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Big Book launched 05/10/2018

The latest edition of the Arco Big Book has been published offering a large range of safety equipment, workwear, and workplace safety products with prices to suit every budget.

This year, Arco has introduced over 250 new products to ensure it offers the latest in product development and innovation from its own brands as well as specialist leading brands.

Dedicated to keeping people safe at work, Arco is an expert partner for businesses across all industry sectors, whatever the health and safety challenges those business owners may face. With product quality and compliance one of the most important factors for customers when choosing their supplier, Arco has invested heavily in its own, in house, independently accredited Product Assurance Laboratory. The company is taking a lead to drive improvements in quality standards across the industry and customers can be sure the products they buy from Arco meet the required standards and will protect their workers.

Arco is also making it easy for customers to keep up to date with the recent changes in standards.  For cut resistant gloves, the Arco Cut Control System has been updated to comply with the latest EN388:2016 standard. Glove protection is easily identifiable from the use of the number/letter and colour combination to ensure users are always aware of their protection levels. Innovations in hand protection focuses on a range from HexArmor, offering ultra-high cut and needlestick protection, featuring cut resistance with SuperFabric technology. Gloves can offer needlestick protection to ASTM F28278 hypodermic needle puncture test levels 4 and 5.

Following changes to legislation in ladder safety and the introduction of EN 131, the one single ladder standard update is aimed to improve the safety of ladders, reduce ladder related accidents and make the process of selecting the right ladder straight-forward. The new catalogue features ladders that are fully compliant with the new standard, making the selection process simple and accurate.

A key introduction in hazardwear is a new range of multi-norm garments from Sioen including a polo shirt, softshell, coveralls and waterproof jackets all conforming to multiple European Standards. Available in hi-vis yellow and orange, arc, FR and anti-static in lightweight inherent fabrics.

Office Wear has also been expanded, with the introduction of new brand Kustom Kit offering corporate shirts in a wider range of colours plus Rowlinson, offering knitwear designs for the corporate market. The new Regatta contrast range allows wearers to mix and match garments with coloured features and details, with the option to have them branded with a corporate identity by the Arco Clothing Centre – an easy solution to creating on-brand uniforms.

In the safety footwear section, customers will find new styles in the Trojan range that look good and work hard with a safety hiker and trainer designed for comfort and style with nubuck leather or canvas uppers that make these styles breathable and lightweight.

Finally,customers can ensure their teams are safe and compliant with training and consultancy services from Arco Professional Safety Services. Experienced, safety and health practitioners work with clients to understand what safety looks like for their organisation.

To get your copy of the new Arco Big Book, visit your nearest store or go online to www.arco.co.uk/catrequest.

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Tough foot forward 27/07/2018

Arco has launched its new collection of slip-resistant footwear, introducing new athletic styles from the TROJAN range. These are designed to meet the needs of today’s workers for modern, athletic footwear that prioritises comfort without comprising safety. 

Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces. Between 2014/15-2016/17, an estimated 979,000 working days were lost due to such incidents equating to an average of 8.8 working days lost per case. To help reduce these accidents and ensure workers are protected from injuries, it is critical they wear the appropriate safety footwear that has been tested to comply with the relevant safety standards.

The new range of TROJAN footwear exceeds these standards and has been tested in the company’s independently accredited Product Assurance Laboratory, achieving EN ISO 20344:2011 and the EN ISO 13287: 2012 standard for slip resistance. Products in TROJAN’s new range include:

TROJAN Nireus S1P Safety Hikers - This hiker is suitable for workers who want the protection of a traditional safety boot that looks casual, but which has a range of safety features. The fashionable exterior conceals the steel toecap, penetration-resistant stainless steel midsole and antistatic properties. The outsole is said to provide superb resistance to slipping.

TROJAN Nireus S1P Safety Trainers - These lightweight safety trainers offer protection while still looking stylish. Featuring an outsole that provides excellent slip-resistance, the trainers have antistatic properties, a steel toecap and a penetration-resistant midsole, which are both hidden within the trainer. 

TROJAN Pandia II S3 Safety Boots – These high-top sneakers are lightweight and durable and with an outsole that provides excellent resistance to slipping, they are suitable for workers who need reassurance that their shoes have good grip. The aluminium toecap and composite midsole means that workers will be able to wear them all day without the risk of pain or discomfort. 

