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  • Golden rules for food hygiene

    Here is a guide to key rules for food hygiene along with some helpful products to help ensure your business avoids food contamination incidents.

    The number of incidents concerning food quality, integrity or safety that the Food Standards Agency investigates has been steadily rising in the UK over the last few years, with the most recent figures for 2016 revealing more than 2,000 incidents for the first time.

    We know that the great majority of people will experience illness as the result of consuming unsafe food at some point in their lives and so anyone working in the food industry, and indeed, most consumers need to be aware of the key rules for food hygiene.

    Rule 1: Clean surfaces and utensils well before preparing food.
    Disinfectant wipes are a good way to achieve clean surfaces, they quickly and effectively eliminate cross contamination by killing off harmful bacteria.

    Sanisafe Alcohol Wipes, 800 £19.62 Sanisafe Alcohol Wipes, 800 £19.62

     

    Alcohol-free surface and skin sanitizing wipes £7.58 Alcohol-free surface and skin sanitizing wipes £7.58

    This smaller pack is useful for cleaning surfaces and hands

    Rule 2: Regular hand washing
    Wash hands thoroughly and regularly is important at the following points.

     

    • Before preparing food
    • Between handling raw and cooked food
    • After using the toilet
    • After eating, drinking and smoking breaks
    • After handling refuse and waste materials

    Having a good quality hand cleanser can help to make this process easier, and when frequent hand washing is necessary, this can help to avoid damage to the skin.

    This HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner is a deep, rich cleansing lather containing Triclosan for proven antibacterial action. It is suitable for all industries where a mild yet effective soap is frequently required. Free from solvents, harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes and helps to prevent skin infections.

    HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner HandSafe Antibacterial Food Safe Cleaner, 5L, £7.80

     

    Disposable gloves are also a useful way to ensure no harmful substances are transferred from raw foods or chemicals during food processing.

    Click here to see our selection:

    Rule 3: Use a colour coded cleaning system

    It is generally considered good practise to use a colour coding scheme when cleaning commercial premises. For example, blue is often used for equipment used for general, low risk areas, green for general food and bar use, red for general washroom and yellow for clinical use -- although different companies may use different systems.
    Our anti-scratch scouring pads come in different colours and are compliant with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points or HACCP system regulations. They do not disintegrate during use or damage surfaces and they are easy to clean as dirt and particles are not trapped in the way that they are with a traditional scourer mat. As a result, these are recommended for use in food production areas and catering kitchens.

     

    Anti-scratch sponge scourer, HACCP compliant, £3.52 Anti-scratch sponge scourer, HACCP compliant, £3.52

     

    You can find more of our extensive range of hygiene tools and products here including a wide range of indoor and outdoor bins, including wheelie bins caters for all waste. In this section too you’ll find boning knives, steak knives, and cooks knives, quality colour-coded brushware, dustpans, squeegees and metal detectable products

    Click here for our extensive range of hygiene tools

    Rule 4: Avoid cross contamination between raw and cooked foods.

    Separate raw and cooked foods and use separate utensils and Store raw foods below cooked foods to prevent blood etc. dripping onto cooked food.

    Rule 5: Follow good personal hygiene guidelines

    Anyone working with food needs to follow good personal hygiene guidelines, which include covering hair and covering wounds with waterproof high visibility dressings.

    Click here to download the Food Standards Agency guide to personal hygiene for workers handling food.

    Again, being properly equipped makes life easier, and we offer these disposable hats to avoid contamination from hair.

     

    Disposable Bouffant Hats, £3.20 Disposable Bouffant Hats, £3.20

    These bouffant hats are a soft non-woven elasticated head cover with an elasticated edging for added strength and support. They are intended to be used for low risk applications and are widely used in the food industry.

    Rule 6: Wear clean and protective clothing to prevent contaminating food

    Our range of light duty polythene aprons will ensure a high level of hygiene for many industries.

