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Health & Safety on your agenda? Find your next supplier in the FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory

Looking for new Health & Safety solutions for your building, venue, school or company? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is home to dozens of trusted partners ready to help make your project a reality!

Put simply, there’s something to suit every requirement.

Start Your Search Now

Are you an FM supplier? Get listed!

The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is the perfect platform to raise your organisation’s profile and extend your reach.

Promoted via the FM Briefing newsletter, website and our renowned meet-the-buyer facilities events – this digital FM directory offers a comprehensive list of industry solution leaders.

Your business can now be included in the FM Directory from just £99!

Click Here To Get Listed!

Or, for more information, please contact Paige Aitken on 01992 374079 or p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Visualise and manage your safety procedures with Brady Link360

One of the biggest challenges in maintaining a safe facility is information management. There are Lockout/Tagout procedures, confined space permits, maintenance schedules and other important documents. They all need to be regularly updated and reviewed. Discover how you can easily manage your safety procedures with LINK360 Software from Brady!

At Brady, we provide personalised consultation services to improve employee safety, productivity and equipment reliability, both today and down the road.

Link360™ Software is the first software to give you a complete view of the activities associated with creating, reviewing and updating visual information.

Link360 Software enables users to create, scale, update and validate visually instructive safety procedures. The software provides an easy way to keep safety procedures accurate, compliant and sustainable in multiple facilities.

  • Create clear and easy-to-follow, visually instructive safety procedures
  • Quickly scale and deploy standardised and approved safety procedures across facilities

Interested? Go for free 30 day trial!

Easily complete procedures using a smartphone

The Smart Lockout App sends the most recently approved, and relevant Lockout/Tagout procedures from LINK360 to the smartphones of coworkers servicing specific machines. Via their smartphone, coworkers receive one lockout instruction at a time and can confirm its completion before receiving the next step. The smart lockout app can send a report back to LINK360 including all lockout procedure steps marked as completed.

Watch the short video and discover benefits of LINK360 Software >>

Visit Brady’s booth at Safety & Health Expo in London, Stand SH1400 and discuss any workplace safety or facility identification topics with our specialists!

Most employers still ‘reactive’ on health & safety

New research has indicated a greater commitment to workplace health and safety as a result of lessons learned during the pandemic.

According to the Mind the Gap report by Health & Safety, Employment Law and HR specialist WorkNest, more than half of business decision makers (59%) say the pandemic has fundamentally changed how the organisation views workplace health and safety, and that it will continue to be a priority going forward.

Over half of employees (51%) agreed that health and safety standards will be maintained over the next 12 months. A further 37% of employees and 36% of employers are ‘somewhat confident’ that this will be the case, saying health and safety may not be the number one focus but that standards will continue to be better than pre-pandemic.

Nick Wilson, Director of Health & Safety Services at WorkNest, said: “The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of workplace health and safety like never before; it forced employers to implement control measures in order to remain open and comply with government guidelines, and forced employees to adjust to new ways of working in order to mitigate the risk of infection. It’s encouraging to see that this health and safety consciousness is expected to continue, and that there’s a shared optimism and renewed interest from both employers and their workforce. After all, safety is a collective effort.”

The report’s finding that the pandemic may have improved health and safety standards is at odds with the HSE’s annual fatal injury statistics, which revealed that there were more work-related deaths in 2020/21 despite fewer people working. Nick Wilson speculates that this could be due to organisations and their employees becoming “hyper-focused” on COVID-19 at the expense of other “basic” workplace health and safety risks. “Given our findings, it’ll be interesting to see if people’s confidence that standards will improve will be reflected in the next round of statistics”, he says.

While employees and employers appear to be on similar pages, the research found that 12% of employees expect that health and safety will revert back to being a sideline activity, compared to just 5% of employers. This could suggest that employees are sceptical that the organisation will maintain its commitment to health and safety long term or, equally, that employees themselves may lose interest in following workplace health and safety measures as the immediate threat of COVID-19 subsides. Developing a strong health and safety culture, led from the top, will therefore be imperative.

On the topic of health and safety culture, the report also revealed that most employees and business decision makers (36% and 35% respectively) would describe their organisation’s health and safety culture as ‘reactive’. In other words, safety is seen as important, but action is normally taken in response to incidents. ‘Reactive’ is the descriptor used for the second lowest level on the five-level ‘safety maturity scale’ – a tool used by many health and safety practitioners to benchmark a company’s health and safety culture – suggesting that most organisations have a way to go when it comes to raising awareness, consistency, accountability and trust.

