Guide to First-Aid Kits for your Workplace

In every workplace there are first-aid signs and a specified first-aider with access to a first-aid kit. If a minor injury takes place within the workspace, there is someone to take care of the situation using the correct equipment provided.

But what are the responsibilities of an employer to provide first-aid equipment?

Assess the First-Aid Situation

Not every workplace will need a fully trained first-aider. A first-aid needs assessment is required, this will indicate to an employer the level of responsibility the appointed person has over the first-aid. The minimum requirement is for someone to look after the equipment and first-aid kit, and being responsible for the upkeep of a record and calling the emergency services when required.

An appointed first-aider does not legally have to undertake first-aid training, though these are available for your company to take up should you consider it an important step to take for the safety of your workforce.

There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes. So what you decide to include should be based on an assessment of your first-aid needs for your workplace.

There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes. So what you decide to include should be based on an assessment of your first-aid needs for your workplace.

The First-Aid Box

For the work first aid kit there is no specific set of equipment that you should have within a first-aid kit on the premises of a workplace where low risk activities take place. However, here is a suggested guide of contents you should consider (as offered by the HSE):

  • Leaflet offering general first-aid guidance
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters, of various sizes and appropriate to your work situation
  • 2 sterile eye pads
  • 2 individually wrapped triangular bandages
  • 6 safety pins
  • 2 large sterile, individually wrapped unmedicated dressings for wounds
  • 6 medium-sized, individually wrapped unmedicated dressing for wounds
  • 3 pairs of disposable gloves

Many sterile items will have an expiry date attached to them, so always be aware of reviewing the contents of the first-aid box, ensuring all items are up to date and safe to use. Should you conduct a regular safety review of your first-aid procedures, you may wish to update your first-aid kit to reflect the changing nature of the workplace.

It is highly recommended that you do not keep any tablets or medication in the workplace first-aid kit.

Be it a restaurant kitchen, an office, factory floor or a company van, wherever your work find a first aid kit suitable for your needs.

Be it a restaurant kitchen, an office, factory floor or a company van, wherever your work find a first aid kit suitable for your needs.

Wray Bros Provides the Means to Treat an Injury or Illness in the Workplace

Every workplace needs a first-aid box and a first-aider trained in using that box. Whether a packed office full of people, or a smaller company, there is always the need for first-aid knowledge and understanding. At Wray Bros we appreciate this and have a wide range of first-aid equipment, including boxes and signage, for larger organisation or lone workers or long range drivers.

For a few ideas why not take a look at what may be useful to you, where you work:

Take a look at our first aid range of products and if you have any questions please feel free to contact our friendly customer service team, who will be happy to advise and guide you. Call 0151 709 2271 or visit the Wray Bros website today.

Further reading: Guide to First Aid & Workplace Safety Signs

Commercial Hand Soaps & Workplace Hand Hygiene

Whether you are a staff member, a supplier or a customer, a first impression of hygiene and cleanliness is an important factor when it comes to a washroom on a business premises. The first impression will be a lasting one so you should ensure that your facilities are well cleaned, well ventilated and have great handwashing and drying facilities.

Infections will spread more effectively if people do not wash their hands thoroughly, so don’t give them the option to walk away easily in your business washroom. The impact on your workplace morale and productivity can be incalculable should staff members become easily and regularly ill through the spread of infection, costing you time and money.

Hand washing helps prevent the spread of viruses. Did you know the number of germs on your fingertips could double after you use the toilet

Hand washing helps prevent the spread of viruses. Did you know the number of germs on your fingertips could double after you use the toilet?

Offer a good anti-bacterial soap, strong running water and working hand drying facilities. If everything is contactless even better, but ensure people have the option to stay clean and stop the spread of germs.

Choosing the right hand soap with Wray Bros

Hand washing remains one of the easiest and most important things each individual can do to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria from person to person. Choosing the right hand washing product and drying equipment for your business will depend on the type of work you do, the number of staff members and the budget.

