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Fit2Fit and Face Fitting 29/07/2020

During the last months we have all seen the media attention on the availability of face masks for workers in healthcare and social services. What the media has not seen and something which I want us all to appreciate is the work being done by the Fit2Fit accredited face fitters in the UK.

For a tight fitting mask to provide protection it needs to be adequate for the hazard and suitable for the individual. To ensure that it is suitable for the individual it must be fit tested for that person. Face Fitters around the country have been working 7 day weeks to try to cover as many people in healthcare as is humanly possible. This task is monumental and I would like to pay tribute and thank them all to a person, for this heroic effort.

Face Fitting can be up close and personal and in these difficult times, a task that carries with it risk. The length and breadth of the UK the face fitting activity has gone on and on, just a fantastic effort!

Again we pay tribute to you all.

In some cases where there have been logistical limitations face fitters have created and delivered online training with follow up personal telephone support.

Training courses have been redesigned to fit available time with refocussing content to reinforce key messages on avoiding cross contamination.

the task of the face fitting and reassuring wearers has been fraught

The challenges in healthcare face fitting have been added to with some confusion of guidance on which mask is suitable for what application. Whether there are actually distinct differences in the advice given by Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive or not, the task of the face fitting and reassuring wearers has been fraught.

The government cabinet office team’s objective included a coordinated approach to prioritising face fitting around the UK from a central point. Advice was sought from Fit2Fit on harnessing resource and helping to point it at priority areas, this has not yet been put into action.

As well as dealing with mask supply problems we have had to support the authorities on shortages with components for face fitting kits. While our BSIF members have been doing all that they can to supply kits we have supported, through the Fit2Fit community, alternative manufacturing of fit test taste solution.

When we come out of this COVID 19 crisis it is crystal clear that a strategic approach to face fitting as well as the availability of PPE in Healthcare is absolutely essential for preserving the health of the UK workforces.

HSE advises on the importance of fitting respirators correctly

If a respirator is incorrectly fitted, it will not provide you with protection.

HSE is advising healthcare workers currently using respiratory protective equipment (RPE) on the importance of ensuring it is fitted correctly.

Tight-fitting respirators rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the RPE can protect the wearer.

If you need to organise a fit tester you can find a list of all accredited fit testers on the scheme website:

www.fit2fit.org

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Beware of suspicious PPE certificates 09/06/2020

While the safety industry is working flat out to provide suitable and adequate legally compliant PPE in the wake of Covid-19, the market is awash with offers of product with questionable provenance, supported by certification that is at best misleading

With an incredible surge in demand and a dislocation of the traditional supply chains, suppliers and importers, previously not known to us, have appeared offering products, especially RPE and Medical Masks. The domestic supply chain, starved of these products has been understandably desperate to access product.

PPE is a highly regulated product category, for good reason, these are life sustaining products. For the sake of the health of workers we cannot afford sub - standard product that has not been properly assessed to be placed on the market. Over the last 3 weeks BSIF has typically been reacting to more than 30 requests per day for help in authenticating certificates. At times this has been almost overwhelming.

But who would be carrying out this vital service if not BSIF? We have been supporting members who are keen to do the right thing and we are following up with non-members to ensure that only safe compliant products get through. We are working with the Trading Standards Authorities, BEIS and OPSS continually.

The image shows some of the examples of dubious certificates that are in the market, and while not accusing these companies directly, as there are forgeries around, I would draw your attention to the ECM certificate. This is a voluntary certificate allowing the use of the ECM mark, but carrying the CE logo which is actively misleading manufacturers and importers into believing that the certificate is a valid EU document. It is not. Please do not be misled. We have seen this type of scandalous practise in other institutions and have continuously called on the EU Commission for action.

users should look to a Registered Safety Supplier for quality products

The risks of product entering the market through businesses that do not know what they are doing has never been more obvious. It has never been more apparent that users should look to a Registered Safety Supplier for quality products provided by capable knowledgeable staff.

Fit2Fit and Face Fitting

In the last weeks we have all seen the media attention on the availability of face masks for workers in healthcare and social services. What the media has not seen and something which I want us all to appreciate is the work being done by the Fit2Fit accredited face fitters in the UK.

For a tight fitting mask to provide protection it needs to be adequate for the hazard and suitable for the individual. To ensure that it is suitable for the individual it must be fit tested for that person. Face Fitters around the country have been working 7 day weeks to try to cover as many people in healthcare as is humanly possible. This task is monumental and I would like to pay tribute and thank them all to a person, for this heroic effort.

