Comprehensive Site Safety Audits

Enhance Workplace Safety with Brandsafe’s Comprehensive Site Safety Audits

At Brandsafe, we recognise the crucial need for maintaining a secure workplace. Our comprehensive Site Safety Audits are tailored to ensure that all installed safety measures not only continue to perform effectively but also comply with stringent safety standards. Designed to pre-emptively identify and mitigate potential hazards, these audits are instrumental in fostering a safer work environment and enhancing operational safety for all employees. Our Site Safety Audit is methodically structured into three phases: 'Inspect', 'Report', and 'Recommend'. This systematic approach ensures comprehensive evaluation and sustained compliance with safety standards.

Building on this commitment to workplace safety, our audits encompass a thorough examination of existing protocols and equipment. By integrating both a visual and functional assessment of safety barriers, signage, and emergency access points, we ensure that every aspect of your safety infrastructure is up to date and functioning as intended. Our expert auditors focus on critical areas that may be overlooked during regular operations, providing you with insights and actionable data that drive continuous safety improvements.

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Inspect

The initial phase of our Site Safety Audit involves a comprehensive on-site inspection led by our seasoned safety specialists. This inspection includes a detailed examination of each installed safety feature—ranging from Polymer Barriers and Bollards to Line Markings—to evaluate their current condition and functionality. Our experts diligently look for any signs of deterioration, damage, or other concerns that could potentially compromise safety. Employing exhaustive checklists and best-in-class practices, we guarantee a meticulous assessment with no detail overlooked.

Report

After the inspection, a comprehensive pictorial report is compiled to provide a detailed overview of the current state of your safety installations. The report encompasses photographs of each inspected item, annotations on any observed defects or conditions, and a comprehensive assessment of the safety environment. This documentation is essential for monitoring the longevity and effectiveness of safety solutions and serves as a vital record for compliance purposes.

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Recommend

Based on the findings from our inspection and the insights gathered from the report, we provide tailored recommendations to address any identified issues. Whether it’s replacing worn-out materials, updating outdated installations, or suggesting additional safety measures, our recommendations are designed to enhance safety and compliance with the latest industry standards. We also offer guidance on best practices for maintenance to prolong the life of your safety solutions.

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Ensure your safety measures meet the highest standards. Contact us now to schedule your free annual product inspection. We offer flexible scheduling to seamlessly accommodate your operations. Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your workplace safety—book your audit today.

The Critical Importance of Health and Safety Audits

Impact of Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents and injuries significantly impact businesses, leading to lost productivity, increased downtime, and long-term health issues for employees. They also expose companies to legal and financial risks. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that annually around 50 people die and over 5,000 are injured in workplace transport accidents in the UK, highlighting the urgent need for effective safety measures.

Adhering to PAS 13 Standards

The PAS 13 standard, developed by the British Standards Institution in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive and industry experts, offers a robust framework for traffic management and safety barrier implementation in industrial settings. It provides comprehensive guidelines on the specifications, placement, and testing of safety barriers to exceed safety requirements and protect both personnel and infrastructure.

Safety Audit Processes

Our site safety audits utilise these PAS 13 guidelines to provide custom recommendations tailored to each facility's specific needs. These audits critically assess safety solutions’ impact resistance, dimensions, and placement, and include detailed testing to ensure maximum protection.

Legal Compliance and Regular Audits

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, UK employers are mandated to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, which includes regular risk assessments and audits. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 further require that risks be systematically assessed and managed. Regular safety audits are crucial in warehouse and industrial environments where the risk of accidents involving heavy machinery and large volumes of goods is high. These audits are essential not only for compliance with standards like PAS 13 but also for enhancing operational efficiency and employee safety.

The Value of Regular Audits

Regular health and safety checks and audits are vital for any business committed to safeguarding its workforce and maintaining a resilient, efficient, and compliant operation. These audits are not merely legal requirements but are fundamental to responsible business management, ensuring the highest safety outcomes and protecting both people and assets.

Implementing these best practices in audits can significantly enhance workplace safety and operational efficiency, demonstrating a proactive approach to risk management and employee protection.

 

 

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Securing a Safer Tomorrow: The Importance of Regular Health and Safety Audits

Introduction to Safety Audits

In the dynamic environment of industrial workplaces, ensuring utmost safety is not merely a regulatory requirement; it is crucial for maintaining operational efficiency and safeguarding human life. Regular health and safety audits play a pivotal role in identifying potential risks before they escalate into serious incidents, helping to foster a safer work environment.

The Necessity of Regular Audits

Safety audits are proactive measures vital not only for adhering to safety standards but also for ensuring that safety installations such as barriers and line markings remain effective over time. During audits, every element of the workplace's safety infrastructure is meticulously examined—from the stability of barriers to the visibility of signage and the clarity of pathway demarcations.

Three-Phase Audit Approach

The auditing process is structured into three phases: inspect, report, and recommend. The initial inspection identifies both current and potential safety concerns, which are then detailed in a comprehensive report. This report tracks the effectiveness of installed safety measures and helps ensure compliance with safety regulations. The final phase involves providing tailored recommendations for necessary improvements or updates to meet the latest safety standards, ensuring ongoing protection for personnel and infrastructure.

