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Is cloud technology the future for noise measurement?

We’ve seen some of the fastest changes in technology in the last two years. Could the traditional way we measure and monitor noise be about to change forever too? Cirrus Research discusses the benefits cloud technology offers to noise measurement

Dräger launches two ultra compact 10-minute filtering escape devices

Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, is launching two of its smallest-ever filtering escape devices, the PARAT® 1200 and PARAT® 1260, which both provide 10 minutes effective respiratory protection in emergency environments where air quality has been compromised, enabling potentially life-saving additional escape time.

Sound level meter apps

There has been a growing awareness of the availability and application of sound level meter apps providing noise measurement functions. Clarke Roberts* explains further.

Choosing the correct footwear

Keypoint says: choosing the correct footwear is fundamental to your general feeling of wellbeing. Think of shoes as the foundations of your body. If the foundations don't support you properly, it puts more pressure on other areas of the body like your knees, hips, and lower back.

Ensuring cobot safety

Collaborative robots are designed to operate safely alongside humans, but there are still precautions and procedures that you need to implement to minimise risks. Peter Lange* explains.

Understanding fire doors and shutter safety regulations

Melanie Rosby* examines the regulations and requirements around fire doors and shutter safety so you can make sure your building is safe.

The importance of wearer trials when purchasing arc flash PPE

In a heavily regulated world where garments have to be tested to high standards, purchasing decisions around PPE are often based on test results alone. While protection has to be the number one consideration when specifying PPE, comfort should not be overlooked. If PPE isn’t comfortable it can result in the wearer compromising their safety.

Electrical fires: The danger no organisation can afford to ignore

Of all the risks that face modern commercial buildings, electrical fires are one of the most common and damaging. Fire endangers health, property and the business itself – with 25% of businesses who suffer a fire never reopening. Stewart Gregory* reports.

Keep plants secure in an era of threats

In the fourth panel discussion in our Talking Industry series, three experts on plant safety and security got together to discuss the latest thinking on these topics. Andy Pye, consultant editor of PWE, who chaired the session, reports on some of the highlights of the lively discussion.

Keeping noise under control

Noise in the workplace poses significant risks to people’s hearing. Without the right tools and equipment to understand noise levels in your workplace, you could be leaving employees open to suffering from hearing loss. PWE’s Andy Pye reports.

Ditching dirt – addressing the challenges of industrial cleaning

Across Great Britain in 2019 there was an 85,000 work related ill health cases in the manufacturing industry1. With increased focus on safety and environmental performance even small changes can yield big health and safety benefits. Günes Yenen* looks at the options available to minimise risk to health and safety from slips and spillages.

COVID-19: Enhancing workplace safety

Matthew Marriott* looks at how electronic security can enhance workplace safety during the pandemic.

Don’t be floored by flooring!

We all know how easy it is to lose our footing, catch our foot in something or fall off a ladder. But when it happens at work, it’s a whole different ball game. Andy Pye explains

Airborne hazards in the factory - more than COVID-19

With many factories being redesigned to be COVID-safe, staff returning to work, and with some key staff still not in post, it is easy to lose focus on some of the other airborne hazards lurking in factory environments, which are as dangerous as ever. Andy Pye looks at a few of these.

Providing support and advice to organisations impacted by COVID-19

All organisations have been impacted by COVID-19. Many are fighting for survival. Alcumus is supporting the ‘Going The Distance’ campaign to provide help and guidance where needed. Whether that is increasing your presence to win new commercial contracts through SafeContractor, or to offer support and care for your staff through these uncertain times with PSM.

Hard of hearing struggle with face masks

Wearing a face mask has become a part of everyday life during the pandemic, but it's posing communication problems for the hard of hearing. PWE reports.

Sanitising is the new normal!

PWE spoke to Steve Smith, director, Hi-line Industries Ltd, about how his company went from developing an unbranded sanitising product which was initially used to protect his own staff from COVID-19 to the branded Hi-Kleen and then to an aerosol he could leave behind with his customers, and finally to an established product which now forms a strong part of his business.

