Businesses urged to promote sun safety for Sun Awareness Week

THOUSANDS of skin cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if businesses develop ‘sun safety strategies’, the leading chartered body for health and safety professionals have warned.

At least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure at work are diagnosed in Britain each year.

But 90% of all skin cancer deaths can be prevented if businesses – and their employees – take proper precautions.

During Sun Awareness Week (6-12 May), the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is urging employers to save lives by developing ‘sun safety strategies’ that include regular updates on the UV index from weather forecasts, minimising sun exposure in the middle of the day, potentially swapping jobs among team members at regular intervals, and asking employees to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers.

Mary Ogungbeje, Research Manager at IOSH, said: “Both malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer are on the rise in Britain and Europe and sun exposure is the main cause. In Britain alone, skin cancer kills 60 workers a year, and outdoor workers are particularly at risk due to the nature of their roles.

“However, the majority of skin cancer deaths can be prevented if people control their exposure to solar UV radiation. There are a range of ways businesses can adapt to better protect workers, from minimising exposure to direct sunlight in the middle part of the day to ensuring outdoor workers wear appropriate clothing.”

IOSH says it is vital managers, workers and the wider public understand the importance of good sun safety and make efforts to mitigate the risks. By being aware of the dangers of UV exposure and taking the necessary precautions, lives can be saved.

“Through our No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign, we’re raising awareness of occupational cancer and some of the most common causes, including solar radiation,” said Mary Ogungbeje.

“To help businesses develop sun safety strategies, we’ve developed a range of free practical resources to help prevent exposure. These resources can be downloaded at www.notimetolose.org.uk.”

IOSH presented the solar radiation phase of NTTL in Paris last month during a multi-stakeholder summit on occupational skin cancer, which was organised by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV).

The summit brought together a group of high-level representatives from medical and public health organisations, patient advocacy groups and trade unions to discuss how to improve workplace sun safety, provide earlier and better access to treatments and improve reporting and registration of NMSC cases.

At the event, it was highlighted that non-melanoma skin cancer is the world’s most frequently diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 2-3 million cases registered every year. The economic impact of work-related UVR is significant, with the annual healthcare costs in Europe estimated to be as high as EUR 853 million per year.

Ultraviolet radiation is a risk that particularly affects outdoor workers, who receive 5-10 times the yearly sun exposure of indoor workers.

Outdoor workers in construction, farming, fishing, recreation, sports and public services are regularly exposed to UVR for more than 75% of their daily working hours. It is estimated that the risk of developing skin cancer increases significantly with five or more years of outdoor work.

To better understand workers’ attitudes towards sun safety, this year, IOSH funded new research led by researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh to better understand UK construction workers’ attitudes towards sun safety and measure UV exposure.

The research investigated whether an intervention in the form of a combination of short messages delivered to the smartphones of construction workers, along with appropriate organisational support, can keep workers safe and healthy. The messages attempted to influence workers to reduce exposure to UV radiation in summer and to increase intake of vitamin D in winter when sun exposure cannot maintain a healthy amount.

The study shows that during the summer the desire to get a sun tan remained high among workers, with many exposing themselves to UV radiation deliberately, increasing their risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

Professor John Cherrie, Principal Investigator on the research from Heriot-Watt University, said: “In Britain we love the sun and having a sun tan, but unprotected exposure to the summer sun can cause irreversible damage to our skin and ultimately may lead to a diagnosis of skin cancer. Our desire for a tan is stopping us from taking proper care to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the UV radiation in sunlight.”

More information about the IOSH-funded research is available here: https://exclusive.iosh.com/constructionsaferbehaviour

Over 120 businesses worldwide have also signed IOSH’s pledge to tackle occupational cancer. Organisations can join the growing number of businesses leading on tackling occupational cancer by and signing up to the No Time to Lose pledge: www.notimetolose.org.uk/get-involved/pledge-take-action/

Armorgard introduces all-new InstaGate crowd control barrier

ARMORGARD today introduced the all-new InstaGate: a multi-purpose, eye-catching modular crowd control barrier, which comes equipped with a unique latching system that makes it incredibly easy and remarkably quick to deploy in virtually any situation.

