Health & Safety

Safety Helmets

  1. Safety helmets should be stored away from direct sunlight or ultraviolet radiation. This means they should be stored in a sealed box prior to distribution to contractors or employee's. Furthermore storage of a safety helmets on the rear parcel shelves of a vehicles or any direct sunlight (when not in use) should be avoided.
  2. Any helmet, which is subjected to a hard shock (i.e. being dropped onto the ground) or has abrasions to the surface, should be replaced immediately.
  3. The two clocks on the inside the peak of a safety helmet indicate the year and month of manufacture, however this does not indicate sell by or use by date's as helmets stored under ideal conditions may be stored for up to 5 years.

Respiratory Protection

Dust, mists and fumes

P1 or FFP1 Protection against solid particulates of no toxic material
P2(S) or FFP2(S) Protection against solid particulates of fine toxic dust, fumes and water based mists.
P2(SL) or FFP2(SL) Protection against solid particulates of fine toxic dust, fumes, Water based and non-water based mists.
P3(S) or FFP3(S) Protection against Dust, water based mists and fumes.
P3(SL) or FFP3(SL) Protection against all dust, mists and fumes.

Gas and vapours
A (Brown) Organic gases and vapours
B (Grey) Inorganic gases and vapours
E (Yellow) Acid Gases
K (Green) Ammonia
ABEK Multi purpose combination filter

Hearing Protection

If the daily noise exposure is over 85db(A) the wearing of ear defenders should be made compulsory.

Safety Protective Footwear

The Health & Safety at work Act specifies that every employer shall ensure that suitable protective equipment is supplied where employee's are exposed to a risk to their health & safety whilst at work except where and to the extent that such a risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more affective. These Hazards include: -

  • Crushing caused by heavy objects falling onto part or all of the foot.
  • Foot penetration by due to standing or walking onto sharp objects.
  • Contact with irritants or corrosive chemicals.
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