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Spill Control: The Complete Guide

Spill control is, or should be, a key focus of any industrial site’s health and safety and environmental policies. Whether you’re new to the world of spill control, or you simply need updating on current best practices and available products, we’ve written this guide to provide you with everything you need to know. Index What is spill control? What Spill control regulations are in place? Spill prevention How to conduct a spill management risk assessment Drip trays: how and where should you use them? Spill pallets: what are they and when should you use one? Cleaning oil spills What to do if you spill petrol or diesel How do spill kits work?   What is spill control? Spill control is...


Hazardous Storage Guide

Wherever chemicals are stored there is a risk of fire, chemical reactions, and pressure build-up. For this reason, it is imperative to store chemicals with great care and attention making sure to adhere to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines and best practice principles. Index: Why is safe storage important? What are the main storage regulations? What is a risk assessment and how to complete one? How to store flammable liquids safely How to store hazardous chemicals safely How to store oils safely What is COSHH? What makes storage COSHH compliant? How to deal with a chemical or oil spill How can spill pallets and kits help?   Why is safe storage important? Although storing chemicals may sound simple, there...


10 Most Dangerous Places to Work in the UK

We’ve analysed the latest data provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to uncover some of the UK’s most dangerous regions to work in.  Our report is based on workplace injuries over 12 months during 2019/20, with data obtained from HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) regulations. We have chosen to look only at non-fatal injuries as, fortunately, fatal injuries at work are relatively rare these days, with 111 deaths over the course of 2019/20 compared with 65,427 non-fatal injuries. Reported non-fatal injury rates have generally been falling over the past few years – from a peak of 3,980 non-fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in 2000/01 to 2,160 last year – but injuries still affected an...


How to Stop Rugs Moving on Carpet

Laying down a nice rug or two is a great way to add style and sophistication to your home. The great news is there are a lot of choices out there nowadays whether you want a classy rug to dress up the fireplace, add a touch of class to the hallway or bring your bedroom to life. The major problem with rugs, even when placed on a carpet, is that they tend to move. Whether you invest in a heavy rug or a light runner, you may quickly find them moving around on the floor, especially if you have a busy household where there is plenty of footfall. Moving rugs can also be a little frustrating when you come round...


Pallet Toppers: the easy way to prevent unwanted pallet stacking

In a busy warehouse, it can be a real challenge for the forklift drivers to manoeuvre around the aisles easily and quickly. It helps if you can make as much room on the floor as possible by stacking pallets and boxes on top of one another, but it isn't always safe to do this. The problem is that for a forklift truck driver, there's no easy way to know what's on the pallet when the goods are boxed and so they don't know whether it's safe to stack them or not. This is where the humble Pallet Topper comes in to play. A pallet topper is simply a sign that is placed on top of a pallet as a clear warning...


6 Tips for using a Standing Desk Correctly

As people are becoming more aware of their fitness levels and ways in which they can stay healthy, standing desks have increased in popularity because those who have previously had to sit behind a desk all day can now choose to stand instead which feels like a more active option. There has been plenty of scientific research carried out on the advantages and disadvantages of standing desks, and whether using one comes with more health benefits than sitting down, so people know exactly what to expect if they decide to make the switch. Advantages of Standing Desks There are a number of health risks associated with prolonged periods of sitting, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and...


Quick ways to improve your Staff Car Park

There is no doubt that having a staff car park at business premises is a great benefit. It provides a secure place for your employees to park their cars during business hours and can help to ensure everyone is on time, as they don’t have to search for a parking space every day. But if you find that sometimes the car park gets too busy, or you need a way to improve the flow of traffic while making your car park safer, then keep reading our handy guide to solutions that will help. Speed Bumps Used to calm down the flow of traffic and decrease the average speed at which cars pass through, speed bumps can reduce accidents and near-misses. Where can...


A guide to Workbench Worktop Materials

When walking into any workshop, one of the first things you expect to see is a workbench. Whether it's electronics or engineering, workbenches are a very important piece of equipment that allow people to go about their daily tasks. If you are on the hunt for a workbench but you aren’t sure which worktop would be best suited for your job, then keep reading our handy guide to find out.   Why is the worktop surface type important? Each job that undertaken carries a certain amount of risk with it and choosing the right workbench worktop for that job can help to reduce this risk. For example, electrical work should be carried out on an anti-static workbench surface to prevent...


Choosing the best Industrial Workbench

A workbench is the cornerstone of your workshop, whatever field you work in. Finding the best workbench for your requirements can boost your productivity and improve your comfort. There are a lot of factors to consider, though, to make sure you get the perfect bench for your needs. Here’s our guide to some of the areas that you should consider. Workbench Size The size of the bench you get will depend on a couple of different things. Firstly, how much space have you got? You can’t get a huge workbench if your workroom is small, or if there are doors, fixed cupboards or essential equipment or machinery that you need to work around. Secondly — what kind of work are...


How to Protect Carpets and Floors from Chair Wheels

In 2020, there was a big shift towards people working from home, especially in roles where they would normally be in an office. For many people, however, the constant use of an office chair has damaged their carpet or wooden floors.  To protect carpet and floors from chair wheels, the best solution it to use a chair mat. Chair mats form a protective layer, allowing the wheels to roll over the surface without damaging the carpet or floor beneath. Choosing the most suitable chair mat depends on several factors such as the floor type, the size and the shape, so if you’re thinking about getting a chair mat for your office, then this guide should help you to make the right decision....