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  • Why invest in corporate workwear

    The Benefits of Corporate Clothing

    Improving sales, staff performance, raising brand awareness… If you don’t already have uniforms or corporate workwear, there are a few good reasons to consider investing…



    1. Day to day promotion!

    It’s a well-known statistic that people have to see your company on average seven times before they make a purchase. Having your staff wear your branding gets your name and identity out to the wider world on a daily basis. Surveys reveal that simply using branded workwear is more effective than any kind of print or digital advertising.

    Do make sure your style of workwear re-enforces your company’s brand and identity. You can choose shirts, polo shirts or hoodies, for example, in our range of corporate workwear, to suit the nature of your work and the different roles of staff.

    See our corporate workwear range


    2. It’s helpful for staff


    Providing staff with uniforms prevents wear and tear on their own clothes and/or protects clothes (for example,  aprons or overalls). Having branded hoodies or polo shirts can also make it easier for staff to get the company ‘look’ right, reduces costs of of buying office wear and removes the stress and strain of those days when you just cannot find the right things to wear.


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


    3. Health and safety


    If you need to invest in clothing to ensure health and safety of your staff, providing the right workwear is vital. jobs where the health and safety element demands a uniform. For instance, anyone working on roads or in other dangerous areas will require hi vis clothing. There are also many jobs which will require steel cap boots and if you work in food processing specialist kitchen uniforms and workwear to promote safety and hygiene are important. In many cases it is possible to have these items branded, making the work environment more professional and promoting your brand to anyone visiting the site.

    4. Improve staff performance

    Staff are more aware of their actions and how they behave if they are wearing a uniform of some kind. Whether they are working or out with colleagues, they know they are representing the company and studies show an improvement in customer service. Research also shows that when staff wear company logos, they feel more connected to their company and so an unexpected result can be improved staff loyalty.

    See our corporate workwear here.

    If you’d like help and advice in arranging corporate workwear please do give our experienced staff a call on 01726 742642 or email us on sales@cisafety.com

  • Your workplace fire safety checklist

    For most of us, a day at work doesn’t usually involve thinking about fire safety.   It’s fair to say, we’ve probably all followed fire drills and, at some point, been frustrated to get back to work and finish the job or task at hand.

    But according to the HSE, the majority of fires in the workplace are preventable, providing we introduce the right behaviours and procedures.

    So if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) here’s our workplace fire safety checklist to help reduce the likelihood of a fire affecting your business.

    Carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment

    First, it might sound obvious but fire needs a source of ignition (sparks or heat), a source of fuel and also oxygen.  Whatever working environment you’re in, if you’re an employer (and/or building owner or occupier) you’ll need to take time to really consider the risks and what might cause a fire as part of your Fire Safety Risk Assessment.


    As a first step, think about the hazards. If you’re in an office are there electrical appliances that need to be checked?  In a warehouse or factory there may be different hazards and risks that you need to consider such as chemicals or other sources that can fuel a fire.  Then think about the risks (the likelihood of these creating a fire). You may not be able to completely avoid those risks altogether but you can reduce the risk and manage them.

    For more information visit the government’s Fire Risk Assessment section which provides specific guidance on risk assessments for various working environments

    It’s worth remembering that if you employ more than five people, you’ll also need to keep a written record of any risk assessment.

    We offer a Fire Safety Log Book, £6.27 which can help you to log vital fire safety records and meet your legal obligations.


    Minimise fire risks

    Take time to look at your working environment and consider potential hazards as a starting point,  but you should also maintain good housekeeping.

    • Avoid the build up of rubbish that could burn.
    • Keep clear space around potential ignition points
    • Make sure if you do have heaters in the office, that these cannot  be knocked over.
    • Ensure that flammable substances are kept separately where possible.
    Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40 Flamstorre Cabinet, £1016.40


    This secure storage cabinet that keeps your hazardous substances safe, organised and accessible. This cabinet is built to the same exacting specification as the popular Safestor cabinet, but with the addition of specially designed flameproof vents to prevent build-up of fumes. Supplied with adjustable shelves and heavy-duty 5 lever deadlocks, this robust cabinet comes complete with warning stickers and complies with all COSHH regulations (the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health), ensuring that your hazardous substances are kept safe, accessible and secure. 30 minute fire resistance.

