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  • Arco Joins Forces with SafeContractor

    31 July 2020

    Arco, have joined forces with the UK's leading contractor health and safety accreditation, SafeContractor.

    SafeContractor verifies member's health and safety compliance and connects contractors to leading organisation.

    This enhances member's profiles to hundreds of companies that only work with SafeContractor verified businesses and gives clients the peace of mind that their health and safety practices are compliant with the law.

    SafeContractor is recognised by hundreds of organisations and has over 33,000 members.

    The benefits of the Arco and SafeContractor alliance include a member 10% discount off all Arco purchases on-line, in store and through the CEC. As well as expert health and safety advice and a dedicated Covid-19 hub for guidance across the pandemic.

    Learn more about SafeContractor.

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  • Arco Clothing Centre Rainbow Competition

    20 July 2020

    As the UK's leading safety company, with a wealth of experience in responding to a crisis, Arco has played a key role in the UK's response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the company, staff have made an outstanding contribution to support their customers and the charities and communities close to their hearts.

    There are many examples of teams going the extra mile and at the Arco Clothing Centre in Preston, staff and their families joined together during lockdown to support their 'Spread a Little Kindness' competition and raised over £5,000 for charity.

    The competition was to design a rainbow that could be made, coloured or sewn and entries were so high that the competition was split into four categories, adults, family, 10 years and over and under 10s. After much deliberation by the judges, the overall winner was Julia Gruszka from the 10 years and over group, with her winning rainbow design featuring a colourful hard hat. It was the winner who chose the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to receive the £5,000 donation.

    Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising at the Trust said:

    "We are extremely grateful to have been chosen by Julia to receive this wonderful donation of £5,000 from Arco, which will help make a huge difference to our clinical colleagues, who constantly go the extra mile! Recently they have been called upon to work in ways that we could never have anticipated, supporting patients and their relatives in some of the most challenging circumstances. Now it is time to give a little back to these amazing people and help them recover by investing in things that improve their physical and mental well-being so that they too are given space to recover and can continue to provide the very best patient care, long after the worst of this is over.

    We have also been asked to mark the lives of those lost, and so we are also raising funds to provide memorial gardens across our hospitals, this will leave a lasting legacy for families and for staff who lost also lost colleagues and friends to this dreadful disease, helping them to come to terms with their loss and helping them in their journey to acceptance. Thank you once again for supporting us this will enable Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to give a little back to those that who have given so much."

    With its core purpose of keeping people safe and work and supporting frontline workers, Arco has donated £300k to charities related to COVID-19, introducing Arco Community Coronavirus Grants to help local projects support those in need during lockdown, and more recently a £250k donation has been given to the National Emergencies Trust, to support its work helping victims at the time of domestic disaster.

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  • Advice on Purchasing PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    24 June 2020

    The purchase of certain PPE items has become increasingly challenging as the global surge in demand and international supply chain constrictions has led to a shortage of supply. Also to combat the risk that the COVID-19 virus presents, many companies are now specifying face masks and coverings to protect their workers and customers for the first time.

    If purchasing PPE and face masks during COVID-19, follow the three steps below:

    1. Get Advice on Product Selection

    Assess the hazardous substance in the environment and the level of risk posed to workers, this will include the risk of exposure to viral infection. Issue the most appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise that risk. If full respiratory protection is not required, and the objective is to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, then a face mask will be a more suitable alternative. It is important that the higher levels of protective equipment are reserved for use where necessary, such as by the NHS, frontline responders and industries with specific hazards. Arco recommends Type II medical face masks, they are an effective means of preventing the spread of the virus from one person to another and will offer some protection to the wearer.

    2. Ensure you are buying product that is tested to and compliant with relevant European Safety Standards.

    With an influx of PPE from new suppliers, some products entering the market have been found non-compliant and may not provide the appropriate protection, potentially posing a safety risk for the wearer. There is also evidence of false documentation, containing incorrect CE marking and declarations of conformity, making it difficult for purchasers to establish which products offer correct protection.

    When sourcing PPE from a new source, to ensure that you are buying compliant product it is recommended that you ask for the correct supporting documentation. Ask for two documents: a CE Certificate and a Declaration of Conformity. It is also advisable that you check that the documents are genuine and legal, advice on how to do this can be found on the Arco website and through the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF).

