“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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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?