Benefits of Fire Rated Industrial Housings and Kiosks

The dangers of workplace fires

The effects of fires in the workplace and in industry can be devastating especially if they are left for a prolonged period without intervention. Fires spread quickly and despite plenty of advice on how to protect yourself and your workplace from fire, accidents, malfunctions and vandalism can happen.

The 2015/2016 Government fire statistics show that building fires, (not including home dwellings) went up by 3%, whilst the total number of secondary fires in the UK went up by 7% during this period.

The total number of primary and secondary fires attended since the previous year had also gone up by 5% from 2014, making it more important than ever to fireproof your buildings and work sites no matter what industry you work in.

1 and 2 Hour Fire Protection

A key area to help improve fire protection is to use housings that are fire rated and there are regulations and standards to ensure industrial housing meets recommended fire protection levels.

However, Kingsley Plastics (KPL) has gone above and beyond in this area, cemented itself as a leader in fire rated GRP housings thanks to its meticulous and robust fire testing.

Fire Rated Housings and Enclosures

KPL is the first GRP manufacturer in the UK to have passed the required 60-minute fire test, meaning their housings have earned a certified approval for BS 476 Part 21 for load-bearing structures.

Why is this important? This certification means that the walls and roofs of our fire-proof GRP housings are guaranteed to maintain their integrity, even after this prolonged period of time. This structural integrity ensures that even if fires are left unattended for a period of time, they will not become a serious health and safety hazard.

This certification means that the walls and roofs of KPL’s fire-proof GRP housings are guaranteed to maintain their integrity, even after this prolonged period of time. This structural integrity ensures that even if fires are left unattended for a period of time, they will not become a serious health and safety hazard.

In addition to the above, each style of unit has been comprehensively tested for surface spread of flame and fire penetration to BS 476 parts 6, 7 and 12 plus. This ensures fire spread is kept to a minimum and that housings or kiosks will not become rapidly engulfed in flames, risking collapse.

All of KPL fire rated GRP kiosks and enclosures are specifically designed to keep fire dangers to a minimum, protecting your workforce, your site and anyone in the area.

fire rated kiosks

Customised Fire Rated Housings

Alongside this industry-leading fire prevention, every fire rated housing or kiosk from KPL can be fully customised to suit your business’s needs whatever your sector or global location either here in the UK or overseas.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Railway
  • Telecom
  • Engineering
  • Architecture

Fire-Rated Housing and Kiosk Customisation

  • Single/double entry fireproof doors
  • 30, 60 and 120 minute fireproofing options
  • Grills, vents and access panels/hatches
  • Safe, non-slip flooring
  • Complete end to ended design and manufacturing
  • A wide range of external finishes

Ensuring your place of work is highly protected against the dangers of fire needn’t be difficult or expensive. Fire rated GRP housings are affordable, delivered straight to your site and are easy to set up for protection against both fire-related accidents and vandalism.

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Welfare Units

Construction Site Welfare Facilities for Long-Term Projects

What does the law say on employee welfare at construction sites?

When construction projects are at the planning stage, the law says that both clients and contractors have an obligation to provide workers with welfare facilities if the project is likely to go on for longer than 30 days or 500-person days. Pre-construction information prepared by the client should contain all suitable welfare arrangements well before the project begins.

If suitable welfare facilities are not prepared before the project is due to start, then this must be delayed to meet legal requirements. Welfare is an important part of your role as an employer. Not only is it a legal requirement but you can benefit from a well-rested and well looked after workforce.

Welfare Units

The law states that for appropriate employee welfare, employees need access to a number of basic things.

These include:

  • Drinking water
  • Running hot and cold water for hygiene
  • Toilets
  • A place to change into appropriate clothing
  • A place to rest

Once all of these boxes have been ticked, you can be sure that your project meets all the legal welfare requirements expected of you.

What are welfare facilities?

Welfare facilities are typically small to medium temporary dwelling close to where employees are working. There’s no set type of welfare facility, they simply need to be large enough to accommodate all the above needs and ensure there is adequate space for a number of employees that will be working on site.

A GRP enclosure with multiple rooms is usually the best option for a welfare facility. This is because GRP is lightweight, strong and easy to assemble and take apart, making it the perfect material for temporary rest facilities.