TROJAN’s slip resistant footwear is tested by replicating various potential hazards in the workplace. The level of slip is then graded on each shoe using the following codes: SRA, SRB, SRC, highlighting whether it will protect workers on ceramic tiles, steel floors, or, whether they are suitable for both. The new TROJAN range provides complete SRC protection. 

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CE is no guarantee 29/06/2018

CE markings are no guarantee of safety, according to Neil Hewitt, divisional director, Quality and Technical Standard at Arco. Here, he discusses the potential risks for your business

Although we enjoy the benefits of working in one of the safest places in the world, with the lowest incident rates of work-related deaths in the EU, there’s a gap in the compliance process that is putting UK workers at risk of injury, even though they are using CE-marked PPE they believe will protect them.

As a health and safety manager, you may believe that you and your people are fully protected and compliant when you specify or buy PPE. The reality is that some CE marked PPE is failing, putting wearers at risk of injury and businesses and individuals at risk of loss of reputation, fines and even possible imprisonment.

The evidence is undeniable: Independent laboratory testing in 2017 showed that around 40% of non-metallic footwear and 30% of rigger gloves failed surveillance testing, despite carrying the CE mark.  

With around 600,000 workers each year reporting that they have suffered an injury at work, the consequences of failing to apply due diligence to PPE purchasing are huge. Without a robust process in place, accidents and injuries could be life changing and not just for end users but for the individuals (and the businesses they work for) who are involved in specifying and purchasing the equipment. www.arco.co.uk

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Cut protection range 16/07/2018

Arco, the UK safety expert, has launched its new range of cut protection safety gloves, providing workers with its most comprehensive hand protection range to date, meeting the revised EN 388:2016 standard whilst educating employers about the changes to cut level testing.

Between 2016/17, there were over 17,521 non-fatal injuries affecting the hand and wrist. 12,325 of these instances resulted in workers needing to have over seven days’ absence. Hand injuries continue to be the leading cause of workplace injury and these could be prevented through workers wearing the right gloves for the job, with proven protection that is compliant to safety standards.

Arco’s high cut resistant gloves continue to offer high level protection and undergo rigorous testing in the company’s independently accredited Product Testing Laboratory to ensure this.

Arco’s  high cut protection range, Cut 5E, however, has been re-designed to clearly highlight the level of safety it provides on the back of the gloves, in-order to increase understanding about the protection levels which is a key requirement in the revised standard.

There are 11 products in the range that has been revamped to become more lightweight, comfortable and durable, whilst still achieving high cut protection levels in line with the new protocols of EN 388:2016.  The gloves are also available in various coatings including: polyurethane, sandy foam nitrile, nitrile dots, latex and leather.

EN 388:2016 superseded the original cut glove standard from 2003 and tests gloves against mechanical hazards such as abrasions, blade cuts, tears, punctures, and impact. The new cut testing process is designed to better stimulate real-life situations, such as an accidental cut, and is particularly relevant where injuries are likely from heavier objects or undergo greater force.  By 21st April 2019, all safety gloves must be compliant to this standard.

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Cut protection safety glove range 19/06/2018

Arco has launched its new range of cut protection safety gloves, providing workers with its most comprehensive hand protection range to date, meeting the revised EN 388:2016 standard whilst educating employers about the changes to cut level testing.

Between 2016/17, there were over 17,521 non-fatal injuries affecting the hand and wrist. 12,325 of these instances resulted in workers needing to have over seven days’ absence. Hand injuries continue to be a leading cause of workplace injury and many of these could be prevented through workers wearing the suitable gloves for the job, with protection that is compliant to safety standards.

Arco’s high cut resistant gloves continue to offer high level protection and undergo rigorous testing in the company’s independently accredited Product Testing Laboratory to ensure this.

Arco’s high cut protection range, Cut 5E, however, has been re-designed to clearly highlight the level of safety it provides on the back of the gloves, in-order to increase understanding about the protection levels which is a key requirement in the revised standard.

There are 11 products in the range that has been revamped to become more lightweight, comfortable and durable, whilst still achieving high cut protection levels in line with the new protocols of EN 388:2016.  The gloves are also available in various coatings including: polyurethane, sandy foam nitrile, nitrile dots, latex and leather.

EN 388:2016 superseded the original cut glove standard from 2003 and tests gloves against mechanical hazards such as abrasions, blade cuts, tears, punctures, and impact. The new cut testing process is designed to better stimulate real-life situations, such as an accidental cut, and is particularly relevant where injuries are likely from heavier objects or undergo greater force. By 21st April 2019, all safety gloves must be compliant to this standard.

