Safelincs, together with Söhngen, the leading German manufacturer of first aid materials have introduced a comprehensive first aid kit, the DecaMed, where all sterile contents have a guaranteed lifespan of ten years plus. The ground breaking longevity is achieved by an aluminium-vapourised, non-sticking wound covering and sterile packaging.
One of the issues with keeping a first aid kit properly stocked is ensuring the contents do not exceed their
‘use by’ date. Most first aid materials have a lifespan of less than two years which means that they need to be regularly inspected and replaced to conform to health and safety guidelines. Failure to maintain the contents of a first aid kit can lead to prosecution should a user of the materials be infected or otherwise afflicted. This leads to the regular disposal of items within the first aid kits in public organisations and businesses creating continuous costs as the kits have to be refreshed and out of date items replenished.
With the German made DecaMed all sterile materials have a ‘use by’ date of over ten years. This includes bandages, dressings, wound covers and compresses. Consumables like plasters and gloves still need to be replaced as required.
“Knowing that the items in the first aid kit have such a long life saves time, money and wastage,” says Harry Dewick-Eisele, Managing Director, Safelincs. “We put this kit together so that companies and organisations would have a comprehensive first aid kit without having to constantly be concerned about monitoring dates and wasting money.”
Although there are as many as 270 sudden cardiac arrests in British schools each year, there is no requirement for defibrillators to be kept on their premises. SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) UK is urging the Government to pass a law to ensure schools have these devices in place. A defibrillator, also known as an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. Acting quickly is crucially important – every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10%. SADS founder Anne Jolly said trials of the defibrillators in schools around the UK had proven to be a success. “We’re trying to stop young people’s deaths. We know, if a cardiac arrest happens, the faster a defibrillator is used on a person the better the chances are of them surviving,” she said.
Safelincs supplies fully or semi-automatic external defibrillators with clear visual and audible step-by-step guidance to enable correct use of the equipment even under time pressure. Many of the defibrillators in the range come with a free place on a St John Ambulance defibrillator training course specific to the model. For example, each fully-automatic Powerheart AED G3 Plus defibrillator purchased comes with a free Responder Kit and a place at a training course. Also available are wall brackets and carry bags as well as additional / replacement products such as batteries and adult and child defibrillator pads.
Portable fire extinguishers in refineries and forecourts are exposed to weather and extreme temperatures and, on top of heavy handling, sometimes face a corrosive atmosphere. Traditional fire extinguishers, made from painted steel with an inner protective lining can corrode, often get dented, burst if the contents freeze and can experience detachment of the inner protective lining. All of these issues will lead to the extinguisher being condemned at the annual extinguisher service, resulting in you having to replace it.
This leaves the owners with replacement costs on top of the annual servicing charges, refilling charges every five years and the problem of supervising external subcontractors onsite. In larger refineries and production facilities the cost for supervision of every sub-contract engineer and issuing safety instructions can be significant.
During the annual service, traditional, stored pressure extinguishers are visually inspected from the outside and the pressure of the extinguisher is checked. Every five years, the extinguishers are opened, emptied and the inside is inspected for rust or lining detachment (showing as bubbles). The chemicals within the extinguishers are usually not re-used due to the fear of contamination from rust or the impact of moisture. In short, most of the inspection activities are linked to the fact the extinguishers are made of steel, can corrode and can be dented.
Britannia, a long established manufacturer of portable extinguishers in the UK, in partnership with Safelincs can offer a solution which addresses all these issues.
Britannia’s P50 fire extinguishers are made from composites and brass. The extinguishers have an inner 3-layered PA cylinder that contains the fire fighting agent and does not corrode or interact in any way with the chemicals. This cylinder is tightly wrapped in aramid fibre (Kevlar is the best know aramid), a fibre that is stronger than steel (per weight) and which takes up the pressure from the extinguisher. The extinguisher core is then contained and protected against UV light by a red plastic mantle. The head and valves are made from brass and stainless steel. The extinguishers are almost indestructible – even the most serious knocks will not damage the P50 extinguishers.
To test their resilience at the production plant, every 500th extinguisher is destruction tested: The extinguishers are pressurised 12000 times between zero and 25 bar. After this demanding test they are crushed flat by a metal blade and re-pressurised to over 55 bar without being allowed to burst or leak! In the tests P50 extinguishers actually only burst at around 85 bar!
These extinguishers cannot corrode and have a far superior pressure resistance than steel extinguishers. As the chemicals are not reacting with the cylinder, there is no need to refill the extinguisher after five years. The manufacturers of the chemicals have certified that the chemicals used in the P50 extinguishers will not require refilling for at least ten years. After the ten years, Safelincs, the main distribution partner of Britannia, offers an exchange service. The returned units are re-filled and can then be used for a further ten years!
As corrosion, lining detachment and dints will never be a problem for the P50 extinguishers; the only inspection requirement left is the verification of the internal pressure to detect any potential leakage. To give extra peace of mind Britannia has fitted two German-made pressure gauges to each extinguisher. Normal extinguishers only have one pressure gauge.
The requirement to regularly check pressure gauges applies both to traditional extinguishers and the P50. The general recommendation is that extinguisher gauges should be viewed in passing about once a month by end users to ensure that they are still showing the indicator needle in the green area of the gauge.
