WISE Worksafe Blog

Understanding EN 166 - Personal Eye Protection Standard

19 Jun 2019

EN 166 is the standard covering the 'basic requirements' of safety eyewear in the workplace. Thousands of accidents occur that threaten workers with short and long-term eye injuries, sight impairment or blindness. Find out how EN 166 helps create suitable eye protection to prevent injuries.

The History of Corporate Uniforms

29 May 2019
The concept of uniform originated centuries ago as a way to create identity and unity between individuals that belonged to certain institutions. Today, companies all over the world have a strong brand representation through their corporate uniform design. Company goals, the availability of fabrics, fashions and other influences of different eras have all impacted uniforms over the years.

Why a Work Uniforms Policy Is Vital for UK Businesses

14 May 2019
Jessica Anderson is a nurse who hit the headlines recently because she was initially denied a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for a nurse running the London marathon due to her choice of uniform. The decision has since been overturned and the GWR admitted that their policy was outdated. This news story highlights the importance of having a fair and up-to-date uniform policy. We discuss who needs a uniform policy, why it’s important and what to include.

Understanding the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425

08 May 2019

Personal Protective Equipment is required by law to protect employees from workplace hazards that cannot be eliminated by other means. Find out what is required of the PPE supply chain since Regulation (EU) 2016/425 was officially mandated in the UK, and what buyers and consumers should look for when purchasing PPE.

The Importance of Branded Clothing for Charities

15 Apr 2019

Successful charities know the importance of establishing a brand and engaging their people and supporters, in order to achieve the great things they're striving for. Branded clothing and uniform play an essential part, by combining the power of the charity's brand with the human touch, to inspire trust, drive engagement, assist with fundraising and boost loyalty.

Understanding EN 352 - Hearing Protection Standard

26 Mar 2019

Millions of employees across the world are exposed to excessive levels of noise in their workplace. To ensure the hearing protection you provide is fit-for-purpose and in line with the requirements of The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, ear protection products for sale in Europe must meet the EN352 series of European standards.

How Ethical and Sustainable is Your Workwear?

28 Feb 2019

Those responsible for purchasing the corporate uniform and workwear in your organisation have a duty to take care of those wearing it by providing quality garments that are comfortable, durable and fit for purpose. But there are also other responsibilities; to those that manufacture the clothing and to the environment.

Understanding EN 388:2016 - Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks

22 Jan 2019

Hands are vulnerable to a multitude of hazards in the workplace, including a number of mechanical risks. This is why it’s important to identify and provide the most appropriate safety gloves for the specific task.

The Garment Layering System: 3-layer Principle

09 Jan 2019

There are many ways of achieving a good level of comfort, warmth and weather protection with outdoor clothing. Dressing according to the 3-layer principle is an established norm for a large number of outdoor sporting and recreational activities, but what about at work?

Protecting Outdoor Workers in Winter

07 Dec 2018

During Britain’s heatwave last summer we covered how to protect outdoor workers in hot weather conditions, but what about cold conditions? With temperatures dropping as we head into the new year, now’s the time to determine whether you have the appropriate processes, equipment and clothing in place to deal with the risks.