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Arco Wins EcoVadis Gold Medal for Sustainability

18 June 2024

Arco, the UK and Ireland's leading safety provider, has once again been awarded a gold medal for sustainability by the world's largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings.

After thorough examination of its sustainability performance by independent experts at EcoVadis, Arco has retained its "Gold" status for 2024, improving on its overall score since the company's last assessment.

The gold rating means Arco is ranked in the top 5 per cent of more than 120,000 companies assessed by Eco-Vadis.

EcoVadis singled out Arco's leadership on environmental sustainability as "outstanding" in comparison with its peers.

Arco's sustainability initiatives over the past year include the launch of a new Responsible hi-visibility clothing range, as well as the installation of more than 2,300 solar panels on the roof of the company's National Distribution Centre in Hull.

Jim Harbidge, head of sustainability at Arco, said:

"At Arco, we continually review and improve practices across the business to ensure we deliver best practice in sustainability.

"We are extremely proud of this award and what it means for our products, those who make them and our customers who share our aims and values.

"We still aspire to achieve the 'Platinum' award and will continue to find new ways to differentiate ourselves as a responsible choice of safety partner."

EcoVadis measures sustainability performance across the four themes of environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

Its rating methodology measures the quality of a company's sustainability management system through three management pillars of policies, actions, and results.

A team of international sustainability experts analyse and cross-check companies' data in order to create reliable ratings, considering each company's industry, size and geographic location. EcoVadis reviews its performance rating approach each year in support of best practice in sustainability.

Find out how Arco is taking action for a safer tomorrow

E. coli Outbreak in the UK

11 June 2024

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) has reported an outbreak of E. coli, with over 100 confirmed cases and dozens hospitalised with food poisoning. The outbreak is believed to be linked to contaminated nationally distributed food, but the source has not yet been confirmed.

How E. coli spreads

E. coli can contaminate meats, food crops, water, and unpasteurized milk and cheese. It can spread through:

  • Contact with contaminated food or water
  • Human carriers who don't properly wash their hands after using the toilet
  • Pets and zoos that are contaminated

Symptoms of E. coli infection

Symptoms of E. coli infection typically appear within 3-9 days of consuming contaminated food and include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Complications

Complications can include thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a life-threatening condition.

Prevention measures

To reduce the risk of gastrointestinal infections and prevent the spread of the infection:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet and before preparing food
  • Follow food hygiene measures, such as washing fruit and vegetables and cooking food properly
  • Use disinfectants to clean surfaces that may be contaminated
  • Avoid preparing food for others if you have diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Do not visit people in hospitals or care homes if you have diarrhoea and vomiting

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Preventing cross-contamination for food environments

To control and reduce the risk of E. coli in your business, you must comply with food hygiene legislation and ensure all work areas, surfaces and equipment for raw and ready-to-eat food are adequately separated and all areas are cleaned and disinfected. Staff must wash their hands to a high standard. You must follow specific legal requirements to ensure that food is safe. Food safety e-learning courses are available online and on demand from our Arco Professional Safety Services team. See below the list of relevant options available.

  • Food Safety & Hygiene (Level 1)
  • Food Safety & Hygiene (Level 2)
  • Food Safety & Hygiene (Level 3)
  • HACCP Level 2

Click here to view all courses

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of E. coli infection, do not return to work, school, or nursery until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped. If you are worried or experiencing severe symptoms, call NHS 111 or contact your GP surgery.

Important notes

Many people recover well from E. coli infection, but some individuals, such as young children, can become very unwell. It is crucial to take steps to prevent the spread of the infection and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or persist.

Sources:

https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/e-coli

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-coli-advice-issued-amid-rise-in-cases


  • Arco Volunteers Give Up 1,000 Hours For Good Causes

    04 June 2024

    Kind-hearted Arco staff have carried out almost 1,000 hours of voluntary work over the past year.

    Since July last year, 169 Arco colleagues have contributed a total of 966 hours to volunteering in their communities, supporting many different organisations, including Age UK and the Royal British Legion.

    Everyone who works for Arco is encouraged to take two paid days out of the business each year to volunteer for causes that matter to them.

    In April, Arco staff dedicated one of their volunteering days to supporting Mires Beck Nursery in North Cave, which provides work experience and social therapeutic horticulture for adults with learning difficulties.

    The volunteers helped replant hawthorn trees, added fresh coats of paint to the office building, and worked in the perennials garden.

    Arco project manager Nicola Litten said:

    "There were many daily tasks to complete, so we split into small groups to work alongside the service users and their staff to crack on with painting the outside of the building, pot on perennial plants or work in the tree section to tidy up hawthorn saplings.

    "It was a very rewarding and insightful day to be able to support a local charity and get some fresh air out of the office! I would highly recommend it to any other Arco colleagues."

    Another volunteering day saw a group of staff help tidy up Humber Bridge Country Park in Hessle.

    Arco has lined up a number of different volunteering opportunities for staff this month, including helping plant a new wildlife garden for east Hull charity EMS -Environmental & Management Solutions, and sorting stock for Dove Hose Hospice charity shops.

    Next month, volunteers will help long-standing Arco charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support reinvigorate a patient garden space at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.

    Di Hopper, chief people officer at Arco, said:

    "This Volunteers' Week, we'd like to thank all the amazing individuals from Arco who have given time to support charity or community projects in need of valuable time and help.