More worryingly, 12% of employees and 10% of employers described their health and safety culture as ‘pathological’ – the most primitive step on the scale – saying health and safety is seen as a waste of time.

Wilson added: “Every organisation should aim to develop a generative health and safety culture, whereby health and safety is second nature and embedded into how things are done. Unfortunately, our research revealed that just 15% of employees and 17% of employers felt their organisation had achieved this feat.

“Only taking action when an incident occurs means missing out on valuable opportunities to remedy workplace hazards or unsafe practices before they result in harm. Reactive organisations will also find it much harder to adapt to unforeseen hazards, such as COVID-19, should they be introduced in future.”

One spill removal solution for all floors

By Brady Corporation

Read the case study from a cinema group, and find out how to quickly remove spills from various floor types with an eco-friendly, and highly efficient solution from Brady Corporation…

The cinema group needed a clean and efficient solution to remove various small spills in cinemas, both behind the scenes and in publicly accessible areas. Between shows, every spill from soda, sauce or other food & beverage products needs to disappear to welcome the next group of customers coming in for a great movie experience.

The clay-based granulate the cinema group was using created too much dust and proved too messy, even for behind the scenes areas, if not applied and removed immediately. In most of the publicly accessible areas, it was not even an option, as the risk of staining carpet floors with the clay granulate was just too high.

Solution: Fast and clean spill removal

Brady Corporation proposed its eco-friendly SpillFix granular that can safely be used to remove spills from the most porous or uneven surfaces, including carpet.

SpillFix is a 100% natural product made out of coconut coir. Thanks to its lightweight honeycomb structure, SpillFix immediately starts absorbing any liquid.

On top of this, 2.8 kg of SpillFix can absorb the same spill volume as 22.5 kg of clay based granular, so a lot less product is needed to achieve better results.

Unlike many clay-based granulars, SpillFix does not leave any slick residue behind and can be mopped up with a few swift swipes.

Results: Efficient spill removal between shows

The cinema group can now remove spills from sodas, sauces or other food & beverage products in a much more efficient way. SpillFix can simply be poured on any spill and vacuumed when dry shortly after, no matter whether the spill occurred on a linoleum or carpet floor.

How to combat spills effectively

Brady’s Spill control guide book offers ideas on how to prepare for potential spills and what to do in case of a spill. The guide also includes a number of solutions that can be deployed to prevent spills from spreading and to remove spills.

Download the Spill control guide book now >>

SafeGroup delivers long-term support for enhanced hygiene protection

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased expectations for clean working and living environments which is why SafeGroup has developed a suite of services to deliver enhanced hygiene protection.

There is hope that the pandemic may soon be over, but the rise of the Omicron variant is still a huge challenge, and many experts agree concern about hygiene is now set at a permanently higher level.

Specialist cleaning and waste management service provider SafeGroup has responded to this challenge by developing an integrated range of services to support clients who need to reassure workers and customers that hygiene risks have been minimised.

They include an ultra-tough, long-lasting and nearly invisible antimicrobial coating called Touchpoint Shield. It has been proven in laboratory tests and field trials to be highly effective against SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus.

SafeGroup was also one of the first specialists to provide electrostatic disinfection spraying during the pandemic. And it carries out ozone decontamination, one of the most effective ways to treat enclosed spaces like buses and train carriages.

The company provides a full range of other specialist cleaning and waste services. They include flood and fire cleaning and recovery, kitchen deep cleaning, house clearances, fly tip waste removal, hazardous waste removal and emergency food waste collection.

In terms of Touchpoint Shield, just as important as its protection against COVID-19, is its ability to destroy 99.9+% of other pathogens, including the flu virus, norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, and harmful bacteria.

SafeGroup Strategic Business Development Director Chris MacDonald explains: “COVID-19 remains the key concern for many of our clients, but they also want enhanced protection against a range of other microorganisms.

“The bar has been permanently raised in the effort to create safe and hygienically clean living and working spaces. Now technologies like Touchpoint Shield are available, employers are seeing the advantages of permanently improving hygiene standards.”