    3. Check the Supplier's Ethical Credentials

    Ensure you only work with ethical suppliers, with the increased numbers of new suppliers and extreme levels of demand it is as important as ever to check where your products are being manufactured and worker welfare is ensured. Ask your suppliers to share information about their supply chain, factories and management practices.

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  • Arco Donates £41,600 to Support Local Community Organisations and Charities during COVID-19 Pandemic

    12 June 2020

    Arco, the UK's leading safety company is donating £41,600 to support local community organisations and charities through its Coronavirus Community Grant scheme. As a business that continually contributes towards organisations in the local community, it saw first-hand the demand for support and wanted to help. Arco's Community Panel invited employees to apply for 40 one off grants of up to £1,000 on behalf of organisations and charities in their local communities that required vital support or funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Grants were available to provide support across focus areas including victims of domestic violence, food banks, food delivery and meal services for the vulnerable, care homes, hospices and those providing a vital service to the homeless community. The panel received 44 high quality applications and made the decision to award grants to all 44 organisations.

    Arco said:

    "We are overwhelmed by the response of so many our colleagues and we were delighted to support every application we received. We have seen first-hand the demand for funding by so many organisations helping those in need. These unprecedented times have impacted many people in our local communities and through these grants we are able to support those who need it most."

    The 44 grants provided help and support to a number of great causes including Hull Women's Aid, Dove House and Strathcarron Hospices, The Salvation Army, Kaleb's Wish and Hull Vineyard Trust which is supporting the local area with food parcels, essentials and baby items.

    John and Joni Clarke, Senior Pastors of Hull Vineyard Church said:

    "I want to take the time to say a huge thank you to Arco for the incredibly generous gift you've awarded the Hull Vineyard Church for our work in the city... Your gift will go to supporting our increased compassion work, and will literally change people's lives in Hull. Thank you!"

    Arco continually supports and encourages colleagues to provide their time and skills to local charities and community groups, allowing each colleague an additional two days paid leave for volunteering opportunities each year.

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  • Advice and Guidance on Face Mask Selection

    04 June 2020

    As a key supplier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the NHS, public health bodies and critical businesses in the UK, Arco the UK's leading safety company, is making a significant effort to support the UK supply chain for critical equipment including face masks and respirators.

    As the UK continues to make progress in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, there are some signs that the Government is considering a range of measures on the relaxation of the lockdown guidance, that would enable some businesses to re-open. This may include a recommendation for the use of face masks by healthy people in the workplace. As many companies are now specifying face masks for the first time, Arco has compiled expert advice and guidance for its customers on the correct selection of facemasks and respirators, particularly in regard to Type II and Type IIR facemasks. This is to ensure that the higher levels of protective equipment are issued to those that need them most.

    If full respiratory protection is not required and the objective is to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace, then the most appropriate PPE would be a face mask. A respirator would be more suitable alternative where full respiratory protection is needed to protect a worker from a hazardous substance - including COVID-19.

    It is important that respirators are not specified where Type II face masks could be used and the recommendation is that a full workplace risk assessment is carried out to determine the hazardous substances in the environment. This should include the risk of exposure to l infection.

    Medical face masks are classified into two types, Type I and Type II with Type II further divided according to their splash resistance pressure, which determines the mask's resistance level to contaminated fluid splashes. Type II face masks are suitable for most workplace situations, where masks are being issued with the objective of preventing the transmission of COVID-19 virus from one person to others. Type IIR splash resistant medical face masks are required in clinical settings to protect the wearer against contaminants contained in splashes of blood or bodily fluids.

    Neil Hewitt, Quality Director at Arco says:

    "The current demand for all types of PPE, especially face masks, is unique and we are seeing a daily increase in enquiries for all types. We are managing our supply chain to ensure that protective equipment reaches those that need it most and are not diverted from health care and front-line responders. We are issuing some specific guidance on the use of face masks to enable customers to select the right product for their needs and to ensure the that the higher levels of protective equipment are issued only where necessary. We would add a warning about the influx of non-compliant products coming into the market that have not been tested and certified to meet the necessary standards and could potentially put people at risk. We recommend that customers work with companies like Arco, that can provide assurance on product quality and conformity".

    Those issuing Type II masks for the first time will need to provide instruction to wearers of the correct way to put on, take off and dispose of the masks once used. Arco has compiled a step-by-step illustrative guide along with a list of FAQs for managers.

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