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Fit-for-purpose PPE and employers’ legal responsibilities

Employers who provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees are also legally required to ensure the PPE is fit-for-purpose, well maintained and used by workers. In other words, it is not simply enough to provide workers with PPE or an allowance to buy the equipment themselves without ascertaining if it is appropriate for the task […]

2 years ago
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PPE vending machines and the new ProChoice Safety Gear vend-ready range

Personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines can help large worksites save time and money, reduce waste, and improve OHS compliance and site safety. Demand for vend-ready products which can be stocked in the machines is increasing, according to ProChoice Safety Gear’s research and development manager, Brad Rodgers, leading the company to release their own vend-ready […]

3 years ago
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Choosing chemical gloves under the revised EN ISO 374-1:2016 standard

The European standard for chemical gloves was revised in 2016, with notable updates to the testing and labelling of gloves. It is important that end users understand these changes. The revised EN ISO 374-1:2016 is the first update to the standard in more than a decade and now includes ISO in the title to indicate […]

3 years ago
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The difference between hard hats and bump caps

Hard hats and bump caps both forms of PPE that provide head protection, however the circumstances in which they’re used vary based on the type and level of protection required. Bump caps protect against small impacts that a worker may incur when bumping into or knocking against a stationary object, while hard hats offer additional […]

3 years ago
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How facial hair impacts face masks and respiratory protection seals

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is critical in preventing workers from breathing in hazardous substances on the job. This is especially important in industries such as construction, mining or agriculture that have a high exposure to airborne contaminants which can lead to lung disease. Commonly, RPE involves a well-fitting mask such as: Disposable masks Re-usable half […]

3 years ago
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LINQ launches new welding at heights range

Welding is a task with numerous hazards such as electrocution, burns, fires, explosions and toxic fumes. And welding at heights adds a whole new dimension of risk. With 11 per cent of workplace deaths in 2003–15 related to falls from heights, and the construction industry accounting for 37 per cent of these deaths, welding at […]

3 years ago
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Safety guide for automotive mechanic workshops

In 2014–15, automotive electricians and mechanics made 1,760 serious workers’ compensation claims, involving at least one week away from work. The median work time lost was four working weeks and the median compensation paid was $10,300, according to SafeWork Australia. With safety risks in an automotive workshop covering many different areas, including hazardous manual tasks, […]

3 years ago
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Become a Test Pilot in Pro Safety’s Quality Assurance Program

Become a Product Test Pilot in Paramount Safety’s 13-step Boomerang Laboratory Quality Assurance (BLQA) product development and testing program. When it comes to developing a new product, customer participation is critical. That’s why we at Paramount Safety ask customers to trial our products as part of our rigorous testing regime before they go to market […]

3 years ago
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How long does PPE last and which products have an expiry date?

It is the responsibility of the user to always inspect PPE before use to ensure it is in good working condition. Some critical PPE has an expiry or “best before” date, after which its ability to deliver the protection it was designed for is compromised. Safety harnesses, hard hats, disposable respirators and sunscreen are four […]

3 years ago
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Controlling PPE quality and price with strict supply chain management

Strict supply chain management is critical in ensuring effective quality control and products that are sourced from reputable trading partners. ProChoice Safety Gear’s, Bill Vocisano’s job involves travelling the world, inspecting factories, screening contractors and facilitating independent audits to ensure processes and products are of the highest quality. He said these sourcing techniques and years […]

4 years ago