Where Touchpoint Shield has already been installed, in hotels, restaurants, offices and the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s research centre, it is proving to reduce hygiene risks and helping to reduce levels of touchpoint cleaning.

Contact SafeGroup: 0800 668 1268 | www@thesafegroup.co.uk

Flooring: Play it safe

By Chris Rand, Senior Marketing Executive, Forbo Flooring Systems

There are many factors that can cause slips, trips and falls, which is why is it important to understand why they happen and how to prevent them. Indeed, slips don’t just happen; one or more common factors usually play a part in any accident. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the key factors that affect slips are cleaning, contamination, flooring, footwear and environmental and human factors; and these factors form the basis of the Slip Potential Model.[1]

The practical measures that can be taken to reduce slip risk will vary in different situations. For example, keeping floors free of obstructions that could present a slip or trip risk, having control measures in place to manage occasional spillages and carrying out wet cleaning when the space is unoccupied will reduce the risk to workers and other occupants of a building.

Other measures may be more targeted. For example, the use of an appropriate grade of slip resistant floor covering (safety floor) in areas where continuous contamination is expected, such as cooking oil and grease in commercial kitchens or excess water in bathrooms, which cannot be controlled by cleaning alone. In such cases, it is vital that the slip resistance properties of the selected floor covering are sustainable throughout the lifecycle of the product. Therefore, it is important to understand how they are tested and what the slip ratings mean.

The Pendulum Test

The Pendulum Test is recommended by the HSE to assess the slip resistance of floor surfaces. The test can assess slip resistance in both dry and contaminated conditions and measures the coefficient of friction of a floor surface to provide a slip potential classification. The UK Slip Resistance Group and HSE guidelines demonstrate that a pendulum test value (PTV) of zero to 24 indicates high slip potential, a PTV of 24 to 35 signifies moderate slip potential, meanwhile a PTV of 36 or higher is classified as low slip risk.

R Value

Slip resistance performance here is based on ramp test ratings; and “an R Value” is often quoted.  However, it is a common misconception that R10 floor coverings are extremely slip-resistant, with some people believing that the scale starts at R1, when in fact it starts at R9. Ramp test values are based on ex-factory testing and do not take account of changes in slip resistant properties that could occur during the working life of the floor covering.  DIN51130 ramp test values should not, therefore, be considered in isolation.

The European standard

Another important factor to consider is the long-term slip resistance of flooring in use. EN13845:2017 is the European standard for PVC floor coverings with particle-based (e.g., carborundum, cork) enhanced slip resistance, commonly referred to as safety floors. The test methods referenced in this standard for determining slip resistance of floor coverings are wet tests, both barefoot and with footwear (shod), based on the Ramp test and the Pendulum test.Products can be classified as ESf (Enhanced Slip for use with footwear) or ESb (Enhanced Slip for barefoot use) to this standard (or both).

Forbo’s solution: STEP

Forbo Flooring Systems’ STEP safety flooring collection is a complete range of products that meet safety requirements across a wide variety of different applications. STEP is the perfect solution not only in general spaces, but also in more extreme areas, such as wetrooms, commercial kitchens or industrial applications.

The collection, which consists of 11 individual ranges, provides a variety of solutions which together meet European (BS EN 13845 class Esf & Esb) and HSE safety requirements; It has a pendulum test value of ≥ 36 to ≥ 50 and is available in all relevant slip ratings from R10 to R12.

What’s more, it also delivers guaranteed slip resistant performance throughout its lifetime and is available in a variety of on-trend colours and designs to give more freedom in creating beautiful interiors, without having to compromise on slip resistance.

For more information about Forbo’s safety flooring collection, visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/step.

Impact safety with full colour precision signs

Discover BradyJet J4000 Colour Label Printer

Create a safer, more efficient workplace with compliant, photo-quality full-colour labels, signs and procedures that last. Balance the complexity of safety and compliance labels with the demands of an industrial environment while reducing your safety signage inventory and material waste. Discover BradyJet J4000 Colour Label Printer!

