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Health and Safety

Health and safety is defined as “a body of law that protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and certain defined sectors of the population such as employees.”

Personal Safety: this includes information on Personal Protective Equipment, often abbreviated to PPE within the tool hire industry. We have link to the various forms of PPE that offer for sale in our 'Tool Shop' as well as details on how each particular piece of equipment will help protect you during your working period.
Working at Height: Although fatalities are becoming fewer, thanks to increased awareness of the risk and greater use of preventative measures, falling from height is the still the primary killer in the construction industry and extra vigilance is needed to avoid unnecessary accidents in the future.

Good safety practices and careful use of fall prevention and fall arrest devices when working at height might just save your life.

At Hire Station, our height safety equipment will help protect you and your workforce in virtually every kind of circumstance - from simple ladder tasks to access towers to roof work. Often it can be the simplest of devices, such as a stabilising ladder foot, that will help protect you from serious harm but all too frequently, everyday dangers are overlooked. But there is no need to take even the smallest risk thanks to our comprehensive range of prevention and arrest equipment
Working With Dust: According to HSE they estimate that the UK has over 37,000 individuals who suffer from some form of breathing or lung condition. Added to this is the statistic that around 8,000 people die every year as a result of occupational caused cancer. There is no need to take any risk, protect yourself with simple but effective forms of personal protection.

Many materials used within the construction industry, and including some DIY environments, contain quartz in the form of sand. With the sand industry increasing its reach, its wide ranging uses have become a growing concern. Sand itself is generally a non-toxic substance, but when used in processes such as sandblasting the silica that is added can cause severe health problems if incorrect respiratory gear is worn when the particles enter the air.

As a result the EU and its member states have produced a set of exposure limits for various types of dust with laws being introduced to protect the operator using the equipment from potential harm.

Hire Station is fully committed to helping deliver effective service and solutions that will meet your requirements and help improve your productivity in the workplace. We offer a broad range of products that have integrated dust collection facilities. We also offer compact battery powered dust collection systems that give you the ability to work safely without suffering the loss of freedom that cordless technology offers.
Hand Arm Vibration (HAV): Is vibration that is transmitted from some work processes into the hands and arms. If regularly exposed to high vibration various injuries to the hands and arm can develop, together these are called Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The commonly known Vibration White Finger is a disorder that brings about problems causing impaired blood circulation.

What are the Symptoms? Tingling in the fingers / Numbness / More painful attacks can develop that may lead to the inability to grip / Less sensitive to temperature and touch / What are the causes? Our workshop procedures and testing allow us to provide HAV rating labels on individual pieces of equipment.

We have a range of safety packs available to suit a variety of tools and machines so don't forget to request one when you place your order or ask our staff for guidance about precisely what type of protection you will need. If you have any concerns or questions whatsoever about the safe operation of your hired product, contact us immediately

Noise Control: The control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 sets out the legal requirements in respect of noise at work.

The aim of the Regulations is to prevent workers from suffering hearing loss and developing tinnitus as a result of excessive noise in the working environment.

Under the regulations, employers are legally obliged to assess the risks presented by noise in their workplace and then use appropriate control measures to reduce employees’ exposure to it.

Noise must not exceed certain levels in any workplace and, if it cannot be reduced by way of engineering controls, hearing protection must be used by employees.

Employers must also provide employees with information, instruction and training on noise in the workplace. Should anyone’s health be at risk because of exposure to loud noise, health surveillance must be implemented.

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