Guide To Respiratory Protection February 03, 2016 07:58


Respiratory protective equipment at work


(Official hse guide at bottom of page in an iframe)

Many workers wear respirators or breathing apparatus to protect their health in the workplace. These devices are collectively known as respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Respirators filter the air to remove harmful substances and breathing apparatus (BA) provides clean air for the worker to breathe.

The Law

The laws governing the control of harmful substances in the workplace, and their supporting approved code of practice, say that you should only use RPE after you have taken all other reasonably practicable measures to prevent or control exposure. By going through the risk assessment process required by these laws, you can determine whether the use of RPE is necessary in your workplace. If you write your justification for using RPE on your risk assessment record you should remember the reasons behind your chosen control regime and be able to adapt it in the future as necessary. If you have fewer than five employees you are not legally required to record your risk assessment.

You should only select and use RPE:

■ where an inhalation exposure risk remains after you have put in place other reasonable controls (residual risk);

■ while you are putting in place other control measures (interim measures);

■ for emergency work or temporary failure of controls where other means of control are not reasonably practicable;

■ for short-term or infrequent exposure, such as during maintenance work, where you decide that other controls at the source of the exposure are not reasonably practicable. 21 There are situations where specialist advice may be needed to select the right RPE.

These include:

■ emergency escape – where you need to provide RPE for safe exit from an area where hazardous substances may be released suddenly after control systems fail;

■ emergency rescue. 22 Under the law, RPE is the last line of protection. Remember, RPE can protect only the wearer and if it is used incorrectly, or is poorly maintained, it is unlikely to provide the required protection. Note also that RPE can be uncomfortable to wear and may interfere with work, which can lead to incorrect use



A full  extensive guide to standards and markings can be found on the HSE website


Selection Criteria Examples for Respiratory Protection

Identify all hazards 

Dust - Dry fine powdery matter formed from the breakdown of solid materials, easily inhaled if airborne for long periods of time.

Metal Fumes - These fumes occur when metals are vaporized under high temperature during processes such as welding, the vapours condense and form particles which then become airborne and can be breathed in causing illnesses such as "metal fume fever"

Mist - Can often be a combination of several hazardous ingredients and are formed during atomisation and condensation processes.

"Oil mist may form when high pressure fuel oil, lubricating oil, hydraulic oil, or other oil is sprayed through a narrow crack, or when leaked oil connects with a high temperature surface vaporizes and comes in contact with low air temperature.

This happens while the fluids interact with the moving parts during machinery"  (

Gases - Airborne at room temparature - expand rapdily and move freely - guide to most common gas hazards

Vapours A vapor is the gaseous phase of a substance that, under ordinary conditions, exists as a liquid or solid.



 Choosing your respirator - Types of respirator

There are a number of styles of respiratory protection available, each offering its own features and benefits:

  • Cup-shaped respirators are simple in design and suit a wide variety of face shapes due to their convex shape, nose clips and twin-strap design. They are very durable and hold their shape well even in humid conditions.
  • Foldable respirators are very comfortable ,soft and flexible. They are easy to store are hygienically packed in singles.
  • Buckle-strap respirators contain a soft inner face seal along with adjustable headbands, allowing a highly tuned fit, they are robust and durable.
  • Valved respirators provide a high degree of ventilation and remove heat and moisture away from the face during heated area conditions. Because they allow the outward dispersion of breath , they are not suited for some environments such as clean rooms for example.
  • Disposable respirators offer protection against airborne particles and are portable and cost effective, allowing simple convenient protection. A single use throw away item.
  • Gas filters protect users from harmful gases and vapours. In most cases these tiny molecules are filtered by adsorption, collecting on the surface of the filter instead of being absorbed by it.

