The nuclear industry plays a major role in providing power for a number of countries in Europe, especially in countries like France, Spain and the UK. Several large companies maintain a presence on the British Isles, including Areva, Hitachi, EDF and Westinghouse. In addition, the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester maintain a partnership called the NAMRC, or the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which allows academic and industrial actors from different backgrounds in the nuclear supply chain to collaborate on projects of mutual interest.
With nuclear power comes its advantages, such as minimal greenhouse gas emissions and relatively safe containment methods. However, an accident could strike at any moment, as exemplified by the disasters of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and most recently, Fukushima. For this reason, a constant standard of safety and protection must be kept for workers at nuclear power plants, so they can conduct their jobs in a secure, effective fashion.
A total of nine nuclear plants are currently active in the UK, eight of which maintained by EDF Energy, and the remaining one by Magnox Limited. Together, the plants provide nearly one fifth of all electricity in the UK. The provision of supplies and maintenance of equipment in a hostile environment, specifically in close proximity to nuclear reactors and the plants that contain them, must be possible throughout day and night on a year-round basis.
Security cameras and robotic technologies have provided new, technologically-advanced methods to ensure safety even when people cannot intervene on ground. Still, nothing matches the precision and skills offered by the human eye, or the dexterity afforded by a pair of hands.
Whether in the UK or elsewhere, the workers at a nuclear site find themselves constantly required to enter into zones of dangerously high levels of radiation, where they’re exposed to the hasards of this occupation. Regularly, the levels of radioactivity in these areas surpasses the normally acceptable levels for everyday life. All the heat generated from the reactor also causes concern, especially on warm summer days when the outside temperature can exceed those planned during the design process of the reactors.
Security and safety personnel can lower the amount of radiation to which they’re exposed by careful and assiduous use of vests, bodysuits, shoe covers, gloves and other protective equipment, as long as they remove these layers of protection after each exit from the dangerous zones.
Often, the workers must communicate with coworkers in other parts of the plant, if not from outside agencies or governmental structures, thanks to walkies-talkies and other closed-circuit communication devices.
In order to limit the amounts of radiation to which these brave workers are exposed, we’ve designed and manufactured protective covers for ear pieces and microphones of the type often necessary in this line of work. They allow the personnel to avoid getting into direct contact with a listening device that has already been exposed to radiation.
These headphone covers are a hygienic and disposable solution that slides over the listening portion of headsets. Using advanced manufacturing techniques, they’re crafted from a non-woven tissue of softened polypropylene, which is also entirely hypoallergenic.
Each pair of earphone covers comes in an individually-wrapped clear plastic bag to assure perfect hygiene each and every time. What’s more, this closed bag method allows the staff of the plant to conduct a quick examination of the situation before distributing used covers. If the bag appears like it’s been opened, or that one earphone cover is already missing, that’s probably an indication that the set has already been used in a hazardous zone.
After each visit into the dangerous areas of the reactor, the covers can be removed and disposed of in the proper manner to maintain a constant level and standard of safety.
It’s recommended to use a colour different from that of the headset, in order to permit easy identification. For example, on a black or gray headset, it makes the most sense to stick to white protective covers so your workers and managers can monitor the whole team’s status and ensure their safety.
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Of course, this information could be of equal importance to those working in other preventative fields, such as health and security inspectors, responsible for assuming some professional risks when on the job.
Tired of traditional mattress protectors just not cutting it, or not doing the job well enough? Experiencing leaks, stains and odours even though you thought your beds were thoroughly protected? Try the new Wet Protect Mattress Cover from Caractère Paris!
Caractère is proud to introduce a series of new technological innovations rolled into one: Wet Protect! A cutting-edge, new line of mattress covers and protectors that assures your beds will be able to withstand even the heaviest of leaks, yet still remain soft and silent to the touch.
Did your hotel or guesthouse recently acquire new mattresses? Always a costly endeavour, those experienced in the tourism industry know that new bedding can prove a worthy investment over time. While expensive up front, this sort of expenditure will pay for itself through positive reviews and word of mouth from satisfied clients.
