Are You Ready For GDPR? If you have employees this will affect you.
Are you ready for GDPR?
Have you heard of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)?
It’s just around the corner – 25th May 2018, and if you have employees this will affect you. A couple of areas that you should consider:-
- How you maintain your employee records, how secure are they?
- How you process your employee data e.g. using their personal information to pay their wages.
- Information you hold on candidates who have applied for jobs.
- Do your staff know what is required of them for GDPR?
- Have your staff given consent for using their data?
Not sure of the answers, contact Allison Pymm for an initial chat and guidance on GDPR. It’s easier than you think with the right help. firstname.lastname@example.org 07770 989791
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BIZ Power Tools – Open Again To Support Troy & THS Members
We are delighted to report that BIZ Power Tools are again open and very much looking forward to supporting Troy and THS members as the U.K. starts to get back to business again.
New social distancing and working practices have been and are continuing to be, put in place to protect and safeguard our Sales Office and Warehouse teams. Some of this work is ongoing and we are currently not back to full staffing levels. Carriers throughout the U.K. are stretched and at present we will be quoting 72hour delivery. Goods may arrive much quicker, even next day, but we cannot guarantee this at the moment.
Whilst we will continue to deal with your enquires as quickly and efficiently as possible, now may be the ideal time to take advantage of our fantastic B2B facility. Not only can you place orders 24 hours a day, this extremely effective Business support tool will provide you with a vast amount of information to support, market and develop your business at the touch of a button. It will save you time, provide instant answers and information for your customers, help you with ‘Free Marketing’ to drive sales, enable you to check invoices and statements, as well as create professional quotes to pitch for new business. In addition to all of this, there are the following three key benefits:
1. It’s FREE – all you need to do is to send an email to email@example.com with your company details and we’ll do the rest. Please add a name and contact number if there are any questions.
2. It works on the same format as the TOOLBANK B2B, so if you or your staff are familiar with this, there is nothing new to learn.
3. B2B customers get exclusive offers that we can’t always run out to everyone.
All brands are featured on the B2B, so you’ll be able to access up to date information on Bosch, Makita, Evolution, Panasonic, Paslode, Batavia, Brennenstuhl and others instantly, enabling you to quote your customer and secure the order.
We have excellent stocks and an enthusiastic team who look forward to supporting all Troy and THS members to maximise every sales opportunity they have.
With Many Thanks,
BIZ only deal with bona fide retailers and merchants. We do not have an end user website and do not trade directly with consumers – if you don’t get the sale, we don’t get the sale.
Biz Summer Sensations Promotion - Delivering Sales...
The BIZ Summer promotion (called Summer Sensations) has just launched and will run from 1st August until 30th September.
It has been created to support members with the products they need most as all businesses look to recover and get back to full productivity.
The promotion covers a wide range of Power Tools, Power Tool Accessories, Lighting, Cable Reels, Ladders and much more. These are from high profile, market leading brands such as Makita, Batavia, Paslode, Evolution and Bosch and reflect the most commonly used tools, accessories and equipment used at this time of year. Many of the items are available in counter top displays which will boost ‘impulse purchases’ and help to increase till transaction values at a time where every additional sale counts!
Customers of Biz will receive a full colour leaflet next week which shows all the products and their net cost prices, BIZ pride themselves on service and availability and keep £ millions on the shelf to support their customers.
You can check stock and place orders through the B2B site and create your own marketing emails and fliers to maximise the sales potential of these lines.
For more details, please contact BIZ via one of the following;
Head Office (Enfield) Sales Office;
Tel 0344 463 2325 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland Sales Office:
Tel 0344 406 0616 E: email@example.com
Bollé Safety Make Last Minute Price Increase Due To Covid-19
COVID-19 PRICE INCREASE
Dear Valued Customer,
As you are all aware, we are facing an unprecedent global crisis due to Covid-19.
Our first aim is to provide healthcare professionals and key workers with appropriate means to protect themselves against the virus.
However, this health crisis has significantly impacted upon our business and organization.
As you may be aware, the availability of our finished goods is greatly depleted at the moment, partly through the shutdown of manufacturing across the globe and partly through significant increases in consumption of PPE. Consequently, we are experiencing exceptional demand on critical product lines during the Covid-19 crisis.
In view of these exceptional circumstances arising from Covid-19, there has been, and will continue to be, a significant increase in transportation costs as well as difficulties in sourcing raw materials. Also we have had to increase investment in new moulds to boost capacity and expand the workforce within the company.
Unfortunately, due to this current dramatic economic situation and this commercial unpredictability, we are left with no rational alternative but to increase our current 2020 prices in line with these costs. We are confident, nonetheless, that we will continue to deliver to you and your customers the same high level of quality and protection that our products offer. We will, of course, do our best to return to our normal pricing policy as soon as possible after the crisis.
Please note that our new prices will be effective on the 2nd of April 2020 and will remain in force until the additional costs we face decrease.
I hope this provides some clarity on our position, however please let me know if you any queries. Otherwise we look forward to supporting you as we continue to do our very best to meet demand in these exceptional times.
Executive Vice President
British Safety Industry Federation - Why should your business join?
As members of The British Safety Industry Federation, Troy UK sees first hand the value membership brings. By choosing to become a member of the BSIF we are recognising that health and safety is of paramount importance and want to encourage all members seeking a competitive advantage in the PPE market place to consider BSIF membership;
- Give buyers and end users confidence in your supply chain diligence when it comes to PPE.
- keep up to date with how to remain compliant in a changing regulatory environment.
- Provide yourself peace of mind in an ever increasingly litigious world
- Indicate your credibility in the PPE marketplace
- Compete confidently as an independent distributor at a national distributor level through displaying your BSIF Safe Supplier Shield.
All Troy UK members considering selling PPE should reflect on the importance of BSIF membership for the following reasons…
Win more business
End users and businesses seeking tender fulfilment often use British Safety Industry Federation website to research and source an accredited supply chain as they know those listed are trustworthy and compliant suppliers, alleviating the need to trawl for compliant suppliers.
De-risking your business, become part of BSIF
Particularly with overseas suppliers, you may be victim to a golden sample at first, or indeed your overseas supplier could cheapen the product to improve their margins over time. To police this is a very important job and could be time consuming and expensive to your business. Becoming a member of BSIF will take care of this for you.
Get the internal business systems in place to remain compliant when selling PPE by default through membership to the BSIF.