Every employee who is working on site must have:

  • Access to adequate toilet and washing facilities
  • A clean place for making and consuming food and drink
  • A place to store and dry personal clothing or protective equipment

If there are a number of teams working on a project, welfare housing should be placed at a central location, in close range to all workers. For larger areas, you may find that multiple welfare units are required.

Kingsley Plastics welfare facilities

Kingsley Plastics can provide any sector with highly suitable welfare facilities. Our welfare cabins and units are robust enough to withstand vandalism and terrorism to the latest BRE LPCB Level 2 rating and can be designed with a range of options.

From fully plumbed bathrooms and kitchens to the latest edition installed electrics and comfortable bedrooms, our top of the range welfare units tick every box required by law and go above and beyond what is necessary. A range of finishes such as simulated stone and brick are also available if this is legally required for aesthetic or environmental reasons.

No matter what your requirements, Kingsley Plastics can provide you with a custom built welfare unit for any size project.

Want to know more about our state of the art welfare units? Get in touch with one of our team members today.

Supply chains and technology trends

Supply chains and new technology trends

New technological advances across the supply chain are changing the way businesses run their day to day operations.

Traditional supply chain management is fast becoming obsolete, with warnings from many top logistics specialists about the dangers of falling behind in a rapidly changing landscape. A technological revolution is happening across many industries and those who want to stay ahead of their competitors must consider embracing new technologies, to deliver a faster and smoother service to their customers.

Supply chains and technology trends

Big Data

Many new tech trends have come off the back of the big data revolution, which is changing the way companies look at their supply chains from beginning to end. Put simply, big data refers to high volumes of complex facts and figures from across a supply chain that can be turned into real life actions or decisions.

Data can range from sales numbers and buyer trends to weather conditions and global supplier issues. Collecting and accurately utilising big data using traditional methods of supply chain analytics generally, leads to inaccuracies and is often impossible. Ultimately, this means that company’s making the most of the new technology available to them are at a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

New technologies

Businesses can utilise new technological trends to crunch big data and stay ahead in the market place. One of the easiest and most popular new trends comes in the form of social sourcing; using social sites to predict trends and feed information back to S&OP. Public cloud networks are another increasingly popular tech trend, with big software companies such as Infor buying up cloud based supply chain management platforms.

Machine learning and predictive analytics are another technology trend transforming the way businesses manage their supply chain. Predictions and simulations based on real-time data from a company’s sales, the price of raw materials and even global political factors can improve the supply chain. This could help companies prioritise supplies, increase profitability and generally run a smoother operation from beginning to end.

Cloud software and machine learning is developing rapidly, whilst quickly becoming accessible to both smaller and larger organisations across the globe. These fast paced changes make it imperative for businesses to remain ‘future-proof’ in the face of growing customer demand and intelligent tech.

Business collaboration

Whilst taking advantage of growing tech trends is crucial for organisations wanting to stay competitive, it’s important for business owners not to hand their entire supply chain over to a machine.

Business collaboration

Tech is becoming increasingly intelligent but there are some things software cannot do and the need for collaboration is still important. For businesses to truly grow, everyone in the supply chain must make a commitment to cooperate seamlessly so that big data and intelligent software can be utilised efficiently. Collaboration with trusted partners in the industry is another essential tool for business looking to grow and can be a good starting point for owners that don’t have as much spare capital to put into the latest tech.

Making use of supply chain specialists is also a lower cost option for businesses on a budget. Professional logistics experts can advise on the best low-cost tech options available to harness the power of big data. With technology trends evolving all the time, it’s now easier than ever for businesses to make the most of the smart technology in the supply chain.

Why going green could be saving your business money

Minimising emissions and promoting sustainability is essential for all businesses nowadays. With such an importance placed on environmentally friendly products, green warehouses are becoming a popular way for businesses to improve their carbon footprint and save money.

Thanks to a boom in eco-friendly equipment, it’s now relatively easier for any business to get their hands on items that are better for the environment. Going green is easier than you might think and whilst there can be a few upfront costs involved, the long-term benefits cannot be ignored.