The UK's leading site safety and security products manufacturer says it is responding to increasing market demands with InstaGate readily available in volume for distributors who want to sell the item on a next day delivery basis or for hire companies who want to buy in bulk to keep plenty in stock.

"We are very excited to release this new product that will enable Armorgard to provide customers with the next generation of crowd control barrier," said Armorgard Managing Director Terry Mitchell. "Our customers want a product that is quick to order and quick to deploy. InstaGate ticks both boxes."

Made from strong, lightweight aluminium, the Armorgard mobile barrier is designed for easy movement and secure placement. With its braked wheels and a unique latching system, InstaGate can extend to any length and be opened and fixed single-handedly. Once expanded and braked, InstaGate forms a highly visible red and white barrier. Multiple units can be easily locked together.

“Armorgard has always believed quality product innovations can truly enhance everyday life, and this commitment has helped us reinvent the standard crowd control barrier,” said Terry. “Similarly, we believe customers should expect more from new products in terms of user experience. The InstaGate crowd control barrier delivers on this notion."

InstaGate, which is available in 4ft and 6ft heights, can be used with standard scaffold claps for fixing to scaffold or to turn corners. Armorgard say the product is durable, weather proof, designed for low wind resistance and very user friendly.

"Making life easier for those who use our products is at the core of our design thinking, and we are proud to use the full strength of our R&D capability to set a new standard in crowd control barriers,” said Armorgard’s Head of Product Development Matt Partridge. “When we began this project, we started with a blank sheet and asked ourselves ‘what does the customer truly need in a barrier?’ Our new system answers this question through an ergonomic design that offers the utmost in functionality, durability and security.”

www.armorgard.co.uk

Ledlenser launch portable LED area worklights

LEDLENSER, the premier name in LED torches and headlamps, stunningly deploys its world-renowned lighting expertise to develop its first series of portable rechargeable LED area worklights for industrial use.

State-of-the-art technologies are combined with premium-grade materials and precision German engineering to deliver an Optimised Lumen Advantage across the two powerful floodlights and four incredibly bright inspection lamps.

Floodlights. Ideal for when larger work areas need consistent, bight and even illumination, the 2500lm iF4R and 4500lm iF8R floodlights both have five brightness levels to suit the user's needs. They can be affixed to metallic surfaces via the integrated magnets and the ability to be placed flat on a surface or angled using the ergonomic pivoting handle. An additional ingenious feature of the iF8R floodlight is that it is Bluetooth enabled. This provides the ability for light options to be controlled via a smartphone in conjunction with the Ledlenser Pro Connect App installed on it: ideal for when you can’t reach the light to change setting but do have your smart phone handy.

Inspection Lamps. If an inspection type lamp is the preferred method of illumination, then the four in this new series stand above the crowd. Comprising the 150lm iW4R, 300lm iW5R, 600lm iW5R-FLEX and 600lm iW7R, each can be held in the hand, affixed to a metallic surface with the incorporated magnet or hung using the integral hook/clip. As well as the broad beam from the inspection lamp each light also features an additional LED which delivers a powerful spot beam thanks to the Advanced Reflector Lens Optic that is a Ledlenser speciality.

All models in this series are rechargeable meaning that they are kinder on the pocket and on the planet. Embedded battery indicators help users keep track of how much battery charge is available in use and, whilst recharging, they indicate how much of the battery has yet to be charged.

Paresh Ruparelia from Ledlenser UK said: “We’ve waited a long time for a range of Ledlenser area work lights and we think it’s been well worth the wait. As well as being seriously bright and offering numerous lighting options, our expert use of materials makes this range extremely robust and lightweight. Add to this the seven-year with registration warranty that provides complete peace of mind and you can see why this range is already proving a massive winner.”

To stock or obtain more information about this new series, please contact UK & Ireland Master Ledlenser Distributor, Ledco Limited on 01344 876 222, or email [email protected]


www.ledlenser.com

HAE in major overhaul to boost services

HIRE Association Europe Limited Main Board has announced a major restructuring of its business operation to capitalise on the success of its SafeHire Certification scheme, optimise revenue and improve the efficiency of its training and recruitment services for the specialist tools, plant hire and event hire sector. 

Membership and Certification Services will become separate divisions within Hire Association Europe (HAE) from June 1 2019, a move designed to benefit members by targeting resources more effectively, says Graham Arundell, who will step down as Managing Director to take up a part-time role as CEO to oversee implementation of the new set-up and achieve UKAS accredited status.

