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Windings Inc Celebrates Five Years of Employee Ownership

Windings Inc; manufacturer of coil windings and custom and specialty motors and generators has been in business as a 100% employee owned company for over five years now. The anniversary date was December 31, 2013 but due to the busyness of the holiday season the company recently celebrated in February.

Being 100% ESOP, (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), has brought many positive changes to the Windings Inc. Culture and also to the growth of the business. Jerry Kauffman, President and CEO of Windings Inc, had this to say about the Employee Owners, “There is a great pride of ownership among our EO’s and an added level of engagement. They want to understand how the business works and they want to know how the business is doing. The intrinsic motivation makes an easy connection between the importance of the work put out by the EO’s; why it is important to them, and why it is important to the company.”

This genuine motivation does not go unnoticed by visitors of Windings Inc either. Customers routinely comment on the culture, and how the EO’s talk to them. They also mention that the employee owners are very knowledgeable and offer ideas on projects. It is evident to visitors and customers of Windings Inc that the employee owners enjoy their work and how they can contribute to their customers’ success.

Windings Inc. vision is to “grow the value of the enterprise while being remarkable”. The quality found in the stators, rotors, and motor/generators builds are the highest they can be because of the workmanship that goes into each unit. This hand craftsmanship also brings affordable pricing to the customer.

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Mamtek US, Inc. Sucralose Manufacturing Facility, Brand New Equipment and Real Estate Assets to Be Sold by Heritage Global Partners via Live Global Webcast Auction October 24

Heritage Global Partners (“HGP”), a global leader in asset advisory and machinery auctions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Counsel RB Capital, today announced its upcoming auction of the sucralose (artificial sweeter) manufacturing facility, never- used heavy equipment, commercial real estate, and related assets of Mamtek US, Inc. (“Mamtek”), a subsidiary of Mamtek International. The sale is being conducted in partnership with Aaron Equipment Company, BidSpotter.com and Zimmer Real Estate Services.

The auction is slated for October 24, 2012 from 10 am PT to 1 pm PT. A two-day onsite preview of the manufacturing facility is available October 22-23 from 9:00 am CT to 4:00 pm CT at 1200 U.S. 24, Moberly, MO 65270.

A virtual data room (“VDR”) is available for bulk lot purchasers, including those seeking to retain the Sucralose Manufacturing Facility lease. Photos of the equipment, including brand new Stainless Fabrication Reactors, chillers, cooling towers, piping and centrifuges, are available at http://www.hgpauction.com/?auctionid=263. To gain access to the VDR please visit the above link for specific requirements, or contact George Wandachowicz (see contact info below) with any questions.

The Auction is expected to consist of six buying opportunities (Lots), ranging from the purchase of all of Mamtek’s assets in bulk to individual items tagged for sale if no bulk offer is accepted.

“We expect our upcoming auction of Mamtek’s brand new manufacturing assets and state-of-the-industry sucralose manufacturing facility to draw in a significant number of worldwide buyers,” stated Vice President George Wandachowicz of Heritage Global Partners.

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Chiller Noise No Longer Problem After Acoustifence Barrier Installed

Installation of a 24-foot noise barrier utilizing Acoustifence outdoor sound abatement material at the new Sheboygan Festival Foods store is complete, ending complaints from nearby residents over extreme levels of noise leaking from the store’s industrial refrigeration chillers into the community.

Folks in Sheboygen were celebrating when the popular Wisconsin-based Festival Foods grocery chain opened the 70,000 square foot mega store here on September 16, 2011. Less than two weeks later, the community’s warm welcome had grown icy as neighbors began to complain about noise from the store’s industrial refrigeration chiller that was so loud, it violated the city’s noise ordinance.

Festival Foods enlisted the help of Acoustical Engineer Eric Wolfram of Milwaukee-based Scott R. Riedel & Associates, LTD, who consulted with Acoustiblok’s Jay Boland to choose Acoustifence noise barrier material, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. of Tampa Florida, to bring the decibel level down below the legal threshold and restore peace and quiet to the neighboring community.

When Wolfram first investigated the site in September, decibel readings ranged between 78.4 and 90.7, loud enough to be a risk for noise-related health problems to nearby residents and workers, had they been subjected to the noise over time. The Sheboygan Department of City Development demanded the level be reduced by at least five decibels, Wolfram said.

“The existing refrigeration pump and motor systems produce extreme noise levels,” Wolfram said. “This noise reverberates within the sheet-metal paneled enclosure interior and escapes through several different exhaust and ventilation openings.

