We are delighted to have worked with the team of FME Co-ordinators from Heysham 1 & 2, Dungeness B, Hartlepool, Hinckley Point B, Hunterston B, Sizewell B and Torness Power Stations to produce a range of flange covers, tarpaulins, and box covers used during maintenance processes within the nuclear power industry.
Phoenix Safety – an established Health & Safety manufacturing and design consultancy business, primarily in the Respiratory Protection sector – has taken the decision to concentrate its efforts on the design consultancy side of the business. From January 2011, onwards, the manufacture of Air Supplied Respirators, will be transferred to Detalyo & Valmy based in Roanne, France.
Working together with the nuclear industry, Lancastle have launched a new range of high specification Foreign Material Exclusion maintenance covers. The design process involved a comprehensive review of currently available product and two full scale user trials. As a result, our new range is significantly more hard wearing and easier to use than many competitor products. Please see our FME page for details of sizes and types available.
A report on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme suggested that some users of mobile phones are not sufficiently aware of the possible heath effects of using them. Apparently, one prominent manufacturer advises that the phone should be held at least 15cm away from the body to minimise the effects of radiation. Another solution is to use a phone sock that incorporates radiation blocking material.
The management team has recently benefitted from a days hands on help from the Management Advisory Service (aka The Manufacturing Institute). Stuart Mitten from MAS assisted us to analyse work flows for our higher volume products and improve factory layout.
As a result of this exercise we have moved most of the machines to differing postions, created a new packing area and rebuilt our raw material storage areas.
The revised layout is already working well and has cut down handling time between processes.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is in the process of developing new regulations for several types of respirators, in particular, for closed circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (CC-SCBA), supplied-air respirators (SARs) and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR or PAPRs). Each of these proposals not only updates existing industrial requirements, but also has a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) component.
The largest impact of the new regulations will be for the PAPR category, where a large amount of change is occurring and several new requirements are being considered. In the present respirator regulations (Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84 — also known as 42 CFR 84), there presently is no subpart specifically for PAPRs.
Most users believe PAPRs to be positive-pressure units. But in fact, many existing models can and do go negative during inhalation and the user may or may not be aware of this, especially during high work rates when one's mind is focused on the task at hand. With the new requirements that NIOSH is proposing, PAPRs will have to remain positive during NIOSH testing. They will be tested on a machine that simulates breathing and the PAPRs will be required to monitor and warn users when or if the inside air pressure goes below ambient. PAPRs also will be required to monitor battery life and warn when the battery becomes low.