PPE – Making the Right Protective Choice

Sadly, according to the Health Safety Executive (HSE), in the UK, during 2018 and 2019, across a broad range of industries including Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture and even the admin and support services, 147 employees lost their lives.  In addition to that sobering figure, 650k people sustained a non-fatal injury from a list of incidents including trips and falls and handling, leading to an estimated total of 28.2 million lost working days in that period.

These troubling figures underline just how vital it is to ensure that your employees are equipped with the right PPE to suit their particular role. It may sound strange, but Personal Protective Equipment shouldn’t be the first line of defence when it comes to protecting people from workplace dangers. PPE only comes into the equation after a workplace risk assessment has taken place and safety measures have been built into the process. After all, wearing Safety Boots, Gloves and Ear Defenders will be of little use if the work site and the machinery being used hasn’t initially been made as safe as possible.

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Choosing the right PPE

After the risk assessment, and the preventative measures required to make the functional aspects of the process are as safe as can be, such as machine guarding, safety barriers etc.  It’s then time to consider what protective work wear and equipment is required and the level of protection needed.

  • What risks are people going to be exposed too?
  • Will different staff be exposed to different risks?
  • What is the length of the exposure?
  • How much of a particular danger will they be exposed too?

Considering questions such as these will help you to establish a baseline of the type of Personal Protective Equipment you are going to need to circumvent potential workplace hazards. Of course, providing the correct clothing and equipment is only a portion of the task, you need to ensure that the PPE is worn and worn correctly in the right situation. Effective training will be involved in the safe application, removal and disposal (if dangerous chemical are prevalent) of protective equipment and a regular risk assessment of the job at hand to ensure safety is always at the forefront.

A Peek at the PPE

A look at PPE

Safety Goggles

Whether you are working in a metal working industry or working in a saw mill these industries and many more will require that operators wear Safety Goggles. Damage to the eyes can be devastating, potentially leading to a loss of sight or even the eyes themselves, make sure your eyes are as well protected as they can be.

Disposable Gloves

There are a thousand applications for Disposable Gloves, from medical procedures in hospitals and the serving of food in a supermarket, to protecting the hands from exposure to viruses, bacteria, chemicals and oils. Disposable Gloves come in a range of materials including Latex, Nitrile, Polyethelene and more to cater for a multitude of scenarios.

Masks and Respirators

Some working atmospheres can be filled with particles than can prove dangerous if inhaled, from fine dusts that can cause respiratory distress to very dangerous chemicals and viruses. Face Masks come in a wide range of styles, disposable single use items with basic filtration to higher spec models such as the N95 type to the high-level protection offered by Respirators.


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You have the Safety Goggles, the Safety Gloves and even a Face Mask, but what about protecting your clothing from liquid splashes and exposure to dust and chemical contamination? You are going to need Coveralls, which come in a range of styles from the basic plastic apron, to seam sealed, hooded options that are liquid and chemical resistant. Keep it covered.

Face Shields

Where there is a danger of flying particles or liquids splashing your face then face shields are the PPE of choice. Robust and hard wearing, Face Shields cover the entire front of the wearers face offering premium protection from high speed airborne particulates. For added protection, Face Shields can be worn with Face Masks and Protective Safety Goggles as well.

Ear Defenders

In industries where continual high frequency and loud sounds exist, you need to ensure that the operators in those areas have adequate hearing protection. Metal work foundries, forestry, wood mills, machining and construction industries are places where, along with other protective gear, Ear Defenders or Ear Plugs are a necessity.

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Safety Gloves

When handling rough, sharp, wet and even freezing cold items you are definitely going to need Safety Gloves. Whatever the demands of the application, from the builder and the trawler fisherman to the warehouse operative picking orders in a sub-zero freezer there is a glove for every situation, make sure your hands are covered and protected.

Safety Boots

A workplace staple, Safety Boots have come a long way in the past few decades, from the heavy, uncomfortable steel toe-capped models of yesteryear responsible for many a blister, to stylish, lightweight, water-repellent composite Safety Boots.  Where protection of the foot is required, you will need Safety Boots, available for a wide range of industries and applications from construction to food and beverage.

Kempston Controls stocks a comprehensive range of Personal Protective Equipment from all the leading brands to help you quickly and easily acquire the safety products you need to help protect your staff from any workplace hazards. Visit our website www.kempstoncontrols.co.uk and select the PPE tab at the top of the page, or call us on +44 (0) 1933 411411 to discuss your PPE requirements.

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Soft Starters? What do they do?

Electric motors typically require a large amount of energy when accelerating up to their top speed, that’s where Soft Starters come into play. Soft Starters are designed to help reduce the inrush currents and limit the torque experienced by an electric motor by switching the motor on and off at fixed speeds to achieve a lower start-up current.

Only used during the initialisation of an electric motor, the soft starter moderates the acceleration of the electric motor. This makes them ideal for helping to reduce motor heating and to protect and extend the life of the electric motor and its supporting systems.

Gently Does It

A soft starter should be used whenever there is a requirement for a reduced starting current to help achieve a smooth mechanical run-up.  Applications, where the use of Soft Starter is ideal, is within mechanical systems such as conveyor lines, gearing and belt-driven systems which might require a gentle start-up process to reduce tension, lash and torque spikes. Soft Starters are also found in pumped liquid systems where they help to eliminate troublesome pressure surges like water hammer that can occur within the pipework of pumped systems.

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Soft starters can be used on most fixed speed applications and come second only to a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) in starting current applications. When an application calls for the switching of a motor at a fixed speed a VSD is the most efficient way of starting the motor in terms of heat and power losses but is consequently the most expensive option to take.

Cost-Effectiveness Solutions

Although a Soft Starter is more expensive on the initial outlay than a Direct On Line (DOL) and a Star Delta Motor Starter they are much more cost-effective than a Variable Speed Drive.  It is worth noting that despite the initial outlay, a Soft Starter will last far longer in operational terms than a DOL and a Star Delta Motor Starter by a factor of 10 times the capacity. Some models of Soft Starter contain condition and fault monitoring capabilities, adding additional benefits to an automation and process control installation by providing vital diagnostic messages and data that can aid in improving the process and maintenance of the set-up.

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When looking for a Soft Starting solution you cannot go wrong with the comprehensive offering of Soft Starters designed and manufactured by Siemens that you can purchase from Kempston Controls today, including the new and improved SIRIUS Soft Starters. Contact Kempston Controls today to discuss your Siemens Soft Starter Requirement.

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PPE Special Offers

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PPE Special Offers at Kempston Controls; once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Kempston Controls has a comprehensive range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products in stock ready for next working day delivery, including equipment such as Protective Face MasksHand SanitiserReusable Face ShieldsDigital ThermometersCoveralls and Nitrile Gloves to name a few. All of our PPE products are sourced from all the leading brands. These products are ideal for people working in areas where they may be exposed to hazards such as the Coronavirus. Check-out the full range of Personal Protective Equipment products below or use the search box.

Call one of our sales or customer service team to discuss your PPE requirements on +44 (0) 1933 411411. Alternatively, you can request a quote via email at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk.

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For more information on these PPE Special Offers and for more PPE, call us on 01933 411411, email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or visit our website kempstoncontrols.co.uk/ppe

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