Safety Products for the Workplace - PPE

UK Safety Regulations

NOISE AT WORK REGULATIONS

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force for Great Britain on 6 April 2006. Their aim is to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work.

In summary they dictate that it is the responsibiliy of the employer to ensure that employees not only have access to adequate hearing protection at work, but that they are fully trained in its use and, further use it responsibly.

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ATEX AND EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES REGULATIONS

In the workplace - wherever there are flammable gases, mists, vapours or even dust particles in the air there may be a risk of explosion. Naturally uncontrolled explosions are not desirable in the workplace and both products and training need to minimise the risk.

Current ATEX regulations are goverened by EU law, though they are expected to be incorporated into UK law post any break with the UK from the EU. : The aim of Directive 94/9/EC is to allow the free trade of 'ATEX' equipment and protective systems within the EU by removing the need for separate testing and documentation for each Member State.

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EYE PROTECTION REGULATIONS

Eyes, one of the most delicate organs in the human body, and one which is easily damaged. The eyes need to be protected from hazards such as gas, vapur, mists, chemicals, dust, projectiles andflying objects via the use of appropriate safety spectacles, visors or goggles. It is important that the correct type of lens and impact resistance are suitable for potential hazards in any given arena of work. In some instances full face protection is advisable.

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