Commercial hand soap & dispenser options

It is a simple fact, hand hygiene in the workplace is important, perhaps what is harder is the choice as to what soap is most suited for you, your guests and work colleagues. Before that, there is the decision whether to install bulk-fill soap dispenser or a sealed soap cartridge dispenser.

Before you get hung up on the choices, you should consider whether your washroom has to cope with high or low traffic and of course what impression you want to achieve within your budget.

Look out for future article on commercial soap dispensers that explains in greater detail the pros and cons of bulk fill soap dispenser ‘v’ cartridge soap dispensers. For now, we will briefly touch upon the soap choices available to you for your business premises.

A selection of hand soaps from Jangro, including Contract Pearlised Hand Soap,  Bactericidal Hand Soap, Enviro Luxury Hand Wash and Moisturising Foam Soap

A selection of hand soaps from Jangro, including Contract Pearlised Hand Soap, Bactericidal Hand Soap, Enviro Luxury Hand Wash and Moisturising Foam Soap

What type soap does your business use?

For the modern workplace washroom it is all about creating the right impression. The aim is to find a luxurious soap with a fragrance that delights your users. From fine delicate perfumes, to classical or contemporary there is wide choice of hand soap fragrances to choose from.

For catering premises or where food is processed you will find an unperfumed bactericidal soap is used. Look for a soap that is gentle on the skin, especially as the role may require frequent hand washing. Furthermore, the soap should pass EN1276; kills 99.999% of bacteria.

For the heavy duty workplace, such as garages and engineering workshops, the industrial hand soap needs to work hard to remove ingrained oil, grease and grime. At the same time the soap needs to be kind to protect the skin.

Similarly, for those in the caring profession they too need to protect their skin, especially from irritants, that may dry out their skin. Workers will require unperfumed soaps with emollients for skin protection. Similarly, look for hand sanitisers that contain moisturisers and that can demonstrate they pass the necessary European Standards on hand disinfection EN 1500, EN 13727 and EN 1276. Finally, don’t forget moisturising and barrier creams will also be a welcome addition for your staff.

At Wray Bros we understand that each environment and circumstance is different to the next and we have an expert customer service team who can help. After a quick chat we can determine which of our wholesale soap supplies are most suitable to your business. Why not call Wray Bros today on 0151 709 2271.

Tread carefully, here’s some tips to buying safety footwear,

It isn’t surprising the number of visitors to the Wray Bros trade counter that pick-up a pair of work boots and have a good look before buying. Some will look at the branding, some will look at the styling, whilst some will ask about the footwear’s protective qualities and all the visitors will try them on to see if they fit and more so how comfortable they are.

Buying safety footwear? Do you look at the branding, the styling, the protective qualities or how comfortable they are? But, do you ever check the tread?

Buying safety footwear? Do you look at the branding, the styling, the protective qualities or how comfortable they are? But, do you ever check the tread?

What is surprising is how few actually look at the tread

Though to be fair, it is a natural assumption that a new pair of safety work boots will provide a ‘good-grip’. As a tip from Wray Bros, always consider the conditions of your workplace and the suitability of the tread for that environment. Another tip would be to ask your supplier for advice and their recommendations on footwear suitable for the job.

Your supplier will seek to determine what your job is, i.e. indoor or outdoor, what surfaces you work upon and what possible contaminants could possibly be found on the floor. For instance, footwear suitable for outdoor use will feature a tread that is more open that copes better with solid contaminants. Whereas, working indoors suits a tighter filled tread that also suits wet contaminants.

Buying Safety Footwear – Get a Grip

Similar to a car tyre, the shape and design of the tread plays a role in gripping on wet floor surfaces.   The purpose of the tread is create a tunnel in which to disperse the liquid and offer its slip resistance effect. The depth as well as the shape of the tread helps with the liquid dispersal and traction.

