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Product Code: Newsletter04

04 May

What's featured in this month's edition?
Marked down: With imported and fake PPE hitting the UK market during COVID-19, what is the importance of the CE mark?

At a time when demand for PPE is at its highest ever, and the market is flooded with pieces from overseas, what exactly is the importance of a CE marking? And why is it so important that the PPE has a CE mark, and not another global certificate?

A CE marking on a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) is a visual certification mark that the equipment has been manufactured to European standards for health, safety and environmental protection. This ensures the wearer can be confident that they have a specified level of protection when wearing the equipment.


Are you ready to re-open after lockdown?

With the government announcement on 10th May of its ‘road map out of lockdown’, in England at least, if you work in construction or manufacturing, or can't do your job from home, you'll now be able to return to work providing you can maintain social distancing. This is the first step in a phased process with 100% ‘normality’ still some months down the line.


Unmasked: The Debate on RPE Continues
(story continued from April edition)

With RPE still making front page news, the debate on where and when it should be worn rages on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conflicting advice from politicians, celebrity doctors and media heads has often been refuted by scientific studies and advice from British organisations, giving the public no clear answer.With the current stock shortages being experienced in the UK, and an influx of fake or incorrectly marked PPE (see main story), RPE that is less than ideal is now being deployed on a daily basis.


PID Spotlight: The Importance of Oxygen for PIDs

A Photoionisation Detector, or PID, is a technology used to detect Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). It functions by ionising a sample of gas using a UV lamp, where the electron separates from the VOC and is drawn to a charged electrode and the rest of the compound is drawn to another electrode, creating a current. This current then indicates the level of VOC within the gas sample.


New Drone Legislation Greater Scope for Applications

Many of our customers already use drones on site for multiple reasons and that number is set to rise over the coming years as technology develops and new possibilities emerge.Drones are useful tools to deploy for many applications such as site surveillance, photography and video, safety evaluation and even fire investigation. For example, some organisations already use drones fitted with gas sensors and cameras to establish the conditions of a site before key personnel or emergency responders are admitted, to gain a clear understanding of gas safety levels and other potential hazards.




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ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres.

ATEX certification ensures that equipment is fit for use within explosive atmospheres and is supplied with adequate information to ensure it can be used safely.

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