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April 19, 2016

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Safety Workwear and Protective Clothing

Health and safety workwear protects the user against health or safety risks at work.

Workwear and PPE can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear.

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Skills shortages, sustainability and women’s PPE cited by HS professionals as key areas of focus, report finds

A new report has highlighted skills shortages, sustainability and a lack of women’s PPE as key areas to focus on in the UK health and safety sector.

Are you meeting your responsibilities as a buyer of PPE and safety equipment?

In this article BSIF CEO Alan Murray discusses the responsibilities of buyers of PPE and safety equipment.

Inclusivity in PPE: The manufacturer’s perspective

Ian Kelsall at Dräger Safety UK, shares his view on overlooked areas of face protection fit, which, if not considered, can have adverse effects on the level of safety for the wearer. 

Future-proofing safety: Five trends shaping the PPE landscape of tomorrow

Workwear safety company Arco  reveals its predictions of the five top innovations influencing the future of PPE over the next decade.

Arco backs SHP campaign for PPE inclusivity

The major UK safety equipment supplier, Arco, has declared its support for SHP’s campaign to raise awareness of the need for inclusivity in workplace PPE. 

Beth Holroyd: ‘PPE that’s not designed with women in mind is a fundamental problem’

Beth Holroyd shares her experience with ill-fitting PPE, and explains how catering for all not only enhances safety at work, but happiness and wellbeing too. 

Thinner and greener – A brief history of protective gloves

Hand protection is evolving to meet the needs of a changing workforce and sustainability goals, says Zakir Abdi, Chief Research & Development Officer at Midas Safety.

‘All roads lead to the client’: IOSH Aviation and Aerospace Conference

Health and safety professionals from airports, carriers and maintenance firms came together for the event near London Heathrow Airport last month. SHP’s Rhianna Sexton reports from the event.

Sustainable protection: Creating sustainable PPE without compromising safety

DuPont Personal Protection (DPP) works with HSE managers to recycle non-contaminated disposable PPE. SHP talks to the business about why it is important to develop more sustainable PPE and how it can be done without compromising worker safety.

HSE acknowledge issue of ill-fitting PPE as regulator engage with SHP

SHP’s Inclusive PPE campaign took a significant step forward as Karl Simons OBE opened communication with the UK health and safety regulator.

‘I felt overjoyed. They were like slippers’: Finally finding safety boots that fit

Despite a 30-year safety career Emma Woodhouse only recently discovered boots that complement her size one feet.

‘PPE isn’t meant to be uncomfortable’: Katy Robinson and Karl Simons on inclusive PPE

In this episode, we speak to inclusive PPE campaigner Katy Robinson, and Chairman of SHP’s Editorial Board Karl Simons about PPE and creating a movement for tangible change.  

Council votes to urge government to make change for inclusive PPE

East Riding of Yorkshire Council members voted on Wednesday (21 February) to write to the Government to urge it to make it compulsory for STEM industries to provide inclusive PPE.

Protection for Everyone – SHP launches inclusive PPE campaign

SHP has officially launched its inclusive PPE campaign with goals around awareness and legislative change.

Huge step towards inclusive PPE as industry body promises to ensure provision

The construction industry has seen a huge boost to efforts to get properly fitted inclusive personal protective equipment (PPE) for women.

IOSH’s Aviation and Aerospace Conference: SHP speaks to Birmingham Airport’s Simon Toseland

SHP speaks to Birmingham Airport’s Head of Health, Safety and Fire, Simon Toseland, ahead of IOSH’s Aviation and Aerospace Conference

‘Fit clinics’ – Delivering PPE that fits the bill

uvex’s Clair Weston explains how PPE “fit clinics” – and product ranges that cater for all sizes – can help keep employees safe.

Non-compliant PPE still a serious problem, experts say

Non compliant PPE is still a serious problem in 2024 – according to the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF).

‘My feet slid around and my legs hurt from gripping my toes’: Jane Middleton on ill-fitting PPE

The Chartered Engineering Geologist has to privately source boots and tailor men’s trousers just to go to work. 

BSIF CEO Alan Murray to retire

The British Safety Industry Federation announced today that their CEO, Alan Murray, will retire from his post on 31 December 2024.

‘I had no other choice but to wear it’: Michelle Stephens on ill-fitting PPE

Michelle Stephens has worked 30 years in health and safety, primarily in rail, yet unsuitable PPE continues to be an issue. Here she shares her experiences.

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