Don’t forget to ask your supplier about the ‘slip-resistance’ specifications the footwear has been tested to. The European test standards to look out for are EN ISO 20344:2004 (A1: 2007). Footwear which has passed the EN test for slip resistance will be marked with one of the following codes, SRA, SRB or SRC.

The codes confirm the footwear has met the specified requirements for the following:

  •    SRA – tested on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution;
  •    SRB – tested on smooth steel with glycerol;
  •    SRC – tested under both the above conditions.
Wray Bros will help you choose the right Safety Shoe for the right environment. Call today on 0151 709 2271

Wray Bros will help you choose the right Safety Shoe for the right environment. Call today on 0151 709 2271

As can be seen, the test surfaces do not reflect all possible surfaces your work environment may feature. Why not talk to your safety footwear supplier to ensure you buy footwear which will do the job for you.

Finally, don’t forget to look after your safety footwear. Clean the tread when necessary and replace the footwear when the tread depth shows signs of wearing down. For more information on finding the footwear suitable for you and your workplace please contact Steven at Wray Bros on 0151 709 2271.

The Importance of Washing your Hands as Global Handwashing Day Approaches

October 15, 2015 is Global Handwashing Day!

We all know how important it is to wash your hands, and the majority of us have been brought up to learn how to wash our hands properly after using a washroom and before eating food. The spread of infection can be stopped in its tracks if everyone washes their hands thoroughly on a regular basis and with Global Handwashing Day fast approaching once more there will be millions more children across the world who are taught the importance.

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A Little Bit About Global Handwashing Day

October 15th is the day where millions of people worldwide will be motivated and mobilised in more than 70 countries to use soap and water as a key approach to preventing disease through regular hand washing. Global handwashing day is into its 8th year with the motives still the same; educate schoolchildren about the importance of hygiene and how a simple handwashing routine can help stop the spread of disease.

Across the world each year 2.2 million children under the age of five die from either pneumonia or diarrheal diseases. These are the top two killers of children and yet there is a simple and inexpensive way to help combat their threat.

People wash their hands with water but washing your hands with soap as well as water is a great way to cut down the chances of bacteria build up and the spread of infection and disease. If this message can be spread effectively it could help save the lives of countless children worldwide.

Hand Washing & Your Workplace

The perception of a clean environment is an attractive one. The availability of hand soap on your premises is vitally important to keep both your staff and users is satisfied. No doubt, what will keep you satisfied, especially, if you are also responsible for managing the budget is knowing you have a handle what you are spending on soap and getting good value. When it comes to commercial hand soap supplies, it is all about cost-in-use. So if you feel your money is going down the drain, let Wray Bros quote you an option or two that will save you money without sacrificing the quality of soap your users love.

Look out for our follow-up article: Buying Washroom Soap: Choice of Hand Soap Refills

Cleaning Supplies & Guidelines for Schools, Nurseries, Colleges & Universities

Health and safety should always be paramount within any industry and in any company premises, but with the education sector it becomes even more important due to the sheer numbers of staff and pupils and the varying and unique requirements in each and every setting.

Educational establishments are more densely populated than most other working environments. Therefore, cleaning takes on an even greater role, as a way of reducing the risk of infection spreading through germs, dust and soil. It also makes it a harder task to manage and effectively complete and we believe we have put together a range of products and information that reflect this. You deserve the chance to use the highest quality cleaning products that will keep your nursery, school, college or university as clean as new on a daily basis. This includes hand hygiene which is an easy way to prevent the spread of infection. We’ll talk in more-depth about hand hygiene in an upcoming article.

All the school cleaning supplies you find below have been tried and tested over the years and Wray Bros has supplied them to hundreds of educational establishments throughout the UK. You’ll only find high quality cleaning supplies and we’ve maintained a compact product list as we appreciate that in most schools and universities storage is at a premium.

