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Sprinkler system maintenance and testing guidance

By The Fire Protection Association

Sprinkler systems are considered to provide a high degree of reliability to safeguard both life and property against the effects of a fire, but to ensure this protection is available when needed it is imperative systems are routinely serviced and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the relevant standards.

Sprinkler systems should be inspected at least once a year and this must be undertaken by a third party so not the system owner, building occupier, system installer or maintenance provider. Accurate testing at the correct intervals demonstrates best practice and offers peace of mind.

The Fire Protection Association is at the forefront of sprinkler expertise, specialising in system inspections, head and pipe testing, and water mist testing. Authors of the LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinklers, we can help you identify when your sprinkler system requires maintenance and testing. Inspections are carried out in our purpose-built laboratory by our qualified and experienced professionals who provide detailed and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your system functions correctly.

For further guidance on sprinkler system maintenance and testing requirements visit: https://www.thefpa.co.uk/news/fire-safety-advice-and-guidance/sprinkler-system-maintenance-and-testing-guidance

EBOOK: Health & Wellbeing meets Health & Safety – What you need to know

By Hero Wellbeing

Let’s face it, the world has changed since the global COVID-19 pandemic and what we thought was the norm, has been replaced by new ways of thinking and working.

Health and wellbeing has been propelled into the corporate spotlight, but health and wellbeing is broad and doesn’t just sit comfortably in the HR team, it has a substantial impact on health and safety.

This ebook from hero explores how the changing face of health and safety and how the modern day health and safety manager can create happier, healthier, and more productive workforces.

Faster equipment safety inspections

By Brady Corporation

Brady’s SafeTrak makes time consuming paper based equipment inspections a lot faster. Planning, inspecting and reporting can be streamlined, customised and largely automated in the SafeTrak app to save time.

Digital support for equipment inspections

SafeTrak enables you to keep track of inspections digitally and eliminates the need to make time consuming duplicates, decipher hasty handwriting or search for lost inspection papers. At the same time, the web application also includes an advanced inspection planning system that offers a full overview of every inspection planned and enables users to easily plan recurring inspections.

Book in, book out

SafeTrak can be used to keep track of a wide range of equipment such as personal protection equipment, drills, hammers, screwdrivers, scaffolding, ladders, label printers or lockout bags. With SafeTrak, every tool can easily be checked in or out as long as it is labelled with a serial number, barcode or RFID label.

Automated reporting

Predefined inspection templates can be created in SafeTrak to standardise and digitalise a variety of inspection reports. The web application can generate automated high level reports by extracting data from the inspection templates at regular intervals or on demand. With just a few clicks, inspection reports containing the most recent and complete data will always available via SafeTrak.

SafeTrak Mobile

The SafeTrak Mobile App can easily be accessed in the field on any smartphone. Internet access is not required. Enter an equipment serial number to access a predefined inspection template and equipment location information, or scan the equipment’s barcode. Log out after an inspection and the app will automatically upload data for immediate reporting once internet connection is restored.

Watch a short video & discover how the SafeTrak web application works in a 30 day free trial >>

HSE Software: The Foundation of Improved Health and Safety for Construction Companies

By She Software Ltd

Consider these data points. In 2019, the number of fatalities on U.S. construction sites were 1,066. In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), there were 40 fatal injuries across 2019 and 2020.

This fatality data probably isn’t all that surprising. Construction is a dangerous and inconsistent business. Worksites are rarely the same place twice. There are strict deadlines, budget constraints, and a skilled labour shortage which constantly plague the construction industry.

Furthermore, a constant ebb and flow of workers and third-party contractors, evolving environmental conditions, and exposure to the elements are not conducive to a safe working environment.

Although many factors contribute to the rise in incidents, one factor could help reduce it: creating and establishing efficiency by replacing manual safety processes with HSE software. Let’s look at ways HSE management software can help your construction business improve its health and safety programs.

Click here to read more.

Are you keeping on top of your Covid-19 Risk Assessments?

By Mirashare

As the UK government eases restrictions following the third lockdown, many employees are again returning to the workplace. For all of us, the need to feel safe and protected at work has never been higher. To support this process and in accordance with government guidelines, Covid-19 Risk Assessments need to be updated to reflect any changes to legislation or guidance. 

So, do your Covid-19 Workplace Risk Assessments reflect the most recent guidance, and equally important, are they easy to access, amend and publish? If not, perhaps we can help.

