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Lung Cancer and the Risk of Respiratory Disease

November is a now famous for being the time of ‘Movember’ the cause that addresses men’s health issues. But you might not be aware that November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer accounts for about 22 percent of all cancer deaths*, and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both … Continue reading Lung Cancer and the Risk of Respiratory Disease

Comfortable eyewear protection: A sight for sore eyes?

“No hardhat, no work!”  “No boots, no job!” Do those declarations sound familiar? These are the messages we’re all used to seeing around construction and building sites these days, as companies take health and safety seriously, and understand that the welfare of workers on site is the number one priority. Eyewear protection at work a … Continue reading Comfortable eyewear protection: A sight for sore eyes?

Keeping your kit on: How to improve PPE compliance

It should never be assumed that all workers wear their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 100% of the time, or even the majority of the time. One of the reasons cited for this is that PPE can sometimes be uncomfortable. As well as leading to PPE not being worn when it should, discomfort can also mean … Continue reading Keeping your kit on: How to improve PPE compliance

Top tips from a Productivity Ninja

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the working day? Or are you regularly taking your work home with you? You are not alone! Health and safety professionals are notoriously time-strapped. As a result, you are probably unable to spend as much time as you would like on the shop floor and … Continue reading Top tips from a Productivity Ninja

Build mental resilience at Safety Network Live

One of the guest speakers at 3M’s Safety Network Live event is Rob Archer, a chartered psychologist and coach from Cognacity. Rob will be hosting an engaging and interactive workshop exploring the fundamentals of resilience, the psychology of decision making under pressure and the science of marginal gains. Having honed his skills working with elite … Continue reading Build mental resilience at Safety Network Live

Is your Personal Protective Equipment working together?

What does compatible PPE actually mean? If I have two separate pieces of PPE and I wear both of them, then I’ll get the full protection from both, right? Unfortunately it is not this simple. When wearing more than one piece of protection the equipment needs to be compatible, otherwise it may reduce the level … Continue reading Is your Personal Protective Equipment working together?

Hearing Protection Selection

When selecting Hearing Protective Equipment (HPE) you need to consider the task, environment, length of shift, storage facilities for reusable products, hygiene and compatibility with other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This infographic will help show you how to check you’ve made the right selection! Alternatively, you can open this document here: Hearing Protection Selection

Can wearer stubble affect the performance of Respiratory Protective Equipment?

Selection of adequate tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) focusses on the need to provide the required respiratory protection for the present hazard(s). However, the level of protection provided by these types of RPE can be significantly reduced if the user has facial hair in the area of the face seal. Despite advice to the contrary … Continue reading Can wearer stubble affect the performance of Respiratory Protective Equipment?

You’re invited to Safety Network Live 2016!

Last year, we held our Safety Network Live event at the 3M Head Office in Bracknell. Following its success, we’re excited to invite you yet another day of informative and engaging topics covering a range of health and safety issues. We’ll also be holding the same event in Manchester as we would love to see … Continue reading You’re invited to Safety Network Live 2016!

Our new SafeTea Break topics keep people talking about health and safety in the workplace

3M SafeTea Break is back, following the success of last year, and bursting with a whole host of brand new material to further improve workplace health and safety. In 2015, 1,800 companies took part in encouraging health and safety managers to use short periods during the day to educate their staff on health and safety … Continue reading Our new SafeTea Break topics keep people talking about health and safety in the workplace

Meet the man behind the mask

When he’s developing a new respirator, 3M scientist John Bryant takes his work home with him, wearing the prototype to go running and cycling and even to knock down walls! Explained John: “I find that wearing the test respirator in real life conditions, such as a hot and sweaty gym or doing a spot of … Continue reading Meet the man behind the mask

The workers’ choice in hearing protection

3M™ PELTOR™ Headsets are the workers’ choice because they have been designed and built around the wearers’ needs. So whether you’re buying for yourself or your workforce, you can rely on PELTOR to deliver professional protection. And more. PELTOR is the ultimate range. You’ll find everything you need from headsets that increase productivity through crystal … Continue reading The workers’ choice in hearing protection

2016’s Webinar calendar published

3M is delighted to announce details of the webinars running in 2016 as part of the 3M Safety Spotlight series. Now in its sixth year, the series shares with customers 3M’s knowledge and expertise on a variety of workplace issues, hazards and training methods. For full details of each webinar, head over to www.3m.co.uk/safetyspotlight where … Continue reading 2016’s Webinar calendar published

Introducing the Virtual Assistant from 3M

3M Personal Safety have created an online virtual assistant to help customers confidently select from a range of 3M respirators. The futuristic character is based on 3M Senior Health and Safety Advisor, Pete Hilton, and has been featured in a number of product information videos. Pete Hilton was the inspiration for the virtual character as … Continue reading Introducing the Virtual Assistant from 3M

Which respirator-ready trend setter should win mo’ of the month?