CLEANING CLASSROOMS, CORRIDORS & GYMNASIUM FLOORS: Light soilage use a Neutral Floor Cleaner.  The Jangro version contains a clean refreshing tangerine perfume and is ideal for the daily mopping of floors and suitable for spray cleaning using a high speed floor machine. To use: add 1 part Jangro Neutral Floor Cleaner to 200 parts hot water in a bucket. Mop or wipe surface.

For heavy soilage use a Hard Surface Cleaner. The Jangro version is an extremely versatile general purpose, quick acting cleaner that removes stubborn dirt and heavy grease. To use: add 1 part of Jangro Hard Surface Cleaner to 100 parts hot water in a bucket. Mop or wipe surface.

CLEANING WASHROOMS: TOILET BOWLS: Use a Daily Toilet Cleaner. The Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner is a pH neutral and is safe to use for daily and routine cleaning of toilet bowls, urinals, sinks and baths. Or the Jangro Washroom Sanitiser which is a concentrated thickened acidic cleaner for use on a variety of surfaces that kills odours and bacteria, leaving a refreshing smell.

To use: either Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner or Jangro Washroom Sanitiser flush toilet, apply to interior toilet bowl & under rim. Leave for a few minutes & agitate with toilet brush, reflush toilet & rinse brush.

To clean the toilet seat, handle & around the exterior toilet bowl Spray Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Stronger toilet cleaners are available for periodic cleaning, i.e. Jangro Acidic Toilet Cleaner & Limescale Remover which is a thick bactericidal toilet cleaner with a pleasant violet perfume which is a good descaler and is suitable for both stainless steel and porcelain.

CLEANING WASHROOMS: SINKS & SHOWER AREAS: Spray Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner sparingly onto surface & wipe with a clean damp cloth. Due to its foaming properties it clings to surfaces to remove limescale, body fat, fungus and stubborn stains.

CLEANING SURFACES: WINDOWS & MIRRORS: Spray a Glass & Mirror Cleaner sparingly and wipe with paper or clean cloth. Look for a Glass & Mirror Cleaner with a high alcohol contents which makes it a better solvent and ensures a quicker evaporation leaving surfaces streak free.

CLEANING CLEANING SURFACES: FURNITURE & DESKS: Spray Multi-Surface Polish sparingly & wipe with a clean dry duster.

CLEANING FIRST AID ROOM & INFECTION CONTROL: Spray a Cleaner Disinfectant onto surface or infected area. Wipe with a clean damp cloth to help prevent cross-infection.

CLEANING FITNESS EQUIPMENT: Spray Cleaner Disinfectant onto equipment & seats. Wipe with a clean damp cloth.

CLEANING CARPETS & UPHOLSTERY: Use an Extraction Carpet Cleaner in conjunction with a carpet extraction machine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

SPOTS & STAINS: Spray a Spot and Stain Remover onto stain, leave for 1 minute. Blot away using white paper towel.

Contact Wray Bros for More Information: If you wish to discover more about our wide range of school janitorial supplies ideally suited for use within the education sector we’ll be more than happy to help. Our customer service team has years of experience and can offer expert advice and guidance based on your specific requirements. Each educational establishment is different from the next and we can help you shape your cleaning regime, tailored to fit your size and budget. Why not visit www.wraybros.co.uk to open an account for bespoke, discounted prices? If you need more information give Wray Bros a call, contact Steven today on 0151 709 2271.

 

How to clean your work kitchen surfaces

As important as all areas of a workplace are, the kitchen and food preparation area is the most vulnerable to contamination and possible illness. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness in these areas should be on top of your list.

Following on from the last article, Office Kitchen Cleaning Schedule – A Simple Guide, we continue our look at office kitchen cleaning – including a more in-depth approach on how to tackle elements found within a typical workplace kitchen. Whilst, factors such as the size of the kitchen and how busy it gets throughout the day will help decide on the frequency of the cleaning, it should done routinely enough to control the level of dirt and micro-organisms to ensure it is a hygienic and safe place to eat.