Face Fitting can be up close and personal and in these difficult times, a task that carries with risk. The length and breadth of the UK the face fitting activity has gone on and on, just a fantastic effort!

In some cases where there have been logistical limitations face fitters have created and delivered on-line training with follow up personal telephone support. Training courses have been redesigned to fit available time with refocussing content to reinforce key messages on avoiding cross contamination.

The challenges in healthcare face fitting have been added to with some confusion of guidance on which mask is suitable for what application. Whether there are actually distinct differences in the advice given by Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive or not, the task of the face fitting and reassuring wearers has been fraught.

The government cabinet office team’s objective included a coordinated approach to prioritising face fitting around the UK from a central point. Advice was sought from Fit2Fit on harnessing resource and helping to point it at priority areas, this has not yet been put into action.

As well as dealing with mask supply problems we have had to support the authorities on shortages with components for face fitting kits. While our BSIF members have been doing all that they can to supply kits we have supported, through the Fit2Fit community, alternative manufacturing of fit test taste solution.

When we come out of this COVID 19 crisis it is crystal clear that a strategic approach to face fitting as well as the availability of PPE in Healthcare is absolutely essential for preserving the health of the UK workforces.

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BSIF extends partnership with Western Business Media 05/02/2020

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has signed a multi-year extension to its partnership with Western Business Media (WBM), which will see the BSIF continue to exclusively support WBM’s publications and the Safety and Health Excellence Awards.

The extension sees the continuation of the long-standing partnership between both parties and Health and Safety Matters (HSM) magazine will remain the official publication of the BSIF and the only independent voice of the health and safety sector. HSM is the market-leading publication in the health and safety market and has 18,000 circulation for its print edition and more than 50,000 unique monthly visitors to its website www.hsmsearch.com

HSM will also continue to produce dedicated e-newsletters to promote the BSIF’s activities to the sector and directly to the inboxes of BSIF members. The BSIF will also continue to support and provide content for WBM’s other publications, which include Fire Safety Matters, Handling and Storage Solutions, Industrial Plant & Equipment, Manufacturing Matters Ireland, Controls Drives and Automation, Cleaning Matters and Security Matters.

In addition, the prestigious BSIF Awards will remain the focal point of the Safety and Health Excellence Awards, which will take place on 29 April at the VOX, NEC Birmingham and be hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis. The Safety and Health Excellence Awards were jointly founded by WBM and BSIF in 2018 and have fast become the must-attend networking event for the health and safety and fire safety sectors. Last year, more than 550 attended the awards and there were in excess of 200 entries to the awards categories. 

The new agreement comes just weeks after Mark Sennett, Danny Kosifou and Keith Gabriel completed the purchase of the publications and the Safety and Health Excellence Awards from Nineteen Group and re-branded as Western Business Media. Since partnering with WBM (previously Western Business Exhibitions), the BSIF has seen a significant growth in its membership and HSM also seen significant growth in its readership. BSIF chief executive Alan Murray comments: “ BSIF value hugely our partnership with WBM. For us and our members a media partnership needs to recognise our ambitions and be truly aligned philosophically with our objectives. I am extremely proud of our association and our partnership with WBM."

Western Business Media CEO Mark Sennett adds: “We’ve worked with the BSIF for a number of years and they have been a key partner for us in helping establish our magazines as the market leaders in their sectors. The Safety and Health Excellence Awards have also been embraced by the sector and continue to grow from strength-to-strength.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with BSIF who work tirelessly to continue to raise safety standards. The BSIF's growing membership are hugely engaged with our publications and the awards. We look forward to providing them with the latest news from the sector to help them in the vital work that they do to keep people and premises safe."

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Head protection in action 05/02/2020

Although there is now greater awareness around safety precautions and PPE in the workplace than in the past, when you hear stories like the one below the importance of wearing the correct head protection hits home, says the BSIF.

Since Patrick started his career as a delivery driver in 2006, he had never had an accident. This changed on Thursday 19th June, 2018 when he was unloading sheet steel at a port. Some sheets had been rolled to form curves and were supported during transit by trestles, all of which were secured by ratchet straps. With the port being very strict with load handling and it makes sure every individual wears a hard hat, high visibility jacket and steel toe cap boots at all times.

