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Temporary protection materials used to improve Construction Site Safety

Temporary Protection Materials Contribution of Construction Site Safety

The progression of Health & Safety practices in recent years has seen a huge reduction in the number of accidents and mortalities on construction sites. Through increased awareness and improved working practices, the standard of health and safety has improved across most aspects of construction work in areas such as personnel, PPE, tools and equipment.

Protec supplies a wide range of temporary protection materials to improve safety to staff and members of the public. The following products are the main ones used to prevent injuries on construction sites:

1) Anti-Slip Ground Protection - We all know areas around construction sites quickly become muddy and slippery from either foot traffic or vehicles. Protec supplies Tracktile, an anti slip ground protector which prevents slips, trips and falls around muddy and slippery areas on construction sites.

2) Trip Prevention inside construction sites – There is often lots of staff and lots of movement on construction sites. Hardboard flooring can be used, but it can be dangerous as it does not prevent trips if it gets wet and muddy. Protec supplies TK200 and Carpetshield FR which have an embossed anti slip surface to prevent tripping up either on corners or mud. What is more, Protec’s Rigid Treads and Anti Slip Tape can be used for extra slip resistance.

3) Hazard Awareness – Barrier Tape, Hazard Tape and Zip Wall Caution Reel are high visibility so they can be used to raise awareness danger or partition off hazardous areas to either staff or members of the public. What is more, products such as the Hi Vis Proscaff Protector not only cushion impact of someone accidentally walking into a scaffold pole but also raise awareness as they are Hi Visibility yellow.

4) FallsPrevention – In the context of temporary protection, Protec are extremely proud of the Zipwall system that we supply. In conventional screening applications ladders and scaffolds may be required to erect screens thus contributing to the risk of falls however the Zipwall screening system is erected from the ground with no need for work at height at all. Furthermore Zipwalls contribution to dust containment provides a healthier working environment for those outside of the screened area.

5) Fire Prevention - Protec supplies Flame Retardant Construction Site Protection. Many of Protec’s temporary protection materials  are flame retardant and comply to the Joint Code of Practice’s Loss Prevention Certification LPS1202. LPS1207 is the Flame Retardant standard for temporary protection materials and was developed by insurers and other interested stakeholders in the construction industry to remove potentially hazardous non flame retardant protection for both health and safety and financial reasons. LPS1207 certificated products are tested to ensure that in addition to being flame retardant they self extinguish, do not emit toxic smoke, do not produce flaming droplets and most importantly do not spread fire. Non flame retardant products on the other hand could be quite the opposite and may contribute to the spread of fire in addition to producing harmful fumes. All of the Flame Retardant products at Protec are printed with the relevant LPCB certification details and are backed up by a copy of the certificate if required. The use of Flame Retardant protection materials has increased in recent years through specification by clients and insurers alike which is beneficial on both health and safety grounds and also in terms of insurance and reputation of your company.

Please Be Aware: It is unfortunate that whilst many companies are using legitimate certificated protection materials from Protec that there are less scrupulous protection companies that supply non flame retardant protection under the guise of “Tested to LPS1207” which is not actually a certificated product. If you are in doubt about the Flame Retardant protection that you’re using or looking to use you should always ask for a copy of the LPS1207 certificate which should be unique to the product.

If you would like more information about how the use of temporary protection materials can improve your construction site saftey, please contact Protec on 0800 834 704 or tweet @Protec_uk.

Proplex Flame Retardant RollPrevent brickwork damage with Hessian Fabric.

Hessian fabric is one product you can use to prevent frost damage to brick when before it starts to snow or get very frosty.

An unattended is potentially more susceptible to damage from the weather and whereas in the normal working week any damage such as leaks and breakages would be quickly identified and repaired, over Christmas there is a greater chance that damages will be left unchecked and unnoticed until discovered when the site reopens.

Scaffold SheetingYou’ve worked hard all year on your site the last thing you want to have to do when you come back from a relaxing Christmas holiday is to have to re-do work that you completed in November.