Cleaning the workplace kitchen can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult. Wray Bros can help

Cleaning the workplace kitchen can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult. Wray Bros can help

Manual Dishwashing

  • Prepare hot water and concentrated washing-up liquid
  • Scrape off any waste foodstuffs
  • Soak the dishes then clean with a scrubbing brush or abrasive pad
  • Rinse with clean hot water and allow to air dry

Dishwashers (always refer to manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines)

  • Switch off power and remove the plug
  • Drain machine of any waste water
  • Remove spray arms and check holes are not blocked
  • Remove filters and empty out any debris
  • Prepare solution of hot water and degreaser in a bucket
  • Clean filters with solution and rinse well with clean hot water
  • Clean interior then exterior with solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse all surfaces with clean, hot water
  • Replace all removed parts and allow to air dry

 Refrigerators and freezers

  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/sanitiser in a bucket
  • Switch of power and remove the plug, then transfer food to alternative cool storage
  • Remove racks and soak in solution
  • Clean all surfaces, handles and seals with the solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse well with clean, hot water and allow to air dry
  • Reconnect and allow it to reach correct temperature before replacing food

Shelves, drawers and food storage racks

  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/sanitiser in a bucket
  • Remove contents of drawers or shelves before wiping off all loose debris
  • Clean all surfaces with solution using a clean cloth
  • Rinse with clean, hot water and replace all contents

 Ovens/Grills

  • Spray surfaces with Oven Cleaner and allow adequate contact time
  • For stubborn deposits use an abrasive cleaning pad
  • Rinse thoroughly using clean, hot water and allow to air dry

 Microwave/Combi-ovens

  • Switch off power and remove plug
  • Prepare solution of hot water and cleaner/degreaser in a bucket
  • Prepare a solution of hot water and washing-up liquid in a kitchen sink to clean all the removable parts.
  • Clean all interior then exterior surfaces with the cleaner/degreaser solution using a clean cloth
  • Once dried replace all removable parts
  • Rinse all surfaces using clean, hot water and allow to air dry

Floors

  • Place warning signs at the extremes of the work area
  • Prepare a solution of hot water and cleaner/degreaser in a mop bucket
  • Apply solution to the floor using a clean mop
  • Rinse the floor using clean, hot water with a clean mop
  • Allow to air dry before removing warning signs

Maintaining Hygiene Standards in the Office

It doesn’t matter whether you are preparing food at home, in the office or in a restaurant – a kitchen and dining area should be spotlessly clean. The list above may look a little daunting at first but we believe it provides a solid framework for anyone responsible for keeping the office kitchen and canteen areas clean.

Professional Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning within the workplace, can be hard work, though it doesn’t have to be difficult – Wray Bros can help you provide a hygienic workplace to help keep your colleagues and customers satisfied. For more advice contact Wray Bros on 0151 709 2271.

Office Kitchen Cleaning Schedule – A Simple Guide

The daily office grind. We’ve all been there and it’s the break times and lunch hours that can punctuate the hard working day with some respite. Unfortunately, there are many office kitchens and canteens that are just not up to scratch cleanliness wise. Industrial cleaning supplies shouldn’t just be the preserve of 5 star restaurants – everyone deserves to be able to prepare and eat food in a clean and hygienic environment – even in an office.

Follow the suggested routine tasks to help ensure your office kitchen area remains a clean and hygienic environment

Follow the suggested routine tasks to help ensure your office kitchen area remains a clean and hygienic environment

As people bring in dirt from outside the building, the office areas and the bathrooms it is vitally important that worktop surfaces, tables, microwaves, toasters, kettles, and most of all the fridges, are kept as clean as possible. Without a clean environment your workers are at risk of bacteria that could cause such illnesses as gastroenteritis and the like.