Simple, everyday replacements

It’s easy to forget about the small things that could be having a huge impact on your eco-friendliness and warehouse lighting is one of them. Simply by switching from regular lighting to a more environmentally friendly LED, you could save your business thousands every year. They’re just as effective but use far less energy and need to be replaced less often, making them a perfect switch for any business making the move to a green warehouse.

Water wastage is another pressing issue for warehouses, although it’s not as widely talked about as electricity and gas usage. If cutting costs and reducing water wastage are something your business is serious about, then swapping to low-flow toilets, faucets and even hosepipes will help solve your wastage problem.

Unfortunately, these green initiatives will involve spending money from the outset. However, many businesses who have invested have seen serious cost reductions in a short space of time, making them more than worthy of your spare capital.

Warehouse design

Every supply chain manager knows that warehouse design is incredibly important for a smoothly run business but layout and planning can also reduce waste and cut costs. Using data collected from tracking your assets, you can work with logistics experts to transform your warehouse for very little.

warehouse design

By optimising your layout, you’ll cut down on the time it takes your employees to travel throughout the warehouse, as well as making it easier for workers to find and pick items. Not only does this cut down on labour costs, it minimises electricity used to move around the floor. Whilst it might not seem like this would have a great environmental impact, the small, everyday changes do add up throughout the year.

Recycling

Recycling is another big initiative businesses are using to improve their supply chains and turn their warehouses green. Whilst many companies already reuse a lot of materials such as pallets and crates, there’s a good chance that they could benefit from further recycling efforts. Conducting a recycling audit will help to determine if there are any other areas where reuse is possible and help your employees properly recycle anything that can’t be put to use elsewhere.

warehouse recycling

Whilst some green initiatives cost money up front, most are relatively inexpensive and some are even free. Nonetheless, the real prize is the money saved in the long-term and the continual improvement of emissions and wastage.

 

For help improving your warehouse design and layout talk to Total Logistics supply chain consultants. http://www.total-logistics.com/

Small Business Concerns About Apprenticeships

Common Small Business Concerns About Apprenticeships

While a recent report by the FSB highlighted that 1 in 4 of their members already offer apprenticeships there are still many UK small business who would love to offer apprenticeships, but don’t.

So why is this the case?

Despite the benefits to UK small employers of offering apprenticeships, there are some big concerns that need to be overcome.

Common concerns include:

  • school leavers not having the needed businesses’ skills
  • A lack of work ethic among candidates
  • Employers lacking the time needed for day to day apprentice management
  • A further lack of skills and time for properly training
Small Business Concerns About Apprenticeships

Many Small Business worry about their ability to provide the right training.

Government Apprenticeship Support

However, there are existing Government support for employers wanting to offer apprenticeships including details on:

  • Grants
  • Pay and Conditions
  • Apprenticeship agreement
  • Apprenticeship training agencies

https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/overview

Free Up Extra Time

In addition, many small businesses can become more efficient and free up time for managing an apprentice. One area that often eats away at a small business owners time is accounts and invoicing.

Switching to an online accounting and invoicing solution can reduce the time it takes to keep business finances up-to-date. It can also make it much easier to employ new staff including apprentice helping with complex areas like payroll and tax returns.

Conclusion

While as a business owner you might have concerns offer an Apprenticeship is possible and can bring a real benefit to your business.

It might also be the push you need to start improving and streamlining areas of your business that will ultimately give you more time to develop and grow your business.

Dealing with increased organic demand in the supply chain

The last few years has seen an incredible 80% rise in demand for organic and non GMO food products.

Consumers are waking up to what’s in their food and are demanding high quality produce without pesticides or genetically modified ingredients. This demand is set to rise further, with more companies being forced into sourcing non GMO and organic ingredients for their products.

organic-food

 

What does this mean for the supply chain?

The increase in demand for organic produce can put a strain on an organisations supply chain. This comes down to the need to get ingredients from the farm to the factory more quickly than foods that have been preserved or genetically modified in some way.

Some companies are opting to source organic and non GMO products from certified supplies but this is not a viable alternative for all organisations. Instead, many businesses are looking towards other non GMO and organic proteins to use in their products.

These ingredients include peas, which are high in starch and free from allergens, or rice bran, which can be made into a source of fibre, protein and into oil. With these ingredients being easier to source than other organic and non GMO products, it is having a much smaller impact on their supply chains.