However, once you’ve bought top quality sleeping arrangements to make everyone happy, how can you make sure to guarantee a quality night’s sleep for every client, all the while keeping your mattresses in shape? Too often, hotel owners sacrifice comfort for safety. How many times have you tried to fall asleep on a bed while traveling and felt that crinkly, odd plasticized layer pressing against you through the sheets? Often, guests wake up in the middle of the night in these situations, covered in sweat and unable to fall back asleep. The next day, they cannot understand the exact cause of their fatigue, but it certainly makes it more difficult for them to enjoy their holiday. In the end, this can all be due to a low quality mattress protector that prioritizes covering the mattress rather than providing a restful sleep.
Caractère thought long and hard about how to resolve this conflict between the interests of the client and the interests of the accommodation owner. Finally, we believe we’ve reached the perfect compromise: The brand new Wet Protect system! Now you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for hygiene. At the same time, you can ensure your mattress investment won’t need to be replaced as frequently thanks to Wet Protect’s full mattress protection system against leaks and incontinence. Don’t throw out anything more than the sheets if you don’t have to! While you can easily wash and replace linens as part of typical daily maintenance and cleaning schedules, there’s no simple way to remove the stench of urine or defecation from a mattress. Too many of us know, there’s nothing worse than paying for a top-shelf hotel room or suite and than discovering your place of sleep, the most sacred part of a stay, will be bothered by unwanted odors, dampness or a noisy mattress cover.
Wet Protect answers all these needs with its combination of spongy cotton and polyester fibres sewn together in tiny, almost micro-fibre rings. Washable and breathable, this new mattress cover is one of the most sophisticated mattress protection system available on the market. Combined with a layer of polyurethane as a liner on the inside, no rival product comes close to this perfect combination of attributes. The unique and innovative materials prevent Wet Protect from causing those noisy, crackling disturbances so common in guest houses.
Resistant against the use of a washing machine, these sturdy new covers can withstand more than fifty wash cycles in lower temperature settings without shrinking or losing their leak resistance. The technological advance of polyurethane provides a never before seen or felt experience of softness, while still ensuring total impenetrability, even during the heaviest of leaks and accidents. Increased width of the ridges on the sides of the covers, from 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches), offer the highest quality protection possible for the top of your mattress, as well as the sides and corners of the bed. Manufactured in a neutral white tone and sold individually, Wet Protect guarantees maximum versatility in establishments both large and small, from the most basic to the most prestigious. When you’re looking for mattress protectors, choose a product that will make your accommodations stand out from the rest! Choose Wet Protect for a better night’s sleep, for both you and your guests.
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Are you the owner or manager of a spa, hot tub or pool, or do you provide showers and air conditioning for your clients? Make sure you are fully aware of the dangers of legionnaire’s disease and the risks to your clients, and understand what your legal obligations are.
What exactly is Legionnaire’s Disease?
Legionnaire’s disease is a serious disease caused by a tiny aquatic organism which thrives in warm, damp environments. It can be inhaled in fine droplets, leading to pneumonia and a high fever. As the disease takes up to 10 days to develop many other people may be infected before it is realised that anything is amiss. Air conditioning systems, humidifiers, nebulisers, ornamental fountains and many other types of equipment containing water may also be sources of legionnaire’s disease.
How can it be prevented?
Because of its long incubation period an outbreak is easier to prevent than to control and there are strict regulations in place to safeguard public health. The essential feature is a controlled system of regular testing and keeping water systems clean. Although legionella bacteria can be found in many sources, including fresh water, it becomes dangerous when slime is allowed to develop and when the temperature reaches 35-45 degrees centigrade.
What are my legal obligations?
According to www.hse.gov.uk, under general Health and Safety law you are obliged to maintain your water systems in good condition and assess the risk of a problem developing. This means drawing up a risk assessment, identifying potential sources of legionnaire’s disease and preparing a course of action to monitor that risk. You must keep accurate records and be able to prove you are taking your responsibilities seriously.