“Additional noise was generated by the cooling and exhaust fans mounted above the enclosure.”

Working with sound consultants from Acoustiblok, Inc., Wolfram designed a two-step solution, creating a barrier with Acoustifence noise deadening material to block noise around the massive system, and incorporating another Acoustiblok product, QuietFiber, to help reduce sound from reflecting off of the taller adjacent building behind the chillers.

Minimal structural changes were required, as the ⅛- inch Acoustifence was easily attached to an existing chain link fence and the outdoor-rated QuietFiber with a perforated metal cover was capconed to the building.

The results were better than Wolfram had hoped, with decibel levels reduced to 57.3 the moment the barrier was in place – well below the City’s legal threshold, and more than 20 decibels lower than before the Acoustiblok products were installed. Neighbors are no longer bombarded with the irritating chiller noise, now replaced with the ordinary ambient sounds that existed before.

“Sounds from local traffic and roadways exceeded that of the compressor equipment after installation of the Acoustifence and QuietFiber products,” Wolfram said.

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., applauded Festival Foods’ quick action in addressing the noise complaints right away, stating that the product combination was the perfect solution for this particular type of noise challenge.

“The Acoustifence and QuietFIber treatments were the perfect solution for the Festival Foods chiller noise, as both of these materials are designed to hold up in inclement weather, and as you can see from the results, they do their job well beyond everyone’s expectations,” Johnson said. “The Acoustifence and Quiet Fiber are also substantially less costly than attempting a structural enclosure solution.”

For more information on industrial noise solutions, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustiblok Creates Damped, Expandable Acoustical Envelope in New York ITB Recording Studio

Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio. Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.

Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.

“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.

“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”

Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.

The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.

“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”

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Quiet Fiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at Galleria 360 in Santo Domingo

Installation of 18,000 square feet of non-fiberlass Quiet Fiber® noise abatement material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed, 750,000 square foot Galleria 360 mall in Santo Domingo.

Quiet Fiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the mall’s generator and substation rooms. These rooms house the industrial emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The Galleria 360’s industrial generators, installed by Santa Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Edelca owner Carlos Montos, Edelca consulted with Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, Inc., and used Quiet Fiber on the project after achieving excellent results with Quiet Fiber on a similar project at the La Sirna Superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

“Even though Quiet Fiber is not the least expensive product on the market, I keep coming back to it because the results beat all the competitors’ noise deadening products with double the noise insulating qualities,” Montos said. “The customer on this job wanted to install a double layer of a different product but I convinced him to try the Quiet Fiber.

“I’ve been designing and installing these emergency generators for 20 years, and I have never had the results from other noise abatement products that I have with Quiet Fiber, and now I’m trying to use it everywhere.”

Montos says noise from these industrial generators on which the island has become dependent in order to maintain consistent power is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running. Not only is generator noise bad for business, but its constant drone can cause permanent hearing loss. Another important consideration in the selection of soundproofing material is its fire resistance.

Recently in Santo Domingo a serious fire started in a generator room, and the existing foam sound proofing material was a prime contributor. The fire caused Montos to search for a new fireproof solution. Quiet Fiber is fire resistant even at 2,000 degrees.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have an adequate level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montos said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and Quiet Fiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montos and his crew were able to easily cut the Quiet Fiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.

The sound deadening qualities of Quiet Fiber will help to protect the mall’s employees, and streams of tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that the application of Quiet Fiber in the Galleria 360 generator and substation rooms was exactly what was needed for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete walls.

“Quiet Fiber was designed with this type of hot, humid environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case with concrete walls, you need a product with proven maximum sound absorption, high temperature rating for fire blocking, and hydrophobic (resistant to moisture).”

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The Next 4 Billion & SCINET CORPORATION: Worldwide Innovation Impact!

The worldwide and unprecedented impact achieved by SCiNet Corporation & the World Trade System (WTS) is proof that millions of people are ready to fight for life, intelligence and freedom. 72% of the world population is considered ‘poor’, but a recent study prepared by The World Resources Institute reveals that 4.7 billion people have the purchasing power of 3.7 billion euro per day! The title of the report reads ‘The Next 4 Billion’ (the next four billion: business strategy and market).

The report is concerning the population of millions of men and women of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, whose income is below poverty level of the western societies, but which in the aggregate represent an extraordinary economic potential.

SCiNet & WTS Corporation is installing new assembly workshops in different regions worldwide, which are included within ‘The Next 4 Billion’, for the mass production of its innovative production mini-plants inside mobile containers. The mobile production mini-plants that are mounted in these assembly workshops are intended for developing countries, offering therein all kinds of products and basic services: from food preparation or household goods, footwear or clothing articles to water purification and primary health care.

The production mini-plants in mobile containers comprise the only system in the world that can supply up to 6 basic necessity articles at a price as low as one dollar per day.

Furthermore, all the assembly plants will operate connected to the World Trade System, a database that provides access to 60 million referrals to merchandise, raw materials, products and services worldwide, through digital certificates for trading.

SCiNet & WTS Corporation: www.scinet-corp.com
SCINET Foundation: www.scfoundation.eu

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Direct Drive Air Bearing Rotary Tables

IntelLiDrives newly released RTH Series rotary tables combine planar air bearings and RotoLinear motor technologies in the compact, direct drive configuration.

These rotary tables eliminate friction, backlash and the wear problems associated with worm gears and belt driven stages.

Small 1.5” height profile tables manufactured with diameters 4”, 6”, 8” and 12”, operate on air bearings for frictionless, maintenance free operation, and can be supplied with aperture opening through the center.

Torque ranges from 5 to 50 lb*ft, resolution up to 1 arc-sec, repeatability 5 arc-sec, speed up to 200 rpm with unlimited rotation.

Series RT rotary tables are compatible with standard micro stepping indexer/drivers and offer a low cost, compact envelope direct drive rotary positioning systems and can also be supplied with high resolution tape encoders for ultra-precise positioning and closed servo loop operation.

Typical applications include semiconductor assembly equipment, wafer inspection and cutting, fiber-optics alignment, optical applications, precision part indexing and robotics.

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Play Safe And Follow The Law When Storing Fuel In Jerry Cans, Says Slingsby

With fuel shortages continuing to make headlines as Easter approaches, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen jerry can sales treble over the last fortnight. As a result, the company has compiled a list of safety guidelines for anyone stockpiling fuel at home.

Even though strike action over the Easter bank holiday seems to have been ruled out, the threat of industrial action still looms, with the Unite union looking for guarantees of improved safety standards and working terms for tanker drivers. As a result, petrol retailers in the UK are continuing to report soaring sales and problems replenishing stocks to meet demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 products online and through its catalogues, said: “Sales of jerry cans to the domestic market have gone crazy since talk of a strike by tanker drivers began. When this is combined with the huge volumes of petrol and diesel that fuel retailers have sold in the last few days, and continued fears over potential strike action, it seems that a large proportion of people have listened to the government’s controversial advice and are storing fuel at home.

“We would always advise against stockpiling fuel because the explosion and fire risks can be disastrous, but if someone is adamant that they want to store fuel at home there are a number of guidelines that should always be followed”

Slingsby has compiled the following advice that anyone storing fuel should follow:

Approved storage solutions that are specifically designed for fuel must be used. Appropriate containers should be marked and fitted with a secure cap to prevent leakage of liquid and fuel vapours.

The maximum amount of fuel that can be legally stored at a domestic address is 30 litres, which must be kept in two 10 litre metal containers and two plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each.

Using other combinations of containers, such as three, 10 litre metal containers or six of the five litre containers is illegal.

These limits also apply to any containers kept in vehicles parked in a garage or on a driveway.

Any fuel stored at home should be kept in a garage or shed that is either detached from the main living accommodation or if it is an adjoining building it should be separated by a fire door.

If fuel is left outside it should be no more than six metres from your house.

Never store fuel in the living area of your home.

Below is Slingsby’s most popular jerry can which is available by calling 0800 294 4440 or at www.slingsby.com.

The 5 Litre Metal jerry can Made from 0.9mm pickled steel sheet. Fuel resistant lining. Locking pin. Choice of 20 litre or 5 litre capacity. Optional pouring spout.

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The catalogue no workplace should be without

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched a new edition of its catalogue to showcase the company’s 35,000 products.

The latest catalogue covers 1,374 pages and includes 2,000 brand new products across a wide range of categories, including handling & lifting, premises, health & safety, signage, environmental & waste, janitorial and safety & security.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, said: “Slingsby has produced its famous catalogue for more than 100 years and even though a lot of customers now prefer to view and buy our product range online, a large proportion still like to flick through a hard copy of the catalogue and then consult our sales advisors before placing an order.

“For this reason we continue to place as much emphasis as ever on our catalogue and this year is no different. It contains quality photography and detailed descriptions of our entire product range and appeals to all industries including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare and the public sector.

“We’ve also increased the number of products that are available with free next day delivery and have held or even reduced thousands of prices, which makes this catalogue an invaluable tool for all businesses and organisations.”

For further information on Slingsby or to order a copy of the company’s latest catalogue, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com.

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Acoustiblok Named “Best Practices” Customer by Hubspot Internet Marketing

Eighteen months after adopting Hubspot’s all-in-one marketing platform, Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok has increased website traffic by 210 percent, increased organic search leads by 307 percent, and increased customer transactions by 40 percent, contributing to Acoustiblok’s record sales increases in 2011.

Hubspot named Acoustiblok a “Best Practices” customer based on its application of Hubspot marketing tools for website management, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO), lead management, marketing analytics, social media monitoring, and website analysis.

“Being recognized by an industry leader as a “best practices” customer is a real accomplishment, and one we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Liz Ernst, director of public relations for Acoustiblok, Inc. “We have a small marketing and PR team, and we had been trying different approaches to increasing traffic and drawing attention to our Acoustiblok soundproofing product line, and our Thermablok aerogel insulating strips.

“Hubspot gave us some serious one-on-one attention and guidance to understand where to best devote our efforts for the greatest return on our marketing and PR campaigns.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says that Hubspot provided the traffic building tools he had been looking for in order to achieve the huge growth goals the company had set for itself.

“We knew we had to get more web traffic, and that more traffic would equate to more leads,” Johnson said. “We were able to use the HubSpot software to help us with our traffic building initiatives, and our leads increased dramatically as our traffic increased.”

HubSpot, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an all-in-one marketing software platform used by more than 5000 companies in 34 countries. HubSpot is also the developer of WebsiteGrader.com, a website analysis tool with more than 3 million users. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2006.

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Acoustifence Installed at Coca-Cola Plant Cuts Industrial Noise Pollution Almost in Half at Neighboring Residences

Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.

Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300 foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.

Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30 foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing to the community’s residents.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30 foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”

After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with acoustical consultant Paul Getts of Acoustiblok. After conferring with Getts, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300 foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.

“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.

“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”

Zelazny said the plant noise measured at 89 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began, and registered at 68 decibels immediately after the Acoustifence went up. His hope was to lower the noise by 20 decibels, a figure that was exceeded at the plant, and more than doubled at the neighboring residence as soon as the Acoustifence was put in place. A reading taken at the adjacent residential property registered in the low to mid 40 decibel range.

“It exceeded my expectations, I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations,” he said.“The people at Coca Cola are happy with it, and most importantly the neighbors in the surrounding community are happy with it.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of Acoustifence in the bottling plant’s noise barrier berm was the soft drink company’s best alternative for significantly reducing noise, and respecting the surrounding community’s call for peace and quiet.

“I think Coca Cola acted quickly and responded to the area’s residents as a good corporate neighbor should,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly important that they sought out a serious noise blocking option while respecting the fact that neighboring residents would be living with whatever solution they chose, and viewing it every day – some from their own back yards.”

Acoustifence was designed to address outdoor noise pollution in residential communities, or any community that cares about its appearance.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:
Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6 feet (1.82 meters) high by 30 feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure. Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

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Safetyshop Reminds Businesses Of Changes To First Aid Kit Standard

One of the UK’s leading safety equipment manufacturers, Stockport-based Safetyshop, has called on businesses to make sure they take the right steps to protect the health and safety of their employees by making suitable first aid kits available.

To help make sure the correct first aid can be provided in the event of an accident at work, the British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA) has worked together with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to create a new UK standard for workplace kits.

BS 8599-1 is the new minimum standard that workplace first aid kits should now conform to, and Safetyshop has reminded businesses to check their own supplies and, if necessary, update their stocks.

Dan Cure, website manager at Safetyshop, said: “Over recent years there have been many changes to the way first aiders are trained to deal with casualties following an accident.

“The types of risks that British workers are exposed to on a daily basis have also changed dramatically and so it has been necessary to update the guidance on what first aid products should be available to help treat people following an accident.”

The new standard created by the BSI and the BHTA has been based on the minimum requirements set out by the Health and Safety Executive’s L74 first aid code of practice. The idea was to ensure minimum-standard compliant kits now allow first aiders to cope with a wider range of common workplace injuries, therefore making them more relevant for today’s businesses.

Safetyshop supplies a wide range of safety products, from industrial first aid kits to sports first aid kits, allowing businesses to provide their staff with access to BSI compliant products and help ensure that health and safety remains a top priority.

Dan added: “As all employers know, accidents can happen at any time and that is why it is so important to be proactive and make sure that should an incident occur, there are people on hand who have the correct first aid training, and that they have the correct items to hand to allow them to provide the necessary treatment.”

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Buy All Your Business’s Safety Products In One Place And Avoid Another Winter Of Discontent

As the nights draw in, and the days get colder, now is the time to be stocking up on all the safety supplies needed to see your home and business through the long winter months.

When it comes to the onset of the really hard winter weather, Safetyshop.com says that we Britons still don’t seem to be learning the lessons of recent years, and should be putting plans in place to help ensure that our businesses and our lives in general, don’t grind to a halt.

But according to the firm’s Website Manager, Dan Cure, they’ve just brought in a range of winter staples such as snow shovels, grit bins and salt spreaders – along with several new products for this year – so no one need say they were caught cold this time around when winter’s icy grip begins to tighten.

“Over the course of the year, it’s easy for people to forget the disruption that they suffered as a result on the onset of winter,” he said.

“There is so much everyone can do to ensure winter doesn’t leave them feeling cold and miserable,” added Mr Cure. “That first fall of snow might look pretty to start with, but without the right tools in place, such as snow shovels, work wear and grit spreaders, its attractiveness will very quickly fade.”

And with early frost and snows also responsible for many accidents – despite the weathermen’s best efforts at giving out warnings – acting now can not only save money and time, but potentially a great deal of heartache.

“We’ve extended our range of winter products this year, with the aim of helping out everyone from householders to business managers,” he added.

“Products are readily available for quick delivery, so our advice would be to beat the rush and get yours now to avoid suffering another winter of discontent.”

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Safetyshop Announces Launch Of Online News Feed

Safetyshop, the UK’s leading safety equipment manufacturer, has launched an industry news feed on the homepage of its website.

Designed to be a useful resource for regular customers and new visitors alike, the latest news section contains stories which relate to all aspects of health and safety, from new legislation and prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, to road safety initiatives and changes affecting first aid kits in the workplace. The feed is updated on a daily basis to ensure breaking news makes it onto the site as quickly as possible.

The idea to publish breaking news came from Safetyshop’s customers, according to Maria Kirby, Online Content Specialist at Safetyshop.

She said: “We carried out a survey in an attempt to find out what is most important to our customers. Perhaps unsurprisingly we found that the majority of them consider health and safety legislation to be critical to the successful running of their businesses.

“By publishing news stories on the homepage of our website on a daily basis we are able to inform visitors about the very latest developments relating to health and safety and ensure that our customers have all the knowledge they require to be able to run their own companies effectively, efficiently and safely.”

Safetyshop has been providing its customers with a huge range of safety equipment including workwear, safety signs and traffic control equipment. Now, as well as being seen as a leading supplier of quality safety items, the company wants to be recognised as a trusted source for breaking health and safety news.

Maria added: “Safetyshop’s ultimate goal is to help customers manage their health and safety requirements and ensure that their workplace is safe for everyone. Hopefully our news service will be of use to companies that take health and safety seriously, and help keep everyone up-to-date on developments across the industry.”

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Safetyshop’s Bespoke Sign Manufacturing Service Shows the Right Way for Businesses

The UK’s leading safety equipment supplier has appealed to businesses to get the perfect safety signs and warnings for their business premises by designing them themselves, with Safetyshop’s bespoke sign manufacturing service.

Safetyshop have encouraged businesses that may not have the legally required safety signs on their business premises to get in touch and see the range of custom sign designs and types that can be purchased online at Safetyshop.com.

The Safetyshop solutions section of the website offers businesses to customise and design many products, chief of which being Safetyshop’s latest designs in safety signs in the workplace. The UK company has over 40 years of experience in producing signage for businesses, an area of the business that was boosted in 2002, with the acquisition of Focal Signs and Labels Ltd.

Today, Safetyshop is accredited to ISO 9001:2001 sign manufacture standards and has the benefits of an in-house team of graphic designers and manufacturing equipment to provide total service to all customers with the latest state-of-the-art digital print technology to produce clearly visible and bold signs for use in business.

Joanne Broadhurst, Sales Executive at Safetyshop said; “The importance of safety signs in business is immeasurable, safety signs warn of dangers and hazards in the workplace whether it is an office environment or the factory floor.

“Here at Safetyshop we work in partnership with our customers to produce signage that is clear and easily understandable and with our in-house team each customer has a dedicated single point of contact able to assist in the design and manufacturing process.”

Ralph Walmsley, Production Manager at Safetyshop also added; “We use only the best materials ensuring we meet all UK and European standards but also to produce signs that are bold and durable to last the test of time”.

As well as Safetyshop’s bespoke solutions section the site also sells a wide range of other workplace safety products such as protective clothing and hard hats to first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

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New Tugs Pull In Sales for Slingsby

A NEW and innovative range of handling and lifting equipment are already proving to be a hit within months of being added to Slingsby’s new catalogue.

Although the company now sells all types of workplace equipment it has been supplying a market leading range of trolleys, trucks and tugs since 1893 when company founder, Harry Crowther Slingsby, began producing products to move heavy loads horizontally around large buildings.

The latest additions to the range feature electric motors and are designed to pull, push and steer wheeled loads of up to 1000kg, with hardly any effort required by the operator.

Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby explains: “These state of the art tugs are simple to use and enable anyone to manoeuvre substantial loads around confined spaces by literally flicking a switch. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, these are among the best tugs in the world at the moment and as a result they are immediately generating interest due to their huge potential and versatility.

“They are designed to be used in all types of premises from hospitals to warehouses and shops through to factories. These products will immediately increase productivity, reduce manual handling and improve safety and for larger premises there’s also an option to add a ride-on platform.”

They come with built-in rechargeable batteries, an accelerator system that can be regulated to specific limits and they can be adapted to work with a wide range of trolleys, carts and pallet systems. Visit www.slingsby.ie or call 1850 200 633.

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Don’t Get Out Of Line When Marking Out Your Workplace, warns Safetyshop

Marking out a workplace can be an incredibly important task for a significant number of businesses. Manufacturing plants, warehouses, car parks and factories all need obvious markings to help keep workers safe, and UK safety products manufacturer Safetyshop is calling on firms to get their line marking strategy straight.

Ed Barnes, UK Product Manager at Safetyshop said there are a number of things businesses should always remember when preparing to use line marking applicators to mark out sections of their workplace. These include:

• Prepare – Make sure the area you’ll be marking out is free of obstructions. You do not want to have to start moving objects once marking has begun.
• Clean – Painting over a dirty surface will affect the quality of the lines. Always try to make sure the area is clean and dry.
• In order to ensure straight lines, always use a guide such as a length of tape, length of wood or a ladder.
• To ensure a clean and crisp finish, simply place a piece of card at the end of the line.
• When spraying through stencils, use masking tape to prevent paint from marking other areas.

Ed Barnes said: “Following these hints and tips should certainly help businesses to ensure they get smooth and crisp lines. Most importantly the lines will be clearly visible and in situations where line markings are used to distinguish between vehicle lanes and pedestrian walkways, this is vital.

Line marking is a task that many businesses carry out on a regular basis. By using a quality product they can ensure those lines stay bold and fresh for longer, which in the long term will save time and money.”

Safetyshop’s line marking products are used in a wide variety of industries. Local authorities use them to mark out parking bays, schools use them to mark out playgrounds and sports clubs use marking products to paint lines on football pitches and sports courts.

Ed added: “The potential number of uses for line marking equipment is huge, but it’s always important to remember to buy a quality product that will stand the test of time.”

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Turn Up The Heat On Fire Procedures In Your Workplace

DESPITE new legislation being introduced last year to reinforce the fact that employers in England must consider an employee’s capabilities when it comes to fire safety, the majority are still unaware of their obligations according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

The Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (England) Regulations 2010 were introduced to clarify how fire-related tasks and assignments should be delegated to employees. As part of the legislation employers must consider what a worker is able and unable to do and how these capabilities may affect their ability to deal with fire-related risks.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 workplace products including an extensive range of fire safety equipment, explains: “Rather than being an extra burden for employers, these new regulations have been introduced to reinforce a workplace’s responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However the majority of businesses that we speak to are still unaware of the requirements and, as well as creating health and safety issues, this could put them at risk of prosecution.