    Have an emergency plan  

    Once you’ve carried out any risk assessment, and worked out what you need to do, then you can prepare your emergency plan.

    Have the right fire safety equipment

    As an employer you also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that you know what to do in the event of fire breaking out.  Make sure smoke alarms, fire alarms or bells are installed and are working properly and that you’ve got the right fire-equipment for putting a fire out quickly.

    Check the exits

    Make sure fire exits and escape routes are clearly marked and unobstructed at all times and that staff are trained to know what to do in the event of a fire.   If you have vulnerable workers or workers with disabilities make sure you have considered their needs and safety.

    Keep doing your risk assessments

    Finally, make sure that you review and update the fire risk assessment regularly - the HSE recommends doing this every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.

  • Have you got the right First Aid Strategy in place?

    No matter what steps you have taken to ensure you have a safe workplace, there may be times when your employees are injured or fall ill. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require provide ‘adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work’.
    These regulations apply even if you have fewer than five employees or if you are self-employed. As a minimum, you need a basic first aid kit and a designated first aid officer. You will also need to make sure any employees are aware of your first aid arrangements in the event that they need them.


    You can find out more with the Red Cross guide to First Aid for Employers.
    Whilst First Aid arrangements are very much dependent your individual working environment, here are five of the key considerations to help you establish the right first aid strategy for your organisation.

    1. The nature of your workplace
    You may be in a smaller office workplace with relatively low level hazards where the minimum provision would offer the right level of support for you. However, if you work in an environment with unusual circumstances and factors at play, for example working with chemicals or in very physically demanding jobs such as tree surgery or construction, then take time to carry out a proper risk assessment and think about the types of accidents that occur. In these cases it is likely that you will need trained first aiders. The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) has some useful case studies of different work environments, ranging from shops to construction sites and chemical processing plants to help you do this. It also has some useful risk templates to aid you in carrying out the assessment.

    2. Get feedback from employees
    Having regular health and safety conversations with your staff is good for two reasons. First, employee feedback can help with reducing the likelihood of accidents at work , but it can also mean you are better prepared in terms of First Aid provision. As an employer, you are responsible for making sure you have adequate and appropriate provision, but by including employee feedback in your First Aid strategy assessment, you will gain a different perspective of other provisions that need to be factored into your First Aid strategy.
    3. First Aid Provision and work absences
    When an employer's first-aid needs assessment indicates that a first-aider is unnecessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. When you decide on your appointed first aid person, you will need to think about working patterns and other absences. This person will need to take charge of first aid arrangements and potentially call the emergency services if required. They do not need to have formal first aid training but they do need to make sure that there is appropriate cover for first-aid arrangements irrespective of the working patterns of other employees. You will also need to ensure that anyone visiting your premises or site is protected, so it is a good idea to keep a Visitors book to ensure that your First Aider is aware of anyone other than staff on site.


    Visitors Book £8.80 Visitors Book £8.80


    4. History of workplace accidents
    When you are thinking about First Aid provision, consider if accidents have occured in the past and if so, whether this type of accident is likely to occur again. Think also about the demographic of your workforce. If you have older employees doing very physically demanding jobs, they can be more prone to sprains and other injuries. If it is, then this should be factored into your First Aid Assessment to make sure that your First Aid strategy covers it.
    For this purpose, it is helpful to have an Accident Book to record any incidents.


    Accident Book £8.60 Accident Book £8.60


    5. Remote workers
    If you have workers that are travelling or working remotely off site , it might be worth thinking about provision away from your main sites. Making sure your remote workers have access to first aid kits and provisions is vital - and could end up saving someone’s life.
    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, BS 8599 compliant First Aid Kits and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    If you would like more information, the HSE's free leaflet offers a good start. First Aid at work: your questions answered.

