Reducing Industrial Noise with GRP Housings

Industrial noise is still a big problem for industry in the UK and around the world but thanks to advancements in high-quality soundproofing materials, it’s now easier than ever to protect your employees from noise damage.

Industrial Noise

What is Industrial Noise?

Industrial noise is typically any noise that comes from work environments. It can include a number of things from equipment and machinery to general vehicle noise. If your employees have to shout to hear each other or use tools for more than 30 minutes a day, then it’s important to give them a quiet space to get away from noise during breaks.

Industrial noise can be incredibly loud and disruptive even from a distance, so may affect more than the immediate workforce and as such reducing noise levels at source is a key part of any businesses noise reduction strategy.

How Harmful is Industrial Noise?

The long-term effects of industrial noise are surprisingly harmful. Many workers find that after months or years of constant exposure, their hearing suffers significant and irreversible damage. It’s not always a quick or painful loss, which means the true effects can be masked for years.

work hearing loss

A Government study from 2016 revealed that over a three year period, around 62 workers out of 100,000 suffered from noise-induced hearing loss that dramatically affected their lives. In 2015 alone, there were one hundred new claims to the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme.

Whilst this figure is going down more still needs to be done to prevent full and semi hearing loss in industrial workers who have no choice but to be exposed to consistently loud machinery. Industrial noise doesn’t always just result in minor hearing loss, for some the effects can be permanently disabling.

How can GRP help to Prevent Industrial Noise?

While eliminating noise completely simply isn’t possible it can be significantly reduced. Aucostic glass reinforced plastic (GRP), can be used for housings, kiosks and enclosures and can minimise noise at source.

GRP offers superior acoustic protection compared to metal or standard plastic due to its multi-layer features. Depending on your needs, multiple layers of sound eliminating material can be added to GRP to achieve a preferred level of noise reduction.

Acoustic GRP Housings

Why Kingsley Plastics GRP Acoustic Enclosures?

Kingsley Plastics acoustic kiosks, enclosures and housings are highly suitable for preventing noise-related hearing damage in the workplace. All buildings can be crafted to meet the specific requirements of a business and come in modular form for easy encapsulation of even large structures.

All of our housings are tested to a high standard to ensure they meet UK regulations as well as customer needs. Our high-quality GRP has been used in a number of industries from construction to electricity and gas sectors.

Hearing loss from industrial noise is no joke for the people it affects, so don’t leave it to chance. Find out more about our designed to order GRP enclosures and how easy it is to prevent the risk of hearing loss and damage at your place of work.




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.

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.

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:

Anti Vandal GRP and Substations

GRP Substation

Highlands Wind Farm Substation

Substations are a common occurrence around the UK and range from the very large to the very small.  They are used where electricity lines are connected and switched and where the voltage is changed by transformers.

While substations are an important part of our power network they sadly are often at risk from vandalism, which not only causes harm to the network, but also could put the vandals and others lives at risk.

While security measures like patrols are helpful in preventing the problem it is very important for substations to be protected from vandals.

Security Rated GRP Housing & Enclosures for Substations

GRP makes a great product for use with substations due to its non-conductive properties and flexibility allowing it to be custom moulded to fit difficult spaces. It is also highly resistance to environmental extremes and requires very little maintenance plus it has a much longer life span compared to a variety of construction materials.

Kingsley Plastics produce a range of GRP enclosures and housings suitable for use with substations that have passed a series of tests conducted by BRE Global Limited to LPS1175 – SR2/3/4 giving them full security rated specifications.

SR2 & SR3 approval also covers the following features:

  • Smooth Moulded Semi-Gloss External Finish
  • Simulated Brick, Stone & Pebbledash Finishes
  • Anti-Vandal Textured external Finish
  • Any Colour to BS4800 or RAL Range of Colours
  • Security Rated Vent Grills
  • Cat-Flap Options
  • Fixed or Removable Roof Variants
  • Internal or External Bolting Down Options

Additional GRP housing and enclosure variations include:

  • Fixed or Removable Roofs
  • Flat, Pitched or Hipped Roofs
  • Slate or Tile Effect Roofs
  • Multiple Door Options Including Single & Double GRP Doors
  • Standalone GRP Single Doors To SR2 & SR3
  • Standalone GRP Double Doors To SR2 & SR3
  • Single & Double SR4 Door Sets with above height transoms
  • One-Piece Housings With No Connecting Panels Whatsoever
  • Flat-Pack Delivery Options For Remote Site Access Situations
  • Panel Form Enclosures For Assembly Upon Site
  • Trained Site Installation Teams Available On Day Rates or Unit Rates

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