When releasing the very last strap, the curved sheets pushed down onto the trestle, pushing it out from under the load. Five sheets of the sheet steel then sprang down onto Patrick’s safety helmet, pushing it down onto the flat sheets below. The sheer impact forced his head out of the safety helmet and away from the steel. Patrick sustained a broken elbow and escaped with only a couple of bruises to the side of his head and minor cuts to his left eye lid and forehead.

Cases such as this help to raise awareness and showcase the importance of how important it is to wear quality head protection. Helmet manufacturers with in-house research and development departments continue to develop helmets which outperform safety standards by using advanced materials with the latest technology. 

Wearing the correct head protection is vital when it comes to protecting your skull and brain when operating in potentially hazardous or dangerous conditions. Safety helmets or hard hats are predominantly used in workplace environments such as industrial or construction sites to protect the head from injury due to falling objects, impact with other objects, debris, rain, and electric shock. 

While industrial head protection standards have changed little since BS2826 was published in 1957 the manufacture and style of head protection used in the workplace has changed considerably in the last 62 years. In the last decade risks encountered have changed dramatically in the Construction Industry as projects have become more challenging. The increase of the redevelopment of brownfield sites where there is a great deal of demolition, the trend for large sky-scraper type buildings as well as the big infrastructure projects like the construction of Hinckley Point nuclear power station has led the Construction Industry to call for higher levels of head protection on site. Head protection that just meets the requirements of the current Industrial Safety Helmet standard EN397, are often just not good enough.

Firstly, it is essential to choose the right head protection for the task. Analyse the risks, determine the protection needed, identify where the helmet is going to be worn whether that is on the ground, working at height or in a confined space then choose the helmet which complies to the correct standard you need.

Secondly, it is crucial that the helmet is extremely comfortable when worn. Workers must be happy to wear the helmet all day long enabling them to have the correct protection when needed and to all them to concentrate on their work and therefore increase safety and productivity. 

Thirdly, adaptability is key. Choosing a helmet with a good quality, fully adjustable material suspension system for added comfort, a wheel ratchet system to ensure the perfect fit, venting for cooling, insulation to keep warm, padding to enhance shock absorption and a range of accessories for the job being carried out are all important .

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Don't be in the dark about high visibility clothing 04/10/2019

During the winter months when shorter days mean reduced visibility the dependence on high visibility workwear to identify employees increases. High visibility clothing is a key part of the workforce PPE and millions of pounds is spent on it every year within the UK, but not all high visibility clothing is created equal, explains the BSIF.

All PPE must be correctly tested and certified to meet the appropriate European standard, this includes all high visibility clothing. If it meets the standard, then it is effective for the job it was designed to do, and users of the garment are protected to the appropriate level that the product was designed for. However, there has been a huge increase in Fake and substandard PPE and in particular high visibility garments being sold within the UK. This causes a massive problem because it is threatening the safety and in some cases the lives of people who think they have taken the necessary precautions to protect themselves with high visibility clothing only for them to actually not be properly protected.

A number of items are available that claim CE approvals but in reality, they have not been appropriately certified. Even worse, some items are in fact counterfeits of existing products. In our experience these products just do not perform as they should, putting lives at risk. There have been court cases brought against several high street retailers and fines handed out for the sale of substandard high visibility clothing. It is imperative that when you buy a high visibility item you should check that it is authentic and up to the standards required. 

To provide the highest level of protection and comfort, there are a number of specifications to which your high visibility garments should adhere.

EN 20471 (High visibility)

EN 20471 is the European standard for high visibility clothing and deals specifically with specifications of high visibility clothing. When purchasing high visibility workwear, it’s important to remember that only yellow and orange vests are fully compliant with the EN 20471 standard. Reflective tape on high visibility garments must also be at least 50mm wide.

To help with sourcing authentic and appropriate PPE, BSIF run the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, members of the scheme are companies who manufacture and distribute PPE within the UK. They declare that they are committed to selling only certified authentic PPE to the market place. They are independently audited to make sure the products they sell, including high visibility garments ,are up to standard and offer the correct protection levels to end users. By using a Registered Safety Supplier, end users can assure they are sourcing ‘up to the task’ equipment, something that every employee has to have.

Registered Safety Suppliers can be found by visiting www.bsif.co.uk/rsss

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The height of good sense: Best practice when working at height 28/05/2019

More than 4,000 people a year in the UK suffer major injuries from falls while working at height and it is a major cause of workplace death. While the majority of these incidents occur in construction, other sectors of employment are also affected. Most of the major injuries are associated with falls of less than two metres. 