New legislation came about in 2016 evolving from a loose directive, outlining that responsibility lies with all ECONOMIC OPERATORS to comply with PPE supply chain standards. The new terminology ‘ALL ECONOMIC OPERATORS’ now places responsibility for compliance throughout the entire supply chain manufacturer, wholesaler to distributor. To keep you compliant and your business away from risk, BSIF membership will provide spot checks of products and on site checks.
As part of the BSIF membership and it’s registered Safety Supplier Scheme you will get
1. To affiliate to the BSIF accreditation shield.
2. Receive an annual spot test of products
3. A BSIF Representative completing a regulatory obligations check sheet on site (usually 1.5 hours signed off by both parties)
4. Members can proudly display their Shield Logo indicating Supplier Credibility, providing another necessary tool for a smaller independent distributors to complete at a national / big business level.
5. The opportunity to put your customer facing staff on a Safe Supplier Accreditation Course which is an Ofqual level 2 publicly recognised course. Free for the first ten Troy members!
6. Send a clear message to your customers / end users that you take safety in supply chain seriously and are a reputable sustainable partner.
So how can I get involved?
Competitive fee structures with discounts for Troy Members
Speak with Wendy Perkins or Sarah Revell at Troy UK to discover the value you can add to your business with a BSIF membership.
CE Marking and the UK Conformity assessment protocol
On Saturday February the 4th the United Kingdom Government, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy launched the UK conformity assessment protocol designed to “replace” the CE mark. This is of course in the event that there is a no deal exit from the European Union on the 29th of March.
So for many months we, as BSIF, have been, to the best of our ability, passing on information and advice “in the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit”. Recent events have, it would appear, given little reason for optimism that the industry can rely on business as usual.
The Personal Protective Equipment market has since the early 90’s been premised on the CE mark and harmonised performance standards for these life critical products. Should we leave the EU without a transitional arrangement in place the process of replacing the CE mark with the UKCA will begin and along with it a whole new chapter for the PPE industry.
The formal government advice follows detain that “The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking that will be used, subject to parliamentary approval, for certain goods being placed on the UK market if we leave the EU without a deal. Personal Protective Equipment marketed under the Regulation (EU 2016/425) is indeed included within the UKCA process.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal economic operators in the PPE market will still, in the majority of cases, be able to use the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements and to sell products on the UK market after 29 March 2019. However, in some cases you will need to apply the new UKCA marking to products being sold in the UK.
Using the UKCA marking
The rules around using the new UKCA marking will mirror those which currently apply for the application of the CE marking to PPE. This is extremely important and confirms that whatever happens the new UKCA process will copy the CE marking process. Therefore BSIF members and users of PPE will not have to adopt new rules but simply work under a system with a different title.
However, if products require third party assessment of conformity, and if this has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body, you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019 (where required by legislation). This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised body (in which case the CE marking would apply).
If products currently rely solely on a self-declaration of conformity for the CE marking this will also be available within the UKCA marking based on self-declaration, for those products within scope of the marking. Again the same basic rules will apply.
The UKCA marking will not be recognised on the EU market, and products currently requiring a CE marking will continue to require a CE marking for sale in the EU. In essence the situation described means that under if PPE is CE compliant then it will continue to be compliant in the UK.
Manufacturers, or brand owners or authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation to demonstrate that the product conforms with the statutory requirements. This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements. This can be up to a maximum of 10 years after the product is placed on the market.
BSIF has for a considerable time been at pains to point out to the authorities that market surveillance under present rules fails to deliver the necessary oversight! We see no reason as why this will change under the UKCA and call on those in position to discharge their responsibilities or formally delegate that to the Industry.
The information that must be kept in support of the UKCA again follows CE and brand owners must keep general records of:
- how the product is designed and manufactured
- how the product conforms to the relevant requirements
- the addresses of the manufacturer and any storage facilities
Again like as in CE this should be kept in the form of a technical file which can be supplied if requested by a market surveillance authority.
UK Declaration of Conformity
There will be the need for a UK Declaration of Conformity which must accompany most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking. In the document you as the manufacturer, should:
- declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
- make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant)
Existing UK Notified Bodies can automatically qualify to be UKCA Approval Bodies but as of the 11th of February BEIS were not able to confirm whether any of the existing 14 Notified Bodies scoped for CE had requested to become “UKCA Approval Bodies”
CE marking of products assessed by UK conformity assessment bodies
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU.
This means brand owners must get products assessed and marked by an EU recognised conformity assessment body if you want to sell them in the EU. You could also arrange for assessments to be transferred to an EU-recognised body before the UK leaves the EU.
You should speak to your conformity assessment body (Notified Body) in the UK or an equivalent EU-recognised body about how this can be arranged.
Continued use of the CE marking in the UK
You will not need to do anything for goods that are sold on the UK market before 29 March 2019. These goods can continue to circulate in the UK as they do now without any changes to the marking requirements. They are considered to be “placed on the market”.
After 29 March 2019 you will still be able to sell goods which have been made and assessed against EU regulatory requirements and then CE marked on the UK market. This is intended to be for a time-limited period. The UK government will consult with industry and provide notice before ending this time-limited period. BSIF have made it very clear that few if any items of PPE are manufacturer exclusively for use in the UK and therefore any UKCA requirements that are mandated will be in addition to the CE marking.
BSIF have for the last 2 and a half years striven to ensure that the interests of the economic operators in the UK PPE market have been represented to the best of our ability. If indeed we do leave without a deal at least in the short term we will have rules that are familiar, even if they are titled differently.
Celebrating The Ingenuity of the Tooling Industry... TMB Innovation Award
The TMB Innovation Award was created back in 2013 to recognise and celebrate cutting edge technological advances and excellence within the tooling industry. Seven years on and this now coveted prize attracts nominations from brands that are both household names and from lesser known, smaller and specialist, manufacturers. These compete against each other, at the TroyTHS annual show at Silverstone, and are judged not on the type of product but on the innovative technology behind it.
As this is a TMB award, it is open exclusively to Troy Suppliers.
In order to enter the product must;
- have been released no earlier than the last quarter of the previous year
- have unique selling features.
A vast array of products has been entered over the years, including power tools, abrasives, PPE and more. Each nominated supplier gives a short presentation at TMB to a diverse panel of judges, with expertise in the tooling sector. The winner is then deliberated and announced later that evening at the TMB after-show gala dinner.
