This is the new Irish business blog for materials handling direct. It deals with Irish regulation, law and compliance in commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical industry.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Smoking Control

With current Irish legislation making it an offence to smoke in workplaces, which has the effect of banning smoking in pubs and restaurants, looking after your smokers health and morale while they "visit outside" for their smoke becomes more important. We have a range of Smoking Shelters that will make their lives more comfortable as well as No Butts bins - the world's original and most effective external
smoking ashtray!

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Measurement of Slip Resistance

HSA on "Slip Resistance"


Surfaces with a high slip resistance should be used where there is a risk of water, oil or other slippery substances being present.

The key parameters of a walking surface are its dynamic coefficient of friction which can be measured by a pendulum test to give a slip resistance value and its surface roughness which can be measured by a roughness meter.

We recommend reference to "The Assessment of Floor Slip Resistance" by the UK Slip Resistance Group for a discussion of the technical aspects of conducting measurements. This emphasises that a floor surface should be assessed in relation to its use or likely use and the nature of any contaminant likely to be found there.


See our cushion trax range of slip resistant flooring.

New Working at Height Regulations 2006

Whilst working at height three main issues must be addressed to comply with the new working at height Regulations, which come into force in April 2005 (UK) and January 2006 (Ire).
  • Suitable Equipment is Used.
  • Workers are trained to competently use the equipment & risk assessments are carried out.
  • A system is in place for recording maintenance & Inspection of equipment.
Before you start:
Not every job can be done with just the ladder -or by you on your own. So always check:

Are you up to do the job?
If you're not completely certain that you can manage everything involved in doing the job properly, get professional help.

Is the ladder up to the job?
Think ahead to what you have to do at every stage. If you need to move around while you're up there, or carry a lot of materials, or use heavy equipment, a ladder may not be sufficient. You might be better off using a mobile tower or scaffolding. You must always be able to extend the ladder by at least 1.1 m above any step off height.

All ladders should meet the required British and European standards.
All ladders are generally marked according to the safe working load. This classification, however, can vary slightly in the values given, and can cause confusion. The variation is due to the different way in which the values for safe working are expressed. In the British standard it is “duty rating” and this has been arrived at by taking into account the general conditions and probable frequency of use for each type. The European standard uses maximum vertical static load. To help clarify this, we have given both sets of figures. British Standard ladders to either BS 2037 (aluminium) or BS 1129 (Wood) and EU Standard to EN131:

  • Class 1 (Industrial) Building, Heavy Engineering
    Duty rating 130 Kg (20 stone), Max Vertical Static load, 175Kg
  • European standard BS/EN 131 (previously Class 2) Light Trade, Plumber, Electrician, Painters & Maintenance
    Duty rating 115 Kg (18 stone), Max Vertical Static load 150 Kg
  • Class 3 (Domestic)
    Duty rating 95 Kg (15 stone), = Max Vertical Static load 125 Kg

Safety First (Sight Line)
Vertical Line on side of all ladders for correct positioning against wall etc.

View our range of step ladders, platforms, mobile steps and ladders.