Benefits of Proactive Safety Measures

Implementing the insights from these audits can significantly prevent costly accidents and boost operational efficiency. Addressing safety concerns proactively reduces downtime, which can have extensive financial implications and negatively impact employee morale and the company's reputation.

Partnering with Brandsafe

Brandsafe is dedicated to collaborating with you to conduct these audits, ensuring that your safety measures meet both compliance standards and are optimised for your specific operational needs. By scheduling your next health and safety audit with us, you are taking a significant step towards mitigating accidents and enhancing a culture of safety within your organisation.

Take Proactive Steps with Brandsafe Audits

Reach out to Brandsafe today to discover how our comprehensive safety audits can safeguard your most valuable asset—your workforce. Protecting your team not only complies with legal standards but also builds a foundation for a resilient and efficient operational environment.

Conclusion

Regular health and safety audits are essential for any business committed to the safety of its workforce and to maintaining a legally compliant operation. By following best practices and implementing regular audits, you ensure the highest safety outcomes, effectively protecting both people and assets. Contact Brandsafe now to schedule your audit and secure a safer tomorrow for your business.

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PAS 13 Explained: The Code of Practice for Safety Barriers

The industry best practice for safety barriers and traffic management in the workplace

PAS 13 was developed as a code of practice for safety barriers by the British Standards Institution (BSI), and is published as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 13 - the code of practice for safety barriers used in traffic management within workplace environments with test methods for safety barrier impact resilience.

What is the PAS 13 code of practice?

PAS 13 is the only global code of practice for industrial safety barriers. It is intended to be used as a reference point for engineers, architects, contractors, health and safety professionals, as well as any other stakeholders involved in the design, construction, deployment and maintenance of safety barriers. The code is based on the principles of risk assessment and recommends selecting the appropriate safety barriers based on the potential hazards and risks in the surrounding area.

Compliance with PAS 13 helps to ensure that the installed safety barriers are effective in protecting people and assets from potential hazards and ultimately minimising the risk of accidents and injuries.

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Why was the PAS 13 standard created?

The consequences of workplace accidents and injuries can be severe. They can result in lost productivity, downtime, and increased maintenance and repairs, all of which can potentially be very costly. Moreover, they can lead to long-term health problems for employees and possible legal and financial liabilities for the company.

According to the Health and Safety Executive statistics, approximately 50 people are killed each year, and more than 5,000 are injured in accidents involving workplace transport. PAS 13 outlines the best practice traffic management procedures for workplaces and provides a standard for the safety barriers within them.

Mixing vehicle and pedestrian routes will always increase the risk of potential accidents, so it is imperative that steps are taken to minimise this. PAS 13 gives recommendations for impact resistance, dimensions and positions of safety barriers in the workplace; guidance on how to manage the risks associated with vehicles within the workplace; and specifies the criteria for testing the impact resistance of a safety barrier.

Who created the PAS 13 standard?

PAS 13 was created and published by the British Standards Institution in association with the Health and Safety Executive. The BSI worked with a steering group made up of many high-profile blue-chip companies. These companies were able to offer first-hand experience of health and safety initiatives across a range of industry sectors, to create a consistent and transferable set of guidelines for optimal safety barrier installation.

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PAS 13 overview

PAS 13 is the global code of practice for industrial safety barriers, which provides comprehensive guidance on the best practices to employ when these safety barriers are installed in the workplace. As mentioned earlier, it is an official document produced by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is globally recognised as the most reliable code of practice for industrial safety barriers.

PAS 13 is broken down into two sections. The first section provides health and safety and operations managers with detailed guidance on the correct application of safety barriers at busy facilities. This section includes recommendations on how to select the appropriate safety barrier system based on the level of risk, traffic flow, and environmental conditions.

The second section of PAS 13 is primarily for safety barrier manufacturers. It covers how to conduct standardised testing and certification of safety barriers for strength and durability, as well as how to record and publicise these results in a way that is clear and transparent for customers. This section of PAS 13 helps manufacturers ensure that their products meet the required strength and durability standards, giving customers peace of mind when selecting their safety barrier systems.

 

Advantages of using PAS 13 certified safety barriers

The use of PAS 13 certified safety barriers in industrial workplaces can have numerous benefits, including:

Racking protection

Safety barriers can also provide protection for racking and other storage systems. In busy industrial facilities, forklifts and other vehicles can cause damage to racking, which can be costly to repair or replace. Impact barriers can absorb the force of collisions, minimising damage and reducing maintenance and repair costs.

Pedestrian protection

PAS 13 safety barriers are used to create safe pedestrian walkways in busy workplaces. By separating pedestrian areas from areas where vehicles are operating, the risk of accidents is greatly reduced. This can help to create a safer working environment and reduce the risk of accidents.

Forklift damage

Forklifts are a common cause of impact damage in industrial facilities, and collisions with other vehicles, racking, and equipment can be costly to repair. PAS 13 certified safety barriers will help to deflect and absorb the force of collisions, reducing the risk of damage to forklifts and other vehicles.