Whether you and your colleagues clean the office kitchen yourself or you employ a cleaning company. We’ve put together a suggested guide on how you can keep different areas of your office kitchen clean on a regular basis.

Suggested Cleaning Schedule: Office Kitchen & Vending Areas Suggested Kitchen Area Cleaning Supplies
Daily cleaning tasks

  • Empty waste bins and remove refuse to designated areas
  • Brush/vacuum loose matting
  • Vacuum used traffic areas
  • Sweep/damp mop resilient floor surfaces
  • Clean sinks, drainers etc
  • Replenish paper hand towels or centrefeed rolls
  • Damp wash and dry burnish table surfaces
  • Check interiors of fridges and microwaves for spillages

Weekly cleaning tasks

  • Dust all horizontal surfaces to hand height
  • Spot clean doors and partitions including glazing
  • Clean kitchen furniture
  • Damp wipe/burnish laminate or other furniture
  • Fully vacuum carpeted areas
  • Damp wipe interior and exterior surfaces to microwaves and fridges

Monthly cleaning tasks

  • Dust surfaces to medium height using 1m extended flick mop
  • Damp wipe/polish finger plates, kick plates and door furniture
  • Damp wipe radiators and pipework
  • Burnish vinyl floor surfaces
  • Clean interior of fridges

Quarterly cleaning tasks

  • Damp wipe interior and exterior surface of waste bins
  • Damp wipe marks from doors and partitions
  • Defrost fridges
  • Dust/damp wipe chairs
  • Clean all windows – internal and external

Six Monthly cleaning tasks

  • Scrub floor surfaces
  • Apply seal to vinyl floor surfaces
Kitchen Cleaning Chemicals:

  • Jangro Kitchen Cleaner Sanitiser
    An odourless, multi-purpose cleaner sanitiser and disinfectant spray that removes dirt and kills bacteria.
  • How to use: On food contact surfaces wipe or spray the surface and rinse with clean water. On non-food contact areas simply wipe or spray surface then allow to air dry.
  • Jangro Kitchen Degreaser Heavy Duty is a powerful multi-purpose kitchen cleaner and degreaser with bactericidal properties. Suitable for use on all hard surfaces, i.e. floors and tiles.
  • How to use: For cleaning everyday dilute 20ml of detergent per 5 litres of hot water. Mop, wipe or spray the surface then rinse with clean water.
    For heavily soiled areas and grease dilute 100ml of detergent per 5 litres of hot water. Mop, wipe or spray surface then rinse with clean water.
  • Jangro Stainless Steel Cleaner for use on all types of stainless steel kitchen equipment. Removes light deposits of fat, grease and food
  • How to use: Spray sparingly directly onto surface and wipe clean immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Jangro Concentrated Lemon Detergent is made from high quality ingredients which are effective and mild to the skin. Ideal for manual dishwashing and as a general hard surface cleaner.
  • How to use: For washing up dilute 10ml per 5 litres of hot water. For floors, walls and tiles dilute 10ml per 5 litres of warm water.

Further suggested janitorial supplies

Don’t forget an another important element is the daily task of managing the kitchen office waste. It is suggested that general waste is black bagged. Waste bin liners should be replaced as required. Finally, for the recycling of paper, cans, cups etc. follow your company guidelines on recycling waste.

Some of the daily and weekly kitchen cleaning tasks include cleaning the sinks, topping-up the handtowels and wiping clean the surfaces

Some of the daily and weekly kitchen cleaning tasks include cleaning the sinks, topping-up the handtowels and wiping clean the surfaces

Look out for our previous cleaning guide articles: Washroom Cleaning Schedule and General Housekeeping Cleaning Schedule. Contact Wray Bros for further help and information on how to get the best from your janitorial supplies.