Troy is keen to drive technological advancement, research and design, so is adding more value and recognition to this already beneficial accolade. This year, as well as receiving the award itself and being recognised within the group, we are providing the winning product with an enhanced promotional campaign. This will include a Troy designed advertorial, to appear within an up-and-coming issue of a well known industry magazine, a prominent banner feature that will run all year ‘round on the Troy website and a full press release created by TroyTHS, to be sent to other tooling industry related media outlets. And more…
If you’re interested in attending
the TMB Innovation Award presentations at TMB on Thursday 19th
March, ‘20, please visit the TroyTHS Presentation Area, in Hall Suzuka at 2pm.
Check Out TV Advertising Push From Gorilla Glue During The World Cup
It’s only 2 days to go until the FIFA World Cup .. with over 20 million UK viewers … and we are on TV throughout the competition from Thursday 14th June until 15th July 2018 ..
The Gorilla & O’Keeffe’s TV campaign (combined £9m spend) is designed to raise brand awareness, and really drive customers into your stores
We are on TV continuously throughout June 2018 with a heavyweight TV campaign
STOCKS & FURTHER INFO
We would ask all our retailers to review their June Bank stocking profiles so that we can maximise sales from the TV adverts.
If you would like more info about our TV campaigns, we would be keen to talk to you & your teams.
Covid-19 Updates From Suppliers
For the most up to date news on all of the Troy THS Group suppliers. Please check out their supplier profiles. All updates from today referring to Covid-19 (Corna Virus) will be added to their profiles, along with inclusion in Friday operational emails.
Dickies Unveils Latest Safety Boot
Global workwear brand Dickies has expanded its range of safety footwear with the launch of the Medford Boot – designed to offer superior comfort, durability and protection in the colder months.
Ideal for tradespeople who spend all day on their feet, the Medford features a waterproof leather upper, plus thermal insulation to keep their feet warm and dry in cold and wet weather conditions.
Meeting the S3 safety classification, the Medford benefits from Dickies’ innovative DTC outsole, which was designed by its footwear experts to achieve the highest grip performance on smoother surfaces. The DTC sole has ergonomic flex lines and geometric tread patterns for maximum ground contact, even in wet conditions.
The Medford style is anti-static and is fuel and oil resistant. Additional safety features include composite toe-caps, which are lighter than steel alternatives while providing the same level of protection.
“With the Autumn/Winter season approaching, this is likely to prove popular among those looking for a new boot that offers both warmth and breathability, while ensuring they have the protection and durability they rely on,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director.
“Footwear is a big focus of innovation for us and we’re constantly looking for ways to update and expand our range. As with all our footwear styles, the Medford has been tested above and beyond the safety regulation to ensure the protection and comfort of the tradespeople who rely on them.”
Designed in the style of a hiker boot, the Medford is available in three colour-ways, including Black, Brown and Navy Blue.
Dormer Pramet UK - Sales Unit Closure
A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS HERRING, DORMER PRAMET, GENERAL MANAGER.
Due to the recent restrictions on movement, we have taken the decision to close our sales office until further notice. This is a precautionary measure to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners.
However, all our staff continue to work from home.
Below is a list of telephone numbers you can call based on your business
location. In addition, our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) remains
live and is constantly monitored during working hours. Therefore, please
contact us via these channels with your enquiries, stock-checks and orders.
Electronic ordering (DOL/EDI) remains unaffected.
|North East England||01246 571313|
|North West England||01246 571316|
|South East England||01246 571318|
|South West England||01246 571319|
|Southern England||01246 571317|
|West Midlands||01246 571350|
|Yorkshire & N/E Midlands||01246 571315|
|Technical Support||01246 571335|
If you find your local number is engaged or not answering, please feel free to
call an alternative.
At this stage, there is no disruption to our services and deliveries will
continue as normal. The only exception being product returns, which we will
unfortunately not be able to accept back until our office re-opens. We will
monitor the situation closely and up-date you with any development and
If you have any further questions, please contact our customer
service team using the telephone numbers or email address shown above.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Dormer Pramet Sales Engineer on
their usual number.
Thank you for your support and patience during this time.
Draper Tools message, we remain fully operational
A statement from Graham Wade, Managing Director of Draper Tools.
I wanted to update you on how we’re adapting to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
As a family business, we’ve always taken seriously the health of our staff and customers. In these turbulent times, this has never been more important, and we are striving to do everything we can to protect us all.
Now, as ever, the entire Draper Tools team are working tirelessly to adapt to these ever-changing situations and make sure that we keep it business as usual.
We understand the challenges faced by our customers, so please be assured that we remain fully operational.
We have lots of stock available to supply all customers. We have a warehouse team that are ready and raring to go to pick, pack and deliver our tools. And most importantly, we wanted to do something to support you during these difficult times, so in the next few days we’re reducing our drop shipping fee from £6.50 to £4.95 (we’re just in the process of making the necessary adjustments to our systems to achieve this). In these times, more and more people are working at home and so this change will hopefully enable you to attract extra business with our carriers delivering directly to your customers.
Our carriage paid order values remain unchanged.
From the Draper family and I, we want to say a huge thanks to you, for your ongoing support. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we help you, your customers and our team through these unprecedented times.
We will continue to review our measures as the situation unfolds.
Thank you and stay safe.
Draper Tools study finds more than 430 million DIY jobs needing attention in Britain’s homes
More than 430 million DIY jobs currently need attention in Britain’s homes, a new study by leading tool firm Draper Tools has found.
The Draper Tools ‘Job Done’ study looked at the nation’s attitudes to some of life’s essential but often put off jobs. From everyday home, garden and car maintenance, right through to DIY and household repairs, the research polled 2,000 adults with the aim of exploring how Britain gets the job done.
Lack of time and hectic lifestyles are partly to blame for the weighty list of home improvements on the nation’s to do lists.
Giving their houses a lick of paint, putting up shelves and wallpapering are among the tasks they are yet to finish.
Other nagging jobs include inflating car tyres, changing light bulbs, fixing dodgy toilet flushes and cleaning the patio.
The Draper Tools research found three quarters agree if a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well – otherwise it’s simply not worth doing at all. This might explain why 44 per cent have started a task only to leave it half-finished for prolonged period – because they realised part-way through they didn’t have the tools for the job.
Clive Richardson, Marketing Director at Draper Tools said: “Motivating yourself to get jobs done or finding the time to do them isn’t easy – especially when there are so many tasks on our to-do lists.
“The key is to focus on one thing at a time and gradually chip away at your to-do lists otherwise the mounting number of DIY jobs can become overwhelming. We find that with the right tools and a bit of determination to get the job done, these tasks don’t have to take over your life.”