As part of the reorganisation, Rupert Douglas-Jones is promoted to Executive Director Member Services, responsible for management, personnel and running the Trade Association division. To head up the SafeHire Certification Services, Carl Bartlett, who has 30 years’ experience in the hire industry along with significant auditing knowledge and experience in the industry, has been appointed Executive Director.

It is now four years ago that SafeHire became an integral part of the HAE membership package and there has been a huge take-up by businesses keen to demonstrate safety credentials. SafeHire provides an ongoing business improvement programme and for those firms who have successfully passed the audit, additional credibility in the supply chain for the building, construction and event industries.

To tap into the potential for further revenue growth in this area, which will be reinvested for the benefit of the Hire Industry, the Board decided that SafeHire and other HAE certification schemes will be split from Membership Services, which can now focus on developing programmes for recruitment, training and career development.

HAE will initially focus on further developing the SafeHire process and income through collaboration with other trade bodies and schemes. The eventual aim is to achieve UKAS accreditation within 18 months, offering a number of ISO certifications to members and non-members alike.

Another catalyst leading to the change is the concern over the future of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the potential negative effect on training that the loss of its grant may have.

This is due to the fact that hire companies will potentially no longer have access to comparable sources of training revenue and is specifically why HAE, as the industry’s representative body, saw it as imperative to take action and address these concerns.

By providing services that help to retain revenue within the industry, and as a not for profit organisation, HAE is in a unique position to help members reduce overhead costs associated with certification, redirecting any surplus generated back to the sector for its future benefit. HAE intends to do this through the Certification Service for the benefit of all members.

MD Graham Arundell said: “Splitting the Membership and Certification Services into separate divisions allows HAE membership to receive an even more focused provision. This, coupled with additional senior employee appointments, means that we have the employees and structure in place to drive the organisation forward in the years ahead.”

One of the key changes for SafeHire is its alignment to PAS91, which is a prerequisite standard for those involved in the construction industry. HAE’s overall objective in making this change is to help members save time and money through having to complete fewer Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) for customer projects.

However, HAE’s restructuring is not only designed to further develop and refine the SafeHire Certification process, but also to give a training provision to equip people with the skills needed for a sector supplying the operational resources and equipment to fulfil vital infrastructure contracts.

www.hae.org.uk

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Wiha wins Red Dot award with new slimBit boxes

HAND tool manufacturer Wiha has been honoured with a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019. Its new slimBit boxes have earned the prestigious Red Dot, which the meticulous jury awards exclusively to products displaying excellent design.

Wiha has created a compact transport, removal and storage option with its new slimBit boxes for 6 or 12 slimBits. The product has been developed to provide users with a significant advantage in handling slimBits during their day-to-day professional life.

In the large sets, 12 slimBits with different profiles are stored in two boxes containing six bits each. This allows users to carry slimBits around safely, neatly arranged in a box. When open, the box offers users an optimum view of screw profiles, enabling users to select and remove profiles quickly. Users can handle profiles with a single hand thanks to the practical belt clip.

Wiha slimBits excel due to their slender shape and protection against electric shock, making them particularly advantageous for use in the electrician's trade. They have been developed based on new market knowledge and user surveys to offer a functional solution with added value.

"Being awarded the Red Dot affirms the high design quality behind the product. We are immensely proud that the special features in the product's design have been recognised and honoured with the Red Dot," said a pleased Ronny Lindskog, Wiha's Director of Sales and Marketing.

Professor Peter Zec, the Red Dot initiator and CEO, also praised the winner: "I congratulate the award winners warmly on their great success. The fact that their products were able to hold their ground during the jury's strict assessment is a testament to their exceptional design quality. This allows the winners to set influential trends in the design sector and point the way to where things may lead in the future."

The Red Dot Award: Product Design is one of the world's largest design competitions. Designers and manufacturers from 55 countries submitted more than 5,500 products to the competition in 2019. The international jury, composed of acknowledged experts from different fields, have been coming together for over 60 years to seek out the best designs. During the assessment process over several days, they attach great importance to criteria such as degree of innovation, form quality, functionality, durability and ergonomic design.

www.wiha.com

Leica Geosystems announces new construction layout tool

LEICA Geosystems, part of digital solutions company Hexagon, have announced their brand new construction layout tool.