Maintenance and repair costs

By reducing the risk of impact damage to racking, equipment, and vehicles, safety barriers can also help to reduce maintenance and repair costs. In addition, impact barriers themselves are designed to be durable and long-lasting, reducing the need for frequent replacement.

Employee safety

One of the most significant benefits of using PAS 13 certified barriers is the increased safety of employees. These barriers are designed to protect employees from accidents caused by moving machinery, falling objects, and collisions with vehicles. By providing a physical barrier between employees and potential hazards, the risk of injury is greatly reduced.

The use of PAS 13 certified safety barriers in industrial workplaces can have numerous benefits, including increased employee safety, protection for racking and other storage systems, safe pedestrian walkways, reduced damage to forklifts and other vehicles, and lower maintenance and repair costs. By investing in these safety barriers and following the guidelines set out in PAS 13, companies can create a safer working environment and improve the efficiency of their operations.

Benefits of following the PAS 13 standard

Health and safety managers, procurement specialists, directors, facility managers, project managers and site safety leaders all benefit from following PAS 13. It will also likely be of interest to those who want to apply traffic management procedures, as well as those who manufacture, test and measure the performance of safety barriers.

Here are some of the ways that implementing PAS 13 can greatly improve the use of impact safety barriers in industrial workplaces:

  • Clear guidelines for barrier selection: PAS 13 provides detailed guidelines for the correct application of safety barriers in industrial facilities. This includes information on the selection of barriers that best fit the needs of the facility, taking into account factors such as vehicle types, traffic flow, and the potential for impact.
  • Standardised testing for barrier strength and durability: The second section of PAS 13 covers how to conduct standardised testing of safety barriers for strength and durability, and record results in a way that is clear and transparent for customers. This ensures that all barriers used in the facility meet a consistent standard for safety and durability.
  • Improved traffic management: The guidelines set out in PAS 13 can also help to improve traffic management in industrial facilities. By using barriers to separate pedestrian walkways from areas where vehicles are operating, the risk of accidents is greatly reduced. This can help to create a safer working environment and improve the efficiency of operations by reducing downtime due to accidents.
  • Safety: The primary objective of impact barriers is to prevent accidents and protect workers from hazards. By manufacturers following the recommendations and requirements set out in PAS 13, customers can ensure that their safety barriers are properly designed and installed to provide maximum protection for workers.
  • Risk assessment: PAS 13 emphasises the importance of conducting a thorough risk assessment before installing safety barriers. This helps businesses identify potential hazards and ensure that their safety barriers are designed to address these specific risks.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Properly designed and installed safety barriers can help reduce the risk of accidents and damage to equipment and products, which can ultimately result in cost savings for businesses.

PAS 13 certified pedestrian safety barriers

Polymer Single Bumper Pedestrian Barriers

The Single Bumper Pedestrian Barriers enhance workplace safety by providing a crucial shield against impacts from Material Handling Equipment (MHE), benefiting both pedestrians and vehicles.

These barriers are rigorously tested according to the PAS 13 code of practice, demonstrating an impressive impact resistance of 11,000 joules and a deflection capability of 224mm, meaning they flex upon impact and return to their original shape.

Suitable for diverse environments, they can be utilised in ambient, chilled, and freezer settings. Available in high-visibility yellow & blue or safety yellow & grey, with bespoke colours offered upon request to meet specific aesthetic needs.

Polymer Double Bumper Pedestrian Barrier

The Double Bumper Pedestrian Barriers provide robust protection for both pedestrians and vehicles. Constructed from heavy-duty polymer, these barriers are designed to offer the highest level of impact safety.

They meet the rigorous PAS 13 code of practice and can withstand impact energies of up to 14,200 joules. Upon impact, they flex to absorb energy and then reform to their original shape, demonstrating excellent resilience.

Suitable for use in various environments, from ambient to chilled and freezer settings, these barriers are available in standard high-visibility yellow and blue or safety yellow and grey. For those requiring a specific aesthetic, bespoke colours can be requested to align with different design requirements.

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Summary

In conclusion, the use of safety barriers in industrial workplaces is essential for protecting employees and equipment from impact damage. The implementation of the PAS 13 code of practice for industrial safety barriers provides a reliable and effective means of ensuring that the correct barriers are selected and used in these workplaces. PAS 13 provides clear guidelines for barrier selection, standardised testing for barrier strength and durability, improved traffic management, reduced maintenance and repair costs, and compliance with safety regulations.

By following the guidelines set out in PAS 13, companies can create a safer working environment for their staff and ultimately improve the efficiency of their operations. Investing in high-quality safety barriers that meet PAS 13 standards not only reduces the risk of accidents, but also protects the company from potential liability and will reduce maintenance and repair costs over time.

Therefore, we highly recommend that all industrial workplaces follow the PAS 13 code of practice when selecting and implementing safety barriers. As a leading provider of impact safety barriers, our company offers a range of high-quality polymer safety barriers that have been independently certified to the PAS 13 standard.

Contact us today to see how we can help optimise safety in your workplace.

