Control dust on construction sites You are probably already aware that dust from power tools, sanding and dry sweeping causes all sorts of lung diseases, from lung cancers to silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders to asthma. Around 1.8 million construction workers are regularly exposed to dust, which means that they are one of the most at-risk groups of these sorts of diseases. Therefore, protecting construction workers from dust should be at the forefront of project managers minds. What is the best way to protect those who are living in a premise whilst construction is taking place? The HSE recommends:

  • Less cutting, instead choose products which are already at the size you need
  • Using less powerful tools
  • Consider different methods of work  e.g. use a nail gun instead of drilling holes first
  • Hire or Purchase a Dust extraction Vacuum

Protec has also found that dust can be contained and easily cleared by using a ZipWall Barrier. Combined with Polythene Sheeting, the ZipWall Barrier Kit  restricts the spread of airborne dust which means that tidying up is easier and construction employees are exposed for lower levels of time.The HSE provides more detailed information. Is construction dust a concern to you? Let us know on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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The Rhinoceros Beetle is one of the world’s strongest animals (proportional to its own weight). A single Rhino Beetle can lift around 850 times its own weight, which is about the same as if a human lifted a 65 ton object such as the M1A1 military tank or an adolescent blue whale.

So, what does this super-strength insect have to do with Protec? Protecs’ super-strength Rhino Tile is a heavy duty floor protector which can withstand ongoing, extreme pressure.

Rhino Tile has proven its strength once again, this time for Interserve by protecting a school playground from damage. Rhino Tile was a cost-effective and time saving solution for Interserve, who would normally paint over the playground markings with hired equipment, paint on makeshift parking bays and then be removed and reapplied at the end of the construction project.

At only £4.46 each, these reusable, recycled heavy impact floor protectors can be used to protect from heavy vehicles. For trade use, please contact us on 0800 834 704 for additional discounts.

For more information about Rhino Tile  or view our Floor Protector  range.

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The somerset flood crisis hit the headlines last winter as the relentless rain submerged over 150 homes.

Over six months has gone and the residents of the Moorland and Fordgate community are still recovering from the damage. Many of the residents’ insurance did not cover the flood damage so have needed to rely on the help of volunteers to help restore their properties.

Protec has been involved in restoring the homes of three properties affected by the Somerset flood crisis and had their insurance cancelled. Thanks to the help of Wilmott Dixon contractors and other suppliers, the residents homes have finally been restored and they can return to their homes.

Mr. and Mrs. Maye, whose cottage was destroyed by the floods, have thanked all companies involved: “Through not having insurance the response from so many strangers has been extremely overwhelming. The work undertaken by you and your organisation on behalf of Willmott-Dixon to rebuild our home from the stripped, bare bricked walls, to replace plaster, tile floors, fix electrics, hang new doors, replace skirting, paint, decorate and replace glass has been truly amazing.”

What did Protec prescribe as the perfect flood repair kit?

  1. 30 sheets of Proplex
  2. 500 pairs of Overshoes
  3. 10 Dust Sheets
  4. 50 Corner/edge Protectors 75mm x 10m

 

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Protec, the market leading supplier of temporary protection materials, is proud to be involved in community development programs. If you have anything we can get involved in, please call us on 0800 834 704 or Tweet us @protec_uk.

We didn’t need to spend long writing what we think makes the ZipWall Kit amazing as our customers love it so much they have told us all about it. From tradesmen to DIY’ers, project managers on Construction sites to customers who are having their property renovated, here is why they think the ZipWall is great:

1)     ZipPole Stops Dust Particles from Spreading

“I’m renovating a house and it helps keep the dust and dirt in the parts where I’m working away from the rest of the house.” Nicky J

2)     Prevents Dust Aggravated Asthma During Renovation Projects

“My husband and I both suffer from Asthma. Most people complain about dust getting everywhere in the house when having an extension – this is definitely the answer to avoid that happening. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.” Claire Rumble

3)     ZipWall Kit is Reusable

“Easy to use and reuseable again and again. We tend to use these to place temporary polythene sheeting in domestic (and industrial) premises to screen off areas during asbestos removal.”  Paul Merritt

4)     ZipPole is Excellent Value for money

“Worth it’s weight in gold. We had the screen up for 3 days and nights whilst the majority of our staircase was removed and replaced. The workmen naturally created a fair amount of dust, but none of it travelled outside of the working area. Luckily the workmen left their area clean each night and the zipwall, left the landing and bedrooms free from dust for the family.” Jem

Don’t forget, if you purchase a ZipPole kit, you need to purchase the Polythene Gauge Sheets which is only £2.52 per meter squared. Or why not check out our Heavy Duty Polythene Sheeting for a cost effective solution.