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PPE Regulations advice 19/05/2018

Arco is helping buyers navigate the complicated waters of the new PPE Regulation, offering clear guidance.

The new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 brings about the most significant changes to the rules on PPE, since the introduction of the first Directive over 20 years ago. 

The changes are designed to ensure ongoing product safety and assurance and to better reflect the needs of those buying and using PPE to keep them safe at work. 

From 21st April 2018, the transition requirements of the new Regulation came into force and all those responsible for the purchase of PPE, need to ensure that their suppliers are able to meet the new Regulation requirements.  Arco has published an up to date summary of the Regulation, available free on the company’s website, which will help purchasers understand what the requirements mean for them.  The document includes key dates, a summary of the changes, advice on working with a trusted supplier and guidance on how to check that any PPE complies with the new regulation.

The rules of the new Regulation apply to the whole supply chain, not just manufacturers and clearly define that an importer or distributor who markets PPE products in Europe under their own name, brand or trademark, becomes liable for the full manufacturer’s obligations.  As the industry leader, Arco has  a well-established 5-step product assurance process and has also published all declarations of conformity at https://conformity.arco.co.uk/.

Neil Hewitt, Arco’s Divisional Director of Quality and Technical Standards, said: ”The new PPE Regulation puts the obligation on everyone involved in the manufacture, supply and distribution of PPE, including Arco, to ensure their products meet with the required standards, that they keep technical files and records and that they carry out sample testing on their PPE where appropriate.  With the investment we’ve made in product assurance and our own laboratory, we are well placed to meet the new obligations and to assure customers that they are buying from a reliable, fully compliant supplier.  The new regulations have introduced significant changes for both suppliers and buyers and we’ve put together some useful resources that are free to download from our website, to help customers navigate the new rules and we urge them to make sure they keep their people safe by working with a trusted supplier.

For more information, please go to the dedicated section on the Arco website for more information: www.arco.co.uk/regulation

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Superbrands list 23/03/2018

Arco has announced that it is on Britain’s Superbrands business list for the third consecutive year, demonstrating its position as a leading safety company with a dedication to keep workers safe.

The Superbrands list is an annual initiative, celebrating the UK’s leading business-to-business brands. In this year’s selection process, Arco was judged against more than 1500 companies from 62 sectors for factors such as quality, reliability and distinction.

Arco distributes a range of 170,000 world-class quality assured branded and own brand products and can deliver expert advice, training and consultancy. It also has its own Product Assurance Laboratory to test equipment, ensuring optimum safety is achieved.

It offers expert advice in areas such as skin safety, confined spaces, working at height and Face Fit Testing, where experts provide on-site training and education about how to ensure the appropriate management of such issues.

Lee Morton, Head of Brand & Proposition Development at Arco, said: “We are supremely honoured to have been named one of Britain’s Superbrands for the third consecutive year. It goes without saying that the core foundation of our industry is to ensure worker safety.  As the UK’s leading safety company, producing quality products that meet or exceed health and safety standards is at the heart of this commitment and is reflected in the investments we are making in quality and product assurance.” 

The identification of Superbrands is completed through a rigorous survey of 2500 business professionals from across the UK that is assessed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and the independent voluntary Business Superbrands council.

Stephen Cheliotis, Chief Executive of TCBA and Chairman of the Business Superbrands Council said, “A potent reputation is a critical advantage for a company. As an annual barometer of brand strength, those companies performing well in this year’s Business Superbrands survey can take confidence in their reputation. Being a leading Business Superbrand is not just about being the most well-known, but also about standing out from rivals and being perceived to consistently deliver a good quality service or product. The fact that the Business Superbrands process canvasses both business-to-business marketing experts and business professionals reaffirms on all counts that the brand is performing well”.

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Hose catalogue 24/03/2018

Arco Hose Division, the UK safety experts and one of the country’s largest industrial hose distributors, has recently launched its new hose catalogue, designed to ensure companies are equipped with the latest and most compliant hose solutions.

The 68 page catalogue offers customers access to over 3,000 product lines and 600,000 metres of hose including ducting and fitting products for general purpose, as well as hose products specifically designed for the food and drink, oil and chemical industries.

Providing products that are designed to enhance workplace safety is now a key addition in the catalogue. A new ‘workplace products’ section has been added, featuring lockout tag out, industrial matting, spill control and industrial lubricants and adhesives. Solutions can also be made to suit individual specifications, from high-risk chemical transfer hoses to general purpose industrial tubes.