    Disposable Poly Apron On Roll, 27" X 46" Blue, £29.80 Disposable Poly Apron On Roll, 27" X 46" Blue, £29.80

     

    The aprons are packed perforated on rolls, each individually wrapped in a polybag in order to suit each dispensing requirement.

    Rule 7: Use good quality raw materials and safe water.

    The Food Standards Agency offers guidance notes to help you navigate the rules and best practice for sourcing ingredients.

    Click here to see the guidance notes. 

    You can also use food assurance schemes to help ensure that any ingredients you are using are produced to the highest safety standards. Most food assurance schemes are run as product certification schemes that are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). These schemes use regular independent inspections to check that members are meeting specific standards and often use logos on consumer products to indicate this fulfilment. You can find a full list of UKAS certification bodies on the UKAS website.

    Rule 8: Pay attention to temperature!
    Make sure food is cooked safely and that food is kept at safe temperatures.

     

    • Defrost food thoroughly before cooking and cook joints of meat thoroughly.
    • When reheating any food, ensure that it is heated above 82°C for at least two minutes.
    • After cooking food, cool it as quickly as possible if it is to go in the fridge.
    • Keep food piping hot at above 63°C or cold below 8°C (ideally around 3°C) to reduce the risk of growth of food poisoning bacteria.
    • Check refrigerator and freezer temperatures with a thermometer. Record these in a log book

    Further guidance can be found on the Food Standards Agency website or you can download a copy of the Food Hygiene: a guide for businesses booklet.

  • Stay warm this winter -- a guide to thermal workwear

    The cold snap is with us and it is important to stay warm, particularly for those who work outdoors or in freezer environments. Here’s our guide to thermal workwear.

     

    THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING WARM…

     

    It’s obviously unpleasant to be too cold but being in cold environments also carries health risks, with exposure to lower temperatures being linked to conditions including heart attacks and strokes, asthma symptoms, frostbite and hypothermia.

    Key advice is to dress in layers, so warm air is trapped between them and you can also control your temperature if you are moving in and out of the colder conditions. It’s also important to stay dry.

     

    Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 Elka Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29

     

    Thermal Suits such as this Waterproof & Breathable Thermal Coverall, £93.29 by outdoor wear experts Elka will keep you warm and dry in cold conditions, with fabrics which keep out rain and water but which are also made to be breathable, so you you stay nice and dry inside the suit.

     

    HATS AND HEADGEAR

     
    Most of us are aware that hats are important having been told that most heat escapes the body through the head. In truth, this is something of a myth, but more recently researchers have discovered that when the head is allowed to get cold and the body is warm, the body’s core temperature can drop more quickly than we might expect.

    One theory is that because blood vessels in the scalp sit particularly close to the surface, this means that blood flowing through those blood vessels gets cold and then flows back through the rest of your body like your own personal cooling system. Another important factor is  the curious fact that people do not shiver when only their head is exposed to the elements. Shivering is your body’s way of slowing your rate of cooling, so not wearing a hat stops you shivering so you get colder more quickly.

    Another important thing to consider with hats is that they keep your ears warm. When we are exposed to cold conditions, our extremities, including our fingers toes and ears are often the first places that we feel the cold.  This is because the body constricts blood vessels in these places so warm blood keeps our important organs such as our heart and brain and lungs warmer for longer.

     

    Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95 Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95

    Choosing a hat such as this Flexitog Trapper style cap, £12.95 which comes with a  warm lining and ear flaps is more comfortable and practical when it comes to keeping out the cold.

     

    Lightweight Knitted Open Face Balaclava, currently on offer for £3.77 Lightweight Knitted £3.77

    Another good option for keeping your ears and nose and face warm is a balaclava, such as this Lightweight Knitted Open Face Balaclava, currently on offer for £3.77. These can also be useful as motorbike helmet liners.

    THERMAL GLOVES

     

    Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13 Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13

    Because extremities get cold quickly, thermal gloves are also important of course. It can be hard to wear gloves when you need to perform work tasks so thermal fingerless gloves such as these Thermal Fingerless Knitted Picking Gloves £1.13 allow dexterity while keeping hands warm.

    Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99 Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99

    If it’s important to keep a good grip, these Fleece Thinsulate Gloves, £9.99 have special grip sections on the palm and will keep the whole hand warm.

     

    Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18 Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18

    There are also Hi Vis options such as these Hi-Vis Waterproof Leather Extended Cuff Lined Gloves £23.18 which are ideal for outdoor workers and which are also designed with fingertip sensitivity and grip, as well as waterproofing and adjustable cuffs to keep out the rain.

     

    Find out more…

    We’re always happy to help you find the best workwear options for you or your staff. If you’d like some advice please call us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • A guide to waterproof workwear

    HOW TO STAY DRY IN A STORM  - A Guide To Waterproof Workwear

     

    There is an old saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, just being badly dressed for the weather. But during storm season, it’s no easy thing to stay dry and comfortable, especially when you work outdoors.

    Here’s our guide to choosing workwear that’s going to keep you dry and comfortable when the rain is beating down…

     

    ciswaterproofjacket Elka waterproof jacket, £54.95. This jacket by leading rainwear manufacturer Elka has both high waterproof standards and also high breathability

     

    When it comes to choosing workwear that is going to keep you dry, there are five main things to consider...

     

    How waterproof is the fabric?

    The measurement to look out for when it comes to how much water the fabric lets through is the water column figure. How much water can it withstand before the water penetrates the jacket?

    This is measured in millimetres and the standards tend to range from 2,000mm to 8,000mm for waterproof jackets. To decide this figure, a test is conducted where a long tube is placed over the fabric and filled with water. If the water column is 8,000mm - or 8 metres - that is how high the tube is filled with water before it starts to leak through the fabric. So, in theory, you could stand out in the rain until 8,000mm of rain fell before you would start getting wet - a pretty sure bet that you will stay dry even during a storm.

     

    How well designed is the clothing?

    The design of the clothing is also important. Taped seams are vital, as they are the weak point in any item of clothing and the first place where rain will leak if there is no reinforcement. Having a zipper and storm flap with buttons also helps to prevent rain coming in through the zip in wet wild weather.

     

    How breathable is the clothing?

    Good outdoor workwear is breathable as well as waterproof, meaning that the fabric allows body moisture and vapours to be released, so you don’t overheat or get too hot and sticky in the clothing, a factor which is especially important if you are active. Breathability tests measure how many grams of water vapour are able to pass through a fabric in a set time period.

     

    What features does it have?

    As well as the fabric, design and breathability, also consider features such as inside pockets (handy for smartphones) such as those in our Elka waterproof jacket featured above. This jacket also has adjustable cuffs, three zipped pockets and a hidden/detachable hood.

     

    What standard to look for?

    EN343_3-1 is the European Standard for Protective Clothing Against Rain. This standard sets the requirements for fabric, seams and functionality on waterproof clothing and covers both waterproof-ability and breathability.  Waterproof-ability ranges from 3 Maximum protection, 2 medium protection to 1 minimum protection.

    Breathability or water vapour resistant is also measured, indicating how much body vapour the clothing transports so you don’t end up hot and sticky in the clothing. 3 offers very good vapour transportation or breathability, 2 medium and 1 low vapour transportation.

     

    OUR RECOMMENDATION:

    We find our Elka waterproof jacket  (£54.95) and Bib & Brace sets (£52.70) very successful and hard wearing, with high waterproof standards and high breathability. Available in navy and olive.

     

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  • Stay warm and safe: our Winter 2017 newsletter

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    Welcome to our newsletter. When it comes to workplace safety, we’re discovering new, innovative solutions every day. Over the last six months we’ve been sharing some of our expertise and advice relating to workplace safety via our social media channels. Whether it’s the importance of sunglasses - particularly in the winter, how to make your workplace more sustainable, or discovering more about how the latest high vis clothing and footwear can help us to avoid accidents, there’s plenty of valuable information available on our website.