The Work at Height Regulations (2005) state that employers have a duty to assess the risks, plan, and supervise all workers who work at height. The Regulations require all employers to ensure that any task which is to be carried out at height has been properly planned, is fully supervised and that it is only carried out by those who are competent to do the work. They must also ensure that operatives receive thorough instructions and training, and that they are given all the necessary information required in order to carry out their tasks. 

Work must be planned, organised, supervised, and carried out by competent persons, using the following six steps:

Avoid

Wherever it is possible, work at height should be avoided if there is a risk of serious injury associated with the work. Can components or structures be brought to ground level or to a safe space for repair or maintenance, rather than working on them at height? 

Prevention of falls

Clearly, the risk of falls is the greatest hazard associated with working at height. Both the worker above ground level and those below could be injured in the event of a fall, so preventative measures must be implemented where working at height cannot be avoided. Guard rails on scaffolding or mezzanine levels are an obvious solution, but in other situations harnesses and fall arrest systems may be appropriate as an extra control measure, particularly if the job at hand involves a lot of movement; is particularly high; or where the weather conditions are extreme.

Mitigate falls

In some situations, the risk of a fall cannot be eliminated entirely even when correct preventative measures including guard rails and personal protective equipment (PPE) is used. In such cases, it is vital to minimise the danger and consequences of a fall to both the individual working at height and those below. Minimising the distance of a potential fall is one preventative measure which can be implemented, as well as enforcing an exclusion zone on the ground to safeguard employees from being injured by falls from above. 

Training and awareness

In addition to all the above actions, health & safety guidelines recommend erring on the side of caution and taking additional measures to contribute to fall prevention if it is not reasonably practicable to avoid. This may include additional instruction and training for employees on safe working practices at height and the correct use of PPE and safety apparatus, the demarcation of edges with painted lines, and fostering a safe culture in which employees are encouraged to identify instances of colleagues working unsafely and report them immediately. 

Protect those on the ground

As well as the risk of falls, dropped tools or equipment can pose a serious risk of injury to workers and individuals on the ground or on levels below. It is therefore recommended that protection schemes to prevent injuries to people below from dropped tools are set up – including securing all tools from falling and taking every precaution underneath workers to prevent any objects that are dropped from falling on those standing below. 

For those who do not work at height very often or are unsure about which type of access equipment to use, it is important that the risks are assessed and the right equipment for the job is selected.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall which is liable to cause personal injury. It places duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others (e.g. facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) to the extent they control the work. It is the responsibility of all companies involved in working at height to know the law surrounding worker safety and dropped objects, and to follow it accordingly.

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Are your flammable liquids stored safely? 01/05/2019

In most laboratories and industries, the use of hazardous and combustible materials is part of the regular routine and is unavoidable. On a daily basis the improper storage of such materials puts people, the environment and property in danger.

A worst case scenario, such as the one described in the following example, could happen to anyone. As a result of a minor accident in a laboratory or industrial premises, a small fire breaks out. Quantities of flammable material stored incorrectly on a shelf quickly accelerate the speed of the fire. In this instance, evacuation times and fire extinguishing times are reduced, resulting in potential injury and damage to the premises – in such cases, the negligent handling and storage of hazardous materials has serious consequences. The general lack of safety measures, along with the failure to mitigate the risk of fire spread, could possibly lead to insurance issues.

Additionally, the laboratory manager and safety manager could face prosecution, and the personal liability of the company’s senior management may be involved. Substantial costs for disposal and renovation would arise and incalculable production losses would ensue. Furthermore, the associated damage to the company’s reputation could have potential long-term effects.

Hazardous materials are therefore always very much a current topic for every business. In order to avoid accidents and to protect employees in the best possible way, hazardous materials must be stored in the correct way, for example in a safety storage cabinet. Particularly strict storage regulations concerning the handling of hazardous materials must be observed, as defined in global regulations such as GHS (Globally harmonised system) directives and guidelines of the European Union and the rules and laws of the individual country.

Specifying appropriate safety storage cabinets

In this context the most important regulation is BS EN 14470-1:2004: Fire safety storage cabinets. Safety storage cabinets for flammable liquids.

Safety storage cabinets with a proven fire resistance class in accordance to BS EN 14470-1 help provide industries with a less risky local storage of toxic, flammable or potentially explosive substances in modern workplaces.