To support Movember, we’ve developed a light-hearted video to showcase a range of Movember styles that will not affect the protection offered by a tight-fitting respirator. Our team are rather impressed by their fetching facial fur, but who’s nailed respirator-ready Movember-chic? Vote for your favourite style below & we will crown the lucky winner mo’ … Continue reading Which respirator-ready trend setter should win mo’ of the month?

Get set for Movember with 3M Personal Safety

To support Movember, which sees men across the UK growing facial hair to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, 3M has created a light hearted video to show-off some respirator-suitable facial hair styles. The video features members of the 3M Personal Safety team led-by 3M technical specialist Alan McArthur, who shows viewers some facial … Continue reading Get set for Movember with 3M Personal Safety

3M invites you to Safety Network Live!

We’re bringing this interactive online community of health and safety professionals under one roof for a first-of-its-kind event – and you’re invited! To celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of the Safety Network – we’re turning the initiative into a free event, Safety Network Live. Over the past year, users like you have … Continue reading 3M invites you to Safety Network Live!

Increase workplace productivity with 3M™ PELTOR™ WS LiteCom Headsets

High levels of noise aren’t just a potential hazard to health in the workplace, they can also threaten productivity. As site supervisors will know only too well, the ability to communicate regularly on-site is essential within the construction industry. If workers need to withdraw from noisy areas every time they want to have a conversation, … Continue reading Increase workplace productivity with 3M™ PELTOR™ WS LiteCom Headsets

Protec Direct and 3M Competition Winners Live Life in the Fast Lane

Protec Direct and 3M recently offered lucky competition winners a thrilling day they wouldn’t forget with a F1 Team Experience at the Lotus F1 Team Technical and Heritage Centre, Oxfordshire. The competition which attained over 1,000 entries and ran throughout the entire month of May, saw the chosen four, Neil Outram of Direct Valeting, Michael … Continue reading Protec Direct and 3M Competition Winners Live Life in the Fast Lane

Protec Direct supports our SafeTea campaign

This week, one of 3M Personal Safety’s distribution partners Protec Direct posted a blog on how they’re supporting the SafeTea campaign. Read on for the full story. Health and safety in the workplace is very important. Workers throughout history have campaigned for safer work places where they can earn their livings without facing undue danger … Continue reading Protec Direct supports our SafeTea campaign

Featured Blog: 3M SafeTea Break

3M SafeTea Break changes perceptions about health and safety training The SafeTea Break, brought to you by 3M, provides health and safety managers with the tools they need to generate discussions about health topics and long latency diseases. As SafeTea Breaks continue in workplaces across the country, we talk with two 3M staff members who … Continue reading Featured Blog: 3M SafeTea Break

Top Health Hazards Facing Welders

Fast facts: 40-50 welders are hospitalised every year with pneumonia caused by welding fume 2 of these welders die every year 9 welders every year suffer from work-related asthma problems that lead them to claim benefits Stainless steel fume contains harmful chromium oxide (Cr₂O₃) and nickel oxide (NiO) Welding fume is classified as potentially carcinogenic … Continue reading Top Health Hazards Facing Welders

Tackling industrial noise issues with Hearing Conservation e-learning

Find out why we’ve pooled our knowledge with scientific, medical and technical experts from the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to develop an innovative e-learning package on Hearing Conservation. The Issue Hearing damage in the workplace is a major issue that requires preventative steps from employers. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) research, over 2 … Continue reading Tackling industrial noise issues with Hearing Conservation e-learning

Health Hazards in the Construction Industry

Fast facts: • Asbestos is the biggest killer in the workplace • With noise damage to the ear, it may take many years for the symptoms to appear • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) can cause permanent damage • Repetitive work is one of the major causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) • Reaction of the skin … Continue reading Health Hazards in the Construction Industry