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Brandsafe Welcomes New Business Development Manager Francesca Towalska

Introducing Our Newest Asset in Business Development

We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the Brandsafe team – a seasoned professional with an impressive 15-year track record in sales within the recruitment industry. Meet Francesca Towalska our dynamic Business Development Manager, who brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for driving success.

With a successful career spanning over a decade, Francesca has honed her skills in the fast-paced and ever-evolving field of recruitment. Her extensive experience not only demonstrates her proficiency in sales but also underscores her adaptability to industry trends, making her an invaluable asset to Brandsafe.

What truly sets Francesca apart is her unwavering drive and unparalleled passion for what she does. She doesn’t just meet targets; she exceeds them. With a determination that is contagious, a hunger that is ferocious, and a tenacious appetite for progression, Francesca will play a key role in Brandsafe’s next phase of significant growth. Her commitment to achieving excellence has not only propelled her career but has also earned her a reputation as a go-getter in the competitive world of business development.

Brandsafe is thrilled to have Francesca on board, knowing that her wealth of experience, combined with her tireless work ethic, will undoubtedly contribute to our next phase of development. As we welcome Francesca into our team, we look forward to the innovative ideas, energy and strategic vision she brings to the table.

In his own words, our commercial director, Jonathan welcomed Francesca to the team:

‘I am incredibly pleased to welcome Francesca to the team. Francesca brings with her and abundance of expertise in working in the Construction and Industrial sectors. Her infectious energy, knowledge and enthusiasm will shine though in this role and will bring an extra dimension to the business. She has a natural tenacious new business nature that will be a key asset to our growing business operations. I look forward to working with Francesca and developing her journey with Brandsafe.’

In her own words, Francesca said,
‘I am delighted for this exciting challenge ahead, I am grateful for the smooth onboarding and how the team has helped me adapt to everything so quickly, together with the team, we are going to reach great heights’

As part of the IWS Group, Brandsafe continues to innovate as it develops its end-to-end solutions across new and existing verticals. Click here to browse our impact protection range.

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Francesca – a driven and passionate professional who is poised to make a significant impact on Brandsafe’s journey towards new heights of success!

Welcome to the Brandsafe Team Francesca!

Francesca with Brandsafe Commercial Director Jonathan Hibbins

Francesca with Brandsafe Commercial Director, Jonathan Hibbins.

Bollards: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Installing Industrial Bollards for Workplace Protection

Essential Steps for Choosing and Implementing Industrial Bollards for Safety Assurance

Industrial bollards play a crucial role in workplace safety by providing protection against vehicle collisions and creating safe spaces for employees and equipment. Whether you are looking to replace existing bollards or install new ones, it is essential to understand their importance and factors to consider before making a purchase decision.

Additionally, choosing the right supplier and following the correct installation process are vital to ensure bollard effectiveness. This guide will take you through all the necessary steps and considerations for buying and installing industrial bollards.

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Discover everything you need to know about purchasing and installing industrial bollards for safeguarding your workplace in this comprehensive guide.

Understanding the Importance of Industrial Bollards

Industrial bollards play a crucial role in ensuring safety and security in various settings. These robust and sturdy vertical posts are specifically designed to prevent unauthorised access, protect buildings and equipment, and enhance pedestrian safety. With their durable construction and reliable functionality, industrial bollards have become an essential feature in many industries.

Defining Industrial Bollards

Industrial bollards are available in a wide range of materials, including steel, concrete, and plastic. This versatility allows them to withstand the harsh conditions often found in industrial environments. Steel bollards, for example, offer exceptional strength and durability, making them ideal for heavy-duty applications. On the other hand, concrete bollards provide a solid and immovable barrier, ensuring maximum protection. Plastic, otherwise known as polymer bollards, offer a combination of strength and versatility. They often have steel cores for strength but feature a polymer plastic shell that allows them to flex upon impact. Ultimately, this means polymer bollards will last longer than purely steel bollards, which can bend, or entirely concrete bollards, which can chip, crack, and crumble after severe impact.

These bollards come in various sizes, designs, and styles to suit different needs and preferences. From simple and functional designs to more aesthetically pleasing options, industrial bollards can be customised to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

The Role of Bollards in Workplace Safety

One of the primary functions of industrial bollards is to act as both a visual and physical barrier, preventing vehicles from entering restricted areas. As a solution for this, we offer 3-meter versions of our ImpactSAFE Heavy Duty Bollard for extra visibility for high lorry and truck cabins. By clearly demarcating boundaries, bollards help minimise the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace. This is particularly important in industrial settings where heavy machinery, forklifts, and other vehicles are often in operation.

Strategically placing bollards at key locations can create designated safe zones, ensuring that pedestrians and workers are protected from potential hazards. These safe zones can be established around entrances, loading docks, walkways, and other areas where there is a high risk of vehicle-related incidents. By effectively separating pedestrians from vehicular traffic, industrial bollards contribute to a safer and more organised work environment.

Protection Bollard protecting a lift

Example: Two Protection Bollards protecting a lift from heavy impacts.