Taking the Right Steps to Selecting Safety Footwear for Work. Part 2

In the earlier post ‘Taking the Right Steps to Selecting Safety Footwear for Work. Part 1’ covered some of the considerations on how to select safety footwear to ensure you and your colleagues are kept safe from potential workplace hazards. Choosing the appropriate protective footwear to meet the hazards of your job can help prevent injury and keep you comfortable during your work hours. Below is brief overview of the features and functions of safety footwear attributes:

Discover more regarding the features and function of your Safety Footwear

Discover more regarding the features and function of your Safety Footwear

  • Toecap: Safety footwear doesn’t necessarily start and end with the toecap but it is a good place to begin a review of the different footwear features. Toecap footwear can be split into two main groups – metal and non-metallic, i.e. composite, regardless of material both versions are designed to meet EN standards. The composite materials tend to be plastic which makes the boots or shoes lighter and being non-metallic they do not retail the cold.
  • Tread: Slip resistant footwear protects workers from workplace slips which can lead to bruising, sprains and possible back problems. The nature of slips can differ depending upon the environment and the cause of the slip, e.g. grease on the floor, over polished floors and spills etc.
  • Consider the Tread: When looking at slip resistant footwear consider the tread pattern, especially if to be used, on wet surfaces. The sole should offer maximum contact to the floor surface and allow the user a feel for the conditions underfoot.
  • External Warnings: A well run business will have procedure in place to warn and minimise the risk of slips and trips with wet-floor-signs, floor cleaning products and entrance matting etc as well as slip resistant shoes.

Purchasing safety footwear for the workplace can become a cumbersome task if you let it become one. There are quite a few elements to consider, from the task the user will need them for, how comfortable should they be, satisfying a number of different specialists in the workplace and obviously ensuring that above all else they are completely safe to use. It’s no good buying basic footwear if your workers will be in extreme conditions with extra risks.

We hope this and the previous article has helped you if you are looking to purchase Steelite Safety Boots for your workplace. If you have a specific requirement and you’re still not 100% sure on what you should be buying, give our friendly customer service team a call Wray Bros today on 0151 709 2271. They are always happy to help and will be able to fully advise you on which direction your next steps should take.

Taking the Right Steps to Selecting Safety Footwear for Work. Part 1

Walking in the wet, climbing irregular surfaces, handling heavy machinery, falling objects, and slippery floor surfaces, exposure to electricity or even sharp objects on the floor are just a flavour of some of the hazards our feet have to contend with depending upon your workplace and daily responsibilities.

The Employers Responsibility – A Few Simple Steps for the Right Work Boots

Step 1 – Choose a Good Supplier: When you go to a supplier to purchase footwear for work purposes they should be able to help you. A reputable supplier will review suitable footwear to narrow down the options based upon your job requirements. The supplier should provide guidance on what safety footwear suits different work environments. So if you’re in engineering you’ll have vastly different requirements to someone working in food or manufacturing.

Whether your role requires the use of non-metallic footwear, i.e. for airport use, or need comfort for outdoor duties or durable footwear for industrial work etc there are a few considerations to choosing the right safety footwear

Whether your role requires the use of non-metallic footwear, i.e. for airport use, or need dry, comfortable footwear for outdoor duties or durable footwear for industrial work etc there are a few considerations to choosing the right safety footwear

Step 2 – Assess the Tasks at Hand (or feet): Ultimately, a risk assessment of the workplace and the job in-hand is where the process should begin. By understanding the level of protection required and the potential hazards the job role entails will help select the right safety footwear. The type of material used underfoot can make a difference, for instance footwear with shock absorbing qualities are ideal for workers who are on their feet for much of the day. Other soles can protect from heat, puncture and cuts.

Step 3 – Satisfy all Relevant Staff: Within a typical organisation the selection of safety footwear will collectively involve different people that each needs to be satisfied. For instance, the Health & Safety Officer will want to review the suitability of the footwear, the purchaser will ask about price and availability and obviously the user will want to make sure the footwear is comfortable and fits correctly.