      Types Of Filter

      Eye Protection EN166 Guidlines February 02, 2016 02:40

      Eye Protection Buying Guide

      We should always try to remove hazards from the workplace by conducting proper risk assessments, but sometimes even with such a system in place, its still possible for hazards  both unavoidable and unforeseen to exist , it is with this in mind that we should consider as a last resort, eye protection,

      Choosing suitable safety eyewear

      When choosing which type of eye and face protection is needed, it is wise to consider the following,

      The type of potential hazard faced

      • mechanical - flying debris, swarf, dust or molten metal
      • chemical - Fumes, gases or liquid splash
      • Radiation - Heat(infra-red), ultra violet light or glare
      • Laser light - over a wide spectrum of wavelengths

       Type Of Protection

      • Safety spectacles - Afford basic impact protection, but will not keep out dust, gas or molten metal - available in a variety of styles.
      • Safety Goggles - Can Provide protection for all types of hazards - and can be worn over spectacles
      • Safety Face-shield - Protects the face and eyes, but doesn't keep out gas and dust.

      Type Of Lense

      • Clear lense -General purpose impact protection - 99% UV - B ray protection.
      • Smoke - Protection from sunlight, excessive glare, and high levels of hazardous light
      • Indoor/outdoor - Reduces sun glare and intense sunlight - mirror coating reflect glare.
      • Yellow - Ideal for low light environments.
      • special lenses - Platinum - a range from bolle exceeds EN166 KN, guaranteed greater safety, reliability and comfort, high scratch resistant coating, anti fogging for up to 2 minutes and resistance to aggressive chemicals.
      • ESP + CSP - protection against varying  UVA, UVB and blue light conditions.

      Anti-mist + Anti Scratch - Look for the codes K and N, this tells you whether the glasses are anti mist or anti scratch, to the required legal standard, as set out in EN166 - if no "K" or "N" is present on the lens then the product doesn't meet the EN standard.

      N = Anti-mist treatment, complies with EN166 - prevents the formation of condensation permanently.

      K = Anti-scratch treatment- complies to EN166 - A hard coating that protects against scratching and help to prevent vision from becoming impaired due to scratching of the lenses.

      For a further extensive guide to EN166 codings and explanations please visit:

      We have an extensive range of eye protection at - 07846803367

      Guide To High Visibility Standards January 31, 2016 11:50

      Guide To High Visibility Standards (this guide may become outdated and is not legal advice - use at your own risk)

      Further Info about employer responsibilities can be found at:

        High-Visibility Clothing Regualtions

      The requirements & the facts

      Being struck by a moving vehicle is the second most common cause of death in the workplace. It is therefore essential that any high visibility garments issued to employees conform to all relevant performance standards (EN 471:2003, European Standard for High Visibility Clothing), and are worn and maintained correctly for maximum protection.

      So what does this mean to you?

      In order to comply with all UK and European legislation, you need to ensure that the high visibility garments you buy comply with the following: ‘High visibility clothing conforming to EN 471:2003, Table 1, Class 2 or 3, which must be worn at all times. ‘The colour of the background materials should normally be fluorescent yellow from Table 2 of EN 471:2003. The retroreflective materials should comply with Table 5’.

      Highways Agency: Chapter 8 Traffic Signs Manual (Part 2)

      Operations: Para 06.3.2

      Highways Agency: Chapter 8 Traffic Signs Manual (Part 2) - Operations: Para 06.3.2 The workforce and supervisory staff should wear high visibility warning clothing at ALL TIMES when on site. Clothing shall comply with BS EN 471 Table 1, Class 2 or 3 (Class 3 on motorways and other high speed roads) and shall comply with the requirements of paragraph 4.2.3(b) of the Standard. The colour of the clothing shall normally be fluorescent yellow or fluorescent orange-red complying with Table 2 of the Standard.
      The retroreflective material shall be to Class 2 as defined in Table 5 of the Standard. In addition, on motorways and other high speed roads, high visibility jackets or coveralls shall have full length sleeves meeting the requirement of paragraph 4.2.4 of BS EN 471.

      This requirement may be varied to three-quarter-lengthsleeves where a risk assessment shows full-length sleeves would present increased risk due to the activity being undertaken.Staff should also wear high visibility trousers complying withClass 1 of BS EN 471 where the carrying of large items of equipment or other activities may at any time obscure the visibility of the high visibility jacket or vest. Highways Agency: Temporary Traffic Management On High Speed Roads: Good Working Practice (Section W7) Operatives who are engaged in activities on live traffic lanes should wear High Visibility Garments to BS EN 471. Table 1: Class 3


      Buying Guide

      Garment Classifications

      Garment types are grouped into three classes based on the conspicuity provided, with the classes dictating the minimum quantities of background and retroreflective materials to be used.