The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations state that if you have a cooling tower or evaporative condenser on site you must notify the local authority in writing. Contact your local Environmental Health department.
What should I do on a daily basis?
If you employ five people or more, you must have a written risk assessment and keep careful records of your monitoring of the water system. Make sure you have a responsible person do this and that all your staff know the correct way to use equipment.
Keep the system and the water clean, and avoid a situation where an outbreak could develop. Keep the water too hot for the bacteria to survive or add an antibacterial solution to prevent growth.
Consider employing a firm of consultants to check your supply.
Keeping Employees Healthy Proves Profitable For Business and EmployeesEvery company strives not only to deliver the best products and services to their customers, but also to deliver a high quality workplace to its employees. Employees who are happy in their jobs are likely to have a greater loyalty to the company as a whole and will remain with the company for a long time. Low turnover means more employees with an intimate and thorough understanding of the company and who are, as a result, better suited to represent the company. Companies spend a large part of their budgets on ways to keep employees engaged, motivated and, above all else, happy. According to experts, one simple way to help achieve this goal is to help employees stay healthy.
In a study released in 2012 and conducted by International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans,
researchers found that companies were experiencing tangible, real world benefits from investing in employee wellness programs as well as actively encouraging a healthier lifestyle. More than 600 Human Resource professionals and benefits executives took part in the study and, by far, the biggest gains were seen in overall productivity. Additionally, though, companies also saw a lowering of health care costs overall as well. Although the results were not instantaneous, the companies reported a long term return on investment for their increased role in employee care.
One easy way to help support overall employee health is for companies to do what they can to give their employees the safest and most sanitary work conditions.
For those working In the service and sales sector this can be achieved through simple sanitation measures such as using disposable covers for headphones, earpieces and microphones. A small investment in these easy to use, disposable covers prevents the spread of germs throughout the year and encourages an all around healthier work environment. Taking such a simple step requires very little investment on the part of a company and can add to the return on investment as part of a whole office healthcare campaign.
The benefits of investing in the promotion of employee health and wellness can directly benefit the company both in terms of employee satisfaction as well as increased productivity. It can also cut back on health related expenses, including the expense incurred when large numbers of employees become infected with a cold or flu virus which is spread through less than sanitary conditions. Simple efforts such as making hand sanitizer available and using disposable headset and microphone covers can stop germs in their tracks and further contribute to keeping employees healthy and happy.
How Important Are Headphone Covers During Cold & Flu Season?
The work force of almost every company is impacted during the brutal winter months of cold and flu season. No matter how dedicated a sales, service or support team may be, winter brings with it a higher rate of absenteeism due primarily to health concerns. And once a winter cold or flu hits an office it can spread easily, infecting other workers and making the problem worse. Although companies encourage their employees to stay home when they’re sick, sometimes germs can be spread before the onset of noticeable symptoms. This is when sanitation measures such as disposable headphone covers can make a big difference.
In a busy work centre, it is often the case that employees will share headsets with microphones. This is especially true in call centres, sales offices and administrative support areas. The use of these can easily result in the spread of germs as employees speak to customers, exhaling and even coughing onto the microphone part of the headset. Germs are easily spread by other means as well, including the hands, which makes any part of the headset that touches a person a likely suspect when it comes to the spread of the cold and flu virus. Although this can lead to big problems, it can also be easily mitigated.
The spread of a cold or flu virus can easily land many members of a work force in bed for several days.
This impacts on the company as a whole in many difference ways. First, they lose out on a large portion of their staff which creates extra work for the remaining staff as well as a backlog in the amount of work to do. In a customer service setting this can easily result in customers receiving less than stellar support which can have a direct impact on overall sales.
A company which simply begins to employ the use of disposable headset and microphone covers effectively stops the spread of germs in its tracks.
Employees simply need to slip these covers off at the end of their shift, throw them in the bin and it’s done. The next employee can then place fresh covers onto the headset as needed and won’t have to worry about catching their colleague’s cold. This can help prevent the spread of a cold no matter how severe. As a result, the company will see fewer employees calling out sick, saving them thousands over the course of the cold and flu season.