The iCON iCT30 construction layout tool, combined with the construction-tailored Leica iCON build field software, is an easy-to-use and affordable solution to increase productivity by minimising labour time and mistakes, while increasing accuracy and speed. The new iCT30 is an entry-level construction layout tool built for one-person layout tasks in construction. 

“The Leica iCON iCT30 is designed for users moving for the first-time from conventional manual layout methods to automated workflows. The hardware and software are easy to use,” said Shane O’Regan, product expert Leica iCON at Leica Geosystems. “The new construction layout tool is part of the iCON portfolio for Building Construction and is integrated into iCON build construction-tailored software offering streamlined use of fully rendered models in .IFC format.”

Features for higher productivity 
Features that really distinguish the iCT30 construction layout tool include simpler telescope aiming, reliable accuracy and one-person operation. The iCT30 is a fast and robust tool that provides significant up-time by assisting operators to deal with difficult site conditions such as reflections, interruptions of line of sight, or congestions. With the iCT30, operators will layout more points per day, speeding up the construction process. 

The new Leica iCON iCT30 is being launched at BAUMA in Munich, Germany. For hands-on demonstrations, visit Hexagon at Hall A2, Stand 137.

www.leica-geosystems.com

HAE EHA launches new hire industry training event to promote wellbeing at work

SHOCKING statistics reveal that male workers in construction have a suicide risk that is three times higher than the average for England and even those in skilled construction jobs also have an increased suicide risk.

To address this unacceptable statistic, Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA), along with their training partner HAE Business Guard, are organising the first of a series of courses aimed to improve the ability of the hire industry to support the mental wellbeing of its workforce.

The two-day training event, which will be delivered by St John Ambulance and is endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England, will take place on 21 and 22 May at the association’s headquarters in Birmingham. The course is available to all members and non-members wishing to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. This new training programme is designed to raise awareness of common mental health issues that affect the workforce and that can lead to a negative impact on an individual’s wellbeing at work.

The course will give employers practical ways to open up a helpful conversation on this topic and then be able to provide their workers with the care and support they need at the most appropriate time. Ultimately, the aim is to change business cultures so that mental health issues are taken as seriously as other health and safety matters.

Mental health problems in the construction sector are often due to the innate characteristics of the industry; it is a highly mobile industry with lots of casual workers, uncertain contracts, exacting timelines and is quite macho in culture. Often people don’t feel comfortable in raising personal issues and then muddle along until they can cope no longer.

HAE EHA has made it a priority to educate the industry to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression before they get out of hand as well as giving businesses the tools and knowledge to assist employees with recovery. Being able to spot the signs of mental illness and offering help and support rather than judgement, should allow employees to thrive at work with the positive and significant knock-on effects that brings to the industry.

HAE EHA’s Commercial Manager, Paul Gaze added: “Our main aim is to raise awareness and help support employers to tackle this issue in an informed and positive manner. We want to help the industry and society in general. Everyone has mental health. Some days it’s good and some days it’s bad. It is just a question of making sure that employers are sensitive to this and can support people in the correct way.

“As an industry, we have a great opportunity to come together and help our workforce now and in the future. If we all work together to address this issue, then some real progress will be made. None of us is as strong as all of us.”

HAE EHA believes in leading by example and has already signed up to the Building Mental Health (BMH) charter to support its own staff by embedding a wellbeing strategy for its workforce and is encouraging members to do the same. Training staff to become mental health first aiders is a way to provide discreet support for individuals and encourages them to achieve a healthy work-life balance to minimise work-related stress levels.

For pricing and further details about the May course and other courses to be rolled out later in the year, contact HAE on 44 (0)121 380 4617 or visit the website www.hae.org.uk/courses

www.hae.org.uk

Home security specialist ERA acquires Y-cam

ERA, THE UK’s leading home security specialist, has purchased British smart security pioneer Y-cam.

The acquisition will make ERA one of the most advanced and capable providers of smart security solutions for the home.

Y-cam’s proprietary cloud platform, alongside its range of award-winning security cameras, alarms and sensors, will bring ERA unrivalled expertise in the sector and substantial potential for further growth.