      CLASS 3: Highest Protection Level: Bands of retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.80m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.20m2. A revised version of EN471 was published in March 2004. One of the major changes in this version is that horizontal reflective bands can now have an incline of _+20º.

      CLASS 1: Lowest Protection Level: Where enhanced visibility is an advantage, but for minimal risk/off road purposes only. Bands of retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.14m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.10m2.

      CLASS 2: Intermediate Protection Level: Bands of retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.50m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.13m2.

      All Retroreflective Materials used in our High Visibility Clothing exceed the highest brightness category of EN 471, Table 5. Retroreflective Materials greatly enhance your visibility in low light situations. This reflective material returns light to a light source – such as vehicle headlights – creating a bright image that motorists are more likely to see from a distance. As a result, motorists and pedestrians have more time to react.

       Safety Standards Key

      To aid selection, garments in this catalogue now carry icons denoting the EN safety standards to which they comply. From October 2013 all newly Certificated High Visibility Garments must comply with the NEW Standard, EN ISO 20471:2013

      EN343 Protection against Rain 3 classes of waterproofness and breathability

      EN471:2003 High Visibility Warning Clothing 3 classes of protection

      EN342 Protection against cold (Temperatures <5ºC)

      GO/RT 3279:2008 Approved Garments for Railway Workers


      Creating The Perfect Company Logo September 04, 2015 01:55



      Your logo is a visual expression of everything your business
      stands for.

      Think about some popular companies and about how their logo embodies them.

      In many instances, the first impression of your business is formed when a customer sees your logo.

      A popular logo can help to build loyalty and trust between your customer and your business and can help to strengthen you brand identity.

      Having a company logo gives you a professional image.

      A great logo will have a simple message which is clear and relevant to the brand it represents.

      It reflects the personality of your company, is memorable and versatile and It communicates what you want to say in the best possible way.


      Logo Types

      There are several types of logo design to choose from depending upon your budget and marketing strategy.

      Font-based logos consist of written text usually with a unique font that helps them to stand out against the competition and is hard to copy, typical examples of companies using this method are Cadburys, IBM, Coca-Cola and Sony.

      Illustrative logos consist of imagery to help illustrate what the business does such as a hammer and nail for builders.

      Abstract logos these are logos that don’t represent any kind of service such as the Nike swoosh, this type of logo relies heavily on marketing and takes a long time in order for it to become indicative of a brand.

      As a startup or growing business it is recommended that you use elements of font based and illustrative designs together as opposed to abstract logos, this is because it takes far more time and money to create a brand identity that connects to its customers using an abstract image.

      Some top marketing experts believe people should be able to tell what your business does by looking at your logo.

      At our logo is constructed using illustrative and font based design,     


      Where to start

      Before we create our logo, we should start by deciding what message we want our logo to convey. Write your message down and stay true to it, whilst creating the logo.

      Research other companies for inspiration, think about how you want to be viewed in relation to your competitors. What makes you unique? Are you a light hearted company or serious? What does your target market want to see when they approach a company of your type?

      Make your logo simple and functional, easy to scale and easy to reproduce in different colours, such as black and white for fax messages. Avoid using photographs over simple vector-based art as they don’t scale very well, and don’t use clip art as it’s too easy to copy.

      Your business name will affect the font used in the text, if it’s a jewellery business you might want to use a classy looking slim clean font, whereas for a utility company selling electricity you may wish to convey this using a less standard font with elements of and lightning bolt incorporated into the text.

      Think about the different formats available for displaying your logo when marketing your company, such as tshirts, business cards, stationery, letterheads, brochures, adverts, flyers, your Web site and any other places where you mention your company name. This will help to build your image across many formats giving you more options when it comes to raising your company profile.

      While coming up with logo ideas by yourself is an important step in creating your business identity, trying to create a logo completely alone could be a mistake. You should search for a professional designer, and try to ensure that they have experience in your field.