Furthermore, industrial bollards help maintain smooth traffic flow within industrial facilities. By guiding vehicles along designated routes and preventing unauthorised access to certain areas, bollards ensure operations proceed efficiently and without disruptions. This not only improves productivity but also reduces the likelihood of accidents caused by congestion or confusion. We offer a light solution; Flexible Delineators that can demarcate different streams of traffic and snap back into place after being run over.

In addition to their practical benefits, industrial bollards can also enhance the overall appearance of industrial spaces. With the availability of different designs and finishes, bollards can be customised to complement the architectural style of the surrounding buildings. This not only adds aesthetic value but also creates a cohesive and visually appealing environment.

In conclusion, industrial bollards are essential elements in maintaining safety, security, and efficiency in various industrial settings. Their robust construction, versatile designs, and strategic placement contribute to the overall well-being of workers, pedestrians, and property. By understanding the importance of industrial bollards, businesses can make informed decisions to implement these vital safety measures.

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Yellow Heavy Duty ImpactSAFE, PAS 13 certified safety posts for enhanced workplace protection.

Factors to Consider When Buying Industrial Bollards

Industrial bollards play a crucial role in enhancing the safety and security of a workplace. Whether you need to protect pedestrians, control traffic flow, or safeguard valuable assets, choosing the right bollards is essential. When making this important decision, there are several factors to consider that will ensure you select the most suitable bollards for your specific needs.

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Material and Durability

One of the primary considerations when buying industrial bollards is the material used in their construction. The material significantly impacts their durability and longevity. Steel bollards, for example, offer superior strength and resistance, making them ideal for high-traffic areas or locations where vehicle impact is a concern. On the other hand, concrete bollards provide excellent impact resistance and are often used in areas where heavy machinery is present. Polymer bollards, crafted from durable plastic, blend robustness with flexibility. Their steel cores provide structural strength, while the polymer exterior grants the ability to flex when hit. This combination ensures a longer lifespan compared to solely steel bollards, which may warp, or concrete bollards, prone to chipping, cracking, and crumbling after intense impacts.

Furthermore, it is important to note that different materials may require different maintenance procedures. Steel bollards, for instance, may need periodic repainting to prevent corrosion, while concrete bollards may require occasional cleaning to maintain their appearance. Understanding the maintenance requirements of the chosen material is crucial for ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of the bollards.

Size and Design

The size and design of the bollards are also important factors to consider. The size will depend on their intended purpose and the surroundings in which they will be installed. For example, if you need bollards to control vehicle access, you may opt for taller and wider bollards to effectively deter unauthorised vehicles. On the other hand, if you require posts for pedestrian safety, shorter and more visible options may be more suitable.

In addition to size, the design of the bollards should also be taken into account. Consider factors such as visibility requirements and aesthetic appeal. Bollards that are highly visible can help prevent accidents and improve overall safety. Additionally, choosing bollards that blend well with the architectural style of your workplace can enhance the overall appearance of the area while still ensuring their functionality.

Furthermore, it’s crucial to look beyond to the broader spectrum of safety and operational efficiency within your workplace. Brandsafe offers an array of barrier solutions that cater to various aspects of workplace safety and functionality. From enhancing pedestrian walkways with our Polymer Safety Barriers to safeguarding storage areas and improving day-to-day operations with our Pedestrian Safety Barriers, each product is designed with the end-user in mind. Moreover, our Impact Protection Solutions provide an extra layer of security to both personnel and infrastructure, ensuring a comprehensive approach to workplace safety. When selecting safety barriers, consider the full range of options available to address the specific needs of your business, contributing to a safer, more efficient working environment. Explore our extensive product line to discover how Brandsafe can elevate safety and functionality at your facility.

Cost and Maintenance

Cost is another crucial consideration when selecting industrial bollards. While it may be tempting to opt for the most affordable option, it is important to weigh the initial cost against the long-term benefits. High-quality materials may have a higher upfront cost, but they often require less maintenance and offer a longer lifespan, resulting in cost savings over time. It is essential to consider your budget and balance it with the desired durability and performance of the bollards.

Furthermore, regular inspection and maintenance are crucial to ensure the continued effectiveness of the bollards. Developing a maintenance plan and adhering to it will help identify any potential issues early on and prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future. By investing in proper maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of the bollards and maximise their effectiveness in enhancing safety and security.

In conclusion, when buying industrial bollards, it is important to consider factors such as material and durability, size and design, as well as cost and maintenance. By carefully evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision and select the most suitable bollards that meet your specific needs, ensuring the safety and security of your workplace.

Choosing the Right Bollard Supplier

When it comes to selecting a bollard supplier, there are several factors to consider that can greatly impact your overall experience and satisfaction. In addition to the basic criteria of reputation and experience, there are other important aspects that should not be overlooked.

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Reputation and Experience

One of the first things to consider when choosing a bollard supplier is their reputation and experience in the industry. It is crucial to opt for manufacturers or suppliers who have a proven track record of delivering high-quality products and excellent customer service. This can be determined by checking online reviews and asking for recommendations from trusted sources. Check out our insightful case studies here.

