Health and Safety at work guide

“Health and Safety” – words guaranteed to generate a collective groan wherever a group of business owners or managers are gathered together. Having said that, work safety is important to everyone, whatever their role in a business. When an accident does occur, it matters to the employee who gets injured, obviously, but for you the employer it’s bad news too, as important contracts may not be fulfilled due to employee absence. Health and Safety products help businesses to operate as they should.

Duty of Care

An employer’s work safety “Duty of Care”, applies regardless of outside influences such as the weather. Our old friend, the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act of 1974, requires that you carry out a Health and Safety Assessment and that needs to take into account any effect that adverse weather conditions may have on work safety or indeed the safety of anyone who comes on to your premises. Remember that “Etc” tagged on the end of the Act’s title? It means it covers people who are not actually at work, such as customers.

Employees also have a duty of care that they should be aware of – for their own and their colleagues’ work safety. That should be covered in the training they initially receive about how to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.

Smoke, Fire, Exit!

Your Health & Safety Assessment may well indicate situations where you need to provide specific items of equipment in order to fulfil your work safety obligations. This is where Lyco can help. Experience shows that the most popular items by far, are Kidde smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, fire blankets and Health and Safety signs (including emergency exit signs). You may need “No Smoking” signs to help prevent fire starting or signs to indicate designated Smoking Areas if you have any.

Safety under foot

Grit boxes may be needed so that you are prepared when adverse weather strikes and walkways etc. are ice-bound. Keep the boxes filled up with Lyco’s thaw granules. They become very popular each winter. If, despite all your best efforts, someone does have an accident, you’ll really need that First Aid Kit that you bought just to comply with the law!

Shut that door!

Lyco can supply all of these and more. For instance, fire doors need fittings and equipment to make them effective when there is a fire and to enable you to live with them when there is not. Straightforward door closers, or more sophisticated devices such as Dorgard and freedor, can all be found on Lyco.co.uk.

The Dorgard, a simple fire door retainer which holds the fire door open in normal circumstances to allow free passage but which automatically releases the door to close when the fire alarm sounds. It can even be set to release automatically at night. This one device helps with compliance with both disabled access requirements and fire safety and is approved by fire authorities.

If you need a closer for something a bit more heavyweight – then the Ryobi Large External Door Closer merits serious consideration. As its title suggests, made by leading manufacturer Ryobi , it’s perfect for heavy doors and for fire doors that need to be kept closed except for passage through. It’s an extremely robust unit and as such it is very popular for use in situations where doors suffer rough treatment such as schools and other public buildings.

Lyco can help

Whatever your particular work safety issue may be, if it needs a particular product or piece of equipment to resolve it, you can bet that Lyco will be able to help. In this day and age everyone has to take work safety seriously. Most people actually want to!

Why not take a look at our full range of Health & Safety Equipment?

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Energy Saving GLS – Traditional Bulb Replacement

The traditional light bulb that has been such a familiar part of our lives for generations is soon to be no more, replaced by Energy Saving GLS Light Bulbs. Before long the incandescent lamp will be just another relic of the past. Already the sale or importation of pearl or frosted bulbs is prohibited throughout the EU although existing stocks can still be sold. Those stocks have already dwindled to the extent that it is now virtually impossible to source such bulbs.

Replacing old friends

It is all in the interest of reducing our carbon footprint by means of energy saving and the new bulbs that have taken the place of our old friends are all energy saving in one form or another. When energy saving GLS light bulbs first appeared in the shops many people were put off first by their appearance which was radically different to what we were all used to and then by apparently inferior performance in terms of light produced for a given wattage.

Things have moved on since then. Manufacturers soon realised that sticks and spirals were not to everyone’s taste so alongside these shapes which so proudly proclaim their up to the minute nature they produced energy saving GLS light bulbs that look quite similar to the more familiar incandescent bulbs. They fit in existing fittings so much better too and perform much more like the old bulbs. Now you don’t have to worry. When the last of your stock of traditional bulbs finally expires you will be able to replace it with a new energy saving lamp such as a low energy GLS from Lyco that will not only use as much as 79% less electricity and save you money that way but will also last at least eight times longer than the old type and save you even more even though it costs more to buy in the first place.