5)     ZipWall’s Height Is Perfect For Company Projects

“We needed to screen off the front of a shop while the new shopfront was being fitted. The 6mtr poles gave enough height to screen the area. We are working in a new shopping area this kept the dust and debris contained to our unit” Steve

6)     Impress your Customers with ZipWall 

“My customer loves it and opens the zipper on a regular basis just to pass me a cup of tea!” Paul H

7)     No Taping So It Saves Time

“Our workman find this system very effective saving time and the need to tape vast areas of polythene around the customers house.” Mark Taylor

8)     Keep Construction Dirt Contained

“Keep the dust and dirt in the parts where I’m working away from the rest of the house.” Nicky

9)  Save Cleaning-Up Time

“I bought the 4 pole kit + a roll of plastic sheeting and it has saved me so much time when cleaning up.” Nicky J

10) ZipWall is Quick to Install

“What a great product! it took me slightly longer than a minute but i’m sure next time I will be able to install it quicker.” R Hunter

Here we have proven 10 happy customers found the ZipWall the ideal Temporary Dust Barrier system. So, where can you buy a ZipWall in the UK? Either on Protec’s Website or if you have open a corporate Protec Account, contact Protec’s Team today and receive further discounts. For August, we are offering 10% off the ZipWall Kit Range, including the Polythene 500 Gauge Sheets when you quote ZIPTEN plus free delivery to the UK mainland. Simply enter the code when you checkout.

For more information, view our ZipWall Range or check out our ZipPole Brochure.

Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for competitions, product discounts and even more insider tips on using our products.

If you have any questions, please call our team of specialists on 0800 834 704 or email enquiries@protection.co.uk.

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Protec Gets involved with “Maths in Action”

Protec, the leading supplier of Temporary Protection Materials in the UK, was pleased to be invited to “Math’s in Action” at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, a program aimed at increasing the confidence of young women aged 15-16 to practice maths related subjects after GCSE.

The program involved business leaders hosting a variety of workshops related to their day-to-day jobs. Edit Fillingham, Protec’s Key Account Manager, was asked to participate in a reverse auction. A reverse auction is when the roles of a buyer and seller are reversed. The workshop aimed to demonstrate real-life challenges for the business leaders, such as the importance of product quality as well as profit.    Fillingham said “The reverse auction is a really useful skill for managerial roles, particularly in the construction industry. I was worried at first that the young women would find it difficult to grasp the complex concept of a reverse auction. However, I was surprised by the students’ assertive approach to the task. They were able to grasp this complex financial task in under 20 minutes.

The students were given a range of tasks from construction industry leaders. By the end of the day, out of 25 young women students, 95% said their confidence had risen and their desire to study A Level Maths had increased.

This program aimed to encourage and empower young women at a grass roots level to follow maths, science and engineering related careers. At present, women represent a mere 11% of the construction industry workforce. By inspiring a wider diversity of students to become proficient at maths related subjects, perhaps the UK’s construction industry will flourish from the array of different skills a broader range of skilled employees could bring.   

What are your opinions on how we can inspire more women to follow maths, science and engineering related careers? Tweet us @Protec_uk or let us know on Facebook. 

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Protec inspires young women by being part of a day-long workshop

If you have damaged a floor during a renovation or refurbishment project, you will understand the dreaded feeling of having to explain to your customer what happened and then paying an excessive amount for the damage to the floor to be repaired.

Protec, the leading supplier of temporary protection materials in the UK, is a specialist in floor protectors. From working with building service companys, site managers and DIY’ers for over 20 years, Protec has specialists who can use their wealth of experience to help you to find the perfect solution, no matter what your project needs are.