A wide variety of protection materials from Protec can be used to help sites protect their works whilst the site is unattended over Christmas. Some specific products and applications are as follows:

  • Proscaff Scaffold Sheeting – For scaffold cladding, hoarding and protecting windows and openings into buildings from the wind, rain and snow. (Don’t forget you Elasticated Scaffold Ties and Cable Ties)
  • Temporary Downpipe – For use in directing rain water away from foundations and towards an appropriate drainage point.
  • Hessian – To prevent frost damage to Bricks and Brick work.
  • Floor Protection – To protect those finished floors from wet boots and any unforeseen leaks.
  • Tarpaulin and Barrier Sheeting – To protect building materials and exposed areas of the build.
  • Tapes – A variety of different tack adhesive tapes in 50mm, 75mm and 100mm to ensure that protection material stays securely stuck down.

Protect your site and ensure that it is in the same condition in January as when you left it in December.

ZipWall Temporary ScreeningGuide To Using Temporary Protection for DIY Projects

In 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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Plastic Floor Protection vs. Dust Sheets

Read Part 1: New Home Part 1 – Redecorating

New Home Redecorating Plastic FlooringDuring the redecorating process it has become apparent that plastic floor protection in the form of Protec Proplex, Promesh, Barrier sheeting and Carpetshield are all highly superior to cotton Dust Sheets or bits of old curtain and carpets.

In one room in the house the existing carpet has been left down unprotected (as it is ultimately going to be removed to expose the wooden flooring underneath). This has so far offered protection against wall paper paste and dust and debris but unlike the Proplex in the next room (which is protecting an exposed wooden floor) it has quickly become dirty and is very difficult to clean.
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Breathable Timber Floor Protection with Breathershield.

A lot of customers are familiar with our temporary floor protection but are not necessarily aware of the breadth of our range and the varying solutions to specific floor types. A common issue is temporary floor protection for floors such as timber/wood that require impact protection but also the ability to breathe and allow any moisture to escape. The perfect fit for the job is Protec Breathershield. Not only is it applied very easily by rolling out and taping together but it provides brilliant protection while also allowing the surface to breathe. One customer, Stewart Nesbit, who regularly lays tiles of varying material such as stone and wood loves the product and sent us in these pictures of him using it on the job. Take a look at our product pbreathable floor protectionage or call our enquiry team for more information on 0800 834 704.

Effective Dust Barriers

One of the more understated uses of our ZipWall Temporary Dust Barriers products is to screen off “clean” manufacturing environments – that is environments which must be kept clear of contaminents, dust, dirt, and every day particles that are usually common in manufacturing areas.

Two specific examples we’ve worked with recently including Food Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Plant work. In both instances, ZipWall was used to ensure delicate working environments were kept particle-free to ensure the hygiene and standard of goods produced.

If you’ve got any questions about ZipWall, or want to check if this versatile temporary screening can help protect your work area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch online or call us on 0800 834 704.

Temporary Screening for Factories Involving Food

Food Manufacturing Companies and their factories are often presented with tricky issues when maintenance work is required on various machinery or parts of the building and food is still present in the environment.

A quick easy and, most importantly, safe and effective form of temporary screening is needed to mask off any areas where work is being done to protect the rest of the working environment. Stringent regulations need to be met and because of this, companies such as Heinz, Ginsters, Kelloggs all benefit from Zipwall for temporary screening. An air tight seal can be created using ZipWall extendable poles and accessories to make sure no dust or dirt escapes the area being worked on. As well as this, floor protection is also regularly required when maintenance work needs to be done on the factory floors.

If you work in food sensitive environments and need dust control through temporary screening you can really rely on then give our enquiry teams a call on 0800 834 704 and ask for ZipWall or alternatively take a look at our ZipWall product page.

About Protec’s Temporary Flame Retardant Carpet Protection.

Protec International Stock a wide range of floor protection materials for use on site (commercial, industrial or residential) or at home. We have all forms of floor covered whether its hard wood, vinyl, ceramic, carpets etc.

Whith large commercial, industrial or housing builds, for insurance purposes, fire retardancy is often a big factor when it comes to the need of temporary floor protection. Protec International  have the largest range of FR materials which meet the accreditation of LPS 1207, the UK’s standard in flame retardnacy for temporaray protection materials. We will be conducting a series of blog posts on the ideal products for protecting floors during builds which also meet flame retardant requirements and our first will be on the application of carpets.