The study also found seven in 10 ‘long’ to cross off DIY jobs from their to-do list – including bleeding radiators, repairing fencing and clearing out the shed. Other long outstanding tasks on the list were building flat pack furniture, fixing squeaky doors and tightening loose screws. Raking up leaves, changing fuses and boarding up the attic also remain incomplete for many of those polled.
It seems that Britain’s busy tradespeople are no better than the rest of the population either, with the average tradesperson having more than double the household repairs and home improvement jobs on their list than the rest of the UK. The research found that those who worked in a trade such as construction, plumbing or electrics had on average 18 DIY and maintenance jobs currently on their list to do at home. By comparison the average person had just eight.
For 59 per cent of the population crossing jobs off their list might take a while – they admit they have an ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ attitude towards home improvement.
In fact, a fifth avoid DIY at all costs and six in 10 simply do it out of necessity.
However, a further fifth described home improvement as something they really enjoy.
When it comes to ability, more than a third described themselves as ‘very good’ at DIY – although six in 10 said they are ‘not that good’ or ‘very bad’.
As a result, many of those polled rely on others for help and advice – with dad the first point of call for four in 10.
Further to this, those who rely on their fathers will go to them as often as four times a month.
But the Draper Tools study carried out through OnePoll found a quarter will also go to their mum for some pointers.
Clive Richardson, Marketing Director at Draper Tools continued: “There are a lot of ways to make jobs that little bit easier – and mum and dad can certainly help. There are also plenty of tools that will simplify and speed up many of the jobs on the nation’s list. What’s more, it’s incredibly rewarding when you do get the job done. In fact, three quarters of the population agreed that nothing beats the satisfaction of a getting a DIY job done – so finally tackling those neglected tasks can be very worthwhile indeed.”
UK’S DIY TO-DO LIST
- Painting walls
- Cleaning the car
- Cleaning the patio
- Defrosting the freezer
- Hanging a picture frame
- Collecting leaves
- Replacing light bulbs
- Organising / clearing out the shed
- Painting a door
- Checking tyre pressure
- Bleeding a radiator
- Plastering over a little hole
- Putting up curtains/blinds
- Inflating car tyres
- Putting up shelves
- Fixing a fence panel
- Fixing a dripping tap
- Chipped skirting board
- Wallpapering a wall
- Sorting a squeaky door
- Tightening loose screw
- Building flat pack furniture
- Fixing a toilet
- Changing a plug/fuse
- Replacing a doorknob
- Changing a shower head
- Tightening up a loose kitchen cupboard door
- Fixing a lock
- Replacing a broken toilet seat
- Laying carpets
- Fixing a dodgy toilet flush
- Changing a light switch
- Sorting squeaky floorboards
- Repairing the shed roof
- Fixing a sticking drawer
- Fixing a broken doorbell
- Straightening up a door
- Boarding up the attic
- Fixing a leaking pipe
For more information on the Draper Job Done Study or the latest products to help get the job done visit www.drapertools.com
Survey conducted by OnePoll of 2,000 UK adults, of which 185 were tradespeople.
About Draper Tools: Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now more than 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.
Draper's new campaign reveals health benefits of DIY & Gardening
Draper’s new national campaign to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY & gardening has already been making headlines in the The Sun, The Daily Mirror and other national media. There are some really fascinating findings – PE with Joe Wicks might be over, but there’s still plenty of ways for the nation to burn calories at home.
- UK Homeowners burn more than EIGHTY THOUSAND calories a year by gardening and doing DIY
- During a typical year, house proud Brits will spend 165 hours in total on their home & garden improvements
- 67% of the population said doing a DIY or gardening job well is more satisfying than doing a good job at work
- 73% of homeonwers consider gardening to be a nice way to de-stress and to relax and 47% feel similarly about DIY
Survey commissioned by Draper Tools, conducted by OnePoll. Sample size: 2,000 UK homeowners.
About Draper Tools: Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now more than 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, gardening and landscaping, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.
Europa FREE Respirator Tooling Update
At the start of lockdown, as news of furlough schemes and uncertain futures began to spread, the team at Europa, along with many others were rightly worried. So when the government announced that they would be asking UK companies to make ventilators and respirator parts, we made a decision with a dual purpose; to help in the fight against Covid 19 we offered free tooling to any company involved in this manufacturing project, which in turn gave the Europa team a morale boost and a sense of pride that we were “doing our bit”. This was an offer of a package of tools to complete the job, not just free trial tooling. The only criterion was that the manufacturer must show proof of order for the parts before we supplied anything.
We have supported many companies with free tooling during this period, mainly with tooling for aluminium. Typically, we would receive a part drawing in the morning, our Technical Solutions Managers would make a process and tooling recommendation, a copy of the end users order and quantity list would be received in the afternoon, and we delivered the free tools the next day.
None of the details of the companies that contacted us have been kept on record as this was a truly altruistic offer and not intended for gain. However, if any of them contact us now we will of course put any business through their preferred distributor.
At a time when some suppliers were refusing to top up vending machines, or were unable to deliver next day as their stock is in Europe, it was a gesture that was well received by end users and distributors alike. Let’s hope that nothing like this crops up again in the future, but if it does we would do exactly the same thing every time.
Fake CE logos – is your PPE is correctly CE certified? How do you know?
The British safety industry federation has reported an area of risk around fake CE logos; Chinese Export logos masquerading as ‘conformite europeene’.
What is CE certification?
To be sold in the European Union, a product must have a CE mark. The CE mark indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marking applies to all products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. If a product has the CE mark it does not mean that the product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market.
European standards are in place for a wide range of PPE from protective clothing against chemicals, heat and flames, to head protective helmets, eye protection, gloves and safety footwear. Many regions outside of the EU are increasingly turning towards the CE mark to show that the product is up to standard and has been tested comprehensively.
If your product is certified it means;
The product meets minimum performance specifications defined in legally recognised standards applied throughout Europe.
A product has been subjected to a series of tests on physical characteristics and finished product performance according to application or protective tape
How do we know if the product is correctly CE certified or not?
All CE certified products should feature a label with everything you need
The info shown on the label should be very specific, this is a legal requirement. Each product type, whether it be protective gloves, glasses or boots has its own specific labelling or marking requirements.
Fake CE Logos
Sometimes, alongside the CE mark can be seen a code which represents the ID number of the respective Notified body needed for conducting the product’s certification.
