‘Just a flesh wound’ should have used cut level 5 from Flexion Global

Many of a certain age would remember the film where the Black Knight tried to stop King Arthur from crossing a stream and lost his limbs in the ensuing sword fight.  The most memorable words uttered being “Tis but a scratch, and  “Its just a flesh wound”.  We couldn’t say if he was wearing cut resistant clothing, but the serious side of this is that Cut Level 5 workwear literally could save your life or limb.

Dymatex5  products use the worlds strongest fibre, 15 times stronger even than steel in the crucial weight:strength ratio.  Produced in Portugal these garments are lightweight, stylish and highly effective.  Complemented by a range of cut proof gloves that are breathable, comfortable and highly dexterous, our products meet or exceed the stringent EN388:2016 test. The measurement of cut levels is not guesswork either because an accident at work could be life threatening. It’s actually very precise.

Are all the staff under your care properly equipped? The latest range of Cut Level 5 clothing from Flexion Global is readily available, its smart and protect the critical arteries in the body as well as against cuts and slashes. Not sure which is right for you?

Call us now on 01553 819767 for a no-obligation visit or visit our website https://www.flexionglobal.com/


You only have one pair of hands

Next to back injuries, the most common workplace injuries are to the hands and almost entirely preventable through wearing the correct gloves for the job.

In 2015 it was reported that 39% of hand injuries were from cuts or lacerations.  Puncture injuries by comparison were just 13% and fractures 11.2%.  Taking these stats even further nearly 71% of arm and hand injuries were preventable by wearing the correct PPE.  In the case of the 39% hand injuries thats a simple as wearing cut-resistant gloves.  Non-compliance is a major factor, but it is also the employers responsibility to provide suitable workwear and enforce the wearing of it.

How would you feel if you could find a glove, that is lightweight, breathable, dexterous and yet have a strength to weight ratio 5 times that of Kevlar and 15 times that of steel? Flexion Global have such a glove, and using our Dymacut material these gloves easily exceeds EN388:2016 Cut Level 5, yet are still pleasant to wear, washable and very flexible. Read more about them here https://www.flexionglobal.com/products/cut-resistant-gloves/hand-protection

Do you find it hard to believe? Just give us a call on 01553 819767 and we will send to your workplace a pair of cut proof gloves completely FREE OF CHARGE. We think you will be amazed!

The Solid Gear OCEAN Safety Shoe – Precision Safety and Comfort

Solid Gear continues to modernise PPE footwear with a safety shoe that looks and feels more like a trainer.

Combining a lightweight athletic look and superb safety features, the new OCEAN safety shoe is ideal for workers who are constantly on the move.

The shoe’s midsole is made of a poured PU rather than a traditional injected PU to give a more cushioned feel underfoot, while the thick rubber outsole provides a high level of anti-slip protection and durability.

With an eye-catching style, the shoe’s BOA comfort fastening delivers a better overall fit making it easy to take the shoe on and off,

Added to which, the shoe’s fibreglass toecap and ballistic midsole combine with the other protection features and anti-static properties to deliver S3 protection

So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the top class safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference.

 To get more information on Solid Gear – the Next Generation of Safety Footwear – visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com alternatively, call the Helpline on 01484 854788.

The Perfect Jacket and Trouser Combination For Winter – From Snickers Workwear

Stretch-comfort Work Trousers and Hi-Tech 37.5® Work Jackets for optimum weather-protection on site

Snickers Workwear is continually improving its working clothes with superb new stretch Work Trousers and Hi-Tech Jackets.

With great fit and superb value for money, the brand new comfort fabrics woven into Snickers’ newest street-smart Work Trousers deliver enhanced freedom of movement as well as improved comfort and close quarter mobility.

They’re perfectly complimented by the new, Hi-tech range of AllroundWork and FlexiWork jackets. They include 37.5® fabric technology garments for superb working comfort as well as others that are 100% waterproof, plus Hi-Vis working clothes for tradesmen and women that deliver maximum warmth, dryness and visibility when you need it most.

These jackets and trousers are the perfect combination – whatever the working environment or weather condition – so check out what’s best for you at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk

Getting information on the newest winter workclothes from Snickers Workwear is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email [email protected]

New SHOWA S-TEX 377 – Outstanding oil grip and cut resistance

Global hand protection specialist Globus has enhanced its market-leading SHOWA gloves range with the launch of the highly cut resistant SHOWA S-TEX 377.

By combining the unique Hagane Coil® cut-resistant technology with the SHOWA double dipped nitrile grip coating, the new SHOWA S-TEX 377 is the perfect solution for oily environments with high cut risks such as oil and gas, engineering, press stamping and industrial maintenance.

Highly flexible, durable and comfortable, the fully coated nitrile S-TEX 377 protects against water, grease, oil and abrasion with the added benefit of high cut resistance – certified Level D to the new EN388 Standard. The additional black nitrile foam palm coating also provides outstanding grip in wet and oily conditions.