    Here’s a summary of the key articles and products we’ve shared over the last six months. As always, our team of experts is always on hand to talk through what solutions are best for your workplace, so do get in touch with any questions or comments.

    CIS Safety · tel: 01726 742642 · email: sales@cisafety.com · www.cisafety.com

     

     

     

    FOOTWEAR:
    Safe & stylish...

    Trips and falls cause a huge number of workplace accidents, but with a planning and the right footwear, many can be avoided. Here are 5 footwear facts that can prevent accidents in the workplace.

     

     

    Product focus: Cascades Waterproof safety ankle boot £79.02 keep you dry, warm and safe at work

    UV PROTECTION:
    A 365 year issue

    It’s easy to remember to tuck some shades in your pocket in June, but our article in early summer also highlighted how important it is to protect your eyes from the sun year round - particularly in the autumn and winter when the low winter sun can cause driving hazards. Our article on eye protection reveals why sunglasses are far more than a fashion statement.

     

     

     

    Product focus: Raptor Safety Spectacles £5.95 - wraparound sunglasses that are stylish while offering high level protection for your eyes. Click here for more information

    A CUT ABOVE:

    The latest hygiene products for the seafood and meat processing industries When it comes to food hygiene there are some fantastic new products which utilise the latest science and research to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria that both workers and the food they are working with are exposed to. Discover the important things to look out for when purchases everything from footwear to protective clothing when hygiene is critical.

     

     

     

    Product focus: Integra PU Lightweight safety wellington £48.94.
    Click here for more information

    PROTECTING THE PLANET:
    Simple ways to make the workplace more sustainable…

    Sustainability is the buzzword in business just now for many reasons. Not only is it good for the planet and the wider community, but reducing waste and saving energy makes sense when it comes to profit margins too. We looked at 5 ways to make your workplace more sustainable, including thinking carefully about whether hand driers or roll towels are more beneficial all round.

     

     

     

    Product focus: 2 ply embossed roll towel £40.87.
    Click here for more information

    WINTER SAFETY:
    Hi vis workwear & winter footwear...

    With the dark nights rolling in and temperatures dropping it’s time to think about investing in workwear that can help to avoid winter hazards. Our article on Hi Vis workwear explains the latest gear and what kind or hi vis clothing is expected under accepted health and safety standards. We also focussed on winter footwear to help avoid slipping in cold, icy and wet conditions. There are some great products available. Click here for more information

     

     

     

    Product focus: Utility waterproof safety boots £43.20.
    Click here for more information

    GET YOUR GLOVES ON:
    Hand protection for all kinds of workers …

    Colder weather can lead to cracked and sore hands and getting the right kind or hand protection. We looked at gloves that offer everything from heat to cut protection ...more info.

    It is also important to have a good skincare routine can keep worker’s hands healthy and also help us all to avoid winter bugs ...more info.

     

     

     

    Product focus: Traffic Secure Cut 5 Glove £9.00.
    Click here for more information

    We hope you find some helpful information, and wish everyone an enjoyable festive season as we start to look ahead to 2018. We always welcome your feedback and comments, so please keep in touch.

    Warm regards
    Ian Munn - CIS Safety

     

     

     

  • Gloves & hand protection – what do you need...

    It’s getting cold out there and it’s a good time of year to invest in good quality gloves not just to keep you warm but also to keep your hands protected at work.

    You might be surprised to discover just what a huge range of gloves are available, depending on the work you do, and how helpful they can be in preventing sickness and injury.

    Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the ones that are best for you and your workers.

    THE SAFETY STANDARDS

    There are different safety standard codes when it comes to gloves and which ones you choose depends very much on the day to day work you are going to be carrying out.

