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If you are unsure about your glove size then we will be able to help. Glove sizes are generally displayed under two main formats. Medical examination and disposable gloves Extra small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) PPE Industrial / reusable and surgical gloves 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0 The sizing is determined by the standard to which the glove complies with (EN455-2 for medical, disposable and surgical gloves, and EN420 for PPE pr

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The removal of gloves may appear to be a simple task. However, when working in environments where cross contamination must be avoided and infection is a risk, it’s important the correct removal procedures are carried out. Whether you work with chemicals, assist patients on a day-to-day basis who may be at risk of infection or work in sterile environments, it’s important the correct care is practiced. Cross contamination can be fatal; something as simple as touching a surface with

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Disposable gloves are required in a number of industries, to reduce cross contamination, minimise the risk of infection and maintain a high level of hygiene and protection in the workplace. However, it’s important that disposable gloves are properly donned and worn to reduce the risk of tearing and undoing the protection that they offer. Here, Brosch Direct breaks down how to put on disposable gloves to ensure you can go about tasks safely and with minimal risk. This step-by-step b

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Brosch Direct has broken down the different types of disposable gloves available in this easy to follow guide. When selecting the right disposable gloves for the task at hand, there is a surprising amount you need to consider. Here we have broken down each glove type, plus what each one is best for and why. Nitrile Gloves mechanics medical professionals people with allergies to latex Laboratories Food contact Strength and chemical splash resistance W

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Whether you run a cleaning business, are looking into starting one, or just need to restock your cupboard with new cleaning supplies, this list can help you decide what to buy. This is our definitive list of cleaning supplies - perfect for replenishing any items you might be running low on, or upgrading if your current kit isn’t quite getting the job to the standard you expect. Take a look through our checklist and make sure you have all of these to hand. Cleaning Products List:

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Clinical waste consists of waste that has come from healthcare activities and can pose a risk to public health or the environment if not disposed of properly. It must be handled and collected under controlled conditions and should not be disposed of with any other wastes. What is clinical waste and the types of waste? Most of the waste that is produced by healthcare practices is classified either as non-hazardous or hazardous clinical waste and will need disposing of in the correct manner.

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Those who work in a health and social care institution have a duty of care, as they are looking after vulnerable people. Employers also have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. It is important that any risks to those who are being cared for and the care workers themselves are managed sensibly. This guide plans to help those who are providing and managing homes enjoy a better understanding of the hazards that can occur within care homes, if proper care is not

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Click to read Step 2 - Hand Sanitising As part of our complete guide to hand hygiene we take a look at the second step - Hand Sanitising. For those times when soap and water are not available, using hand sanitiser on your hands is the most effective way to kill many common germs and bacteria present on the skin. In healthcare environments, alcohol based santiser is the preferred active biocide for skin sanitising without the need for rinsing. We have looked at the best hand sanitising t

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It is required by law that employers ensure their employees have the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (89/686/CEE) and (93/68/CEE). The CE mark is enforced by the European Community to make sure that all PPE equipment reaches a certain level of safety and is tested effectively across the whole industry. If gloves are advertising a more complex use, then these tests must be carried out independently to ensure their safety. However, alongside all markings including EN420 and EN455, gl

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Keep safe when handling thermal materials with Brosch Direct’s guide to thermal protection gloves Thermal protection gloves come under the EN407 category, but there are six performance levels in this category depending on what level of thermal conditions you are dealing with. It’s important to find the correct Personal Protective Equipment for the task you’re carrying out, otherwise you’re likely to cause an accident or suffer injury. If you are employed full time, the

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We investigate the correct procedures for maintaining hand hygiene when washing your hands. Click to read Step 1 - How to Wash Your Hands For many of us, our hand washing technique may not perhaps be on top form - to maintain a high standard of personal hand hygiene in an environment where cross contamination must be kept to a minimum. Human hands come into contact with a huge number of germs and bacteria so it’s important we carefully scrub and clean every crease and c

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In this guide, we will aim to cover the best types of gloves for mechanics to wear while carrying out everyday tasks. Here is a quick breakdown of what to expect: 1.    Nitrile gloves - We take a look at the benefits of these gloves and why they’re a good choice for mechanics. 2.    Things To Consider (nitrile gloves) - Take a look at what you need to think about when purchasing your nitrile gloves. 3.    Latex gloves - Why they’re