The CE “Chinese export” mark can be seen on some, not all, products produced in and exported from China. The mark is with a similar design, and if you don’t know how to distinguish it from the real CE mark, it can look identical to you. As a result, y
ou can think that your product is CE marked and safe to use. The “Chinese export” mark is not an official European mark and is considered as fake. Many factories in China apply that mark on their products and afterwards, put them on the market. Such products haven’t had any risk assessment, safety evaluation, or testing. They haven’t been certified against the relevant CE standards, and their placing on the EU market is seen as an illegal act. As overall, products bearing the CE “China Export” mark vary in quality from being acceptable to completely dangerous in their design. A good example of products on which you can very often see this mark is the power supplies.
New legislation came about in 2016 evolving from a loose directive, outlining that responsibility lies with all ECONOMIC OPERATORS to comply with PPE supply chain standards. The new terminology ‘ALL ECONOMIC OPERATORS’ now places responsibility for compliance throughout the entire supply chain manufacturer, wholesaler to distributor. To keep you compliant and your business away from risk, BSIF membership will provide spot checks of products and on site checks. Read more here
To read the Lakeland article click the following link – Lakeland CE Certification
Get Connected. Take Control With Tool Connect™ From DEWALT®
DeWALT® continues to shape the jobsite of the future with expansion of Tool Connect™ functionality, featuring intelligent inventory management and tool customisation
- DEWALT Tool Connect delivers advanced connectivity, enabling users to manage inventory via the updated Tool Connect web and mobile app
- Enhanced platform and app bring intelligent tool location, tracking and personalisation options
- New DEWALT 18V XR Hammer Drill, Drill Drivers and Impact Drivers offer full Tool Connect functionality and customisable settings
- Tool Connect Tag keeps track of any asset on-site
- Unique Tool Connect 18V XR Connector links user’s existing 18V XR power tools
With its unparalleled reputation for delivering breakthrough technology that is shaping the jobsite of the future, DeWALT® has introduced a range of significant new advances in functionality within its innovative Tool Connect™ platform.
According to research carried out by DeWALT in the US, the equivalent of one full working day per week is wasted searching for tools or waiting for them on site, and approximately $8,500* per year is lost due to poor inventory management. Therefore, the development of pioneering connected technology such as Tool Connect, which provides intelligent inventory control, protection and monitoring, is being welcomed by site managers and individual users alike.
Building on the existing DeWALT Tool Connect Bluetooth® functionality, which allows the tracking and management of Tool Connect compatible 18V XR batteries, a host of new tool location and customisation benefits has been introduced with this latest update.
Designed to provide comprehensive inventory management for the professional’s full range of tools, products can be linked, named, logged and monitored using the enhanced DeWALT Tool Connect app, accessible on iPhone or Android smartphones, or via the web platform.
For additional peace of mind, the user will receive an ‘asset leaving vicinity’ notification shortly after a tool goes out of range and is potentially leaving the jobsite area. The tool and battery can then be disabled, rendering it unusable until returned.
Further functionality includes the ability to add purchase dates, costs and manage service information, plus the option to lend tools to a specific user, view the last seen location of an asset or mark an item as lost or stolen, which can then be tracked through the Tool Connect app user network within a 30 metre radius.
At the end of each job, inventory can be accounted for using the ‘MY TOOLS’ function in the app, to guarantee that all units are identified. The ‘last seen’ location feature ensures that products can be traced more swiftly, should they be lost or left behind by mistake.
Delivering additional convenience for contractors managing a fleet of tools for a large team, tools can be linked to particular users, ensuring full visibility of each item’s location at all times. Contractors with existing tool inventories can import their legacy asset information and link them to Tags or Connectors for tracking. Furthermore, planned and completed maintenance can be recorded for every tool, and the app also enables owners to locate nearby service centres.
As part of the expansion of the Tool Connect platform, DeWALT has launched five 18V XR Tool Connect power tools incorporating full Tool Connect functionality and customisable settings. The series includes: DCD997 Premium Hammer Drill, DCD797 Hammer Drill, and the DCF888 Impact Driver.
With these new products, through the Tool Connect app, RPM and torque can be customised within each speed mode, allowing the user to program the tool to suit the material being drilled, while helping to prolong tool and accessory life. Furthermore, bespoke LED settings enable the tools to be set up with the brightness required for each job, as well as the length of time the light remains illuminated.
Three customisable Tool Connect modes allow the user to switch between different application settings quickly and easily, while a fourth ‘home’ setting guarantees that there is always a familiar base drilling method available.
The DeWALT Premium Hammer (DCD997)) incorporates a further advanced Tool Connect safety function: ‘bind up’ protection in drilling mode instantly recognises when the drill bit catches, for enhanced user protection.
Additional Tool Connect features include warning notifications if a tool is being driven too rigorously, and notification of remaining coin cell life.
Tool Connect 18V XR Tag
The discreet and practical Tool Connect tag can be attached to any asset using cable ties with the integrated tether holes, or secured with adhesive pads, to enable the tracking of tools, materials, keys and other equipment – in fact, anything on site. Designed to facilitate inventory management and easy monitoring, it provides out of range alerts and allows the user to allocate and log a name for each item within the Tool Connect app.
Tool Connect 18V XR Connector
Compatible with all DeWALT XR 18V power tools, the new 18V XR Connector allows the user to manage and link their entire 18V XR inventory, enabling them to assign a name to each item within the Tool Connect app. An industry first, this innovative device fixes securely to the product, providing a visible deterrent against potential theft and also ensures owners can identify any lost tools, quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, the Connector allows the user to enable or disable the tool attached to it, and delivers warning alerts when out of range.
Tool Connect app
Available for Apple iOS and Android phones, the updated DeWALT Tool Connect app is downloadable free from iTunes and Google Play.
DeWALT said, “With increasing developments in connected technology and digital innovations on the jobsite, professionals are benefitting from major enhancements in usability and safety, while at the same time improving efficiency, and significantly reducing downtime and costs. In addition to the existing advantages of Tool Connect tracking, protection and management, these advanced new features have pushed connectivity to the next level. Allowing users to take complete control of their kit, tools can be customised to suit their own preferences and specific applications, ensuring that work can be completed more effectively – ultimately delivering increased productivity for contractors and their customers.”
A three year warranty is available on registration for all Tool Connect power tools.