Cut resistance is delivered through the innovative Hagane Coil® technology – a unique SHOWA coiling process that binds high performance yarns to a stainless steel core – the same carbon steel used to create Samurai swords. By using Samurai Technology, the S-TEX 377 provides the wearer with enhanced cut protection compared to using natural or synthetic fibres.

High grip performance is delivered through the Nitrile foam palm coating – the microporous foam structure effectively absorbing liquids, creating great adhesion between the hand and whatever is being handled. Underneath, the flat nitrile coating protects the skin against oil and grease contact reducing the risk of dermatitis.

Available in sizes small to XXL, the addition of a long cuff protects wearers against the risk of wrist injuries whilst the elasticated knit wrist keeps the glove correctly adjusted and in place during use.

“The launch of the SHOWA S-TEX 377 is a fantastic addition to the already renowned SHOWA S-TEX range. Purpose-built for rugged industrial environments such as oil and gas and engineering, it balances the combination of high level cut resistance, grip performance and comfort perfectly,” said Globus Product Development Manager for Hand Protection, Gregory Tessier.

To find out more about the new SHOWA S-TEX 377 visit https://www.showagloves.com/s-tex-377 call 0161 877 4747 or email [email protected]

Globus has created a free new guide to the new EN 388:2016 standard: https://www.globus.co.uk/assets/files/Globus-EN388_2016-Update-Web.pdf

Riley’s ‘on sight’ eye care service puts safety in focus and helps save a worker’s vision

As a world leading supplier of hazardous and industrial area electrical, lighting and control gear products, Hubbell Scotland’s systems are renowned for delivering leading performance in extreme environments.

Installed in some of the most arduous and safety critical locations worldwide, Hubbell Scotland provides a complete package of electrical solutions to some of the toughest environments on the planet, from oil installations in the North Sea to refinery operations in the Middle East.

With approximately 60 employees at its Glasgow site, covering roles such as engineering and assembly with operatives carrying out tasks including spot welding, high pressure water applications, testing, grinding and pedestal drilling, Hubbell wanted to ensure its staff were also able to work safely and effectively at all times.

Despite relatively few eye hazards on the shop floor Hubbell’s parent company, Hubbell Incorporated made the decision to implement a mandatory safety eyewear policy programme across its operations.

To help them achieve this, Hubbell Scotland turned to performance safety eyewear specialist Riley® (part of Globus Group) who provided its workers with its convenient ‘On Sight’ eye care service.

Working with Hubbell Scotland’s HSE Manager Brian Barr, the Riley team spent two days at its premises with its ‘On Sight’ service – consisting of a state of the art, fully equipped mobile optician vehicle with an appointment given to each worker to have their eyes tested.

Eye tests were carried out on every worker to determine their eye health, provide the right safety eyewear and to ensure that workers with prescription eyewear requirements were provided with leading safety solutions that matched their specific needs.

Being able to test people in the workplace ensured very little disruption or inconvenience resulted for the workforce whilst also minimising any downtime.

Able to offer workers a much wider choice of prescription safety frames – many more than a typical high street optician – the ‘On Sight’ service was a real success. But the greatest benefit went far beyond the enhanced duty of care Hubbell wanted to provide to its workers.

For little did anyone think that one of Hubbell Scotland’s workers would have a serious eye health issue identified by the Riley service that, if left untreated would have led to the loss of his sight in one eye.

During an eye test conducted on Hubbell Scotland’s Production Supervisor, Riley’s optometrist identified a problem and the individual was immediately sent to hospital. A deeper macular degenerative matter, which he was completely unaware of was diagnosed and emergency treatment was given.

“The Riley eye care test picked up a problem, which if left untreated would have meant I would have lost my sight in one eye. I am extremely thankful as without the Riley service the end result could have been significantly worse and had far more serious consequences to me and my life,” said the Production Supervisor.

The Riley ‘On Sight’ eye care service has also been praised by Brian Barr, who believes it provides a number of measureable benefits.

“Riley did an exceptional job in arranging and testing all our employees and we will be using them again in future for our worker re-tests.”

“The expert service, saved time, was convenient for us and the workforce really saw the health benefits of us carrying out the tests. The Riley team are specialist in their field. We get high performance products for our workforce and in the case of our Production Supervisor – to identify a potentially life changing issue was testament to just how beneficial the service is.” said Brian.

“Sometimes going to the optician is a job that gets put down the list of people’s priorities, but our workers loved the fact they did not need the inconvenience of arranging an eye test themselves and in their own time and it was all done for them by qualified personnel at work. It was a real win-win.” he added.

To find out more about the full range of Riley safety eyewear specialist solutions visit www.riley-eyewear.com

Hellburg Safety

Hultafors Group Acquires Hellberg Safety, Scandinavia’s Leading PPE Innovator

The Hultafors Group which owns Snickers Workwear, Solid Gear Safety Footwear and Hultafors Tools has acquired Hellberg Safety.

Hellberg Safety is a specialised supplier of PPE Equipment which includes highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal protection.