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    MECHANICAL WORK

    EN 388 is the safety standard for protection for mechanical work.
    The EN 388:2003 standard uses index values to indicate the performance levels for safety gloves in protecting the user against numerous mechanical risks such as abrasion, blade cut, tear, puncture and impact.
    A new standard, EN ISO 13997 is being brought in specifically to measure cut resistance. This test provides a new category of cut protection in safety gloves and will replace the EN 388 cut resistance test completely from November 2021. The new test is designed to give a more accurate idea of how cut resistant the fabric is during typical working activities, whereas the old test checked for cuts caused by sharp, but fairly lightweight objects. It also give 6 grades of protection, whereas the old EN 388 test only had 5 different grades.
    Click here to find out more about the cut protection safety standards on gloves and how they are tested.

    Click here to see our range of cut resistant gloves

     

    Heat resistant gloves

     

    HEAT PROTECTION
    The EN407 safety standard gives an index of how much protection gloves give against thermal hazards.
    The higher the number on the index, the better the test result. The following is tested:

    Resistance to flammability

    Resistance to contact, convective and radiant heat

    Resistance to splashes of molten metal

    Click here to see our range of heat resistant gloves

     

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    COLD PROTECTION
    The EN511 safety standard measures protection from cold, and is therefore ideal for those working in the food industry where they are exposed to freezers or refrigerated environments.
    In these safety tests, the insulation properties of the glove are tested and also how long it takes for water to permeate the glove. the glove’s material leads cold, and 2. the material’s insulating capacity (with contact).

    Click here to see our range of cold resistant gloves

    GENERAL PURPOSE

    For those who need lightweight gloves for more dexterous tasks, it’s important to choose thinner, more flexible fabrics which still offer good protection. AT CIS Safety we supply gloves from ATG, Polyco, Globus and others. The MaxiFlex Ultimate gloves by ATG are up to 30% thinner than normal and the unique AD-APT has an anti-perspirant effect.

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    If you are working in a food environment our disposable blue nitrile gloves are perfect for all hygiene tasks. These food safe gloves are easy to don and perform in all situations. They have a high tear and puncture resistance whilst the micro-textured finish improves grip and feel. AQL 1.5, latex-free, non-sterile and ambidextrous.

    If you need general purpose gloves rather than any special protection, it helps to have good quality gloves which offer all-round protection and fit well. A bad fit will mean uneven (and quicker) wear, and low quality materials used in the manufacture will not protect sufficiently and again will wear much quicker – so it can be a false economy to buy the cheapest option. Read more on this here

    Click here for our range of general purpose gloves.

    If you’d like to know more about what suits you or your company, our team would be happy to talk you through the safety guidance and to let you know the latest products which might best suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Protect your hands this winter: skincare in cold weather

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    Colder weather combined with spending more time indoors in heated environments can cause sore skin, particularly when you work with your hands.

    Dry, cracked skin on your hands is a particularly common complaint in winter, particularly for people who work in environments such as the food industry where hygiene is extremely important and you need to wash your hands frequently. This strips the natural oils of the skin and causes it to dry out.

    Focussing on preventing skin conditions like dermatitis and dry or chapped skin is the best option as prevention is better than cure!

    Here are a few quick tips to avoid sore hands this winter…

    WEAR BARRIER CREAM

    The skin’s natural barrier to keep it protected and moist is a mixture of proteins, lipids and oils. If this is going to be weakened by frequent washing, then applying a barrier cream straight after washing hands is a good habit to get into and it’s more effective if you do this before you start to get dry skin.

    You’ll need to apply the barrier cream five or six times a day for this to be effective -- once a day just won’t be enough.

    When it comes to choosing the cream, seek out creams with emollients and humectants in them, and if in doubt, ask a pharmacist for their recommendation. If your hands are sore or dry, petroleum jelly is a reliable option for many, and you can put it on before bed with cotton gloves overnight to help moisturize the hands. Again, do pop in and ask a pharmacist for advice if you have very sore skin on your hands.