Forklift manufacturer develops ventilator splitter device to help with COVID-19 response efforts

The Irish manufacturer Combilift, best known for its range of space-saving forklifts and other handling solutions, has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design to develop the Combi-Ventilate, a splitter device which turns one ventilator into multiple ventilation stations.

How to select the most suitable safety eyewear?

Workplace risk is an acknowledged reality but the implementation of a well thought through safety policy will significantly reduce such risk. Our eyesight is precious and demands the selection and provision of high-quality safety eyewear which not only ‘protects’ but which enhances wearer compliance due to excellent comfort and fit features. It’s clear that high quality personal protective equipment (PPE) can significantly reduce the high real cost of personal injury (productivity, litigation and income) while enabling more people to return to their families safe and sound. Clair Weston, marketing manager at UVEX, reports

Purchasing PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic

UK safety company Arco, has launched a series of expert advice sheets to help PPE purchasers understand the recent changes to regulations and to ensure that any purchased item is genuine and compliant.

How to avoid contaminated breathing air in the workplace

Andy Lill, business development manager for quality air at Atlas Copco, highlights the hazards of contaminated workplace breathing air, the role of compressed air purification as a safe alternative, and the need for employers’ compliance with a wide range of standards and regulations.

How IIoT technology can help H&S

Serious workplace injuries cost US manufacturers more than $7 billion each year, according to Liberty Mutual’s 2019 Workplace Safety Index. Overexertion, falls, collisions with equipment, getting caught in equipment and repetitive motion injuries are the most common reasons that workers in this sector miss 5 or more days of work. Sam Cece, founder, president, & CEO of Swift Sensors, reports.

Inrush current - a hidden safety problem

Alarm sounders and sounder beacons are safety-critical notification devices present in building procedures and manufacturing processes across the globe, so you need to be aware that there is a hidden issue that could cause problems resulting in unwanted plant downtime. James Morgan, product manager at Eaton, takes a closer look at how to mitigate or prevent the effects of inrush current.

Preventing needless injuries

There are an estimated 100,000 needlestick or sharps injuries in the UK every year, with many more taking place but not being reported. Cuts and lacerations from blades, saws, materials or machinery are also one of the most common workplace injuries and inadequate hand protection can be a factor in many of these accidents. PWE reports.

Cutting corners can affect safety

As a millwright, service technician or any type of field or in-house mechanic, we understand there is one main goal that we have in common, which is to keep the equipment running. This includes repairing and minimising downtime in the event of an unpredicted failure or breakdown. James Pekarek

A five-step plan to workplace eye health

Looking after employees’ sight can be one of the most cost-effective and beneficial ways an employer is able to support health and wellbeing in the workplace. Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, highlights a five-step plan to explain the simple ways in which workplace eye care can help to look after the health of employees’ eyes.

Building your safety strategy

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains what goes into making a workplace safety strategy.

Done and dusted

Dave Bigham, director of global training initiatives at surface preparation equipment specialist National Flooring Equipment, discusses the importance of dust collection for manufacturers.

Three steps to machine safety

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation, shares his three tips for machine safety.

Don't be shortsighted with eyecare

New research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that over half (54%) of employers still provide safety over-goggles to those who wear everyday glasses. PWE reports.

Are you ISO 45001 ready?

Published on 15th March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard. Businesses are being urged to take up the mantel and ensure they are ‘ISO 45001 compliant’ ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Why monitor dust in the workplace?

Almost any place of employment can present a potential threat to health and safety from airborne particulates and aerosols. It is important to note, however, that dust hazards are not necessarily visible to the human eye and that the finest particles can represent the greatest threat because of their ability to travel deepest into the lungs. Effective monitoring is therefore key to the implementation of an effective risk management strategy. Josh Thomas of Ashtead Technology, reports.

Hearing loss at work - still a cause for concern

Standards for protecting against hearing loss and infection need to be improved. PWE reports.