      We recommend who can offer a fully bespoke logo design service at very reasonable prices

      Should you wish to decorate a garment with your logo contact us:

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      Protect your design

      Once you've produced a logo that represents your business, make sure you trademark it to protect it from use by other companies. you can trademark your logo at


      A Guide To PPE - Keeping Your Employees Protected August 19, 2015 11:30

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      PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It
      can include items such as safety helmets and hard hats, gloves, eye protection,
      high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.


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      What do the Regulations require?

      PPE should be used as a last resort. Wherever there are risks to health and safety
      that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective
      Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 require PPE to be supplied.
      The Regulations also require that PPE is:

      •  properly assessed before use to make sure it is fit for purpose;
      • maintained and stored properly;
      • provided with instructions on how to use it safely;
      •  used correctly by employees.


      Assessing suitable PPE

      To make sure the right type of PPE is chosen, consider the different hazards in the
      workplace and identify the PPE that will provide adequate protection against them;
      this may be different for each job.

      Ask your supplier for advice on the types of PPE available and their suitability for
      different tasks. In some cases, you may need to get advice from specialists or from
      the PPE manufacturer.
      Another useful source of information is the British Safety Industry Federation (www.

      Consider the following when assessing suitability:

      • Does the PPE protect the wearer from the risks and take account of the environmental conditions where the task is taking place? For example eye protection designed to protect against agricultural pesticides may not offer adequate protection when using an angle grinder to cut steel or stone.
      • Does using PPE increase the overall level of risk or add new risks, eg by making communication more difficult?
      • Can it be adjusted to fit the wearer correctly?
      • What are the needs of the job and the demands it places on the wearer? For

      example, the length of time the PPE needs to be worn, the physical effort
      required to do the job or the requirements for visibility and communication.
      If someone wears more than one item of PPE, are they compatible? For
      example does using a respirator make it difficult to fit eye protection properly?

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      Selection and use

      When selecting PPE:

      • choose good quality products which are CE marked in accordance with thePersonal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 – suppliers can advise you;
      • choose equipment that suits the wearer – consider the size, fit and weight; you may need to consider the health of the wearer, eg if equipment is very heavy, or wearers have pre-existing health issues, standard PPE may not be suitable;
      • let users help choose it, they will be more likely to use it.

      Using and distributing PPE to your employers:

      • instruct and train people how to use it;
      •  tell them why it is needed, when to use it and what its limitations are;
      • never allow exemptions for those jobs that ‘only take a few minutes’;
      • if something changes on the job, check the PPE is still appropriate – speak withyour supplier, explaining the job to them
      • if in doubt, seek further advice from a specialist adviser.

      For Further information please read the following HSE Guide on PPE...

       Click Here To Read The Full HSE Guide

      Here at GoTo Workwear Limited we provide an extensive range of PPE and high visibility wear, Contact us today for a free  no obligation quote.

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      Choosing the correct staff uniform June 16, 2015 01:00



      Choosing the correct company uniform can have a positive effect on your company and your whole team, it can cause employees to focus on the task at hand, act in a professional manner, and feel like part of your team, which in turn can lead to increased productivity.

      It can also be one on the most effective and inexpensive ways to advertise your company to the outside world.

      When we dress casually at work it’s hard for us to differentiate between our home selves and our work selves.

      Providing uniforms creates a line in the sand between our home life and our work life, this allows us to focus on work when we are dressed for work, and switch off in our home lives when we replace work-wear with casual wear.

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      For example, when we dress in sportswear for the gym, we adopt a different behavior or train of thought, we are mentally preparing ourselves for the task at hand. Clothing is a part of that preparation.

      Clothing causes us to act in a different way, and expect to act in a different way.

      Creating a focused team has an impact on how they perform and how they expect to work.

      Creating focus in the workplace can benefit everyone in various ways, from productivity to health and safety.


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      A huge factor when selecting a company uniform, will normally be the company’s desired image, and although a uniform can draw such a strong line, its doesn’t have to feel rigid and regimented.

      Employees can be given a choice between several styles that all fit in with the company's image, but still allows them a range of expression and comfort.

      At Gotoworkwear ltd, we are passionate about creating the perfect package of corporate wear, work wear or team wear for your company.