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When you hear the words ‘dirty money’, what instantly comes to mind? Bank robberies? Noir style gangsters? Well, sometimes it doesn’t apply to the world of criminals and excess at all but instead actual… dirt. Now that old paper form of the £5 note is no more we wanted to find out how dirty the old fivers were in comparison to the new polymer notes. Three paper and three polymer £5 notes were put through a series of hygienic tests to find out how much bacte

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A care role is so much more than the everyday assistance for those unable to live comfortably by themselves. We are all aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia, but sometimes don’t consider the effect it has on those caring for the person suffering. Brosch Direct supplies a range of consumables and equipment, designed to support carers and nursing homes, but today we want to showcase the people who use them and how their amazing work is benefiting those who need it, as well as the trials

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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that first aid kits in sports clubs are highly important. From football, rugby, hockey, and gymnastics, first aid kits are vital for helping minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and blisters, to more serious injuries including sprains and abrasions, before medical help arrives. Although we're all aware that a basic first aid kit should contain the standard plasters, bandages and safety pins, some are clueless of the complex and arguably more

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As a carer, you understand how to relieve the pain and symptoms those in your care are experiencing on a day to day basis. You deal with serious ailments, can assist with the everyday requests of the person you are looking after and are able to cope with the reality of someone being completely dependant on you. Your strength and determination is inspiring, and this is why it’s so important you take time to care for yourself too, when you have time to breathe. Your wellbeing is imperative

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We all know the purpose of first aid kits , how to use them, and where to find them in the office. But, how many of you know what specific items that little green box in the corner of the office should contain? Aside from being a legal requirement, first aid kits can be vital when needed in a minor emergency. Yet, many of us fail to keep the required items well supplied, or fail to alert the designated health and safety officer when stocks become low – simply because we're unsure of

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The transmission of pathogens on the hands of healthcare workers is the most common cause of cross infection. It occurs directly from patient contact, or indirectly via contact with the environment. Therefore, hand hygiene is considered to be one of the most important procedures in the prevention of cross contamination and cross infection.The importance of good hand hygiene should be emphasised in homes as well as hospitals and care homes. Hand washing falls into three main categories: Social, h

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Latex gloves are one of the key items available on the Brosch Direct site, they are one of the most important supplies required by a number of different industries, including the medical industry. Their purpose is to keep both the wearer and the item/person they are dealing with clean and safe from infections or harmful substances. Now, you may work with latex gloves on a daily basis or they might feature in your first aid kit, but how much do you really know about them? What exactly is latex?

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Introducing robust infection control procedures are undoubtedly the most import way to prevent cross contamination. Addressing infection control issues and introducing infection control measures is vital in all care homes, businesses and public areas as well as healthcare settings. The top five infection control methods include (but are not limited to) the following: Hand Washing Hand Washing is often cited as the primary weapon in the infection control war. The importance of good hand hygien

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Disinfectants and antiseptics do the same thing – they kill bacteria very rapidly on contact. Disinfectants generally kill bacteria on non-living surfaces like floors and inanimate objects. Antiseptics are used to kill bacteria on the skins of humans and animals. Sterilisation kills or removes all living organisms, including viruses, bacteria and cells, from an object. Sterilization is uncommon outside of hospital and healthcare settings. In most situations, disinfectant or antiseptic app

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For generations, hand-washing with soap and water has been considered an important measure of personal hygiene. The concept of cleansing hands with an antiseptic agent probably emerged in the early 19th Century – in as early as 1822 a French pharmacist demonstrated that solutions containing chlorides of lime and soda could eradicate the foul odours associated with human corpses, and thus was used as disinfectants and antiseptics. In fact, studies carried out in the late 19th Century concl

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In many industries, nitrile gloves are overtaking their latex counterparts as the front runners for protection in the workplace. They offer a multitude of advantages, namely benefitting those with latex allergies and also being capable of enduring tougher temperatures and conditions. If you are considering making the move to nitrile, then read through this guide to determine if it is right for you… Click to read The Complete Buyer's Guide to Nitrile Gloves What are

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