A safety storage cabinet manufactured to BS EN 14470-1 provides a series of safety measures that protect the stored hazardous materials against the fire. First of all in the event of fire, the drawers as well as the doors close automatically through thermal release. If no door open arrest system is used, the doors must close automatically from every position when released. The doors close at 122° F maximum and the closing sequence is completed within 20 seconds – starting from any position. The automatic closing works using a fusible link. These fusible links are located within the door open arrest system. The ventilation spigots and the drawers. As a consequence, in the event of fire all mechanisms close automatically.

Once the automatic drawer and door have closed, the air ducts will automatically shut. Following this, the gaps of the safety storage cabinet become totally sealed between the door and frame through special intumescent seal protection strips which, when exposed to fire, expand and seal hermetically to avoid heat entering the cabinet.

Jointly, the steel body and the insulation within prevent a critical temperature increase inside the cabinet – the steel body alone does not offer any protection and in fact it is a strong heat conductor. Underneath the robust steel surface are multiple layers of fireproof mineral fibre insulation material and these insulation boards prevent temperature increase within the cabinet.

Some safety storage cabinets can with stand fire over a time period up to 90 minutes. In spite of the fact that this heavy exposure to temperatures exceeds 1,000°C, the containers used for storing flammable liquids and hazardous materials remain safe and perfectly intact.

Only such cabinets will allow sufficient time for the personnel to evacuate the premises and the firefighters to enter the building, preventing a minor and extinguishable fire from turning into an uncontrollable one.

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Focus on fit testing 02/02/2019

When specifying Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) which includes Respiratory Protective Devices (RPD) it is important to consider the role of Fit2Fit and the needs of the user in addition to the performance characteristics of the RPE says the BSIF.

The importance of protecting workers from hazardous dust and fumes is not a new topic of debate. For some 2,000 years, the potential dangers have been recognised.

Fast forward to the present day and the issue remains a hot topic for debate and a key area of international safety legislation. So much so that 2018 saw the introduction of the ISO 16975-3:2017 – a new standard specifically designed to provide guidance on how to conduct a fit testing of tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Devices (RPS).

Designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the seal between the wearer’s face and the respiratory interface specific requirements for conducting RPD fit testing outlined in the new standard include:

  • Qualifications/competencies of fit test operators
  • Specific fit testing procedures
  • Interpretation of fit test results
  • Record Keeping

We need to drive mindsets away from pure respirator performance to the relationship between respirator and each individual user. In the past a lot of disposable respirators were introduced to the market to purely meet the EN 149:2001+A1:2009 standard, without necessarily considering the individuality of the user, how it fitted them and how it was used.

If someone fits a particular disposable FFP3 mask – that would then apply to any FFP3 mask product – These are assumptions that are being made – WRONG! It is important to reinforce the message that if a respirator model is changed then the wearer needs to undergo a new fit test.

Where a tight-fitting face mask is required, a fit test on that mask and the person wearing it needs to be carried out. This is a legal requirement detailed in the CoSHH regulations. 

Some people still don’t understand whether fit testing is a requirement for them or don’t know enough about it to make an effective judgement. Fit testing is also seen by some as time consuming, expensive or not applicable to them e.g.: ‘I only wear a mask once a week, so its OTT and not needed’.

Regardless of how often a mask is used – if its being used as an item of PPE it needs proper fit testing. Its also recommendable that regular fit testing is undertaken – ideally at least once every two years.

Recent research indicates that up to 50% of all RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed and one of the major reasons is that it simply does not fit! Yet, under the regulations RPE must be correctly selected and this includes, for many types of RPE, a face piece Fit Test conducted by a competent person. So how can you be sure the person conducting the fit test is competent?

Despite not being qualified to do so, some people think they are competent enough to fit test. RPE fit testing should be conducted by a competent person, anyone carrying out the fit test must be appropriately trained, qualified and experienced.

In view of these major concerns the British Safety Industry Federation, along with the HSE and other industry stakeholders have developed a competency scheme for Fit Test Providers. The Fit2Fit RPE Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme is designed to confirm the competency of any person performing face piece fit testing.

What makes a Fit2Fit accredited tester competent? They have passed an industry recognised exam and therefore demonstrated they have a thorough knowledge of the HSE guidance on fit testing and can demonstrate they have the know how to fit test in practical circumstances.

If you or your employees require a fit test, then by using a Fit2Fit accredited tester you will be doing enough to demonstrate best practice and making sure the user of RPE is properly protected and has an effective seal on their mask.

A list of accredited, competent fit testers can be found by going to www.fit2fit.org and clicking on the ‘Find a tester’ tab. Why take the risk of using a non-accredited tester when it’s so easy to source a fit test from a competent Fit2Fit tester?