    "It is lovely to hear just how much our colleagues have enjoyed, learnt and taken away from the experience, as well as how much the organisations have benefited.

    "We encourage all our staff to take two volunteering days a year, as part of our commitment to being a responsible choice of employer and expert safety partner.

    "We hope our volunteers inspire many more people make a difference over the next 12 months."

    This Week is Volunteers' Week (June 3-9), a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK's incredible volunteers for all they contribute to local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

    Volunteers' Week, first established in 1984, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, in the same year Arco celebrates its 140th.

    Find out more about Arco's corporate social responsibility initiatives

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  • Arco Team Take 2nd Place In Rope Rescue Competition

    30 May 2024

    A team of fearless work-at-height trainers from Arco Professional Safety Services have taken second place in a gruelling rope rescue competition.

    The Prusik Rope Rescue Event 2024, held at the Avonmouth Dock in Bristol on May 18, featured nine teams from around the UK taking part in rescue challenges while sharing knowledge and learning in technical rope rescue.

    The Arco team, made up of work-at-height trainers Rob Messenger, Jack Ball, Peter Hancock, Nat Smart, Bartek Biela and Ian Moss, faced stiff competition, including teams from emergency services and other private rescue providers.

    Each team had to pass three rescue "evolutions", facing challenging scenarios such as rescuing a casualty from a narrow walkway suspended at the end of a shipping crane.

    The teams had 60 minutes to complete each evolution. If a team declared they could not manage the rescue, the clock stopped and it became a training exercise, with the assessor coaching the team through the rescue.

    Rob Messenger, Arco's team leader on the day, said:

    "When the teams assembled on the quayside, it quickly became apparent they were all highly capable and well-drilled in technical rope rescue.

    "Prior to each rescue, the team leader was given four minutes to brief the team on the scenario, rules, or restrictions.

    "We decided that, when our briefing time was up and the rescue time started, we would not rush away, but instead confirm understanding and then conduct the rescue."

    Putting their skills and expertise to the test and passing all three challenges, the Arco team were overjoyed to be named overall runners-up.

    The top three teams were awarded a kit bag donated by Never Let Go.

    Rob said the event was great for the team's continuing professional development, as their technical rescue knowledge and expertise was bolstered with lessons learnt.

    He said: "We spoke to many of the other teams, looking at how they used their equipment and how we have rigged ours.

    "Our product knowledge was improved too, with workshops provided by the suppliers and distributors. Some of the innovations had a clear role within some of our customers' workplaces.

    "When we were announced as second place, we were chuffed to bits. It really felt that our efforts and personal time spent training had been rewarded."

    Arco Professional Safety Services' complete range of workplace environment solutions includes comprehensive management of working at height challenges.

    Arco's expert trainers ensure people have the proper preparation to do their jobs safely, catering for most industry sectors.

    Their working at height training expertise includes:

    • Rooftop safety
    • Telecoms climber
    • Rescue from height
    • Fall protection
    • Industrial rope access
    • Ladder safety
    • Rail
    • Warehouse safety

    For more information, visit arcoservices.co.uk

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  • Arco Lends its Safety Expertise to UK's New Tallest and Fastest Rollercoaster

    16 May 2024

    Arco Professional Safety Services have completed the installation of fall protection systems on the UK's tallest and fastest rollercoaster- brand new Hyperia!

    Due to open on Friday 24 May, Hyperia is the newest ride at Thorpe Park in Surrey.

    Built by Mack Rides, the new attraction stands at an intimidating 72m (236ft) and will reach speeds of over 80mph.

    The safety systems installed by working at height specialists from Arco Professional Safety Services provide a continuous safe connection on the rollercoaster, allowing maintenance crews to carry out routine and reactive tasks with confidence.

    Arco installed Two MSA Latchways BridgeLatch fall arrest and restraint systems along the entire 111m (364ft) incline and crest of the rollercoaster, allowing workers to access the lift portion of the rollercoaster safely.

    They also fixed MSA Latchways Mansafe fall arrest systems along the station return brake platform and the station exit maintenance platform.

    Matthew Glass, fall protection manager at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

    "We were thrilled to be a part of this project for the Hyperia coaster, the latest attraction at one of the UK's top theme parks.

    "This installation is the latest in a longstanding partnership with Merlin Entertainments that has allowed Arco, the Experts in Safety, to demonstrate our expertise in working at height safety and love of (safe) thrills.

    "I know I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we are looking forward to getting to experience the UK's new tallest and fastest ride when it opens."

    Dan Warwick, health and safety director at Thorpe Park, said:

    "Arco have been an instrumental part of the team, assisting us with the installation of working at height lines - a vital element of the Hyperia ride construction.

    "With the ride standing at an epic 236ft tall, these lines will be used to safely enable our engineering team to get up and down the incredible lift hill for all maintenance and daily pre-opening checks.

    "The lines will also be used by our staff and guests in the event of an evacuation being required on the ride. As part of this, the Arco team worked closely with us to ensure we have well-planned and expertly curated evacuation plans, which form a critical part of the overall project."

    Arco Professional Safety Services provide consultancy, training, services and equipment to manage the most complex and high-risk, high hazard scenarios, specialising in working at height, confined spaces and respiratory management.

    Find out more at arcoservices.co.uk

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