    As always if you would like any advice, please contact our team as we’re happy to help you with First Aid requirements for your business. Email sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 742642.

  • What First Aid equipment do you need in your workplace?


    All businesses need to have at least a basic First Aid Kit. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment in the workplace so that employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

    Since 2014, the best way to make sure your First Aid kit is adequate for the workplace is to ensure it meets the new BS 8599 standard. The British Standard BS 8599 sets out the requirements for first aid kits in the workplace.

    Step 1: Risk assess your workplace

    To make sure your First Aid kit is compliant you will first need to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace. The St John’s Ambulance has a helpful online resource to help you assess your First Aid Kit requirements. Click here for their First Aid Requirements Calculator

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as a minimum, a small, low risk workplace, for example a small office should have a first aid box, along with a person appoint to take charge of first aid arrangements and employees should be told clearly where the First Aid kit is kept and who is the designated First Aid Officer. It’s certainly worthwhile doing this at regular periods as according to The British Red Cross and personalinjurylawyers.co.uk, research found that 75% of employees can’t find their first aid kit at work.

    What should be in your First Aid Kit?

    Once you have assessed your workplace risk level, the BS 8599 standard sets out what you need and in what quantities in terms of First Aid Equipment. Click here for a guide. Items include the following.

    • A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid.
    • Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work.
    • Sterile eye pads.
    • Individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile.
    • Safety pins.
    • Large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings.
    • Disposable gloves
    • Foil blanket
    • Mouth to mouth resuscitation device
    • Universal shears suitable for cutting clothing
    • Moist wipes
    • Microporous tape
    • Burn relief dressing

    It is recommended that you don't keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

    We have a range of BS 8599 compliant first-aid kits starting with our BS8599-1 WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT SMALL



    Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment, specific to your workplace.

    We also have first-aid kits which are BS 8599 compliant but also designed to meet the needs of specific industries, such as the food and catering industry for example. BS8599-1 CATERING FIRST AID KIT LARGE, which has dressings for burns and also tape and plasters which can ensure food and preparation areas are kept completely safe and clean.



    Click here to see our full range of First Aid Kits

    Click here to see our full range of First Aid products, including accident log books, individual low value items and more specialist equipment such as eye wash stations.

    More advice is given in HSE's free leaflet: First aid at work: your questions answered.

    If you’d like advice and get the appropriate kits and best pricing for your business please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk through all your First Aid requirements

    Call us on: 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Win £100 workwear voucher from CIS Safety


    Here at CIS Safety we know how important the right clothing and equipment is in order to get the job done safely and effectively.


    With this in mind this month we are offering a £100 towards workwear so you can find whatever you need to be safe and comfortable at work.



    The voucher covers a wide range of workwear, and may be used towards purchase of our footwear range and also outerwear from our Mascot range, such as this Mascot Bancroft Shell Jacket, £59.84 a waterproof and windproof outer jacket that is ideal for layering on top of other workwear. The voucher also covers Hi Vis workwear from the range, such as this Mascot Lech Lined Bib and Brace, £89.95, and would be offset against higher value workwear such as this Mascot Vancouver Hi Vis Quilted Parka, £114



    Click here to find out more about Mascot Workwear


    To enter, simply click on the link below and fill out your details.




    Terms & Conditions

    The winner will be selected at random and no cash alternative is available. This prize is not transferable. Products purchased using the voucher must be at list price and not used in conjunction with any other offer, credit note or special pricing By entering this competition you agree that CIS Safety can contact you to ask if you would like to receive offers and information. You can unsubscribe from these mailing lists at any time.

    Closing date:

    Midnight 15th May, 2018

  • 4 key pieces of workwear you need all year round

    Hopefully the worst of the winter is now behind us, but there are a few key pieces of workwear which can keep workers safe and comfortable throughout the year. Here’s a roundup of the clothing and accessories outdoor workers should invest in.