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Benefits of a Registered Safety Supplier 17/07/2018

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the trade association for organisations involved in the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety related products and services. From this position, the Federation believes strongly that occupational users have a right to expect their safety equipment to be of good quality, to protect them adequately, and to be fully compliant with all relevant regulations and requirements

Furthermore, the BSIF believes passionately that all users, specifiers and purchasers of such equipment deserve to be serviced and supported by capable, knowledgeable and responsible suppliers.

All member businesses of the BSIF involved in the supply of PPE and related safety equipment are required to sign up and adhere to the requirements of the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme which places a number of obligations on the organisation. They are required to:

  • Make a formal and binding commitment that all PPE and related products supplied will comply with the requirements of the applicable regulations.
  • Maintain a quality management system and embed within it an Industry Code of Practice statement.
  • Have the capability to manage a product recall process and take other corrective actions in compliance with British Standard’s PAS 7100:2018 or equivalent.
  • Submit to the audit of one product per year randomly selected from their offering. For PPE this will include testing of the product to one or more clauses from any EN product performance standard to which certification is claimed. For safety equipment outside of mainstream PPE and not regulated by publicly available standards, it will include an audit of their quality policy and all relevant regulatory documentation.
  • Commit to educate and accredit customer facing staff to the Ofqual level 2 BSIF Safe Supply Course and Qualification or other appropriate qualifications.
  • For Importers and Distributors, demonstrate that they comply with the “Obligations and Responsibilities” required under the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 by maintaining the appropriate BSIF Compliance Protocol or equivalent for each product.

This provides a significant layer of confidence for users and a differentiator for suppliers from competitors who do not make such commitments. When sourcing PPE and related occupational safety equipment buyers can look for the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme logo, which is the shield shown here.

Ofqual level 2 Safe Supply course

Furthermore, member companies commit to their customer facing staff working towards attainment of the Ofqual level 2 Safe Supply course, a publically recognised qualification which adds to the professional development of the individual and to the capability of the organisation. The course comprises four modules which cover the legal aspects of supplying PPE, CE marking and certification of products, the ‘policing’ of PPE by market surveillance authorities, and user management of safety.

This is another significant differentiator for the member company from competitors who do not demonstrate such a level of commitment. Qualified staff provide a responsible source of supply of PPE based on knowledge, capability and a clearer understanding of the needs of their customers.

End user companies can join the growing number of exponents of the scheme by registering as supporters on the dedicated supporter’s website: www.registeredsafetysupplierscheme.co.uk

When registering here supporters can find additional resources and news of networking events. Their company logo will be displayed, along with their commitment to always seek to source their PPE and related safety equipment needs from a BSIF Registered Safety Supplier.

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BSIF supporting Maintec 2018 20/06/2018

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has announced its support for Maintec, an exhibition dedicated to maintenance, plant and asset management, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 6th and 7th November 2018. 


The BSIF, which provides support and guidance on a wide range of occupational safety issues, will be attending Maintec 2018 in recognition of safety being an increasingly important addition to the maintenance engineer's job responsibility. 

The show has a proven track record of attracting visitors from across multiple industries including energy, manufacturing, automotive, hazardous environments, aerospace, utilities, oil and gas, food and drink, rail, ports and marine – all of which require the highest standards of safety training and equipment on a daily basis. 

Following the announcement of Bosch Rexroth’s event sponsorship last month, the new partnership is just one of the enhancements the event organisers are making to this year’s Maintec.
 
Tim Else, director at Western Business Exhibitions, confirms: “It vital that Maintec remains a platform for the maintenance, reliability and asset management communities to meet, learn and do business.

“Following feedback from our audience, we have made some important changes to the format of the event this year. One of our commitments to the Maintec visitor audience is to increase the range of manufacturers and suppliers that they can meet during the event. We are pleased to be able to host the BSIF and their members on our showfloor and extend the existing ongoing partnership between the BSIF and Western Business Exhibitions.”

This is the second edition of Maintec since its acquisition by Western Business Exhibitions; in 2017, WBE delivered the most successful event in the shows’ recent history, delivering a 62% increase in visitor numbers and attendance of engineering teams from 15 of the UK’s top 20 manufacturing sites.

Limited spaces now remain for Maintec 2018. For exhibiting options and availability contact Jos Diamond, event manager, jdiamond@western-be.co.uk and 07818 574303. 

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