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WMS supporting HMGH

At WMS we are always trying to find worthwhile organisations to support that can help improve the industries that we work with and supply. 

Therefore when an opportunity arose to work with Help Me Get Home we jumped at the chance. HMGH are an organisation that provides a platform for the traffic management personnel who work within the industry to discuss and debate working matters. The platform is there for use to improve the personnel's safety on the carriageway and to ensure they do make it home safely after every shift. 

If you do work within the industry then be sure to visit the website at www.helpmegethome.co.uk to access links to their Facebook, Twitter and App. They also sell car stickers to boost awareness. 

Along side the stickers HMGH have partnered up with WMS to provide logoed TM vests in order to boost awareness for the cause. WMS can logo up our high quality workwear for you or if you bring your current workwear in to our store in Birmingham we can logo it up while you wait. 

For every garment that is provided in support of HMGH we at WMS will make a donation to the cause. 

So contact us and place your HMGH order to ensure this organisation can continue to do work for the industries workers!

Tel: 0121 328 9659

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The 411 on Safety Footwear

In our a second post for 411 we take a look at safety footwear standards and what different factors you need to consider when protecting yourself and your workforce.


EN ISO 20345:2011 is the latest standard for footwear designed or retested after 2011. The EN ISO 20345:2011 standard sets out minimum requirements that safety footwear must be successfully tested against. The standard specifies all safety footwear must have toe protection against a 200 Joule impact. In addition the different protective features of footwear are represented by a combination of letters.


Rating FeaturesKeyDescription
    
SB AAntistatic footwear
SB-PPEEnergy absorption of heel region
S1A + FO + EFOResistance to fuel oil of outsole
S1-PA + FO + E + PPPenetration resistance
S2A + FO + E + WRUWRUWater penetration and absorption
S3A + FO + E + WRU + PWRWaterproof
S4A + FO + E + Waterproof  
S5A + FO + E + P + Waterproof

  

Toe protection (SB)


Your toes are a very vulnerable part of your body, especially in a work place. Toe protection must withstand a 200 joule impact. Joule is the unit of energy and this standard is purposefully specific. Something heavy falling from a low height could have a lot less energy than something lighter from a much higher height. As well as impacts the toe area must withstand a resting mass of well over 1000kg. Most people have heard of steel toe cap boots but the protection doesn't have to be steel. In fact there are advantages to alternatives. Non-metallic protection can be equally as strong but lighter.


Antistatic protection (A)


Clothing, seating materials, and climate factors can cause a build up a static charge of electricity in the body. Some materials in footwear can over insulate the body causing the charge to be held. When you then touch something the charge can rush from your body quickly causing a spark and a small uncomfortable shock. Anti-static footwear will significantly reduce this effect but does not offer protection for exposure to electronics and explosives work. You will need Electro-Static Protection for this.


Midsole penetration protection (P) - SB-P, S1-P, S3, S5


Sharp objects where we walk and stand are a significant risk not only in the workplace but also outdoors and at home. Midsole protection will guard against nails and other objects. To meet this standard the footwear must be able to resist a penetration force of 1100N. Midsole protection is provided in one of these methods: a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole, or by Kevlar insole. The Aluminium and Kevlar solutions are the most flexible and lightest and cover the greatest area of the foot. Kevlar insoles also offer much higher thermal insulation.


Energy Absorption (E)


Energy Absorption of the seat region.


Safety Ratings Explained


SB - The rating SB indicates that the safety footwear has a 200 joule toe protection. It can have additional features but it is the most basic of safety footwear.


SB-P - SB-P has the same features as the SB rating with the addition of the midsole penetration protection. This can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole or by Kevlar insole.


S1 - S1 in addition to 200 joule toe cap is classed as antistatic footwear. The sole is also resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area.


S1-P - S1-P has the same features as the S1 rating with the addition of the midsole penetration protection. This can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole or by Kevlar insole.


S2 - S2 in addition to 200 joule toe cap, is classed as antistatic footwear. The sole is also resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area. It also has a water resistant upper.


S3 - S3 has the same features as the S2 rating with the addition of the midsole penetration protection. This can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole or by Kevlar insole.


S4 - S4 in addition to 200 joule toe cap, is classed as anti-static footwear. The sole is also resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area. It is waterproof none as leak proof


S5 - S5 has the same features as the S4 rating with the addition of the midsole penetration protection. This can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole or by Kevlar insole.


Source: Site Workwear 2015

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The 411 on High Vis Standards

At WMS, 411 Tyburn Road, we want to give you the 411 on High Visibility EN Standards. Making sure you've got the right kit to do your job.

The 411:

To many the various numbers on the labels surrounding the brand and size mean not a lot to most of us. But in todays world of health and safety they are vital to keeping you safe. 

The code we all need to look out for is EN471 : 2003 High Visibility. EN471 is the harmonised European standard for high visibility clothing. It specifies the requirements for signalling the users presence, day or night. It intends to make users in hazardous situations conspicuous under and light conditions. The standard provides for to performance parameters:

X = Surface of fluorescent and retro reflective material (3 levels)
Y = Quality of the retro reflecting materials (2 levels)

The level of each will be shown next to an image of the clothing with X sat just above Y. See image.

So for EN471 their is 3 classes:

Class 3: The Highest Level (3/2)

This is required for any person working on or near a motorway or dual carriage ways or airports. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.8m2 of background materials and 0.20m2 of retro-reflective materials. (4m of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Class 2: The Intermediate Level (2/2)

Required for any person working on or near A and B roads and for delivery drivers. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.50m2 of background materials and a minimum of 0.13m2 of retro reflective material. (2.60m of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Class 1: Minimum Level (1/2)

This level of protection is for any persons working on a private road or to be used in conjunction with higher classed garments. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.14m2 of background material and 0.10m2 of retro reflective material. (2m of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Thanks for reading the 411 on High Vis Standards

Source: Yoko Catalogue 2012/2013
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