Factories. Airports. Quarries. All extreme, challenging and intense places to work, with many obvious hazards. Plenty of protective equipment safety procedures are in place to protect workers in such environments. But what about the most serious dangers that you can’t even see, like high noise levels? Places of work featuring heavy machinery, engines or building … Continue reading Intense noise calls for proper protection
Are you scared of heights? Even if you’re not part of the 5 per cent of the population to suffer from acrophobia (to use its proper term), you’ll still know that being in high places can be seriously dangerous without the proper precautions. To ensure that people who work in high places are properly protected, … Continue reading How to protect workers at height
Kristina Magnusson has long been fascinated by optics. And for the past 25 years, she has been applying this interest to helping improve the safety, quality and visual performance of 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmets. A Senior Optics Specialist with 3M, Kristina Magnusson found her calling when she was still at school. “I wasn’t really interested … Continue reading Master of optics
Reusable respirators represent a cost-effective and comfortable method of protecting workers from the harmful effects of gases, vapours and particulate hazards found throughout many working environments. So if you’d like to know more about reusable respirators and how they can help to protect your workers, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions and answers to … Continue reading A guide to reusable respirators
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
“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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fast facts: Asbestos can be found in any building built before 2000 including houses, offices, schools, factories and hospitals.¹ Asbestos kills almost 5,000 people every year, more than the number killed on the road.¹ Around 20 people die every week as a result of past exposure.¹ Those who smoke have a much higher risk of … Continue reading Asbestos in Construction
Sarah Broadbent works as a Technical Services Specialist in the 3M Personal Safety Division. In our latest “Meet the Expert” blog, we get to grips with Sarah about what her role entails… What is your role in the 3M Personal Safety Team? My role is to provide technical advice across all the hearing product range … Continue reading Meet the Expert: Sarah Broadbent
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)
What is your role in the 3M Personal Safety Team? I am a PPE Sales Specialist helping customers with training, support and safety solutions. Which areas of the UK or Ireland do you cover? I cover the North East of England and Cumbria. How long have you been at 3M? 4 years. Do you hold … Continue reading Meet the Expert: David Brown
If you are facing the issue of dealing with hazardous substances in the workplace, follow the steps outlined here and you will be sure of making a measured and effective response to the problem at hand. Elimination or substitution Firstly, you should always try to work out if exposure to a skin hazard can be … Continue reading Skin hazards – dealing with the dangers
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
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It restricts the loss of moisture, acts as a sensory organ, regulates temperature, produces vitamin D and provides a protective barrier. It is not a perfect barrier, however, and some substances can pass through the skin and into the body, whilst others can damage its … Continue reading Skin hazards – spotting the dangers
All employers have a legal duty to assess the health risks from skin exposure to hazardous substances at work. In part 1 of a new 4-part series on Skin Hazards, Rob Brill from 3M Technical Services explains more. There are three different sets of acts and regulations you need to consider in respect of preventing and … Continue reading Skin hazards – understanding the law
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
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
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
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
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?
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
In the first entry of our new “Meet the Expert” series, we introduce the man at the forefront of the 3M Health & Safety Helpline, Pete Hilton… Which area of 3M Personal Safety are you part of? I am aligned to the 3M Personal Safety Division in Manchester, managing some of our customer accounts … Continue reading Meet the Expert: Pete Hilton
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