Features & Benefits: 

  • Create compliant labels and signs: Trust your regulatory labelling offers the colours needed for ISO, CLP/GHS, ANSI, BS5609 and arc flash
  • Extend label performance: Rely on specially formulated materials and ink designed to stand up to harsh environments
  • Maximise impact, improve efficiency and reduce waste: Stock and print only what you need, when you need it, in photo-quality full-colour every time

Watch the printer in action & book the demo >>

Best practices for a leaner and safer workplace

Visual Workplace is a lean concept that’s all about putting important information right where employees need to see it. This concept plays a critical role in some of the most popular lean tools, including 5S. That’s because it creates a sustaining base for lean improvements to remain clearly visible, readily understood and consistently adhered to.

Download the free 5S Plus Guide >>

BRADY Corporation

www.brady.co.uk

Health & Safety

Do you specialise in Health & Safety? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market – and in January we’ll be focussing on Health & Safety.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you specialise in Health & Safety and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Jan – Health & Safety
Feb – Building Maintenance & Refurbishment
March – Cleaning
Apr – Total FM
May – Energy Management
Jun – Security
July – Air Conditioning
Aug – Waste Management
Sep – Asset Management
Oct – FM Software
Nov – Intruder & Alarm Systems
Dec – Fire & Safety Equipment

How to prevent slips and trips in the workplace

By Coral

Did you know that the most common cause of non-fatal injuries to employees is slips, trips and falls, on the same level? In fact, it accounts for 29% of all accidents[1]. As such, specifying solutions within a building that can prevent accidents is vital. Indeed, there are many ways to proactively avoid the possibility of slips and trips, but one of the easiest ways is to install an effective entrance flooring system.

An entrance flooring system will prevent dirt and moisture from entering a building, which in turn will reduce accidents and protect interior floor coverings. But that’s not all. The WELL Building Standard states that an entrance flooring system can also reduce pollutants entering a building, which will help to create a healthy and better indoor environment for all occupants[2].

While there are many solutions available on the market, Forbo Flooring Systems’ Coral collection has been the market-leader for over 50 years. Whether facing rain, snow, sand or soil, it keeps the outside from getting inside. Testing by Cleaning Research International has also shown that Coral can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture from entering a building, with each m2 of Coral able to remove up to 5kg of dirt or 6 litres of water, which in turn can reduce the time spent cleaning interior floor coverings by up to 65%.

Forbo’s Coral collection has also recently been updated. It now consists of four existing products: Coral Brush, Coral Classic, Coral Duo and Coral Welcome a colour refresh, as well as two new solutions: Coral Grip and Coral Interior.

Coral Grip is a robust dirt and grit remover for inside and outside use, ideal for areas leading to and from leisure or sports environments, while Coral Interior is a unique concept that completes an entrance flooring system. To prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked into a building, prolonging the life of interior floor coverings and reducing maintenance costs for end users, it is suggested that a three-zone entrance flooring system is designed – and this is where Coral Interior comes into play.

Available in eight colourways, Coral Interior has been developed for use in zone three, such as in reception and larger circulation areas upon entering a building. The innovative modular design, which comprises a mix of planks and tiles, can also be colour matched with other Coral products. And as there is no pattern, tiles and planks can be laid randomly to create a unique design.

The update now means that there are a variety of ranges to suit all applications and locations. For example, for projects that require minimal downtime and a quick turnaround, Forbo’s Coral Click range is the perfect solution; the interlocking mechanism of the tiles means that they can be simply ‘clicked’ together using a rubber hammer. Available in a selection of Coral Brush colours as standard, Forbo also offers a plain PVC tile, which can be used as a perimeter fill-in for matwells or as the initial matting where it will remove coarse dirt from the soles of shoes and treads of wheels.

For more information about Coral, please visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/coral 

[1] https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm

[2] https://standard.wellcertified.com/v6/air/healthy-entrance

Health & Safety

Find your next Health & Safety supplier in the FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory

Looking for new Health & Safety solutions for your building, venue, school or company? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is home to dozens of trusted partners ready to help make your project a reality!

Put simply, there’s something to suit every requirement.

Start Your Search Now

Are you an FM supplier? Get listed!

The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is the perfect platform to raise your organisation’s profile and extend your reach.

Promoted via the FM Briefing newsletter, website and our renowned meet-the-buyer facilities events – this digital FM directory offers a comprehensive list of industry solution leaders.

Your business can now be included in the FM Directory from just £99!

Click Here To Get Listed!

Or, for more information, please contact Paige Aitken on 01992 374079 or p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk