Personal Protective Equipment in the workplace

Earlier this year, the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC was replaced by the Regulation 2016/425 in a bid to improve health and safety at work. No matter what industry your business operates in, you will be familiar with Personal Protective Equipment otherwise known as PPE.

Previously, the PPE Directive was completely focused on manufacturers who placed products into the market. However, this new regulation that was put into action on 21st April 2018 will involve the entire supply chain. As a result, anyone who is part of the supply or distribution chain must abide by PPE and meet the standard requirements that have been set out — while also having an understanding that only products that meet the standards will be made available on the market.

GROUPE ATLANTIC UK RAISES NEARLY £40K FOR CANCER CHARITY

Leading HVAC group Groupe Atlantic UK has raised over £38,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, following a sustained fundraising drive.

Macmillan Cancer Support is the nominated charity across Groupe Atlantic UK’s brand portfolio, which includes Ideal Boilers, Ideal Commercial, Hamworthy Heating, Keston, Gledhill and Atlantic Heat.

From sponsored cycling and mountain climbing to community events and charity raffles, £38,594 has been raised since the start of 2018.  As well as taking part in official events organised by Macmillan, the business has organised a number of its own fundraising challenges, and collected more than £2,600 in donations alone at its group-wide UK, ROI and North America conference.

A decade after detonation

Ten years ago, Wrightstyle tested one of its systems against a lorry bomb and, immediately afterwards, a car bomb.

It was a breakthrough test, conducted independently at a specialist site in Northumberland, and involved the company’s structurally-glazed system being subjected to the equivalent of 500 kilos of TNT.

Wrightstyle is one of Europe’s leading companies involved in the design and fabrication of advanced glazing systems to mitigate against fire, bomb or ballistic attack.

Hounsfield Boilers launches Oil-Fired Wall-Hung Boilers @AHounsfield

Leading oil-fired domestic boiler manufacturer, Hounsfield Boilers, has launched new models extending the range of the company’s market leading Tuscan oil boilers.

The company’s new Tuscan wall-mounted heat-only oil-fired boilers are available in two models, the internal and the external, with an output of 12 – 19kW. Both models are equipped with the same high-specifications installers have come to expect from Hounsfield’s Tuscan range, namely life-long air-craft grade stainless steel Teflon cored flexible hose, that will not rot or degrade, a Bentone BF1 burner, plus thicker insulation to retain heat and reduce noise. The new external wall-hung models also include a frost thermostat which senses water temperature rather than air, tough weather proof casing and a compact 640mm x 760mm x 320mm size.

Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show 2019 Boosts Industry Professionalism with new Conference Stream

The Roofing Cladding & Insulation (RCI) Show 2019, has supported the construction industry’s efforts to increase professionalism in the sector with the introduction of a new conference programme at the most recent event. The RCI Show took place on 27-28 March at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and for the first time, hosted a market-leading conference programme.

The addition of the new conference programme further enabled visitors to support their knowledge of developments in the sector and to spend invaluable time networking with exhibitors from across the industry.

Glass Goes BIG at FIT Show 2019

Visit Glass, the dedicated flat glass showcase set to debut at FIT Show 2019, has seen a number of high profile brands sign up to exhibit at the NEC this May (21st to 23rd).

The  lineup has grown considerably in recent months to include the likes of Lisec, GGR Group, Flat Glass Solutions, Edgetech and Saint-Gobain. Visitors can expect an impressive display of the latest processing machinery, products and equipment.

Veolia records new district heating success

New community on iconic former industrial site will gain from Veolia’s heat network expertise

Veolia’s drive to decarbonise heat and further the energy efficiency of buildings has taken a step forward following the signing of a new £22 million, 25 year district heating management contract with specialist regeneration and property developer U+I. Under the operating contract the new communities on the site in Hayes, West London, will benefit from the energy efficient heating and hot water supplies that will reduce carbon emissions by around 10,000 tonnes over the contract life.

Personal Protective Equipment in the workplace

Earlier this year, the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC was replaced by the Regulation 2016/425 in a bid to improve health and safety at work. No matter what industry your business operates in, you will be familiar with Personal Protective Equipment otherwise known as PPE.

Previously, the PPE Directive was completely focused on manufacturers who placed products into the market. However, this new regulation that was put into action on 21st April 2018 will involve the entire supply chain. As a result, anyone who is part of the supply or distribution chain must abide by PPE and meet the standard requirements that have been set out — while also having an understanding that only products that meet the standards will be made available on the market.

CHANDLERS BUILDING SUPPLIES PEDAL POWER FOR SEVEN PORT CHALLENGE @ChandlersBS

Super six jump to take on ‘The Beast’ for Seven Port Challenge

Family owned builders merchants, Chandler Building Supplies, has announced its sponsorship of this year’s Seven Port Challenge. The 180 km charity cycling challenge covers seven ports across England and France over four days.

A team of six from the builders merchants is taking on the difficult challenge of cycling ‘The Beast’  – a 6 person tandem – for the first leg of the event from Brighton to Portsmouth on Thursday 2, May.

Reid Lifting Restocks Dutch Rental Companies @REIDLifting

Reid Lifting, a manufacturer of lightweight gantry cranes, has bolstered the stock of two distribution partners in Holland.

Rental equipment company Boels Verhuur B.V Sittard and Hef & Hijs Nederland B.V. (HHN), a subsidiary of the international Boels hire empire, have both taken delivery of Porta-Gantry and Porta-Gantry Rapide units, in addition to lifting accessories. The orders add to existing fleets at Boels and HHN.

Boels, which has a history of acquisitions, added HHN to its portfolio as a specialist provider of lifting and hoisting equipment in the Benelux countries. Boels itself offers a broader equipment range, covering powered access, earthmoving, landscaping, handling, and more from a multitude of depots across the UK and central Europe.

Garden Trends 2019: Improving Your Outdoor Space

Although we’re not that far into 2019, the months are coming to a quick close. While last year saw the rise of the ecological gardens, asymmetrical scheme and wood-effect tiles, exactly what will this year have to offer? Here, we take a look at the potential trends that will sweep the nation in the coming months.

The use of smart lighting

Everyone wants to create an intricate atmosphere in their gardens — and many are using smart lighting to do this. The BBC’s Rich brothers suggest that you position lights up against trees so that it can create an uplight effect and draw your attention to a specific area of the garden.

Fancy working with your Mum? Lee Wilcox, Co-founder and CEO of online social media powerhouse community, On The Tools, does just that!

Fancy working with your Mum? Lee Wilcox, Co-founder and CEO of online social media powerhouse community, On The Tools, does just that! So, in celebration of Mother’s Day, Lee sat down with his mum (and fellow co-worker!) Sue, who works in the accounts department at On The Tools. Take a read below to find out what running a business while working alongside your mum is really like, and if Lee, a now successful entrepreneur, had any of that entrepreneurial spirit growing up…

You can catch the full video on the On The Tools Facebook page and on LinkedIn.

The manufacturing and production process of Jewellery

Technology has played its part in improving the efficiency of the jewellery design and manufacturing process. But which types of specific technology have transformed the sector?

Advancements within print

In the jewellery industry, 3D printing works by using CAD to create 3D printed wax or resin models of jewellery. These are then used to cast delicate pieces with the fine metals — 3D printing with precious metals to begin with would be overly costly. These moulds mean that separate sections of metal don’t need to be soldered together, creating a more solid and complex piece of jewellery.

What will the future of fuel be like?

The electric vehicle market experienced a record year in sales in 2017, averaging over 4,000 new registrations per month in the UK — a significant increase compared to 2013 figures, which witnessed just 3,500 new registrations over the entire year!

The UK government are currently trying to encourage Brits to start their transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, but what does this mean for traditional fuel sources? Well, diesel has received a lot of scrutiny lately for the levels of Nitrogen Oxide it emits from our vehicles, so much so that the UK government plan to ban the sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 in a bid to clean up air quality across the nation.

VELUX® GIVES £40 SPRING BOOST TO REWARDS SCHEME

£40 rewards up for grabs with top retailers and restaurants for every VELUX white painted roof window purchased –

Installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland are being offered an extra boost this Spring, courtesy of roof window manufacturer VELUX®.

Launched in 2015, VELUX Rewards allow customers to earn rewards all year round every time they buy a VELUX roof window, flat roof window, sun tunnel or selected combination flashings.