Furthermore, a supplier with extensive experience in the industry is more likely to have a deep understanding of the various needs and requirements of different customers. They will have encountered a wide range of scenarios and challenges, allowing them to provide valuable insights and guidance throughout the purchasing process. With 14 years experience within the industry Brandsafe always strives to understand what the customer needs and deliver solutions that are tailored, effective, and reliable. Additionally, being part of the IWS Group, allows us to offer a complete comprehensive solution to warehouse and industrial requirements.

When selecting a bollard supplier, prioritise reputation and industry experience. A supplier with a strong track record in delivering quality products and exceptional customer service is essential. Online reviews and recommendations from trusted sources can provide insights into their reliability.

Moreover, seasoned suppliers are adept at navigating diverse customer needs and challenges, offering valuable insights and guidance. With 14 years of industry experience, Brandsafe exemplifies this expertise. We’re committed to understanding customer needs and delivering tailored, effective, and reliable solutions. As part of the IWS Group, we provide a comprehensive approach to warehouse and industrial safety requirements. Discover more about our commitment and solutions through our insightful case studies.

Product Range

Another important factor to consider is the supplier’s product range. It is essential to choose a supplier who offers a wide variety of bollard options to suit your specific needs. Whether you require removable, fixed, or retractable bollards, having a supplier who can provide the desired product variety is crucial.

Moreover, a diverse product range indicates that the supplier is well-equipped to cater to different industries and applications. This versatility can be particularly beneficial if you have unique requirements or if you anticipate the need for different types of bollards in the future.

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Customer Service and Support

While the quality of the bollards themselves is important, good customer service is equally vital throughout the entire buying process. From initial inquiries to after-sales support, it is crucial to choose a supplier who values open communication, provides timely responses, and offers assistance with installation, maintenance, and any other concerns that may arise.

Effective communication is particularly important when it comes to customisation options. A supplier who is willing to listen to your specific requirements and provide tailored solutions demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction. Additionally, a supplier who offers comprehensive support and guidance can help ensure that the bollards are installed correctly and are properly maintained, maximising their lifespan and effectiveness.

By considering these factors in your decision-making process, you can choose a bollard supplier who not only meets your immediate needs but also provides a positive and satisfactory experience from start to finish.

At Brandsafe, our commitment to excellence extends far beyond our products; it’s reflected in every interaction and service we provide. As we continue further into 2024, our focus is firmly on enhancing the customer experience through responsiveness and comprehensive solutions.

BRANDSAFE: OUR COMMITMENT

Responsive Service: In an effort to set new benchmarks within the industry, we aim to respond to all Supply Only enquiries within 48 hours. We understand the importance of timely solutions, and as part of our dedication to this goal, we offer next-day shipping for items that are in stock. This ensures that our clients receive the necessary safety solutions promptly, minimising downtime and enhancing operational efficiency.

At Brandsafe, our ethos is centred around providing not just products, but comprehensive safety solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client. Our approach is consultative and customer-focused, ensuring that every interaction is geared towards understanding and addressing your specific safety concerns and operational requirements.

Consultative Expertise

Our external sales team is renowned for its expertise and customer-centric approach. Recognised through numerous customer testimonials, our professionals excel in conducting detailed site surveys and inspections. This process isn’t about just selling a product; it’s about understanding your environment and recommending solutions that truly fit your needs. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen, analyse, and advise, ensuring that you receive the most appropriate and effective safety solutions.

Seamless Installation

Recognising the critical importance of minimal disruption to your operations, our specialist installation team is committed to flexibility and efficiency. We coordinate closely with you to schedule installations at times that align with your business activities, ensuring a seamless integration of our safety solutions into your workplace without impacting your operational flow. Our installers are not just technicians; they are skilled professionals who install each product with care and precision, reflecting our overall commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
Furthermore, our goal is to alleviate the burden of safety management from our clients, allowing you to focus on your core business activities while we ensure your environment is safe and compliant. With our team of credible professionals, we take the ‘hard work’ out of the equation for you, providing peace of mind through our consultative approach and expert installation services.
Finally, our aim for 2024 is to not only meet the immediate needs of our clients but to also offer a seamless and satisfactory experience from the first point of contact to the completion of each project. Our dedication to providing rapid responses, efficient delivery, and comprehensive solutions underscores our ethos of ‘safety, simplified’. With Brandsafe, you’re choosing a partner who values your business and is fully invested in contributing to your success.
Heavy Duty Bollards in a Loading Bay with Single Bumper Pedestrian Barriers PAS 13 Tested.

Heavy Duty Bollards in a Loading Bay with Single Bumper Pedestrian Barriers – PAS 13 Tested.

Conclusion

In conclusion, industrial bollards are an integral part of workplace safety measures. Understanding their importance, considering factors such as material, size, and design, and choosing the right supplier are crucial steps in the buying process. Additionally, following the correct installation process and conducting post-installation checks are vital to ensure the effectiveness and longevity of the bollards. By following this ultimate guide, you can make informed decisions and create a safer work environment with industrial bollards.

What are the 4 main types of Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails?

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BARRIERS AND GUARDRAILS POLYMER Double Bumper Pedestrian Barriers

What are the 4 main types of Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails?