    1. UV Protective Eyewear

    It’s not just at the height of summer that we need to protect our eyes. In fact, UV rays can be more damaging to our eyes on cloudy days, due to a scattering effect on the light. Regular exposure to UV rays can cause a range of eye conditions including cataracts and AMD -- age-related macular degeneration.


    Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35 Terminator Safety Spectacles are available in a wide choice of frames with interchangeable lenses, including clear lenses or darker tints. From £6.35


    Click here for a  full range of eye protection wear


    2. Breathable waterproof jacket

    In the UK having a waterproof that is lightweight and easy to have onhand at all times is certainly beneficial. Ideally the fabric will have taped seams and a stormflap to keep rain out and the fabric should offer good level of waterproof protection but also breathability, to help avoid getting too hot and moist inside the jacket.


    Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38 Regatta Packaway II Rain Jacket, Navy, £23.38


    This packaway rain jacket includes many features such as, Taped seams, Integral hood, Waterproof and breathable Isolite lightweight Polyamide fabric, Windproof, Studded stormflap with hook and loop, 2 lower pockets and Mesh stuff sack

    You can find good information on which waterproof jacket to choose for different working environments or occasions at the Regatta website.

    Workwear that is certified in accordance with EN 343 protects against rain and snow, lets the skin breathe and conducts moisture and sweat away from the body. Click here to find out more about this.

    3. Hi Vis clothing

    When working outdoors wherever there is traffic high visibility clothing can save lives. If you would like further guidance, the EN471 specification sets out safety standards based on your regular working environment..For details click here


    Hi vis executive jacket Hi vis executive jacket, £49.50



    4. Safe footwear

    Slips and trips cause nearly 40% of all serious accidents, but the good news is that around 50% of these can be prevented by good safety practice in the workplace and wearing safe, comfortable footwear. Safety boots are good for some work environments, and if a worker is on their feet for long stretches, the footwear should have a broad base and have a heel no higher than 2cm in height.

    Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02 Casecades waterproof safety boot, £79.02


    Take a look at our footwear range here: www.cisafety.com/footwear

  • How effective are your cleaning products?


    Close Up Of Worker In Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning Down After Service

    Ensuring that a commercial workplace is adequately cleaned is both crucial and demanding. With staff using shared equipment, communal areas and washrooms, businesses need to take
    hygiene standards to a whole new level. Those businesses within the food industry face even more challenges.
    In these industries, it is helpful to understand how effective products are and to be certain that the products you are using are effective against the bacteria and viruses that you need to eradicate.

    Understanding the labelling on disinfectant products is important, particularly when vital information might be unclear due to marketing messages on the products. One of the most common terms to be found is that a disinfectant kills 99.9% of germs. In real terms, disinfectants which bear this label may not kill the specific variety of bacteria or pathogen you need killed.

    Disinfectants must list the microorganisms which a product has been tested for and found to be effective against on their label, as well as proper dilution and directions for use. There are many different formulations of disinfectant products which vary in chemical composition and efficacy claims (which germs they have been proven to kill).

    So how can you choose the best disinfectant and cleaning products for your business?

    Consider a few key factors:


    Disinfectants kill only select strains of germs. No disinfectant is capable of killing all germs found on a hard surface. The absence of all germs is referred to as sterilization and this cannot be achieved by using disinfectant solution alone. It is important to identify the key germs you need to eradicate and to select the best product to do that.
    Some types of formulations are particularly effective against bacteria commonly found in and around food preparation areas and it can be important to consider the kinds of foods you are
    working with and common pathogens linked to that food type.
    Seafood, for example can be host to bacteria including Vibrio, Salmonella, Shigella, and Listeria. Foodborne pathogens that affect meat, poultry, and processed egg products include V Bacteria, Bacillus cereus, Brucella species, Campylobacter, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli O157:H7 and other Shiga-toxin- producing E. coli (STEC), Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia enterocolitica.