 Rethink your Approach

Nonetheless, many companies are still facing supply chain issues and are being made to rethink their approach in a range of areas such as:

  • product acquisition times
  • distribution
  • warehousing

Unfortunately, finding the time to rework your supply chain, alongside trying to keep up with the increasing demand for organic food isn’t always possible.

To combat the problems that come with an increase in demand, many organisations turn to supply chain and logistics specialists to help them combat the issues.

Supply chain consultants can help your businesses source non GMO and organic produce more efficiently and if needed, can find products that are traceable right back to the farm.

 Coping Strategies

The rise in demand has for organic and non GMO has caused an even bigger rise in the production of these ingredients by farmers and suppliers.

apple-harvest

However, distribution time from these areas is still one of the biggest problems for organisations looking to use organic ingredients. To tackle this, supply chain specialists can advise on coping strategies for perishable ingredients and develop tactics to help minimise wastage and speed up distribution times between warehouses.

Increased customer awareness means that there have been big changes within the food industry and this not set to slow down any time soon. Ensuring your supply chain can cope with the transition to organic and non GMO is vital for the future successes of your business and will give you the competitive edge you need to stay profitable.

For help optimising and reducing risks in your supply chains talk to Total Logistics supply chain consultants.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is now considered to be one of the important processes within successful supply chain management.

sales and operations planning

It is essential to ensure the smooth running of a business both in the short and long-term and helps companies balance:

  • supply and demand
  • costs
  • customer service

A good S&OP process will undergo many years of regular improvement with adjustments to maximise sales and productivity within different areas of the organisation.

Whether you are just starting out with your planning or looking to improve these are three major mistakes to avoid in S&OP.

1. Not getting the balance right

This is one of the most important things to get right in S&OP, yet so many businesses get it very wrong.

Finding the right balance of supply and demand is crucial to your success. Produce too little and both the sales team and the consumer is left feeling let down, but produce too much and you are left with goods that cost you warehouse space and may need heavy discounting to shift.

Equal importance should be placed on both the sales and operations areas of your business if you want to achieve a harmonious supply chain.

2. Planning for just one outcome

Never plan for only one outcome.

It has been an S&OP rule for many years to work towards the ‘one goal’ – a business’s ultimate ideal ending. Unfortunately, this just simply isn’t viable and not only does it diminish the importance of your executives it can leave you in hot water if things go wrong.

It’s an S&OP executive’s job to mitigate risk and plan for alternate outcomes, just in case the supply and demand does not follow the path it is supposed to.

Don’t make the mistake of planning for something that can often be inconsistent, always plan for both positive and negative alternate results.

3. A lack of engagement across the board

Another one of the biggest mistakes businesses should avoid in S&OP is the inability to engage with all areas of the business.

The entire reason good S&OP is crucial to an organisations success is because if done correctly, it enables the entire business to move in the same direction. Despite this fact, many companies still fail to understand the importance of communication.

Whilst operations would want to see results in units, finance is more likely to need information in the form of net margins.

Being able to communicate plans in a way that sales, operations and finance can understand will ensure that they are more involved in the S&OP process and can help to create a smoother supply chain.

These are three obvious but common mistakes that businesses fall down on when it comes to S&OP. However, alongside correcting these mistakes, it’s important to always regularly check your S&OP process on a weekly to monthly basis to ensure that calculations and forecasts are heading in the right direction.

Fluidity is vital in business, so you need to be doing everything you can to improve the flexibility of your supply chain today.

Getting expert and independent help with your S&OP can not only make sure you avoid common mistakes, but also ensure you have workable plans both from today and into the future. Visit Total Logistics to find out more.

Weatherproof Enclosures – What You Need to Know

When it comes to selecting and buying weatherproof enclosures, you’ll want to take two things into consideration:

  1. the robustness of your enclosure
  2. how well it keeps out dust, dirt and water

weatherproofPart of your robustness checks should make sure your enclosure will have all the necessary security, locking and safety features. These are often the areas cheaper manufactures will scrimp on so what you may save in cost you lose in security.

As well as robust security you want your enclosure to be weather robust to protect what’s inside from weather damage.  Enclosures that come with or have the option of installing extra features are the ones to look out for. This is because they will have maximum adaptability, an advantage that is so often needed when working in industrial areas.