Incorporating pedestrian safety barriers and guardrails into the workplace is essential.

A visible safety barrier gives a clear indication and lessens the likelihood of accidents to employees and non-employees, and therefore creates a safer working environment.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a publicly available specification for (PAS) 13, Code of Practice for safety barriers. Annually, the statistics show that more than 5,000 people are injured with approximately 50 people being critically injured or killed.

In this blog, we'll discuss four types of safety barriers, delve into PAS 13, and explore various warehouse safety barriers, including Pedestrian Safety Barriers, Polymer Safety Barriers, and Armco Safety Barriers.

Required Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails in the workplace

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the best practice for barriers should be:

• Located at the entrance of a car park or similar entrance.
• Established to allow people and vehicles to move safely in separate traffic routes.
• At the entrances and exits of buildings.
• At the corner of buildings.
• To prevent pedestrians from walking into roads and traffic routes.

These important applications of safety barriers can be segmented into 4 main categories: Pedestrian Safety Barriers, Traffic Management Barriers, Building Protection Barriers, and Access Control Barriers.

Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails

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A pedestrian safety barrier and guardrail system will safeguard pedestrian traffic against workplace vehicles and hazards.

Pedestrian safety barriers are essential workplace safety installations designed to separate forklifts and other material handling equipment (MHE) from heavily trafficked pedestrian areas. Thus, ensuring the safety of employees and preventing accidents in industrial environments like warehouses.

This type of barrier should be used to separate pedestrians from hazards. For example, they can indicate that visitors are not permitted to walk across the MHE lanes. In the workplace, they provide protection for people from harm.

Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails are permanent, tested industrial or warehouse barriers, as opposed to cheap, non-permanent metal crowd control barricades or plastic road fences. For example, you could fit them to a mezzanine to protect employees from falling and injuring themselves.

Moreover, the Guardrail Systems (MHE / PIT) are a perfect safety measure on the warehouse floor, protecting employees from forklift tines. As standard, it comes in high-visibility yellow, but custom options are available to suit various environments.

Additionally, if a simpler solution is required, then it would be best to install a Pedestrian Handrail System (HR50). A modular handrail system of galvanised steel covered with yellow and black polymer safety sleeves. This makes pedestrian routes stand out.

These handrails can also be attached to Armco Barriers for additional crash protection. The Armco 760HR Safety Barrier is another modular system with the ability to add any Armco accessories, for additional protection.

Traffic Management Barriers

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Traffic safety barriers shield property and personnel against vehicle impacts.

These barriers should be used to act as a first line of defence against vehicular impacts. For example, the Armco Wall Mounted Safety Barrier is a great protective guard for load bearing walls, and walls directly in front of vehicle parking areas. In addition, they are equipped with rubber shock absorbers to act as a cushion on impact.

Made from galvanised steel it resists corrosion, while allowing some flexibility to deflect vehicular impacts.

Additionally, it should be noted that Armco is extremely versatile, being used inside warehouses as well as outside in HGV yards. Armco 1100D / 1100T Safety Barriers are a prime example of this as it can be easily double or triple stacked as required. This makes it ideal for storage picking areas and outside as a shield for pedestrians and structures alike. Its robust steel construction ensures long-lasting protection in high-traffic environments, and the reflective finish enhances visibility in low-light conditions.

Several reflective polymer Armco accessories can be attached to the barrier ends for higher visibility. For example, the Armco Safety End has two diamond grade reflectors and comes in either black or yellow colour options.

Finally, the outside walkways of facilities need to have separate traffic routes. Single Bumper Pedestrian Barriers are an excellent form of traffic partitioning.

Building Protection Barriers

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Building protection barriers protect business assets from severe or repeated damage.

HSE highlights that the best practice is to align safety barriers where there is most likely to be a risk to personnel and/or property.

Suitable for many applications around a warehouse or factory floor. For example, Single Bumper Barriers are ideal by loading bay doors. Where pallets, stillages, and vehicular accidents are common. Typically, yellow finishes will be applied to increase general visibility and to warn of a hazard.

Furthermore, Double Bumper Safety Barriers are tested to deflect an Impact Energy of 14,200 J. These polymer safety barriers are a necessary safety feature for areas with repeated collisions. They will shield electric outlets, terminals, and loading bay door mechanisms.

We can consult with you to calculate the energy exerted in a collision based on your vehicle's maximum speed and weight, considering direct, 45-degree, and 15-degree impacts. Additionally, we can provide guidance on the optimal placement of speed restrictions, such as Speed Bumps.

Access Control Barriers

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Access control barriers restrict and limit unauthorised access to restricted areas.

Simple solutions for this could be a Polymer Pedestrian Safety Barrier. Much like the Guardrail Systems (MHE / PIT) this has been engineered to deflect low tine forklift impacts and accidental MHE collisions.

The Pedestrian Safety Barrier is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE). This makes it non-toxic, and usable at operating temperature range of -40°C to 50°C. Ideal for food preparation and storage areas.

Furthermore, slowing or limiting the speed of foot traffic can reduce risk and improve safety compliance. For example, installing Pedestrian Safety Gates (made from HDPE) is an ideal accessory for a pedestrian crossing.