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Flame Retardant Floor Protection for Carpets

Carpetshield®FR is a floor protection film specifically for carpets, used to protect newly laid surfaces from spillages, debris and heavy foot traffic in areas where building work is still in progress. It has a low tack adhesive backing that sticks to the carpet pile without the need for taping and prevents any shifting, slipping or leakage. Its non-slip surface is ideal for quick and effective floor protection of carpeted walkways, corridors, and stairways.

The lightweight rolls are reverse wound and quickly applied by kicking the roll across the floor. After use, the carpet protection film peels away without leaving any residue.

Here are some reviews of the product which have been left on our website which you can also find on the product page, here.

Guaranteed First Class Protection



5 stars

by Peter Williams, 15 Dec 2011

Usage: Protecting domestic carpets during decorating operations. Providing a medium term (max 4 weeks) covering for walked areas (hallways and adjacent to external entry doors) against dirty footwear during interior building work.

Opinion: A very easy to use product that provided comprehensive protection to domestic carpets during decorating and building operations. Significally, tradesmen who had not encountered such a product on other building jobs were very impressed by the convenience and efficiency

A walk in the park



5 stars

by Bryan D, 31 Oct 2011

Carpet Protectors
Flame Retardant Floor Protection for Carpets

Usage: To protect office carpets during redecorations

Opinion: Having used many types of carpet protectors over the years, we were keen to try this one. So easy to use, rolls out better than other brands, a walk in the park compared to some. Being Flame Retardant too was another big plus. Removed very easily with no residue left. A must if you need to protect carpets.

If you are interested in Carpetshield as a form of temporary floor protection then visit the product page here, or call our enquiries team on 0800 834 705.

The amount of materials wasted on site and its cost can add up!

On average 5-10% of building materials are wasted on construction sites during builds.

This is down to a number of reasons but some of the key issues are:

  • Damage when subsequent work is carried out on site
  • Damage to materials while in transit
  • Incorrect or unsafe storage while waiting to be used/fitted

Depending on what material this is it could become rather costly. Imagine a small bathroom refurbishment on a residential home. The new bespoke bath has been fitted and then an accident occurs and it has been chipped or damaged, subsequently needing to be replaced which means a new lead time on a replacement causing delays in the original schedule and not to mention the cost, which on a small project could mean the difference in making a profit or not.

Alternatively there could be a large commercial build in a school or somewhere similar. Large amounts of equipment being carried throughout the building and being manoeuvred through doorways could mean maybe 15% of the door frames in the entire building need replacing after being dented or knocked. Maybe there is a large sheet of curtain walling that has been chipped resulting in the whole piece needing a replacement. On a large scale project these overheads can add up and suddenly your wastage has become a real cost.

Temporary protection for construction is now so comprehensive that near enough any material or application has a solution where it can be protected while on the site, being stored, during construction and while other works are ongoing after it has been fitted.

So the bottom line is no matter how big or small a project, damage to materials and its subsequent waste can mean costly replacements and also delays, not to mention the recycling of waste which is more difficult with some materials than others. Temporary protection materials are clearly marked with their recycling methods and the majority can be re-used where something like a broken bath or handrail cannot.

So on your next project take a look and see whether you can afford to not protect your site and its materials.

Brick Protection during building work in the rain.

Living in Britain brings its own unique relationship with our unpredictable weather and the effect it has on industries such as building and construction can be rather annoying. One day of glorious sun only to be followed by a day with torrential rain can cause interruptions to build schedules and even damage to things such as masonry and brickwork. A large amount of rain collecting on a roof and then pouring off onto the foundations or other areas can cause excessive amounts of damage and the best way to get around this is to install temporary downpipes onto the roof and guttering and then direct the water to a location on the ground away from vulnerable areas.

The Temporary Downpipe is supplied on a 200m and has a 254mm opening which makes it suitable for almost any downpipe opening. Furthermore the Temporary Downpipe is supplied with 25 350mm Cable Ties to secure the Downpipe to the opening of the guttering down to the size required.

For further information please contact the Protec Customer Services team on 0800 834 704 or why not order your Downpipe online today.