Our Mirashare software helps you to quickly locate, review, amend and then share risk assessments with your teams – keeping everyone informed of potential risks and the measures required to minimise risk. And with the ‘Read and Acknowledge’ feature, you can ensure those who need to know are notified of approved, version-controlled risk assessments, and sign to confirm they have read and understood them – a great way to ensure a high level of communication, engagement and understanding.

Call us today on (01304) 382410 to discuss how Mirashare can help streamline and add consistency to your Risk Assessment process.

Click here to learn more.

See a face, not an object! Because safety is personal

By Brady Corporation

See a person instead of an object by printing a face directly on your Lockout/Tagout padlocks. Build on the one person, one lock, one key principle for maximum Lockout/Tagout safety! Find out how to fully personalise padlocks.

A Lockout/Tagout padlock is often the last obstacle to prevent a premature machine energisation, and a potential maintenance accident with impact on professionals and on their personal lives. To strongly highlight that Lockout/Tagout padlocks protect people, Brady Corporation now offers PrintFace: a complete padlock personalisation, up to printing coworkers’ pictures directly on their padlocks. 

Personal padlocks

By printing a face on padlocks, each Lockout/Tagout padlock can clearly show who it is protecting. PrintFace will help deter padlock tampering and will highlight that safety is very personal. Removing padlocks in Lockout/Tagout should only be done by the padlock owner, who is shown on the lock. Team leaders, or a site safety manager, can step in if necessary, by following an agreed on procedure that maintains safety. Next to adding a picture, other personalisation options are available including adding a company logo, serial number, text and more.

Highly reliable prints

Personalisation can be printed in full colour and in high resolution directly on Brady’s nylon SafeKey-padlocks for Lockout/Tagout. The print is abrasion -, chemical -, and UV-resistant and highly reliable in both in- and outdoor lockouts. In addition, padlock engraving is available to achieve an even higher reliability, at the expense of colour and complex shapes. As a third, standard approach to personalise padlocks, it is also possible to write or print basic information on self-adhesive labels supplied with any Brady padlock.”

Achieve the highest Lockout/Tagout safety

Brady’s SafeKey Lockout Padlocks offer 700% more lock and key combinations than a standard safety padlock. An innovative lock mechanism enables 100 000+ combinations that can optimally support complex key hierarchies including several master and grandmaster keys. All key numbers are charted to ensure no two keys in the same company will open the same lock if so required. This enables a safe, future-proof Lockout/Tagout programme that fully respects the procedure’s one person, one lock, one key principle.”

Discover personalisation options >>

Clear visibility of equipment status at the point of use

By Brady

Increase inspection efficiency with Scafftag’s reliable holders and inserts that can communicate the safety status of any type of equipment at the point of use.

Scafftag holders and inserts can communicate best practice inspection procedures on the equipment that needs inspection. Both the holders and removable inserts are highly customisable and can support the standardisation of inspection procedures. A QR code can also be printed on the inserts or holders to activate a digital inspection flow via a smartphone and Safetrak software, complete with inspection planning management and automatic inspection report generation.

Clear communication at the point of use

When properly used and applied on equipment and in plain view, Scafftag Tags can always communicate the latest equipment status to anyone who wants to use a specific piece of equipment. Tags are available for almost any tool or equipment, including ladders, scaffolds, drills, vehicles and engines. Inspection records on the tag’s insert will show when equipment was considered fit for use. When equipment fails inspection, the inspector can remove the insert to show a clear ‘Do not use’ message on the tag’s holder. In this way, Scafftag helps prevent costly workplace accidents resulting from the use of unfit equipment.

Extremely robust and reliable

Holders and inserts are designed to last in extreme outdoor conditions. Holders are made out of ABS or Nylon and will rarely break. The polypropylene inserts can withstand water, oil and dirt while still being easy to write on. Both the holder and insert can resist prolongued UV exposure in order to stay legible in construction sites.

Discover Scafftag Visual Tagging solutions and use highly efficient equipment inspections with robust and reliable tags. 

Download the free guides & Buy tagging systems online >>

Scafftag – A Brady Company

BS 1710-compliant pipe markers for more safety at work

British Standard 1710-compliant, industrial-grade pipe markers that can be applied to any pipe will help you to clearly identify pipes for more safety at work. Discover the complete BS 1710 pipe marker offer from Brady, read about colour scheme, download the brochure and see the infographic!

Clearly highlight hidden pipe contents with British Standard 1710-compliant pipe markers, printed on reliable pipe marker materials that stay attached and remain legible in tough conditions.