     

    KEEP THEM CLEAN

    In winter when there are far more bugs and viruses floating around, it’s important to have habitual handwashing in place before and after work. Surveys reveals that at least 40% of workers do not wash their hands often, or long enough, to protect against the spread of germs and yet research also reveals that simply washing your hands well and often can reduce your risk of sickness by up to 40%.

    It’s particularly important of course for those who work in the food industry with the FSA identifying worker failure to wash hands properly as one of the main reasons for the spread of the winter vomiting bug, the novovirus. Read more about the study here.

     

    AHA hand sanitizer

     

    Frequent use of hand sanitisers can help of course such as our fast drying AHA alcohol hand sanitiser

     

    Knowing how to wash your hands thoroughly and doing this habitually is also a really effective way to keep yourself healthy and to avoid sore hands too.

     

    Here are the basic rules of handwashing

     

    Put the soap on first: Many people wet hands before dispensing a dose of soap into a cupped hand, however for heavily soiled hands  it’s best to apply soap directly to the skin first.

     

    Rub, rub, rub: Then rub your hands as follows: Rub pam to palm; palm over back of hand, fingers interlaced, palm to palm, fingers interlaced,curl fingers together palm to palm, rub your thumb in small circles over each palm; rub four fingers, close together over each palm in small circles.

    Rinse and dry: Drying your hands thoroughly will help to avoid chapping, especially when it is cold. Use a clean towel as this cuts risk of bugs spreading.

     

    Click here to find hand hygiene posters for your workplace

     

    Click here for a  range of hand cleansing and skincare products on our website and call us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com if you’d like to know more about what we offer and what might best suit your workplace.

  • Winter work hazards you probably hadn’t thought of… and how to avoid them

    Winter work hazards

    There’s no doubt the chilly weather is upon us. But along with ice and floods there are a few other work hazards at this time of year which can be avoided with a little planning.

    1)      Being stuck without charge for your phone

    Why not carry a small powerbank around with you, keep one at work or in the car? These days so much is done via the phone, if that is flat and you are in an emergency situation such as a power failure or road accident, you could be on the backfoot.

    2)      Delayed after dark

    As the nights set in earlier, it’s worth carrying a flashlight. Most phones have a small torch, but maybe something bigger or more focussed may be needed. If you are out on the road or work in dark yards, it’s always handy to have a pocket flashlight handy…whether you have lost something important or you need to attract attention, it could save hours or even a life.

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    3)      Low winter sun

    That time of day when the sun sets low in the sky can be the cause of road or industrial accidents especially when it comes during working hours, so be prepared and have some tinted or glare-reducing safety glasses to hand. See our styles here or speak to us for specialist advice.

  • Be safe, be seen! Get the right hi vis gear

    We all expect to come home safely after a day at work and to make sure our employees and colleagues do too.  If you’re working in an area where there are specific hazards its important to take the right precautions to make sure you are visible.

    As the nights are drawing in and its getting darker earlier, now might be a good time to review your hi vis requirements and make sure you understand the regulations that are in place to provide the right level of protection for your working environment.

    What are the legal safety standards?

    The EN471 specification sets out safety standards for hi visibility workwear. It is split into three classes and making sure you meet the right specification for your working environment is important.

    If you are working on the roadside or on the railway for instance, you may have combined upper and lower garments correctly, but you also need to make sure they meet the right specification individually and have the correct amount or area of hi vis tape on.

    For details on what the standards are and what is required to meet each one, click here

    Hi vis, long sleeved jacket Hi Vis, long sleeved jacket, yellow, £9.14

    Is the hi vis clothing warm enough?

    With the weather turning colder, it is also important to make sure you are protected from the elements.   Do you need quilt lining? Many ‘warm-lined’ jackets are designed for Nordic conditions, some are even fur lined and whilst these are great for really cold spells they are simply too warm for a mild winters day. The problem here is that you may be tempted to discard your outer jacket if you feel too warm…and then will you meet the EN471 safety standards?