Putting safety first

Steve Matthews, QSHE manager UK & Ireland, Atlas Copco, looks at the potential hazards involved in compressed air use and asks how aware is industrial management of the preventative measures that can be taken, the scope of current pressure regulations and the legal obligations of compliance.

Protecting remote workers

From tank farms to petrochemical plants, exposure to toxic gases is one of the biggest risks workers face, especially those who work remotely and or alone. PWE spoke to Prabhu Soundarrajan, Global Connected Worker Leader for Honeywell Industrial Safety, about how the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technology is pushing the boundaries of gas detection and monitoring, while also helping businesses increase productivity.

Seeing clearly – specifying new safety eyewear

Workplace eye injuries can be life changing, and yet, are often wholly preventable. Yet, despite safety eyewear being one of the most important pieces of personal protective equipment, a ‘one style suits all’ approach is often wrongly taken. Sangeeta Aeri, technical manager at Supertouch highlights the key factors that should always be considered when it comes to specifying new safety eyewear.

Achieving efficiency and compliance

Organisations operating hazardous areas – otherwise known as Ex-rated or Ex Environments - face a variety of challenges including compliance with the latest legislation, and advances in technology. Mark James, RS product manager, automation and control, for Northern Europe reports.

Wearable technology

Whether it’s smart watches or fitness trackers, e-textiles or connected eyewear, wearables have entered the mainstream and taken consumer markets by storm. Such devices come with a host of practical functions, interweaving cutting-edge technology into our daily lives. Cleo Cabuz, vice president of engineering, Honeywell Industrial Safety, looks at the key to a safer and more productive workplace.

H&S solutions come together under one roof

June sees the largest collection of health and safety solutions in the world come together under one roof at Safety & Health Expo 2017 and co-located shows Professional Clothing Show, IFSEC International, FIREX International, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo. PWE reports.

Who is responsible for PUWER compliance?

Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety explores ‘who is responsible for PUWER compliance?’ and why it is important for those individuals to plan ahead.

New PPE Regulation - a welcome health check

The key European rules regulating the equipment used to protect workers have been left unchanged for more than 20 years. However, a new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (2106/425) will introduce key changes to the way PPE is manufactured, sold and imported within the European Union. Irrespective of Brexit, the legislation offers UK manufacturers of PPE, employers and safety managers a unique opportunity to reassess occupational health and safety. Olivier Touchais, global manager for general safety at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

Make the right connection to safety

As industrial operations become ever more challenging, complex and dispersed, safety threats can emerge suddenly and without warning. Never has it been more important for businesses to access real-time safety intelligence. Armed with such critical data, safety managers can make better informed decisions that protect workers and prevent a major incident, maximise uptime and increase productivity. Mahesh Joshi, European product marketing leader for gas detection at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

The safe operation of boilers – who’s responsible?

Derry Carr*, chairman of the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) takes a look at who is responsible for the safe operation of boilers.

Listen up for hearing protection

The European Commission and European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched the next stage in the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the start of working life [1]. PWE looks how employers can support the campaign by providing effective hearing protection, particularly for young workers.

Remain compliant and keep safe

Between the 21 – 23 June, Safety & Health Expo, the UK’s leading health and safety event, returns to London as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series - the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. PWE reports.

Keeping safe

In all engineering-related disciplines a coherent and responsible health & safety regime is critical, and in the field of hydraulic hoses and related equipment and systems this requirement is no exception. Jerry Hughes reports*.

Make the right noises

Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a major issue for many industries across the globe. In the UK alone, research estimates that over 1 million people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful. Some 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other hearing deficiencies caused by excessive noise at work. As such increasingly stringent noise at work noise and environmental noise legislation regulations have been put into place. PWE reports.

Staying within the rules

Updates to the COMAH regulations mean that companies must work harder if they are to remain in compliance, says Jeremy Gadd, head of instrumentation, control & automation at GSE Systems, Inc.

The importance of safety interlocking

Alex Baggott, business development associate at Fortress Interlocks, looks at the Importance of safety interlocking in the Waste and Recycling Industry.