launch of its new WypAll ForceMax Industrial cloths, KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL says it is challenging manufacturing facility managers to reconsider their wiping choices, pitching the WypAll range of industrial cloths against traditional rags and laundered cloths used in plant and manufacturing settings.

Stepping up the ladder regulations

19734_Ladder_Infographic_Web_996px_v1.jpgARCO, a leading UK safety expert, is offering its customers free advice on how to ensure their ladders and stepladders are compliant ahead of the revised European regulation on portable ladders being enforced this year.

Hazards found in UK safety gloves

Leather_Rigger_Glove_003.jpgFollowing market surveillance carried out over two years ago on a number of EC type approved and CE marked leather safety gloves, ARCO a leading UK safety company, says it has revealed worrying evidence of carcinogenic dangers found in a number of safety gloves still available on the market.

2018 Noise Monitoring Course

Casella_-_noise_sound_level_meter.jpgFollowing high industry demand, CASELLA has announced its popular noise monitoring course returns on 6th February at its headquarters in Bedford. The company says attending the one-day course enables individuals to gain key knowledge of the Noise at Work Regulations, measure noise exposure sources and gain the skills needed to start monitoring noise in their workplace. The course can save businesses time and money, as attendees learn useful information on occupational noise monitoring in the workplace.

Head protection range

Globus.jpgWorker safety specialist ALPHA SOLWAY, part of Globus Group says Europe’s multi award-winning range of safety helmets by ENHA are now available in the UK and Ireland. The company says as a well established and respected innovator in head protection across mainland Europe with a reputation for quality and performance, ENHA’s extensive range of safety helmets has been designed to provide protection for workers across multiple sectors including construction, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, metal working and forestry.

New training drive

AJT_Engineering_IOSH_certificates.jpgOne of Scotland’s leading engineering groups has announced a company-wide commitment to enhanced safety standards. AJT ENGINEERING says it has upgraded its 5S culture to 6S – adding in safety as a key element. The initiative is being carried out across the firm’s four divisions in Aberdeen, Port Glasgow and East Kilbride. Over 40 members of AJT’s 111-strong workforce are participating in the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) “Working Safely” course.

New matting catalogue

COBA_Europe_catalogue_cover_2017-18.jpgCOBA EUROPE reports it has published a new catalogue to promote its latest range of floor safety products and it includes a wide choice of anti-fatigue and slip-resistant matting options, as well as GRP sheets, stair treads and nosing, and PVC strip curtains.

Multi-beam protection

Sick.jpgSICK says it has set new standards in the use of multiple light beams to safeguard the area surrounding hazardous machinery with the launch of the deTem Core family of safety light curtains for applications up to SIL3 / PL ‘e’ (Type 4).

Safe sliding gate

Heras_Safeglide_2.jpgIn 2016 HERAS says it decided to improve its existing sliding gate so that it would not only be one of the safest on the market, but also would be easy to install, and extremely reliable giving end users many years of trouble free operation. ‘Safety is at the heart of everything we do and it is especially important for automated gates and barriers.’ says Geoff Miles, national sales director at Heras in the UK.

New categories for Big Book

Arco_Big_Book_Catalogue_2017-18.jpgARCO, a leading UK safety company, has launched its 2017-18 Big Book catalogue offering the best choice in personal protective equipment (PPE) and workwear. Arco says as well as the new products, the Big Book also features three new categories: First Aid, Storage and Materials Handling, and Maintenance and Facility supplies.