    The good news is that  options now open to workers who need hi-vis do include some really high quality, breathable and unlined garments. Some of the fabrics used will block wind but still breath, and so regulate the temperature much better. From shell jackets to mid-weight options to full fur lining we have a solution that will keep you protected at the right temperature.

    Check our breathable executive jacket here :

    Hi vis executive jacket Hi vis executive jacket, £49.50

     

    And, if you’re still cold, just layer up underneath with one of these great hi vis sweatshirts or hoodies:

    Leo workwear Leo Workwear Class 3 hooded sweatshirt. Ask us at CIS for details 01726 742642, sales@cisafety.com

     

    Hi vis for ladies

    For ladies, the range of work wear and hi vis clothing designed specifically for you is growing all the time. Contact us for more information or visit www.leoworkwear.com/ladies

  • Winter footwear: stay warm and safe this season

    It's that time of year again when the temperature cools, the wind blows harder and the rain and wintry showers start arriving. If you work outdoors or even just walk any distance to and from work, investing in footwear that will keep you dry, warm and safe will make life so much better through the winter.  Here are some tips from our experts here at CIS to help you make the best choice:

    Check your soles

    You;re much more likely to slip on ice or rain in the winter. Rubber gives the best grip by far in cold and/or icy conditions.

    Check out some rubber soled styles:

    CIS Safety Utility waterproof safety boot

     

    Utility waterproof safety boots £43.20

    An excellent boot for any outdoor workers, this boot is the perfect choice for utilities contractors, construction workers, mining or fencing. The sturdy construction allied to metal-free specification means it will withstand the rigours of daily life in these industries without sacrificing comfort and the waterproof membrane will keep your feet dry and warm. Built in reflectors increase visibility and safety for wearers.

    Composite toe cap and protective midsole; Rigid instep area to aid digging; Heavy duty bump cap for added durability ;Energy absorbing heel to reduce foot fatigue; Heat resistant, anti-static, fuel oil resistant sole ; Waterproof; Safety rating EN20345 S3 WR HRO SRC

     

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    Waterproof Safety Boot £53.56

    Extremely comfortable and lightweight, this low-cut ankle boot is fully waterproof. A PU sole unit with rubber outsole offers superb grip, whilst a scuff cap protects the front of the boot. Leather uppers and mesh lining with composite toecap and midsole reduces the weight and completes what is a very versatile boot for drivers, industry and tradesmen.

    Casecades waterproof safety boot

    Cascades Waterproof Safety Boot £79.02

    Outstanding comfort and performance is offered by this Sympatex-lined boot. Geniune Vibram sole gives excellent traction and together with the Air pump insole offers an exceptional wearer experience. Steel safety toe cap and midsole for full safety protection.

     

    Wear a boot liner or thermal insole

    As well as keeping you warmer they will be better for your feet and even improve the performance of the footwear.

    Click here to see  our range  or speak to us to get the correct fit and specification for your occupation.

     

    Care for your footwear

    Boots that have been regularly cleaned and treated with wax or other weather proofing will outlast untreated footwear by some distance – as well as keeping your feet dryer and warmer (even if the footwear isn’t strictly waterproof it will improve the water resistance massively, and treating waterproof footwear will make it perform better still and last longer).

    Remember leather is a natural material and it responds to good maintenance. Try Chelsea leather food or some Nikwax, Make sure you clean your footwear first.

  • 5 ways to make your business more sustainable

    Sustainability is the buzzword in business just now for many reasons. Not only is it good for the planet and the wider community, but reducing waste and saving energy makes sense when it comes to profit margins too.

    Here are a few ways that you can make your workplace more sustainable -- and some of them might surprise you…

     

    • Use a hand rolled towel systems rather than paper towels

     

     

    Roll Towel

    The great debate over air driers and paper systems for drying hands has raged on for years, with most studies concluding that if recycled paper is used, the environmental impact is about the same -- interestingly many studies show that paper drying is more hygienic and more effective at drying hands, with only the very latest hand driers competing in that arena. One way to make paper drying even more eco-friendly, however is to switch to a rolled towel system. Rolled towel systems offer several benefits over single sheet paper towel systems. Not only do they substantially reduce costs in use and waste over other paper hand drying systems, but the electronic ‘no touch’ versions are more hygienic too, reducing cross contamination between users and therefore reducing sickness in the workplace too.