What’s in a name

In case anyone is wondering, the term ‘GLS’ simply stands for ‘General Lighting Service’ and refers to the kind of bulb to be found in any household and ‘Energy Saving GLS’ is the same thing but in an energy saving form. The standard energy saving GLS light bulbs already mentioned work on the same principle as a fluorescent light tube which is why the earlier designs look rather like a small tube doubled over or a group of straight tubes.

You can have energy saving with brighter light by using Energy Saving Halogen GLS bulbs as a direct replacement for your old incandescent bulbs. These work by heating Halogen gas inside them just like your car headlamp bulbs. You get the energy saving of Halogen bulbs, about 30%, at a price much closer to that of the traditional bulbs and you still get twice the life of an incandescent lamp, at 2000 hours. You’re saving money again as well as helping the environment. A great example of these are Osram Energy Saving Halogen Bulbs.

Switching problems overcome

Dusk to dawn sensors, time switches and dimmer switches have always been a problem for Energy Saving GLS Light Bulbs but Lyco have the answer in Phillips Dimmable Master LED GLS. These bulbs are more expensive again but they come with a 3 year guarantee and give a colossal saving in energy consumption of 80%! LED Energy Saving GLS Light Bulbs work on an entirely different principle to any of the others. They contain a light emitting diode, an electronic device that produces a lot of light for a very small amount of electricity. It is the most efficient method yet discovered of converting electrical energy into light energy.

Do yourself a favour!

For long term savings it would be well worth while for any householder to replace all the old incandescent bulbs in the house with the appropriate Energy Saving GLS Light Bulbs rather than waiting for the old bulbs to go ‘pop’. If you want to do the planet a favour and save money at the same time it’s worth thinking about right now.

Take a look at our full range of Energy Saving GLS Bulbs.

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A guide to retrofit bulbs

Retrofitting is becoming a serious business in lighting these days, but what does it involve? You might have heard the term used before to describe modernising buildings, trains (even warships!), and it essentially means developing new technology to fit the housings and connections in existing units.

Seamless transition

In the case of lighting, retrofitting refers to the continual development of better and better LED and energy-saving bulbs, designed to mimic the classic incandescent bulb. The ideal for these bulbs is that they should be a similar shape and size as a classic GLS, candle, spotlight or golfball bulb, and produce the same amount and quality light, or better, but of course be much cheaper in operation and last for way longer. Ultimately, the aim is to seamlessly transition to the new technologies without users even being aware of the change.

Evolving technology

Retrofit bulbs are fairly new, so the technology is still evolving towards the above aims, but there are already quality products on the market in both energy-saving and LED sectors. Both types have their own challenges, but they’re ones that manufacturers are continually developing better and better solutions to.

The key challenge with standard energy-saving-bulbs is cramming sufficient length of tube plus all the control gear into a frosted casing the size and shape of a traditional GLS, candle or golfball bulb, and still produce the same amount of ‘instant’ light. This is covered in far greater detail in our article on Sticks, Spirals and GLS CFL Bulbs, but in short, the way the technology stands at present, you’re much better off using non-covered stick or spiral bulbs wherever possible, which give off far more light. You can then use the covered bulbs in situations where the bulb is visible, or for other aesthetic considerations.

Regarding LED retrofit bulbs, the challenge is slightly different, but still involves size to an extent. LED bulbs require a substantial amount of metal to surround the LED chip (the bit that produces the light), to act as a heat-sink, and reduce the level of heat building up in the chip. While heat doesn’t build up in the same way as with an incandescent bulb – LED lighting is a relatively ‘cool’ light source, so doesn’t create the same issues with fittings as those bulbs – excess heat will substantially reduce the lifespan of the bulb. This would stop the bulb from being a main light source within around 10,000 hours of use, so wouldn’t be a good thing.

Already available

There are already many different types of LED retrofit bulb on the market, including 35w and 50w spotlight bulbs, as well as candlegolfball, and of course the standard GLS fitting, amongst others. Some of these are available in both clear and frosted finishes, to offer increased versatility in replacing existing incandescent bulbs.

Spot the difference

Though it’s fair to say that LED and energy-saving retrofit bulbs are not suitable to replace existing bulbs in all applications – particularly in areas that require a much more powerful light source – the technology is developing very rapidly, and retrofit bulbs already make the perfect replacements for most general lighting duties. Try them out – users will never notice the difference (until they see the drop in their energy bills).

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