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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.

Funding given to support research and development of innovative recycling solution trial

Arco has committed seed funding to partner with Stuff4Life to support the research and development of a circular economy solution for polyester workwear.

New £600,000 Safety Centre unveiled in Manchester

Health and safety specialist, Arco, has opened a new Safety Centre in Manchester, providing both safety training and products in one facility.

Business committed to keeping people safe wins prestigious award

Arco has been awarded the prestigious Investor in Sales Award from the Institute of Sales Professionals (ISP).

Court rules government’s PPE ‘VIP lane’ unlawful

The government’s VIP fast-track lane, used for awarding PPE contracts to those with political connections, has been ruled as unlawful by the High Court.

How to stand out safely this winter

Arco advises on managing workers comfort in winter, while also sharing guidance on being safe and seen when working outdoors during the months ahead.

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.

Arco’s PPE Procurement Crisis campaign wins PRCA National Award

Arco’s campaign identifying the issues with PPE procurement in the first phase of the pandemic, has won a PRCA National Award.

Arco launches testing laboratory virtual tour

Arco is offering a new virtual tour of its Product Assurance Laboratory, enabling customers, partners, and industry stakeholders to take a look inside its facilities.

What really goes on inside a testing lab? Your chance to find out…

Abrasion, cutting, piercing, tearing, crushing, chemicals, repeated immersion in water. It sounds like a torture chamber, but these are just a few of the product assurance tests you can now see taking place by simply clicking a link to Arco’s new virtual lab tour.

Arco shares guidance on flood recovery

With heavy rainfall still predicted and water levels high following recent snow and storms in many parts of the UK, Arco has shared guidance on cleaning and sanitising after a flood.

Arco launches report on government PPE procurement crisis

With the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic coming under growing parliamentary scrutiny, Arco has published a Position Paper: Personal Protective Equipment and the Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Arco named as Most Influential Team in Health & Safety

The SHP Award for Most Influential Team in health & Safety has been announced, with the team from Arco being crowned the winner.

Finalists announced for SHP’s Most Influential Team Award

Six teams have been shortlisted as finalists by our panel of judges, with the winner being announced in early December.

Arco warns against an invisible workforce

With shorter days and bad weather approaching, workers are spending more of their day working in dangerous conditions. Winter brings longer hours working in the dark, and poor weather such as mist and fog, increasing the importance of keeping workers visible. Arco wants individuals and business owners to understand the heightened risk potential and how worker safety can be compromised.

Don’t slip up on safety

Your health and safety priorities may have changed, but the risk of slips is still here, and with cleaning being high on the agenda, it could be un-intentionally increasing the risk of slips on your site.

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: ‘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.

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.

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.

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