Step 4 – Comfort is Important: It is important to note that new safety footwear should not be uncomfortable, neither should you adopt the thinking they get more comfortable once they get ‘worn-in’. A comfortable person will automatically perform their job with greater ease, flexibility and happiness. So pick your work boots based on safety first but with a nod to comfort and the long term benefits that brings with it. Another aspect often overlooked and that is breathability. Many users often look for waterproof footwear but always appreciate the fact feet produce a lot of moisture of their own accord. Footwear that offers good breathability helps with foot hygiene, comfort and stops feet getting wet.

Look out for part 2 of the ‘Taking the Right Steps to Selecting Safety Footwear for Work’ article. In the meantime for more information on how to find suitable industrial safety shoes for you and your colleagues please feel free to contact Wray Bros. Our customer service team will be more than happy to offer advice and guidance, either over the phone on 0151 709 2271 or face-to-face at our Merseyside Trade Counter.

Choosing the Perfect Valentines Restaurant

Valentines Day fast approaches and those of us with loved ones are likely to want to treat our significant others to a lovely evening out at a restaurant. As an owner or manager of a hospitality business this time of year can be incredibly busy so it is important to stay on top of the cleanliness and hygiene within your restaurant, to keep your guests wanting to return again and again.

What can you do to ensure this is the case?

For customers to fall in love with your business and come back again make sure the impression on hygiene standards you leave is a lasting one

For customers to fall in love with your business and come back again make sure the impression on hygiene standards you leave is a lasting one

An Appealing Front of House

First impressions are everything and you want your guests to fall in love with the place at first sight. Keeping your entrance clean, tidy and well presented is a good start. The area outside which you are responsible for should also be kept regularly tidied, with entrance floors and barrier mats put through rigorous and regular cleaning regimes.

Inside, your waiting and seating area, as well as the bar and tables themselves should be spotless. Any imperfection can be picked up on so easy in the food and hospitality industry, so it is key you stay on top of everything you can in terms of clean floors, counters and food utensils.

Friendly, Well Tailored Staff

Your staff can make a huge difference to the opinion of a customer and customer service training is vital of course. Attending to a customer’s needs during a meal is a fine balancing act between being attentive and intrusive or even neglectful.

Another way to distinguish your staff from competitors is to ensure they are well fitted out in corporate hospitality wear. A well-tailored uniform allied with an engaging smile and excellent customer service will leave a lasting impression on your guests as they enjoy a romantic meal for two.

A Clean and Appetising Kitchen

The main course of a romantic meal in a restaurant is of course the food itself. The true test of whether you reach the hearts and minds of your guests is to titillate their taste buds. The legalities of a clean kitchen are there for all to see, with health and safety regulations tight. The best way to ensure you have the clean foundations with which to cook is to have in place the kitchen cleaning materials that will keep your kitchen clean on a daily basis.

A clean kitchen and clean equipment will lead to a higher morale amongst your kitchen staff, which in turn leads to a better chance of high quality food being delivered. The last thing you want, or need, is for a dirty kitchen to lead to disgruntled guests and a knock on the door from the health and safety executive.

A Restaurant Should be for Life, Not Just Valentines Day

Choosing the right cleaning supplies and staff uniforms for your hospitality business is vitally important to keep both your kitchen and front of house in tip-top condition. From your entrance to waiting areas, table tops and cloths, bar area and through to the kitchen, a clean environment is an attractive one and your guests this valentines day are more likely to revisit you again and again – making it more than a once a year visit.

Wray Bros supplies catering cleaning products and equipment for the catering and hospitality industries, ensuring that you always comply with health and safety regulations and that your premises is spotlessly clean on a daily basis. There is no excuse for unkempt premises. Make a date with Wray Bros, give our customer service team a call today on 0151 709 2271, visit the Wray Bros website or pop in and chat face to face with a friendly and knowledgeable member of our customer service team.

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