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DWK safety blog - working safely with pressure
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DWK safety blog - working safely with pressure

Working with pressure/vacuum conditions in the lab is common but not all products are designed to withstand this. Products with appropriate geometry and wall thickness are suitable for working safely with pressure. For example, filtering flasks, desiccators, or flat flange vessels, as well as products like the DURAN® pressure plus+ range of bottles. These provide guaranteed vacuum and pressure...
Reducing Spillages
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DWK Safety Blog - Reducing Spillages

Spillages are a common occurrence in the lab and can be a health and safety risk. The spilled contents themselves could be hazardous to those in the laboratory, as well as the spilled liquid being a slip hazard if on the floor which could cause injury. This blog will cover 5 ways of reducing spillages to improve safety in the lab. Image of spilled chemicals 1. DURAN® and KIMBLE® Sili...
AQL Glove Ratings
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AQL Glove Ratings: why "smaller" can be better

Camlab Blue Nitrile Powder Free Gloves When it comes to PPE, how certain are you that yours or your colleagues hands are protected against chemical, biological or other hazards? How do you know which gloves are likely to provide more protection than others? When it comes to selecting gloves, a simple place to start would be to look at the AQL (acceptable quality standard) rating.

Ohaus Guardian Hot Top Safety Features
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Ohaus Guardian Hot Top Safety Features

Ohaus Guardian series of hotplate stirrers consists of the 2000, 3000, 5000 and 7000 series. The uses range from being ideal for educational and laboratory applications, to research, academic and industrial applications. This blog will go over their Hot Top Indicator to help increase safety in the lab. Guardian hotplate stirrers heated over 40oC Hot Top Indicator The Guardian hotplate...
RockFall footwear: sustainability and vegan options
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RockFall footwear: sustainability and vegan options

Rock Fall are an independent, family owned safety footwear business. A popular source for safety work boots, here we will explain what Rock Fall have focused on to improve sustainability when it comes to their safety footwear range. Sustainability There are many ways that Rock Fall have been promoting the sustainability of their footwear. For example, up to 12 recycled plastic bottles ca...
DWKs Safety Badges
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Understanding DWKs 'Go Safe, Trust in DWK' Safety Badges

The new DWK campaign aims to assist in user safety with their products. Using the slogan 'Go Safe, Trust In DWK', this range of products have safety features with clear benefits to the user compared to standard items. To assist in understanding what benefits certain items can offer you, DWK have created safety badges which categorise different features. These are: Built stronger, safer hand...
Reducing the confusion around VAT exemption for charities
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Reducing the confusion around VAT exemption for charities

If you give money to charities or research councils you probably don’t expect 20 per cent of your donation to be clawed back in VAT. Because of confused guidance on applying zero-rate VAT relief, that’s exactly what often happens. Furthermore, now the temporary relief afforded by the Government’s decision to make all PPE VAT-free came to an end on 31st October, VAT will now be charged on PPE so...
Which nitrile glove do I need?
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Which nitrile glove do I need? A guide to Shield gloves

The range of Shield gloves is available in three different colours - adopting a traffic light system for straightforward selection of the glove type most appropriate for your task.  Each glove type is designed for a different type of hazard that would be present in your lab - general risks, biological risks and chemical risks. This traffic light system makes it easy for you to select the most a...
Valved and unvalved respirator masks
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Whats the difference between valved and unvalved respirator masks?

Disposable respirator masks offer protection to the wearer against respiratory hazards such as dusts and mists. The filtering face piece (FFP) respirator mask can come in a number of different protection levels – FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 which should be carefully considered when selecting the most appropriate mask for your workplace. Read more here on what the different levels mean. These types of m...
FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 disposable mask
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What is the difference between an FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 disposable mask?

A filtering face piece (FFP) respirator mask is a type of respiratory protective equipment (RPE). RPE is designed to protect the wearer from respiratory hazards including dusts, mists and fumes. FFP masks are disposable and therefore should be disposed of at the end of your shift or even sooner if they become heavily soiled. [caption id="attachment_16689" align="aligncenter" width="300"] FFP...
7500 Face Mask
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What filters do I need for the 3M 7500 series half face mask?

The 7500 series half face mask is a reusable respirator mask that when combined with appropriate filters can provide respiratory protection against vapour and/or particulate hazards. As with every piece of tight fitting respiratory protective equipment, it is important that the mask is correctly worn and this includes being fitted tested. This ensures that the mask provides an adequate seal to ...
Does my mask need to be fit tested
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Do I need a fit test to wear a respirator mask?

If your company uses tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) then a fit test is a legal requirement. The fit test functions to ensure the mask correctly fits the wearer’s face. Therefore it is able to provide its stated respiratory protection. Ill-fitting masks will not have the required tight seal and are leaky and vulnerable to bypass by contaminants. Faces come in all shapes and...
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