Clear pipe identification for increased safety

  • clear and highly recognisable British Standard 1710-compliant pipe marking
  • easily visualise the contents inside your pipes
  • warn against any risks related to pipe contents

Reliable on any pipe in many environments

  • resists high and low temperatures, chemicals and fuels
  • can fit any pipe diameter
  • self-adhesive, adhesive strip, magnetic and mountable application options

Hassle-free

  • no need to deep-dive into the norm, our pipe markers are compliant
  • ready-to-apply pipe markers for delivery anywhere in the world
  • print-at-your-premises using pipe diameter and substance input”

Curious about British Standard 1710 pipe markers?

Discover Brady’s British Standard 1710 pipe marker offer >>

Custom Lockout shadowboards: Efficient, top of mind safety in the workplace

By Brady

Make safety top of mind in the workplace and optimise Lockout/Tagout efficiency with highly visible, custom lockout shadowboards. Shadowboards increase the impact of Lockout/Tagout and help to further reduce maintenance risks and accidents. Read the case study from the large e-commerce company’s warehouse.

Why custom shadowboards?

  • increase efficiency by organising relevant lockout procedures, padlocks, devices, tags and accessories on shadowboards
  • keep safety and Lockout/Tagout top of mind in the workplace with highly visible shadowboards
  • maintain efficiency by promoting the return of tools to the board with tool shadows

Interested in the custom shadowboard approach? Get a custom shadowboard layout for free!

Read the case study from a large e-commerce organisation’s warehouses, where they already use highly visible custom shadowboards to optimise Lockout/Tagout efficiency and to keep safety top of mind in the workplace.

E-commerce warehouse has increased Lockout/Tagout visibility & efficiency with shadowboards

A large e-commerce organization wanted to improve maintenance safety by facilitating the use of Lockout/Tagout and by creating visibility on ongoing maintenance projects that require Lockout/Tagout in their warehouses.

Solution: Customisable master shadowboard

Brady proposed a custom master shadowboard to create the desired visibility for ongoing lockout maintenance. The master shadowboard was installed as a pilot in one of our customer’s major warehouses.

Shadowboards make Lockout/Tagout considerably more efficient, by clearly showing employees and contractors which tools they need to retrieve, and where they need to store them after servicing a machine. After a trial period, the master shadowboard was finetuned and presented as a starting point to our customer’s other warehouses. Brady customised the master version to accommodate sitespecific needs when required.

Each shadowboard is 1.4 metres high and consists of 90 cm wide panels. The board has rounded corners, and was made out of 8 mm thick white plexiglass. These large boards, that can span one or several panels, include ‘shadows’ of every Lockout/Tagout padlock, device and accessory used in a specific workplace area. All corresponding Lockout/Tagout tools are added to the board. Shadowboards make it very easy and efficient for employees to retrieve the tools they need, and to bring them back after servicing a machine. They also very visible in the workplace and serve as a constant reminder to keep safety top of mind.

Results: Efficient and highly visible Lockout/Tagout

The large e-commerce company’s warehouse employees now have Lockout/ Tagout solutions within reach to protect themselves during machine interventions. The Lockout/Tagout padlocks, decives and accessories, as well as the tags, are presented on large, highly visible shadowboards that make it easy and fast to retrieve the right tools to protect their safety.

Where do you want to take your lockout programme?

Everywhere you want to go with your Lockout/Tagout programme, Brady can guide and support you. Our complete Lockout/Tagout solution includes innovative padlocks with elaborate key planning, dedicated lockout devices, practical software and great services including energy control point identification and best in class procedure writing.

Discover Brady’s complete offer for Lockout/Tagout >>

Brady Corporation

www.brady.co.uk

Webinar: Easily manage Lockout/Tagout with Link360 Software & Procedure Writing Services

Brady Safety Webinar: 23rd March 2021, 14:00-14:45 GMT

Get acquainted with Brady Safety Management software solutions & the Brady Lockout Tagout Service offer:

  • » LoTo safety procedures enable maintenance engineer teams to safely perform their jobs.
  • » Brady offers a safety management software for Lockout/Tagout procedure management. This software is called Link360.
  • » Brady engineers have created thousands of lockout procedures for hundreds of companies in various industries. They can write your Lockout procedures too.

Brady offers a complete Lockout/Tagout service. The most recommended solution called Full VLOP and includes an on-site audit, training and specific Lockout procedures for all your machines in LINK360.

Register now

Brady Corporation Ltd.

www.brady.co.uk

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