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With more than 90 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing world-class solutions for the professional construction industry, DeWALT represents performance, innovation and reliability. Tools that carry the DeWALT brand are Guaranteed Tough: engineered to exceed the expectations of building contractors and professional tradesmen, even when tested in the most extreme construction environments. The DeWALT reputation for quality has been earned from the company’s commitment to providing best-in-class products that meet the highest levels of durability and end-user protection. DeWALT supplies complete application solutions for the modern construction environment, which include corded and cordless power tools, saw blades and power tool accessories, dust extraction attachments, anchors and fastenings, jobsite storage, lasers and instruments, generators, compressors and more. DeWALT also has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in the world. For more information, visit www.DeWALT.com
Get Ready For Ladder Safety Month 2018
The American Ladder Institute (ALI), the USA’s not-for-profit ladder association comprised of the leading U.S. ladder manufacturers and manufacturers of ladder components, has declared March as National Ladder Safety Month in the USA.
We at TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd, want to make you aware that we are participating in National Ladder Safety month here in the UK.
TB Davies’s over-riding goal is to prevent injuries and save lives by making working at height as safe as standing on solid ground. Getting that one person home safely to family and friends is why we do what we do. We are literally changing the world, one ladder at a time.
National Ladder Safety Month
TB Davies would like to work with you to spread this important message and would like you to feel free to participate in this event in any way that you like.
We would be more than happy to assist you with any of the promotional and marketing materials created by ALI as if you were in the US, as well as encourage you to work with your national ladder safety standard institute to develop a ladder safety month in your home country.
Take a moment to review the attached information explaining what Ladder Safety Month is all about, as well as what we are doing to promote Ladder safety month here in the UK. Please feel free to contact me with any interest or questions you may have in participating. We are supporting our US partners, in particular Little Giant Ladder Systems and would love to see this develop into a Global Ladder Safety Month. We will do all we can to help make this happen.
Get The Job Done with Bisley Workwear's New Holster Pocket Range Designed for the UK Tradesman
Bisley Workwear was built to get the job done and has been supporting tradesman with durable, functional and comfortable garments for over 60 years. Bisley understands the UK trades professional needs easy access to their tools and has designed a holster pocket range that gives you the ability to carry what you need and have it accessible when you need it. Whether you are up high or down low, the convenience of having everything on your belt cannot be underestimated.
BSA Brands (the licensee of Bisley Workwear to the UK) is launching Bisley Workwear’s brand-new range of Holster Tool Pocket Trousers and Shorts exclusive to the United Kingdom.
Following the successful launch of the workwear brand into the UK mid 2019, it was quickly established that the Flex & Move Knee Pocket Trousers were the most popular product in the launch range. But there was one thing missing that is specific to the UK Tradesman, the holster pocket! Listening to the market, Bisley Workwear’s designers got to work and created a custom-made pair of trousers and shorts with functional, stylish and durable holster tool pockets.
The holster pockets are fixed to the waistband for easy access to tools, with the holster pockets easily tucking away into the angled side pockets for added versatility. With room for all your tools the pockets are reinforced with Cordura highlights to protect the material from rips and tears that may be caused by sharp objects.
BSA Brands are giving away a free Bisley Workwear stretch webbing belt valued at £19.95 with every holster pocket purchase. (While stocks last).
The Flex & MoveTM range has been designed to withstand the toughest of jobs. The trousers feature a strong crotch gusset to prevent crotch splitting, Kevlar® knee patches for increased durability, and tough Cordura® reinforcements in all the right places. Made from cotton, these unique heavily interlocked fibers ensure durability and longevity in all working conditions
Made from cotton with generous stretch, the reduced tension assists with durability, comfort and shape maintenance. The Flex & MoveTM range is made to move with you.
Every Flex & MoveTM garment is prewashed to ensure it is comfortable from the very first wear. Breathable cotton keeps you feeling fresh and comfortable throughout the day and is less likely to irritate your skin.
The Holster Pocket range is now available at all leading stockists. Find your nearest stockist by visiting www.bisleyworkwear.co.uk
BSA Brands (UK) is a member of the BSIF’s registered safety supplier’s membership scheme.
Guardsman Provide Statement To Inform Customers Of The Impact Due To Covid-19
Dear Guardsman Customers,
Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 we have prepared this statement to inform our customers of the impact this has had to date and is likely to have in the future with the supply of PPE in the UK market.
We have attached a letter from the European Safety Federation (ESF) relating to the impact on the PPE market following the outbreak of COVID-19. Guardsman is a member of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and as such supports the attached statement – dated 9th March 2020.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak we have experienced a number of challenges in the PPE market place. These include an unprecedented demand for COVID-19 sensitive products including, respiratory protective equipment (RPE), eye wear, examination gloves, disposable coveralls, hand sanitisers, wipes and general cleaning products. As a result of these exceptional increases in demand, we are expecting that there will be extended lead times for the arrival of goods from our partner suppliers.
To ensure we act in a fair, responsible and consistent way, ensuring we protect our customers workers as a priority, we have committed to the following actions:
- To ensure we continue to supply our existing contracted customers as a priority
- To ensure we do not accept orders for unusual high demands of sensitive products
- To ensure we do not support new or speculative customers with sensitive products
- To monitor lead times and report to customers should deliveries be impacted
- To purchase additional volumes of stock where we can with partner suppliers
- To identify alternative stock lines from multiple sources without compromising quality, specification or standards
Please be assured that these supply chain challenges are our number one priority at Guardsman, to ensure we continue to ‘Protect People Everyday.’
Further statements will be issued, as required, as the situation in the UK develops.
Guardsman Wholesale Manager
Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to HiKOKI
Simultaneous to the rebranding efforts, the company is establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in the suburbs of Dusseldorf, Germany to reflect the strategic importance of the European market. The subsidiary will commence operations in November 2017, and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe, with the aim to be closer to our customers to facilitate faster decision making in managing their needs.
“We have delivered award-winning innovation in manufacturing with solid business performance for over 70 years, and now is the time for us to focus on expansion as a truly global company while remaining rooted to our Japanese tradition,” said Osami Maehara, President, Hitachi Koki. “We have fully committed to accelerate growth alongside a dynamic new partner in KKR as we pursue our goal to become a global leader in power tools and life-science instruments. We have set an aggressive sales target of US$2.7 billion in fiscal year 2020. We are confident we can take our business to the next level with the support of all our employees and partners worldwide, and the revamping of the brand name is the first step to making this possible. We look forward to continuing to build a brand that exceeds the expectations of discerning customers around the world.”