According to a recent GfK Global report, the UK is the fastest growing smart home market in Europe and smart security products have the second highest level of appeal after connected entertainment devices.

Darren Waters, ERA’s CEO, said: “This acquisition is an important strategic move for ERA. Rapid growth in the connectivity of British homes coupled with a big increase in consumer awareness means that demand for trustworthy smart security technology is increasing rapidly.

"Unlike many other businesses in the sector, we’re building our smart capability on 180 years of home security expertise; this unrivalled experience gives massive confidence to trade partners and end-users alike. The acquisition of Y-cam puts ERA right at the forefront of the smart security market.”

www.eraeverywhere.com

Bahco holds the key to tool storage

AS workshop managers come under relentless pressure to deliver improved productivity, often with fewer skilled hands, the benefits of professional tool storage and management grow stronger.

Bahco’s highly flexible Ergonomic Tool Management system, BETMS, enables engineers, technicians, mechanics and other tool users working in trade or industry to know exactly where to find every tool they need, when they need it, saving time and easing stress.

Bahco’s Configurator software is the driving force, enabling customers to choose the size, style and colours of tool storage trolleys and judge how many drawers they will need to hold each tool group.

Lubricant resistant foam inlays in each profiled drawer can be customised to provide the logical, easy access layout of tools and equipment which professional tool users require.

It’s a tailor made system designed to help deliver great performance and results.

Also, noticing that a tool is missing from its designated place in a drawer protects against the risk of foreign object debris and the potential for damage it can cause.

Already in widespread global use within the aerospace, automotive and oil and gas sectors, Bahco’s tool management system brings order to schedule and budget driven workplaces.

www.bahco.com

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer solar generator

PROLECTRIC, the UK’s fast-growing supplier of temporary solar lighting and off-grid power for highways, rail and infrastructure projects, has acquired the Solatainer® solar generator. The Prolectric acquisition includes all Solatainer assets and intellectual property.

The Solatainer is the UK's first autonomous, solar-powered, off-grid generator and has a proven track record in use at more than 50 sites in the rail and construction sectors nationwide. 

The acquisition, from Gaia Renewables Ltd, makes Prolectric the UK’s first specialist single-source supplier for off-grid renewable light and power. It will make it easier for contractors to use renewable energy on site to reduce their fuel costs, noise, NOx, PM and carbon emissions.

“We are delighted to confirm the acquisition, which supports our vision to provide everything our customers need to end their reliance on diesel and operate a 'Site of the Future' using renewable power and light,” said Chris Williams, Managing Director of Prolectric Ltd.

The Solatainer is immediately available to Prolectric customers. The Solatainer delivers up to 25kW of reliable, on-demand, off-grid power. Modelled on a standard 20ft shipping container, the Solatainer’s array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels charges on-board lithium ion or deep-cycle lead acid battery storage, with a diesel generator providing only occasional back-up power. Fuel usage is reduced by 80% compared to a conventional diesel generator.

As part of the agreement, Stuart Thomas and Jamie Morris, who invented and developed the Solatainer, will continue to be responsible for overseeing its manufacture from its production facility near Swansea, South Wales.

“The Solatainer generator perfectly complements our temporary solar lighting range," Williams continued. "Both technologies deliver low or zero in-use carbon emissions and are usually needed on the same construction and rail welfare compounds. Both also dramatically reduce the noise nuisance of diesel generators close to residential areas, especially during night-time working.

"We've listened to our customers and we know they would prefer a 100% reliable, renewable energy on-site operation that is sourced, delivered and set up through a single supplier, and available via direct hire or cross-hire as they require." 

The popularity of Prolectric’s temporary lighting range, including the ProLightTM Solar Lighting Tower, ProTempTM Solar Lighting Column and ProTrackTM link lighting system, has powered the company’s rapid expansion during the past two years. As result, the UK construction industry has already made significant savings in CO2 emissions, manpower and fuel costs, as well as helping to reduce air pollution in urban locations.

Since its introduction in spring 2017, Prolectric’s solar lighting has been enthusiastically adopted by major UK main contractors, because it has given the industry the first fully-viable alternative to diesel tower lighting on construction and infrastructure projects. Prolectric trebled sales and production staff to 21 during 2018 and doubled the size of its Somerset factory to 24,000 sq m to be ready for continuing expected demand.

www.prolectric.co.uk

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