David Clark, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK says, “We are delighted with this acquisition given that Hellberg PPE products complement the Snickers Workwear and Solid Gear Safety Footwear product portfolios perfectly – in particular the recently extended Snickers Workwear Hi-Vis working clothes range “.

“We will now be able to offer the UK market an even more extensive range of top quality premium brand products, ideally suited to protect the personal wellbeing and safety of the discerning professional tradesman and woman”.

Getting information on the new Hellberg Safety product range is easy – call the Snickers Workwear Helpline on 01484 854788 or checkout the website www.hellbergsafety.com

Now part of the Hultafors Group, Hellberg Safety has been manufacturing specialist PPE Equipment since 1962. The product range includes highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal protection. In the UK the Hellberg Safety PPE range is part of a portfolio of premium brands that includes Snickers Workwear, Solid Gear Safety Footwear and Hultafors Tools.

Snickers Workwear

The Snickers Workwear Brochure – Complete Freedom of Movement With The Newest Working Clothes.

Check out the latest workwear designs from Snickers Workwear that will really stretch you to the limit on site.

There’s superb new clothing styles coming your way to make working in cooler weather so much easier and comfortable – all of them incorporating the very latest in market-leading designs and stretch fabric technology.

There’s 37.5 high-tech Undergarments, plus Jackets, Trousers and Accessories added to the RUFFWork, FLEXIWork and ALLROUND clothing families for both professional craftsmen and women as well as the range of Hi-Vis garment collection for maximum safety and wellbeing.

They’re all working clothes that deliver superb functionality, comfort, protection, and are equipped for any task at hand.

Complimented by Snickers’ Profiling and Embroidery services and the UK’s most extensive range of garment sizes, Snickers’ Workwear System delivers the ultimate solution to make every man and woman’s workday easier and safer.

For more information, visit the website at www.snickersworkwear.co.ukalternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

Part of the Hultafors Group, Snickers Workwear manufactures and provides working clothes for professional tradesmen and women. The garments are renowned for their quality, functionality and innovative workplace solutions. The company was founded in Sweden in 1975 and since then has grown strongly so that today, Snickers Workwear is one of the world’s leading workwear brands and is represented in 26 countries. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk

The Solid Gear VENT Safety Shoe – Precision Safety and Comfort

Solid Gear continues to modernize safety footwear with the revolutionary ‘Infinity’ technology in this new shoe.

Combining a lightweight athletic look with maximum breathability and superb safety features, the new VENT safety shoe is ideal for workers who are constantly on the move.

VENT’s upper is made from lightweight mesh combined with Cordura and a TPU reinforcement to ensure cool comfort, maximum breathability and enhanced durability.

While the shoe’s two midsoles deliver stability, flexibility and optimal energy return for enhanced comfort on your feet, the rubber outsole provides a high level of anti-slip protection.

For added protection, the shoe’s NANO toe cap is 40% stronger than fiberglass and has a more athletic look that conventional metallic ones. What’s more, the BOA fastening system provides flexibility and high precision adjustment of the shoe.

So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the top class safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference.

 To get more information on Solid Gear – the Next Generation of Safety Footwear – visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com alternatively, call the Helpline on 01484 854788.

ALPHASHIELD 2200 – bound to deliver greater protection for workers

Personal protective equipment manufacturer Alpha Solway has enhanced its Alphashield range of lightweight Type 5/6 coveralls with the launch of its 2200 – featuring fully bound seams.

Providing highly effective head to ankle protection against a range of particulate hazards and light liquid splashes, the new Alphashield 2200 is ideally suited for workers across a range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical and electronic manufacturing, bodyshop, paint spraying, resin and fibreglass applications through to environmental and crime scene investigation applications.

Manufactured from a microporous polyethylene laminate, the key to the 2200’s performance lies in the strength of its fully bound seams, which deliver greater strength and protection by overlaying two sections of material with an outer binding before being tightly chain stitched through all the layers.

With seams of the 2200 bound in this way, the result is an extremely strong, highly protective and lightweight limited life coverall which, combined with the Alphashield material, provides enhanced durability. 

Indeed, EN ISO tests carried out on the 2200 have proven it to be one of the strongest for seam strength – unlike many Type 5/6 coveralls on the market today that can easily rip and split exposing the wearer and their immediate environment to contamination.

By utilising microporous material, warm air is able to escape and keeps the user cooler for longer. The addition of thumb loops prevents the sleeves from moving up during use, keeping the wrist and forearm covered whilst the elasticated ankles, wrists and waist provide a better fit. The innovative three-piece elasticated hood construction also provides the wearer with added comfort, durability and fit.

“The 2200 is a fantastic addition to the Alphashield family. The first to offer fully bound seams, the combination of protection and durability make it a great quality option for environments where contamination control and prevention is essential,” said Nick Moore, Product Development Director for Alpha Solway.

For more information and to request your trial sample of the new Alphashield 2200 visit https://try.alphasolway.com/2200/