Why not browse our full range of floor protectors here. Or if you have any floor protection questions, call us on 0800 834 704. Our phone lines are open 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday or you can e-mail us enquiries@protection.co.uk.

Have you ever caused damage to a floor? Let us know of Facebook. We would love to hear from you.

Coverguard - Heavy Duty, Flame Retardant Floor Protection

Ensuring your floor does not get damaged during a construction or renovation project is essential. Effective use of Temporary Floor Protection is the best way to ensure that the end result is flawless. However, choosing the wrong floor protector can be worse than not using one at all.

At Protec, we can advise the best floor protectors based on your project’s specific demands. These five considerations are aimed at helping you to get the best Temporary Floor Protection:

1)    Floor Type:

Every floor has different properties and therefore may require a different type of protection. For example, it is highly recommended to use breathable floor protection on newly laid wooden floors as they require permeable membranes for curing. Breathershield was designed specifically for wooden floors to allow them to breathe whilst protecting from scratches, scuffs and stains.

2)     Exposure: 

The duration your floor protection will be required, any elements it may be exposed to and the overall footfall/volume of traffic will determine how durable you need the floor protector to be. For example, it is not recommended to use a protection film for projects when light/medium wheeled traffic (cherry pickers, scissor lifts etc) will be in operation. Coverguard is one of our most durable floor protectors which makes it perfect for more demanding, long-running projects.

3)    Flame Retardant:

Every year there are numerous major fires on construction sites and in buildings undergoing refurbishment. The Fire Protection Association’s Joint Code of Practice requires that all Temporary Protection Materials used in construction and refurbishment projects must be Flame Retardant and conform to the requirements of the Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1207, LPS 1215 or Certifire. They must also have the relevant LPCB or Certifire marking and certificate number printed on the material.Choose a Flame Retardant floor protector which is Certifire approved.

4)    Ease of Application & Removal: 

Make sure you read the product reviews. Cheap floor protectors can be difficult to apply or leave a tacky residue when removed, which can mean you end up spending more time cleaning up afterwards, or even damage the floor.

5)    Prevent Slips and Trips:

Using a good quality self-adhesive floor protector is the safest way to prevent from slips and trips which you may get by using dust sheets. Using the correct floor protection can protect your staff, customers and the flooring from any damage and injuries.

Have you tried using a floor protector before? Anything we’ve not mentioned? Tweet @protec_uk your advice and experience #protec. We would love to hear from you.

Need a bit more advice? Call us on 0800 834 704. Our phone lines are open 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday or you can e-mail us enquiries@protection.co.uk

Proplex Floor Protection used for protecting school hall floors during exams

A High School in London has used Proplex 5mm Black Recycled Sheets (1.2m x 2.4m) to protect the schools hall during various functions. The Rigid 5mm sheets provide great impact resistance to chairs and foot traffic while staying lightweight and easy to carry.

The sheets were originally bought in 2011 and due to their strength and durability are still being re-used today. Typically, in a full school year they are used for Christmas Mock Exams, Key Stage 3 exams, GCSE’s but also Open Evenings and Parents Evenings. The sheets are used to cover whole floor areas but also for specific walkways too.

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From the Customer

“Proplex is much better to use than say dust sheets or a product on a Large Roll as it’s light weight and easy to carry through doors which is important. It can be Re-used and is still in good condition from 3 years ago. If I need to do some painting work in the school I also use them to cover the floor”

If you need help protection your school hall floor during exams or other functions please call 0800 834 704 for advise on our various floor protection products.

ZipWall Temporary ScreeningIn recent years the scale of DIY projects has increased on every level from small projects in the home to larger self build initiatives and whilst the complexity of projects has changed with more advanced tools, materials and working practices many house holders are now following the example of contractors by also investing in temporary protection.

Traditionally Protec have catered specifically to trade contractors and the range of products supplied has reflected this with large format protection rolls, own branding and an extensive range of protection products for a multitude of applications. From these origins products have been created to cater for various bespoke site requirements and it is through this that many house holders have found their way to Protec whether through seeing the Protec branding on protection materials used in their home by contractors or through a visit to the Protec website.
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