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Oily Rags & Wipes Safety

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Working with machinery and vehicles means that you will inevitably need to wipe down surfaces or clean your hands a lot, usually with a handy wipe. 

But once you have used the wipe/rag then what?

Leaving wadded up oil soaked rags, cloths or wipes is dangerous and fires caused this way are actually a lot more common than you would think. 

Spontaneous Combustion of Oily Rags 

The spontaneous combustion of oily rags is caused by flammable or combustible substances heating up to ignition point through oxidation. 

Substances release heat as they oxidise and if the heat has nowhere to escape the temperature will rise to such a level that it will ignite the oil. 

Keeping Safe with Oily Rags 

Don’t let oily rags sit too long

Saturated oily or solvent rags/wipes should not be sat in one place for too long; this is where oxidisation and heat will increase at a rapid rate. You can dispose or wash the rags at the end of each day. 

Wash oily rags thoroughly

If you are going to be re-using any of the oily rags the best way to ensure that substances have been removed is to put them on a hot wash. Also please remember not to wash different substance soaked rags together, wash them by type (this may mean separating them into different bins). 

Safety Protocol with oily rags

It is important to set out proper guidelines when dealing with saturated rags/wipes, following protocol will ensure that nothing is forgotten and that everything is stored in the appropriate place and manner. 

Store oily rags in ventilated areas

If you work in a heated workshop or garage make sure that when placing rags in a bin it is in a well-ventilated area and away from anything that could cause or increase the risk of ignition.

Oily Waste Can

 oily waste can for solvent/flammable wipes and rags are specifically designed for oily rags and wipes and features a ventilated base which reduces the risk of spontaneous combustion for that extra peace of mind. 

All cans are made from tough galvanised steel construction and are TUV approved. You can choose from 4 sizes and each bin is foot operated.

If you have any questions regarding our Justrite oily/solvent waste cans then don’t hesitate to call our friendly and award winning customer support team free phone on 0808 250 6683 who will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

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New Health and Safety Law Poster comes into full effect on 5th April 2014

On the 5th April 2014, the 1999 Health and Safety Law poster must be replaced with the updated 2009 Health and Safety Law poster. This is following the 5 year transition period that was set by the HSE Board.

New and Old HSE Posters

So what has changed on the HSE poster?

Well the new poster has been redesigned specifically to be more engaging and encourage people to read it. It also reflects the law change of reducing administrative costs of employers having to give additional written information with the poster or leaflet.

Employers will still be complying with the law if they continue to display the old poster (1999) however they will have the continuing duty of providing additional information in writing when requested; this is the name and address of the enforcing authority and Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS and have the responsibility for keeping information up to date.

The new poster and leaflet does not require the employer to provide further information in writing either on the poster, or with the leaflet. Now your staff will be advised to visit HSE’s website and find the relevant information they require themselves. There is still the option to add in the details of the health and safety representatives and other health and safety contacts if needed.

You will be able to tell if you have a genuine Health and Safety Law poster as it will feature a serially numbered hologram on the bottom right hand corner of the poster.

How Many HSE Posters Do I Need?

According to HSE.gov:

"Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet."

The HSE Poster must be available to see for all employees at their place of work. Typically this will require one HSE poster for each main building.

Get Your New HSE Poster From ESE Direct

New HSE Poster

At ESE Direct we can supply you with the updated Health and Safety Law poster here from only £12.60 making sure you comply with legislation as well as a wide range of first aid signs and kits for your workplace.

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Eastern Storage Equipment Ltd. was established in 1975 in Norwich, Norfolk, UK and was rebranded to ESE Direct in 2013.

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