The HiKOKI brand was created to embody the three core competencies of the company, including its innovative technologies that give rise to products with superior performance, the reliability of its products and services backed by a 70-year company history, and the potential for new business growth represented through the new partnership with KKR. For ease of pronunciation, the new brand name uses a lowercase “i” in its first syllable, and includes the implicit numeral “1” to express our commitment to providing our customers with the “No. 1” products on the market, and our aim to achieve “No. 1” global status.
The new corporate name, Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., is designed to maintain continuity with our current name, while also reflecting the multiple brands it encompasses around the world, and accelerate our investment in acquisitions to expand our global business.
Last Chance for Portwest's Overprint Service On New Catalogue
Portwest are about to close the 2nd print run of our popular overprint service for our new catalogue.
Due to popular demand they are able to offer the option of the smaller quantity of 250 .
You can place orders online through www.portwest.biz by logging in and clicking on the overprint banner. Please note only overprint orders should be placed through this site.
Prices are as per the previous print run
250pcs , £2.90 each , £725.00
500pcs, £2.50 each, £1,250
1000,pcs ,£2.00 each £2,000
The deadline for overprint orders is 20th March 2020
For any queries regarding overprint order please email email@example.com.
Last Minute Price Increase for Polyco Healthline Due to Coronavirus
The sudden increase in global cases of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the response of Governments around the world has generated unprecedented demand for medical consumables.
This is leading to demand outweighing supply causing manufacturers to be oversold and in turn increase their prices. Supply from our suppliers is more important to us currently than price. This is unlike any situation we have previously experienced and doesn’t relate to changes in raw material costs or currency fluctuation.
This has left us with no option but to pass on these increases as follows:
With Immediate Effect
All back orders for face masks will be cancelled and we will advise when stock is available again.
15th March 2020
Prices of all disposable PPE workwear will increase by 20% – This is due to all these products being
manufactured in the shutdown areas in the Hubei region Of China. Stock is limited and information on future arrival dates is difficult to obtain and unlikely to be achieved. Stock will be prioritised for regular customers.
1st April 2020
Vinyl disposable gloves – 10% increase
Nitrile disposable gloves – 5% increase
Latex disposable gloves – 5% increase
Aprons – 5% increase
As with any price increases, we consider them very seriously and only request them when completely necessary as we know it causes significant disruption. That is why we are not requesting increases in any of our other product categories.
Unfortunately, as this virus moves around the world, we can’t guarantee that supply of other products won’t be affected, and further increases may be needed.
As one of the largest suppliers of these products in Europe, we have a global supply chain that will enable us to manage the current market situation. However, as we are currently experiencing unprecedented demand on some lines, we will not be able to supply any additional volumes. We are also expecting to have periods of out of stocks on some products over the coming months.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused but in the current climate we are prioritising ongoing supply over everything else.
If you have any questions regarding our pricing changes, please contact your Area Sales Manager.
With thanks from the Polyco Healthline Team.
Makita’s Powered Wheelbarrow Helps Landform Consultants To Take Not One But Two Gold Medals At RHS Chelsea ‘18
The Makita 18v LXT Brushless power-assisted wheelbarrow has taken some of the back-breaking labour out of Landform Consultants inspirational garden builds at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
Mark Gregory, managing director of award winning Landform Consultants Limited, together with his talented team, designed The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden in Main Avenue. It was justifiably awarded the Gold & Best Construction medals as well as winning the People’s Choice Award. Landform also designed and constructed The Seedlip Garden in the Space to Grow area of the Show which was awarded a cosseted Gold medal.
“Chelsea garden show builds are always an enjoyable challenge and we take them extremely seriously so any help from Makita is very welcome,” says Mark Gregory, now a twentyone-time Gold medal winner. “This labour-saving powered wheelbarrow has helped to reduce much of the pushing of a fully laden wheelbarrow. This is a very impressive piece of kit and a fine match for the greatest flower show anywhere in the world.”
Designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z is proving popular in many operating fields including commercial gardens. Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front wheel to ensure the maximum possible traction to the heavily ribbed agri-tyre. This barrow has two forward speeds: Hi up to 3.5 km/h, Lo 1.5 km/h; powered reverse of 1.0 km/h and will climb a 12° maximum incline. Main braking is provided by the front disc brake controlled by the hand lever on the steering handles. The wheelbarrow weighs just 32.5kg, is ready to work with handles that can be adjusted to three height levels for operator comfort and also fold for easy storage. The detachable rear trailing wheels with kick down brake can be adjusted from a width of 480mm to 760mm which further improves stability and reduces operator effort.
The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, is inspired by the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, world famous for its dry stone walls, buttercup meadows, wild woodland, tumbling becks and artisan Wensleydale cheeses. The Landform team made cheese in the stone dairy during the show and served it in the traditional Yorkshire way – on fruit bread. “This is a celebration of Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and it is hoped that the garden will inspire visitors to experience Yorkshire’s captivating and serene beauty first hand,” continues Mark. “And we are proud to have been awarded Best Construction too. After breakdown everything in the garden will either go to charity, be recycled or reinstated, and even taken back to Yorkshire.”
The Seedlip Garden, designed by Landform’s senior designer Dr Catherine Macdonald, is sponsored by Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Inspired by the humble pea the garden was a first for Chelsea Flower Show as all the plants were from just one family – the pea family. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be awarded Gold for something I thoroughly love doing, and it’s even more special when you think the design is centred around the humble pea,” comments Catherine.
Compatible with any of the Makita 18v LXT Lithium-Ion batteries used to power Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range, the new Makita DCU180Z power-assisted wheelbarrow has soft start to ease the load away; constant speed control; twin LED driving lights and locking brake lever for maximum site safety. For site security an individual ignition lock key is provided. Previous walk-behind powered site platforms can cost several thousand pounds but the new Makita powered wheelbarrow will prove particularly attractive in relation to price competitiveness and rugged performance.
The DCU180Z is a body only machine which is available with a choice of optional accessories which can include the pipe frame set or bucket frame option.
For more information on Landform Consultants visit www.landformconsultants.co.uk. For more news and product information about Makita UK please visit www.makitauk.com. Follow us on Twitter @MakitaUK, Facebook.com/makitauk and google.com/+makitauk
Managing your energy bills through challenging trading times
1. Take meter readings
Many meters now take half Hourly readings which communicate with suppliers meaning that your energy usage will be billed on actual usage, however there are also still many meters that will not do this, therefore it is important to take meter readings while your usage is minimal so that the suppliers do not just estimate your usage based on passed month. When businesses are closed and not consuming energy you should only be paying for the standing charge as per your contract except for those contracts that have volume tolerance clauses. If you are unsure, contact your Troy Business Development Manager.