    Trio 100 Food Safe Sanitiser Concentrate, 5L, £7.56 Trio 100 Food Safe Sanitiser Concentrate, 5L, £7.56

    TRIO 100 is an odourless, neutral sanitiser that is ideal for daily disinfection in the food industry. Effective against MRSA, Salmonella, E.coli and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Trio 100 kills
    99.999% of bacteria. Tested to BS EN 1276 at a dilution of 1:80 by an independent laboratory. Cleans and sanitises all hard surfaces safely. Use on a regular basis for cleaning and disinfecting the work surfaces, equipment, floors, and walls in kitchens, bakeries, meat
    preparation areas, breweries, shops, restaurants and canteens.

    D327 Food Safe Foam Cleaner & Sanitiser, 20L, £29.96 D327 Food Safe Foam Cleaner & Sanitiser, 20L, £29.96

    D327 cleans and sanitises in one operation and is specifically designed for use through a pressure washer or lance with a foaming attachment. A hypochlorite based, highly alkaline food plant cleaner, it incorporates a high foam formulation to produce a dense clinging white foam in application. Designed for use in food preparation, food handling and food storage areas, D327 is effective at removing carbonised deposits, dried grease and oil, blood and protein, and starch from plastic walls and ceilings, ceramic tiles, vinyl and plastic coatings, stainless steel machinery and equipment.


    Some disinfectants are not recommended for all surfaces. Bleach, for example can damage stainless steel and strongly alkaline disinfectants can damage floors and fabrics.

    Bactericidal Food Safe Foam Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray, £2.52 Bactericidal Food Safe Foam Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray, £2.52


    A ready-to- use, spray on cleaner and degreaser, which will kill Salmonella, Listeria and other bacteria. Foam Cleaner is an odourless cleaner and sanitiser that will cope with a high level of
    soiling. Suitable for use on all water washable surfaces, the trigger spray application makes it easy to use and essential for sanitising awkward areas. Recommended for use in food hygiene areas to clean equipment; fridges and fridge seals, display cabinets, and chill areas.


    Do any of your staff or other people likely to come into contact with cleaning agents have skin or odour sensitivities to particular disinfectants?


    Do you need concentrated disinfectant which will be diluted? Ready to use wipes or an aerosol? Which products suit your business?

    Food Safe Probe Wipes, 200 Tub, £3.75 Food Safe Probe Wipes, 200 Tub, £3.75

    Blue antibacterial wipe in 13cm x 13cm size for cleaning probes and similar utensils. Eliminating cross contamination quickly and easily with one wipe over, these wet wipes are effective against
    gram positive and gram negative bacteria, viruses and fungi including H1N1, salmonella, listeria, e-coli, Staphylococcus aureus, c-difficile, MRSA, candida albicans, and aspergillus niger, with a kill rate of 30 seconds. They are tested and approved to European norms EN1276 bactericidal efficacy and EN1650 fungicidal activity and are ideal for disinfection of small to medium food preparation surfaces, weighing scales, microwave ovens, utensils.

    Ax Bactericidal Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray Ax Bactericidal Cleaner, 750ml Trigger Spray

    A fast-drying, spray on and wipe off bactericidal cleaner designed primarily for the food industry. Suitable for regular use on all hard surfaces to maintain clean and hygienic conditions. AX kills 99.999% of bacteria, and is tested to BS EN 1276 undiluted. AX is also effective against MRSA, Salmonella, E.coli and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. Ideal for cleaning all water resistant surfaces,
    such as; glass, aluminium, stainless steel, rubber, ceramic, plastic and tiled surfaces. AX can be used to clean display cabinets, fridges and fridge seals, chill areas and food probes amongst many other applications.
    Many excellent options for disinfecting are available. Our team are always happy to offer advice and support to help you choose the best solution. Call us on 01726 742642 or email us at

  • 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.




    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.



    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 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.



    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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