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Due to the fast-paced, deadline-driven nature of the printing industry it can often be easy to overlook the need for health and safety equipment. The UK is the world’s fifth largest producer of printed products, with around 120,000 employees – a large workforce that needs to be protected.

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Hughes Safety Showers, based in Stockport, Manchester has won an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2018 calendar year.

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Weekly activation of your emergency safety showers and eye/face wash units is paramount to ensure that all emergency equipment is operating properly. This process is stated as a requirement in European and International standards (EN15154 and ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014)

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It’s important to know how seasonal weather changes affect your safety equipment, especially if placed outdoors. With winter approaching, are your safety showers ready?

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The fertiliser industry uses extremely hazardous materials in their production processes. Common industry chemicals like anhydrous ammonia can cause burns and inhalation hazards.Others like ammonium nitrate pose a risk of fire and explosion.

In 2006 a large explosion at a fertiliser plant in Teeside, UK caused a fire involving mixed gases including hydrogen, nitrogen and ammonia prompting the police to declare a major emergency.

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A UK site of the World's largest chemical producer switched over its production process for the monomer acrylamide to a modern enzyme-based process. The newer, biocatalytic production method results in less waste than the copper catalysis previously used.

Acrylamide is a hazardous substance and it was imperative that any accidental exposure could be dealt with immediately. The company approached Hughes to aid them in specifying the correct product for them.

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Hughes are proud to have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification, an internationally recognised standard that ensures services meet the needs of clients through an effective quality management system.

The standard demands a high degree of leadership commitment and is underpinned by risk- based thinking.

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Anaerobic digestion is an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective solution to converting waste into renewable energy. There are many important health and safety issues to consider and potential risks to mitigate when operating a biogas plant such as explosion, fire, poisoning and surface water leakages. How can Hughes Safety Showers help with some of the potential hazards?

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Because emergency tank showers can go unused for extended periods of time, the water held in the tanks may become stagnant. This makes it susceptible to bacterial growth and if not properly treated and maintained can become a source of infection.

There are several ways that Hughes combat the growth of harmful bacteria in their tank showers. 

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Remote location. Lack of a constant water supply. Extremes in temperature from -40°C to +45°C. Just some of the challenges faced by a customer in Kazakhstan looking for emergency safety showers. Find out how Hughes tailored a solution for this ‘super giant’ oilfield.

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