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Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, who has also contributed to numerous national business titles including Utility Week, the Municipal Journal, Environment Journal and consumer titles such as Classic Rock.
November 1, 2018

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Arco – Experts in safety

Arco is one of the leading safety companies in the country with a core focus of keeping people safe at work.

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It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety boots, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products.

It also offers one of the widest ranges of PPE in the UK, with 22,000 products available from its national distribution centre in Hull and its network of more than 40 branches across the UK and Ireland. Arco also provides professional services encompassing training, consultancy and site services to a range of industrial sectors, including some of the UK’s largest manufacturing businesses.

The firm’s training and consultancy division, Arco Training and Consultancy, offers comprehensive health and safety services, with a team of highly-qualified experts, who can work in partnership with other organisations to offer practical, hassle-free services to ensure that workplaces are safe and compliant.

Arco NDC Interior - Fulfilment - scanning parcels 2Since 2008 it has trained more 150 Arco staff in a range of professional health and safety qualifications, including IOSH and NEBOSH certification and will continue to provide training to its teams so they can offer practical support and sensible advice.

In addition, it has annual sales of more than £287m and employs approximately 1,600 people nationwide.

Arco is committed to providing safety equipment that is genuine and compliant with relevant standards and regulations. To do this, it has a five-step product assurance process and is the only safety distributor with an independently accredited testing laboratory. Additionally, it is a member of the BSIF Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme.

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Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning four generations, Arco also demonstrates traditional family values and is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. It continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre-tax profits annually.

In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) incorporating their internationally recognised code of labour practice into its own ethical policy and in 2010 became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange.

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To ensure ethical standards are continuously met throughout its supply chain, Arco carries out regular audits amongst all suppliers and, working with the ETI and other regulatory bodies, the company plays a leading role in helping to eliminate modern day slavery across the globe.

As well as working with customers here in the UK, it also supplies companies in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

In 2005, Arco established its first overseas office in Xiamen City, Southeast China, enabling a team to work directly with local manufacturers.

More information can be found on Arco’s website.

Arco Innovation Award

In 2019, Arco launched the inaugural Arco Innovation Award, with the aim to drive innovation in the safety sector.

As part of the launch, which will see 36 start-up companies submit new technical solutions with a view to improve safety, SHP sat down with Arco Director of Marketing Adam Young.

Adam said: “We’re looking at 2019 as being the first Arco Innovation Award. We’re trying to go about this in a ‘start-up’ kind of way. One thing I’m sure of, is that innovation is going to play a really core part of Arco, and I hope the safety industry more broadly, in the future.”

Click here to read the full interview with Adam Young and league more about the Arco Innovation Award.

Face coverings in the workplace

To get some recommendations on face coverings in the workplace, for employers and employees, SHP spoke to Arco’s Director of QSHE UK and Asia, Neil Hewitt.

Arco helps secure supply of 140m face masks

As businesses are beginning to reopen, following the government announcement that lockdown measures will start to ease slightly, many employers and employees are concerned a about guidelines should be met and the measures they need to put in place to comply and to fully protect their people.

WATCH: Safety & Health Digital Week webinar – ‘State of the health and safety profession and sourcing PPE during COVID-19’

This on-demand webinar provides an update on the current state of the health & safety profession, looking at how health & safety professionals are having to adapt to new challenges and working environments.

Sonodot announced as winner of Arco Innovation Award

The demonstration day is finished, the judges have deliberated, you the readers have chosen and all votes have been counted. After an exciting process that saw 36 of the best new start-up companies in health and safety technology shortlisted to five, the winner of Arco’s Innovation Award has been selected.

Vote for your Arco Innovation Award winner for 2019

The final five start-ups of the Arco Innovation Award have been selected and announced. It’s now time to look ahead to the demonstration day – one of the final elements of the judgement process.

Don’t slip up on safety

Three quarters of floor surfaces tested failed to achieve a safe standard of slip resistance, according to research.

Arco announces five finalists for its Innovation Award 2019

The five finalists for 2019 Arco Innovation Award have been announced, as decided by the judging panel.

Robots and Cobots, Drones and Proximity Detection

In the field of occupational health, technology that can automatically keep humans safe from potentially high-risk workplace scenarios is transformative. Better still, technology that takes this one step further and completely removes the need for a human even to be present in these kind of situations is the very definition of lifesaving.

Arco Innovation Award: Meet the finalists, part 3

The third and final batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the Robots and Cobots, Drones and Proximity Detection categories, has been announced.

A Christmas tipple too far? The law on workplace drinking

As the festive season begins, it is important to assess your legal responsibility for ensuring staff are not over the alcohol limit while at work.

Preparing for winter – Don’t let your business freeze to a halt

Arco is warning companies to put the correct measures in place in the wake of what could be one of the coldest winters in Britain for 30 years.

Ergonomics and wearables in safety

The advent of differing types of ergonomic PPE and wearable technology, designed to keep workers safe, has seen an increase of new products coming into the market.

Arco Innovation Award: Meet the finalists, part 2

The second batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the ergonomics and wearable technology categories, has been announced.

Arco Innovation Award: Meet the finalists, part 1

The first batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the Software & AI solutions and AR, VR & MR categories, has been announced.

Using technology to reduce occupational risk

Technology is being used more frequently for carrying out repair and maintenance work has become more common.

Technology in health & safety, what does the future hold?

Developments such as virtual reality simulations and the internet of things are already making work safer, but they are just the start.

Arco Innovation Award 2019, Meet the judges

Discover more about the panel of judges that has been assembled to peruse over the shortlisted finalists of the recently launched Arco Innovation Award.

Arco Innovation Award 2019; SHP Meets Arco Director of Marketing, Adam Young

To drive innovation in the health and safety sector, Arco is launching the Arco Innovation Award in a bid to help solve longstanding health and safety challenges facing the industry.

Safety expert launches Arco Innovation Award 2019

To drive innovation in the health and safety sector, Arco, the safety products and professional safety services provider, is launching the Arco Innovation Award in a bid to help solve longstanding health and safety challenges facing the industry.

Health & safety risk: £3billion for your thoughts

Health and safety matters to your business. No matter how big or how small you are or the industry you operate in, the hidden costs of safety are having an effect on your bottom line.

Protect yourself from the ‘silent killer’

Arco addresses the new regulations for workplace gas detection and advises employers on remaining compliant.

Government unveils ‘no-deal Brexit’ UKCA safety markings

The Government has unveiled a new safety symbol, which could replace the existing CE marking in the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal.

Businesses told to prepare for cold snap

The cold weather is set to continue this week as more cold air moves in from the North Pole, with heavy low-level snowfall and ice set to cause major disruptions to travel. The Met Office has issued warnings for large parts of the country over the course of the next few days.

Buying safety eyewear: Arco calls for clarity

When buying safety eyewear, companies have been urged to make sure workers get the correct equipment.

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