Probably the most
widely used online buyers guide for the UK convenience food industry
and its suppliers
Let your company shine out from the crowd
with a listing and press release package on the ReadyMealsinfo Buyers
HERE for details about promotion packages with ReadyMealsinfo
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPC Sæplast has introduced a new handle for its popular Buggy silent meat cart with improved ergonomics that enhances health and safety in its operation.
The new Smart Handle slots vertically into the existing handles at the back of the Buggy. This increases the height of the handle, making it even easier to move the Buggy around and allowing operators to remain upright
The Buggy has already enjoyed great success in food manufacturing operations. Designed for wet and dry meats and a wide variety of other food products, it is manufactured to the German standard DIN9797 and its low weight (22kg) ensures easy handling, while a pointed slope directs the outflow of product.
The robust triple-wall polyethylene design and one-piece construction is able to withstand harsh conditions and rough handling for long-term reliability. Equally important, the Buggy greatly reduces noise compared to the more traditional stainless steel variants. It can also be specified in four colours, allowing customers to have dedicated Buggies for different areas of production.
The Smart Handle is manufactured in polyethylene and like the Buggy is fully recyclable.
Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby is urging businesses and organisations across all industries to stock up early with salt in preparation for winter, and to avoid inferior products that often fail to melt snow and ice.
Singsby supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries, including an extensive range of winter products from snow shovels to grit bins. Four years ago the company opened a state of the art salt distribution and bagging plant enabling it to offer next day delivery throughout the UK, on all quantities of salt and rock salt, ranging from 25 kg to several tonnes.
Lee Wright, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Slingsby, explains: “Every year workplaces are caught out because they wait until bad weather hits before thinking about their salt stocks and then find themselves caught up in an inevitable rush to buy it. Our purpose built salt plant enables us to maintain a supply of high quality salt products throughout winter, but it’s worth remembering that salt is easy to store and keeps for a long time so it makes sense to stock up with it early.
“Workplaces should also be aware that salt quality can vary greatly when it comes to melting snow and ice. Salt should meet BS 3247: 1991, which means it contains less than four per cent moisture and can be spread easily and effectively.
“There are also two main salt products that are used for de-icing purposes consisting of white salt and brown rock salt. White salt is clean to handle and leaves no residue whereas rock salt contains mudstone, so while it’s not as pure as white salt, it goes a long way making it perfect for large sites.”
At the recent National Fork Truck Safety Conference, emphasis was firmly placed on strong leadership and a holistic approach towards taking ownership of site safety, with the HSE themselves pinpointing the importance of the manager’s role.
Mentor Training, the UK’s leading provider of lift truck training, believes that strong leadership is not only key to safety, it heavily influences a site’s profitability, too, and has developed a training course specifically designed to help managers and supervisors become more informed and maximise their potential.
Mentor Managing Director Stuart Taylor explains: “It’s clear that managers and supervisors drive a site’s culture and determine its norms. Without confident and well-informed leadership, every effort you put into developing your safety culture will quickly come undone…
“However, this confidence and expertise isn’t just ‘picked up’ on the job. More than half of the managers we meet on our Managing Forklift Operations course have never driven a forklift before or received any kind of formal training. In addition, up to 90% are not aware of their legal responsibilities and the devastating consequences of an accident that results in prosecution.”
Mentor’s Managing Forklift Operations course equips managers and supervisors with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to proactively manage the use of forklift trucks in the workplace – effectively, legally and safely – in full compliance with L117.
Now in its third year, the course is well established as a solution for companies looking to make improvements to safety and productivity. Mentor has trained 1,500 managers and supervisors to become more confident and proactive leaders, taking ownership of site safety and encouraging others to do the same.
But good supervision does more than prevent accidents. Stuart explains: “It’s no surprise that the most safety-minded companies are among the most cost-effective, too. By training your operators to be safe and your managers to manage safely, your team automatically becomes more efficient and can avoid costly accidents and disruption, saving money that contributes directly to your bottom line.
“Although adequate training ensures your operators work safely and – as studies repeatedly show – productively, it’s difficult to achieve and sustain any level of success without good supervision.”