2. Seek whether a payment break can be negotiated.
Some suppliers will be happy to offer this for their customers, which will simply mean that the period of non payment will be added at the end of the contract, do not cancel any direct debits without speaking with your energy suppliers as this will affect your credit rating.
3. Check whether there are any volume tolerances in your Ts and Cs
It’s possible that you have terms in your contract that may cause you issues later in the year, the most common is called Volume Tolerance. This tends to be for larger energy users and means that you have agreed on a level of energy to be used on-site over a set time period. Energy consumption will reduce as businesses have a break in trading, Volume Tolerance means that you could be charged for a set level of Energy whether you use this or not. If you’re not sure on your position here, we will happily review your Terms and Conditions and check how a change in your consumption may impact you.
4. Turn off all non essential Electricity and Gas consumption
As your business premises will likely be empty or running with skeleton staff it’s recommend turning off any piece of equipment including computers, machinery and any lighting which is not needed. This will help reduce your demand and subsequently lower your bills while the premises is not in use.
5. Contracts nearing their renewal date
It is important to keep an eye on any contract renewals due in the next few weeks/ months as if these are left to roll, you will be put on out of contract rates which can be very expensive. It’s important to tender, negotiate and renew these contracts as per usual, even though this will not be top of mind right now. If you are renewing your contract and switching suppliers, it’s important to adhere to your Terms and Conditions and remember to terminate your existing contract.
6. Set up an online account with your supplier
This can easily be done through your energy supplier and will allow you to submit meter readings, monitor your energy usage or make changes to your billing requirements such as changing to electronic bills.
Mascot Are Here To Help
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our society. Right now, we are all trying to comply with the advice and demands from various governments to reduce physical contact. The effect in some shops is less customers and some shops are even closed.
We all are concerned about our health and safety and uncertain how this situation affects businesses and workers. We are all under pressure and this situation will change the way we operate in the coming period. Therefore, we want to share with you different on-line tools that can help you to secure your sales, save costs and keep the high service level towards your customers in the current situation…….
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New EN131 Standards From Lyte Ladders
Lyte has gone through a huge product change since the beginning of the year due to changes to the European standards for steps and ladders.
Click on the link below for full details
New exciting changes coming for JEGS
Announcement from Jegs
‘We would like to announce that there are some exciting new changes ahead. Qualtex Global have made the decision to centralise the JEGS Electrical Warehouse with our Denton Head Office.
This will have a positive impact for our customers. JEGS Electrical will continue to Trade as normal. We will maintain our Southend based Sales Team. The only change will be that your orders will be dispatched from our Denton Warehouse rather than Southend.
We have made the decision to centralise so that both the Qualtex and the JEGS customer base will now be able to benefit from the increased product range and can place orders in a single basket spend rather than multiple location dispatch.
And we are pleased to say that the centralisation has now been completed. ‘
New PPE Guidance from the Office for Product Safety and Standards
In March 2020 the EU Commission published their ‘recommendation’ on COVID 19 related PPE conformity assessment which was an attempt to alleviate the severe supply shortages for healthcare and key workers.
The UK adopted the ‘recommendation’ and published guidance on how to be able to place COVID 19 products on the market without completing the normal CE conformity assessment process.
The guidance is primarily for manufacturers of PPE but of course ‘Importers’ and Importers’ obligations are also laid out. These can be found in section 9 of the guidance.
The most significant change being, The new guidance still requires the submission to and confirmation of acceptance by a Notified Body of PPE for conformity assessment. However if you wish to begin selling this product prior to the completion of the full CE conformity assessment process you must get the approval from the market surveillance authority (MSA), who are responsible for confirming that it meets the necessary essential health and safety requirements. This approval must be obtained from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or HSENI in Northern Ireland. You can apply for this approval through emailing MarketSurvPPE@hes.gov.uk (If PPE is exclusively for private consumers use Trading Standards and the relevant MSA)
This is clearly an important requirement and a key difference from previous guidance. There are many other conditions carried over from previous versions which of course must also be adhered to.
Although this process is, by its nature temporary it has been in existence for 5 months and there will be PPE that is at various stages of the easement assessment process.
New PPE Regulation Update Effective From 21-04-2019
Lots of changes around PPE regulations to be aware of from 21st April 2019.
Read more from the PPE Range Via Toolbank here SCAN-PPE-Directive
New Product Launch - Polyflex® Eco Gloves Made From Recycled Bottles
Statement from Polyco
‘Designed with the environment in mind Polyflex® Eco is our latest addition to the Industrial Reusable range. Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, this is the next evolution in gloves. Like our Polyflex Ultra gloves, this range is high quality, combining comfort, dexterity and performance [with Polyflex Eco Nitrile version achieving maximum abrasion score] but uses less plastic/virgin polyester yarn in the manufacturing process.
This is part of our wider ‘PHL Environmental and Sustainability Governance’ [ESG] strategy, and our first product launch associated with our ESG. Our journey will continue with many more initiatives based around the circular economy. We are already looking at optimising loadable quantities, reducing packaging, using LDPE and paper band packaging and possible linear options around compostable and biodegradable products.’
Polyflex® Eco Range
Item Code & Description :
PEN – Polyflex Eco N – Seamless knitted liner made in part from recycled plastics, with a foamed nitrile coating
PEL – Polyflex Eco L – Seamless knitted liner made in part from recycled plastics, with a sandy latex coating
Packing configuration: 60 pairs per case – [1 pair per paper band, 6 pairs / Master paper band and 6x 10 / case]
Size range : 5 -12
First glove in the market with QR code: QR code links to the attached ‘RPET Product Launch Sales aid’ which covers the complete story with a video clip.
• Automotive • Construction & Utility • Engineering and Manufacturing • Warehousing, Transport and Logistics • Waste Management and Local authority
Polyco will have limited stocks available in the coming months, before fully launching in 3-4 months’ time.
New Release - Bott Care Point - The Hygiene Station.
As a result of the current climate, Bott is trying to think of new ways to allow their dealer networks to reach out and make contact with their customers by introducing new products that will aid them and their staff to return to the workplace safely.
Please find attached the first product to form part of the Bott Care Point range. Other new items will be added to the range in the coming days/weeks.
So keep an eye out!