     

    To give you an idea of how this reduces use of paper, a metered hand towel roll system gives 33cm of paper per use, compared to 89cm (or 3 single paper towels) used on single sheet paper drying systems -- put simply it reduces paper use by more than half.

    Click here for our Roll Towel

    2. Use eco-friendly cleaning products

     

    Citrol detergent We offer eco-friendly cleaning products such as Citrol Foaming Detergent, online

     

    Choosing eco-friendly cleaning products means that not only will the products come with minimal amounts of packaging, to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill sites, it also helps the environment in the following ways.  You will be using detergents which break down into harmless substances once they enter the environment and which do minimal harm to aquatic life or local wildlife when they enter the local watercourses.

     

    Good eco-friendly cleaning products and equipment can help staff to clean in a more sustainable way and you can supplement this by offering advice to any staff who perform cleaning duties on how to minimise the use of water and cleaning products used, while still making sure the task is done effectively. There are good resources at the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI)  www.professionalcleaning.org and you can find accredited training courses at the British Institute of Cleaning Science.

     

    The following eco-friendly cleaning products are available at CISafety.com and you can see details and pricing in our downloadable Hygiene Brochure

    -          CL01006 AX Sanitiser (p.4)

    -          CL020041L Citrol, Concentrated Lemon Foaming Detergent (p.5)

    -          CL020165L Spirit, Surface Safe Daily Cleaner (p.5)

    -          CL010005L Fabio  Heavy Duty Degreaser  Concentrate (p.4)

     

    Do call us if you’d like to talk through the products and options 01726 742642 or email: sales@cisafety.com

     

    3. Do an energy audit

    The average energy bill for business in the UK is £2,528 per year, and with recent price increases from British Gas, it seems many businesses could face rising costs. The good news is there are lots of free resources to help businesses cut energy use. It may involve initial investment in upgrading some equipment, switching to energy efficient lighting such as LED system for example, but a study of 1,000 energy efficiency projects the Carbon Trust has been involved with and found that companies can expect to see an internal rate of return of 48% on average and payback within three years. There are also grants available to support you if you switch to LED lighting. Click here for details of LED funding and grants.

    The first step is to do an energy audit of your business, and you can download a free walkthrough guide on how to do this at The Carbon Trust website. Click here for their free Energy Audit Guide

     

    4. Consider flexible working options

    A very simple way to improve sustainability in your workplace is to give more staff the option, where appropriate to work from home. This not only reduces the costs to power computers and light and heat areas of the workplace, it also helps in terms of reduced transport as well as reducing the need for cleaning and general maintenance around an office. If staff are given clearly agreed and workable objectives or targets and can communicate via phone or video calls, this can be a simple and effective option.

     

    5. Bring back the tea round

    It’s a very simple, but actually hugely effective way to make an office more sustainable. Encouraging tea rounds means that a kettle is filled and boiled on fewer occasions than if individuals make their own refreshments at different times, and this very simple trick is heralded by Friends of the Earth to be a really easy way to increase the eco-friendliness of the office, as well as helping to build a bit of team spirit and encouraging staff to take regular breaks. You can of course also offer recycling points, which can be handily placed en route to the kettle, and you can find these on page 15 of our downloadable brochure.

     

    More resources:

    You can access more information and free guides at the following websites

    The Carbon Trust

    Business Green

    CISafety.com

    If you’d like more advice or to discuss any products that might suit your business please call us 01726 742642 or email: sales@cisafety.com and our team can offer their experience and advice to help you decide what is right for your business.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR BROCHURE ON HYGIENE PRODUCTS

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