Develop Your Health & Safety Knowledge in 2015

At 3M we’re passionate about preserving the health and safety of your workforce which is why for the past 4 years, we have been running a series of free lunchtime webinars to share our knowledge and expertise on a variety of workplace issues and hazards. Featured in this years 3M Safety Spotlight webinar series are a range of informative topics, such as … Continue reading Develop Your Health & Safety Knowledge in 2015

The 4-step guide to Hearing Conservation

Protect your employees from noise-induced hearing loss and the result will be a healthier workforce and a more productive business. This simple 4-step programme should help you ensure every individual is offered the protection they need. Step 1: Identifying and measuring the noise Let’s start with a few questions about the noise levels where you … Continue reading The 4-step guide to Hearing Conservation

RPE in the construction industry

The construction industry can be a very hazardous place to work if you don’t take the necessary precautions, which can include wearing the correct PPE. Hazards can be divided into three main categories: those which can affect our hearing, respiratory system and eyes. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on respiratory hazards. As well as … Continue reading RPE in the construction industry

Winning hearts and minds to improve PPE compliance

An organisation’s culture can have as big an influence on safety outcomes as their safety management system. Culture can be best understood as “the way we do things around here”. An organisation’s culture will influence performance at work and poor safety culture has contributed to many major incidents and personal injuries.¹ The influence of senior … Continue reading Winning hearts and minds to improve PPE compliance

Tackling long-term Health and Safety issues in Construction

Fast facts: 4,000 people die every year from asbestos related diseases[i] 500 people die every year from silica related diseases[ii] 50% of all workplace cancers appear in construction[iii] The need to focus on long-term health issues Despite the fact that only 1-4%[iv] of fatalities linked to Construction are due to on-site accidents, historically there has … Continue reading Tackling long-term Health and Safety issues in Construction

Metal Processing: Event Round-Up

On Wednesday 5th November we held the first in a series of events for the Metal Processing Industry, ‘A Safer Future in Fabrication’ at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. Highlights The event focused on the ‘health’ in health & safety and included seminars on implementing an effective respiratory protection programme, hearing conservation, hand-arm vibration … Continue reading Metal Processing: Event Round-Up

Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There are two questions you need to ask yourself when you choose PPE: is it adequate and is it suitable? By adequate, we mean is it capable of reducing the wearer’s exposure to a skin hazard to a suitable level? By suitable, we mean is it appropriate for the task, the wearer and the environment … Continue reading Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

We’ve compiled this brief Q&A to emphasise the importance of, and the differences between, fit checking and fit testing, enabling you and your employees to safely use respirators while knowing how responsibility is shared. What types of respirators need to be fit tested and fit checked? Any tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) – disposable respirators, … Continue reading Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

How dangerous is it to be exposed to silica dust? The health effects of long term exposure to respirable crystalline silica are well documented and include silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and lung cancer. The level of risk depends on the amount of exposure which is determined mainly by the materials and work methods … Continue reading Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is costing us all around £65 million a year* and has serious health consequences for many. In this blog post, the last in a series of four written by Sarah Broadbent from 3M’s Technical Service team, Sarah takes a look at some of the steps you can take to … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment can have serious consequences for the individuals involved, the companies and society as a whole. In this, the third in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, gives us an idea of the sheer scale of this problem. Let’s start with a couple of … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough just to provide your workforce with suitable Personal Protective Equipment – you also need to ensure they’re always wearing it when required. In this, the second in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, explores the various reasons why employees put their health at risk. There are all … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 1 – What is non-compliance?

Providing your workforce with suitable Personal Protective Equipment is only half the story. Making sure your employees understand why they need to wear the equipment and also encouraging them to take the time and effort to do so can be a far more difficult challenge. In this series of blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 1 – What is non-compliance?

Headline from the Helpline: Fit Testing

In the first entry of the new “Headline from the Helpline” blog series, Pete Hilton from the 3M Health and Safety Helpline discusses the frequently asked questions he receives on Fit Testing… What are the common questions people ask you about Fit Testing? Probably the most common question is whether it is necessary to fit … Continue reading Headline from the Helpline: Fit Testing

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 4 – Validation

Noise protection is a vital part of Health and Safety compliance and doing the job effectively can actually lead to increased productivity for your company. This is the last in a series of four blog posts written by Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division and covers how you check that your … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 4 – Validation

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 2 – Protection

Protecting your workforce from noise is vital for Health and Safety compliance and can lead to improved productivity. In this, the second in a series of four blog posts, Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division talks about the different types of protection available and how to go about choosing the one … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 2 – Protection