With over 200 years’ of hose experience, the Arco Hose Division reinforces its core principles of quality, safety and service through the investment of swagers, chop saws, coilers and hose pushers, all of which enable the team to deliver enhanced customer service. Arco experts can also externally crimp hose assemblies from 6mm to 305mm and internally swage 52mm up to 305mm.

With some of the most renowned manufacturing facilities in the UK, Arco has a range of fixed and portable hydrostatic testing equipment allowing the experts to pressure test all hose solutions manufactured, ensuring complete safety for the intended application. Tests are also conducted by the National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) trained fitters.

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Stepping up the ladder regulations: Are you protected? 07/03/2018

Arco is offering customers free advice on how to ensure their ladders and stepladders are compliant ahead of the revised European regulation on portable ladders being enforced this year.

  

The new regulations seek to reduce ladder accidents, improve worker safety and simplify the ladder selection process. Working at height can be extremely hazardous if the appropriate safety features are not factored in.

Previous British standards for portable ladders and stepladders, BS 2037 and BS 1129, are being revised and replaced with a single British and European standard, BS EN 131. The updated standard contains two categories: EN 131 Professional, for industrial and trade, and EN 131 Non-Professional, for domestic and DIY use. 

There are a number of changes that both companies and employees should be aware of including all ladders now having to adhere to the same minimum weight capacity of 150kg, whether it’s for domestic or professional use, and the introduction of cycle durability tests to check product durability. Extension ladders over 3m will also now be required to have a wider base to reduce slips and the risk of ladders flipping or toppling. 

Although the new standard does not apply retrospectively and ladders built to the previous standard will still be legally available on the market during the transition period, Arco encourages companies to update their purchasing policies, ensuring EN 131 professional ladders are specified when replacing existing ladders. 

In order to ensure its customers comply fully with the latest standards, Arco’s product range of warehouse steps, ladders, platforms and podiums is already compliant to BS EN 131. Arco’s experts can also provide a free-onsite survey, assessing height risks and identifying the most appropriate equipment needed for the task, whilst its Training and Consultancy service offers three informative training courses, educating staff about how to effectively work with ladders. The courses include:

  • Ladder and Step Safety – This is aimed at supervisors and all employees who have to use ladders and steps.
  • Working at Height – This is aimed at those required to use Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE) in order to work safely at height. 
  • Mobile Access Towers - Provides the correct skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to safely oversee the work of operatives on site ensuring that work is properly planned and organised and that those involved in carrying out the work are competent and properly trained, and that towers are correctly inspected and maintained. 

Arco has produced a guide and infographic on the new standards, which can be easily downloaded.

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Be prepared to weather the storm 06/12/2017

Stay safe and prepare for extreme weather conditions - Arco, is urging businesses to prepare for the winter months now, and ensure safety items are maintained and in good working order.

Arco has put together advice sheets for business winter weather needs, including advice against flooding, effective salting and how to be weather warning aware. 

The sheets can be found on the Arco dedicated winter webpage – www.arco.co.uk/winter – including recommendations of essential workplace safety items such as grit bins, blue de-icing salt that is easier to see, salt spreading equipment, shovels, heaters and accessories. Arco also offers a downloadable, easy-to-use ‘Salt Calculator’ app, available from the App store or Google Play, that provides instant calculations for the quantity of salt required for each site, with personalised weather warnings that are tailored to your location.

Being well prepared to deal with extreme weather events can save businesses time and money and will help maintain a safe working environment.

Flooding:
Flooding can cause a huge amount of damage, not only to the property and its contents but it can also affect safety and hygiene standards even after the water is pumped out. By taking early action most businesses can save between 20 - 90% on the cost of lost stock and equipment, according to the Environment Agency.

Effective salting:
Salt is the most cost effective de-icer available to make roads, pavements and walkways safer as it reduces ice and adds as much grip to the surface as possible. Pre-salting will save time, money and injury.

Weather warnings:
Arco recommends that businesses monitor the probability of extreme weather conditions and advises that they sign up to flood warning services and weather updates for their region. Warnings can give an indication on the likelihood of severe weather and the impact the conditions may have. It is important to be aware and be prepared.

Niall Robinson, Product & Procurement Manager for Arco, said: “As the big chill approaches, we want to make sure our customers are ahead of the game when it comes to protecting their businesses against extreme weather. We have a comprehensive range of solutions to keep workplaces both safe and open throughout periods of extreme weather, and the experienced Arco team are on hand to provide expert advice for all winter business requirements.”

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