“The regulations say that employers must carry out a fire safety risk assessment to identify what general fire precautions need to be in place. This should be reviewed regularly and updated where necessary. It must take a workers’ capabilities into consideration along with specific risks they face in their job role and where necessary employers should provide specific training. This also applies to fire wardens or marshals.”

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is still the primary legislation concerning all sectors of fire safety. As part of this employers are required to carry out a fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and then take action to reduce them. They must also have a plan in place in case of an emergency as well as nominated people to assist in implementing it and all employees should be aware of the procedures.

All buildings must have adequate escape routes for their size and layout. In addition relevant signage should display fire procedures and highlight exits. In premises where employees could be unaware of a fire, either because it’s out of sight or they can’t hear warnings from colleagues, suitable fire alarms should be used and emergency lighting may be necessary in dark escape routes.

Usually one water based extinguisher is also required for each 200m2 of floor space, with a minimum of one extinguisher per floor. However in large or more complex premises, and depending on individual risks, a greater number or wider range of fire safety equipment could be required and some premises may also require hose reels, fire blankets or protective clothing.

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Take The Sun Seriously And Protect Your Workers, Says UK Safety Firm

With the summer months fast approaching, all parts of the UK are starting to enjoy some sunshine on a regular basis. It’s always quite amusing to see a colleague come into work after a weekend with a bright red nose after spending too much time in the sun, but there is a serious side to excess sun exposure.

Health and safety specialist Safetyshop has called on all companies that employ people to work outdoors to make sure they take steps to help protect their workers from the effects of sun exposure this summer. Due to Britain’s climate, providing staff with suitable sun protection is often not a high priority for most businesses, but prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is a serious problem.

Employers are responsible for their employees’ health and safety at work, and when it comes to protection from the sun there are a number of steps that can be taken. Getting workers to cover up and avoid exposure at lunchtime – the hottest part of the day – is a good start. Providing access to sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15, and encouraging employees to wear workwear such as hats are also positive moves.

Safetyshop helps companies to look after their workforces by providing access to a huge range of products, but according to Bhavna Mistry, Product Manager at Safetyshop, a large number of companies remain oblivious to the dangers that the sun can pose.

Bhavna said: “The UK isn’t really known for its hot summers and blazing sunshine, which probably explains why businesses don’t always see the sun as a health and safety issue. However, people who work outside without sun protection are putting themselves at risk, and employers have a responsibility to act.

“With Safetyshop’s help, protecting workers against the sun’s rays is straightforward, which is why we are calling on all businesses to educate their
staff.”

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Safetyshop Encourages Business’ To Think Green with Waste Management and Recycling Products

UK workplace safety specialist Safetyshop has highlighted tips on how companies can become greener and recycle more waste much like how homeowners are now familiar with recycling household waste.

Bhavna Mistry, Head of Product Marketing at the business health and safety equipment specialist has provided businesses and company owners with a series of helpful suggestions to make their company more environmentally friendly and help combat climate change as well.

“Recycling is on the agenda of most businesses as we live and work in environments that need protecting. Saving energy and reducing the speed of climate change can make a difference to the amount of new materials we need.” said Bhavna.

“Many people now recycle waste at home and would prefer to do the same within their workplace, businesses can save money, promote their corporate social responsibility and be seen as doing the right thing by their employees and customers.”

The following tips should help companies set up a company recycling scheme and apply to many industries and workplaces, from factories to offices…

• Get Management Support – Employees with ideas about introducing recycling bins and other waste management programs should get support from management who will be able to get on board and approve of the suggestions.
• Look for recyclable material in your company’s waste – Waste such as paper, cardboard, cans and bottles are a good starting point and are often the largest volume of waste material in businesses too.
• Find a local recycling company or recycling centre – knowing where to take the material to or who to come and collect your recyclable waste will be an important step.
• Decide where to place recycling containers – A good place to place recycling bins is where the waste is normally kept or generated, this makes it easy for workers to identify where to dispose of the recyclable waste.
• Educate and incentivise your co-workers – educate workers on what can and cannot be recycled and the location of the recycle bins. You may want to encourage them to recycle by offering incentives or rewards for teams or departments that recycle the most.
• Monitor and report – Management will want to know how much resources are saved as a result and chart the success of the scheme.

There are other areas which companies could require additional products such as hazardous substance storage and external bins such as recycling old batteries to prevent chemicals leaking as well as safely disposing of unwanted or old electrical equipment.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations issued by the government have made it much easier to recycle old electrical equipment safely.

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