GRP Weatherproof Enclosures

The material of an enclosure is another important element to consider for weatherproofing and longevity, if you are serious about keeping your equipment safe both today and in the future.

Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) is one of the most popular materials used to make weatherproof enclosures. This wonder material has many features that make it excellent for exposed and dangerous areas. It is tough against the elements, resistant to corrosion, lightweight and virtually maintenance free!

All of these benefits make GRP the perfect material for both busy industrial working areas and remote weather exposed locations.

In addition GRP is tough and can be fire rated and given anti-vandal properties.

IP Rating

Next, you’ll want to look at your enclosures IP rating. This rating will tell you how weatherproof your GRP cabinet is and whether it will fit your requirements.

A rating of IP55 or higher will protect your casing from most types of harmful dust and almost all types of water without too much trouble.

With an IP rating of 55 you can be sure that your enclosures are protected against heavy rain, low pressure jets, high winds and dusty working atmospheres.

weatherproof-enclosuresHowever, if your weatherproof enclosure is likely to be subject to high water pressure or large amounts of water, you may want to consider one with an IP rating of 66, 67 or 68.

These ratings give you complete protection from either short-term or long-term water submersion and are fully dust tight.

This combination of strong and sturdy GRP paid with a moderate to high IP rating provides you with everything you need for an effective weatherproof enclosure. Moderations and extras are always good to have if your industry or work is a little different from the norm, but strength and water resistance should always be a top priority.

To find out more about quality design, manufacture and installation of weatherproof enclosures visit Kingsley Plastics.

industrial workers

What are the Requirements for Accessible Welfare Units?

Remote welfare units are just one of the responsibilities of a contractor who is hiring out employees for remote work.

industrial workers

The law states that welfare units must be provided to workers if a contract is longer than 30 days or 500 person days.

This requirement is essential to ensure the physical need of every worker is being met whilst they are away from their home. There are several things to consider when purchasing a welfare unit and the health and safety guidelines help to give contractors a better understanding of the minimum requirements that must be met.

Welfare Unit Toilets

The requirement for toilets is that they should be clean and sufficient for a person’s use. For health reasons they must be well ventilated, well-lit and washing facilities must either be in the same area or close by so that they may be easily accessed afterwards.

Welfare Unit Toilets

Drinking Water

This is an absolute must for any welfare unit. Clean drinking water is a strict legal requirement and failure to provide something so vital, may result in the proposed works or repairs being postponed or even cancelled. Cups to drink from are also required, unless the water can be easily accessed and consumed without one.

Washing facilities

Basic washing requirements suggest that water must be clean, accessible and sufficient enough to wash a person’s face, hands and forearms. However, for comfort purposes it is advisable to supply a shower inside. Both hot and cold water must be provided alongside soaps and drying facilities. Particularly dangerous or dirty work means that you must also provide some kind of decontamination area for your workforce.

hot and cold water

Facilities for rest

Seating areas and general areas for rest are also a requirement for your staff members. Comfortable seating with backs, communal tables, access to boiled water and meal arrangements are all legal necessities. If you are planning work during winter months, then some form of heating must also be available to keep workers warm.

Changing rooms/lockers

Changing rooms are mostly needed in welfare units when workers have to get into or out of specialist clothing for their job. If there is no other area suitable for changing, then this becomes a legal requirement. Alongside this, these rooms must provide all employees with a means of drying off and somewhere where their valuables will be safe from thieves or damage.

Welfare units can be customised to suit the specific needs of the job. Whether you wish to provide the basic requirements or put together a unit that has some added benefits, you can quickly and easily build a unit that’s right for your individual requirements.

To view examples of welfare units that can help you meet all your legal requirements visit:

http://www.kingsleyplastics.co.uk/case-studies/welfare-units.html

Inventory Management Ideas

Inventory Management Ideas

Inventory management can be one of the most costly aspects of operating an organisation; by planning properly you can reduce the inventory saving your business hundreds or thousands of pounds.

inventory management ideas

A recent article from B2B source outlines inventory management ideas. This article touches on the following aspects:

  • Hiring a specialist consultant to help with your inventory management
  • Keeping records in case of an unexpected inventory management crisis
  • Counting and checking everything manually

You can read the full article here at B2B source.