The Polymer Safety Barrier range is an excellent option for various production facilities as they are easy to clean and maintain. Available in a range of high visibility colours, contact us if you have any bespoke requirements.

Similarly, a different type of access control barrier could be Security Caging and Fencing. This method is to protect assets in a more protected and secure manner. For example, important resources such as gas, electric, or other control systems.

Standard colour options:
• Colourfast Yellow & Grey
• Hi-Vis Yellow & Blue
• Safety Yellow & Grey

Safety Barrier Colours - What do they mean?

Safety Barrier colours have significant cross-cultural universal meanings.

The following has been taken from a blog written by our sister company Beaverswood and the Health and Safety Executive:

Red

• Prohibited area
• Dangerous behaviour; stop; shutdown; evacuate.

Yellow / Amber

• Warning sign
• Be careful; take precautions; examine.

Blue

• Mandatory action
• Specific behaviour or action; wear protective equipment.

Green

• Emergency exit / First Aid station
• Doors; exits; escape routes; equipment and facilities.

Breaching these strict health and safety regulations is a criminal offence. Enforcement by the relevant authorities can result in serious fines or imprisonment as outlined by the Health and Safety Executive.

Action can be taken against companies, individual managers, and responsible persons.
Safety barriers and signs lessen the likelihood of accidents to employees and non-employees, and therefore creates a safer working environment.

(What are the 4 types of safety signs? Beaverswood, 2020).

Best Practices for Installing Your Pedestrian Safety Barriers

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Installing your Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails is a significant process that ensures the safety of your workplace. Always consult your Health and Safety Specialist.

First, run a new risk assessment. Begin by assessing the areas where the barriers are needed, identifying high-traffic zones and potential hazards. Each business should use their specialists to determine the necessary area. It is important that the area chosen has sufficient room to support the stated deflection of a safety barrier. Otherwise, this would render the barrier ineffective. For example, the Double Bumper Pedestrian Barrier requires 232mm. Therefore, when it was tested to PAS 13 certification it flexed 232mm upon direct impact.

Subsequently, once you have determined the location, use the appropriate fixtures supplied to secure the barriers in place. It is the installers duty to ensure they are firmly anchored to withstand any potential impact. Make sure the barriers are positioned to create clear and easily navigable pedestrian walkways, separating them from vehicle traffic or hazardous equipment.

Finally, regularly inspect and maintain your barriers to ensure they remain effective in preventing accidents and protecting your employees.

By following these installation guidelines, you will enhance safety in your workplace. Creating a secure environment for both employees and visitors.

Alternatively, you can have them expertly installed by our Site Teams here at Brandsafe.

PAS 13 - Why it is important?

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BSI released PAS 13, the safety barrier code of practice, to improve workplace safety by minimising accidents involving workplace transport. This collaborative standard offers guidelines on safety barrier impact resilience, dimensions, and positions. Emphasising the importance of implementing a safety traffic management system to safeguard personnel, vehicles, and structures in various workplaces.

It is one of the only specifications and standards for safety barriers in the workplace.

PAS 13 is crucial in the field of safety equipment. It is specifically aimed at products like Pedestrian Safety Barriers and Guardrails. This standardised testing procedure ensures that safety barriers meet stringent quality and performance standards, guaranteeing their effectiveness in real-world industrial environments.

PAS 13 provides several key benefits:
1. Quality assurance: PAS 13 testing ensures barrier strength through rigorous impact assessment.
2. Reliability: PAS 13 certifies barrier durability.
3. Compliance: PAS 13 aligns with safety standards.
4. Peace of mind: Certifications bring confidence.
5. Cost savings: Durable barriers save money.

In light of this, highlighting the importance of stringent testing, we have explored a few products from the Polymer Safety Barriers - PAS 13 Tested range. These barriers are proven to withstand high-impact collisions, ensuring robust safety in industrial settings. They are rigorously tested to PAS 13 standards, providing unmatched protection.

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TÜV Nord

All our PAS 13 certified products are independently tested by TÜV Nord to PAS 13 standards. This means that an assessment is carried out by a member of TÜV Nord evaluating the production process, manufacturing, and installation of the barriers. Finally, testing their strength by simulating a high impact crash, which we carried out with the use of our custom built Pendulum.

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Pedestrian Safety Barriers FAQs

What safety barriers are compulsory for workplaces in the UK?

In the UK, the requirement for safety barriers is governed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which mandates a safe workplace. The specifics depend on the workplace's individual circumstances and risk assessments. It's advisable to consult the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines or a health and safety professional to understand the exact requirements for your workplace.

What are pedestrian safety barriers and guardrails used for?

Pedestrian safety barriers and guardrails are used for separating all types of pedestrian foot traffic from any type of vehicular traffic. The main aim is to prevent loss of life or injury.

What does the colour of a safety barrier mean?

The most common safety barrier colour is yellow which indicates a warning of a hazard. Red safety barriers are used to highlight danger, prohibited areas, or to slow traffic down like a temporary road barrier. Finally, green safety barriers can be used to highlight safety routes to fire exists or first-aid.