The real difference to traditional steel extinguishers is the replacement of the annual service by an external engineer with a simple annual visual inspection by the end users or their representatives. This inspection is boiled down to a very swift visual inspection of gauges and the extinguisher outer body to check for any visual damage from the outside. This inspection is then recorded on the back of the extinguisher and in the company’s fire safety logbook. This visual inspection requires no skill or tools. Nevertheless, when Safelincs installs the extinguishers at the customer, they train site staff in the visual inspection process and will certify their training to confirm that staff are competent to visually inspect the extinguishers. As a back-up there is also a video on the Safelincs website that runs through the process.
The P50 extinguishers are kitemarked and LPCB approved. They are also CE marked and marine approved. All major insurance companies accept the reduced servicing regime, as long as evidence of the regular visual inspection is kept in the standard fire safety log books in the same way as for any other extinguisher types. Britannia offers a ten year guarantee for all P50 extinguishers, offering complete peace of mind.
P50 extinguishers are installed in refineries, petrol stations and many other outdoor locations. It was in one of the refineries that the extinguisher shown below was photographed after it had been run over by a van – it was still fully pressurised!
These composite extinguishers cost in the region of £100-£150, depending from order volume, including site survey, installation, training and certification. They save the customer the costs of the annual service and the five-yearly refills/replacement. Due to the refurbishment after ten years (at around half the price of a new P50) the lifespan of the extinguisher is twenty years.
A simple and conservative calculation, comparing it with Safelincs’ own and very competitive standard extinguisher range, identifies the savings. We have only considered a ten year period, although the savings over 20 years are of course much larger: The savings indicated below are per unit.
||Traditional 6kg powder (steel)
|Call-out (averaged over 5 extinguishers)
|5 yearly refill
|Total 10 year costs
As mentioned above, the real savings are higher when a 20 year period is considered. Larger customers are also achieving much better purchase prices in the first place.
Also, the P50 extinguishers have substantially higher ratings than traditional extinguishers, so that fewer extinguishers are required, offering even further savings:
||21A 144B C
(not suitable for electrical)
||43A 183B C
||27A 183B Electrical
The P50s have more than double the A rating, allowing drastic reduction of numbers in offices and work places.
The P50 foam is also suitable for use on electrical equipment, allowing the replacement of the CO2 extinguishers found in many locations. Traditional foam extinguishers often do not have that capability!
To help our customers with the cost of the introduction of the P50 extinguishers, we offer additional options:
- Phased introduction: We replace extinguishers as they become due for replacement, rather than exchanging them all in one go
- Payments spread over a number of years
We will, of course, also remove your old extinguishers free of charge and dispose of them responsibly.
If you wish to find out how much the P50 can save you, please contact Safelincs on 0800 612 6537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safelincs are the contracted fire safety and H&S provider of the Church of England and the Church in Wales through their collaborative buying platform ParishBuying. We provide all fire safety products and services required in Churches, church schools, parishes, church buildings and offices as well as general H&S products such as first aid, PPE and winter safety products. Generous discounts for all Church organisations have been negotiated on top of the already competitive Safelincs internet prices.
The Church of England and the Church in Wales recently asked all their members about feedback about their service providers and Safelincs came out with the highest possible rating. Customers commented that Safelincs are ‘extremely helpful’, satisfied their needs entirely and that the service was ‘excellent’.
We are of course very proud about this feedback which has strengthened our philosophy of providing a personal service and best support on a nationwide scale.
The findings of the survey match the findings of our independent third-party ratingprovider, Trustpilot, which confirms our ‘excellent’ rating.
Continuing our work with the fire industry’s leading manufacturers, Safelincs has teamed up with Dräger and created a sales portal dedicated to Dräger’s vast range of safety products and services.
Impressed by Dräger’s focus on protecting those working in potentially volatile environments, we created a dedicated website for all Dräger safety equipment. As official Dräger dealer, Safelincs is able to offer a wide range of safety products for respiratory protection, eye safety and gas detection for industries where this protection is needed most.
The new product range is in particular targeted at the fire and rescue service, chemical sites and the oil and gas industries, where the presence of toxic gases and fumes is a danger. In these environments Dräger’s filtered and instant air supply hoods and masks save lives. Dräger’s portable gas detection instruments provide accurate gas level readings, ensuring the safe practice of work activities for all those on site.
For other commercial applications such as the construction, painting and chemical industries, employees require protection against the risk of breathing in contaminated air and from foreign bodies entering their eyes. Dräger’s impressive range offers protective eye wear solutions, as well as professional safety masks for both short term and long term use which are essential in these industries.
Safelincs are proud to be working alongside an international leader in fire and safety technology. World renowned for high quality products, Dräger are at the forefront of innovation and development, and their expertise has built up and maintained customer trust in their products. Our official dealership ensures that Safelincs’ customers are receiving the reliable Dräger brand at best prices without compromising quality or service.
All employees at Safelincs Ltd were offered a free car safety kit after the MD, Harry Dewick-Eisele, witnessed a car crash on his way to a meeting.
The occupant of the car was trapped in the vehicle due to a jammed seat belt. The situation became alarming when smoke was seen coming from under the bonnet and it was believed that the car could burst into flames. Had someone had a seat belt cutter the occupant could have been helped out of the smoking vehicle immediately. A fellow passing motorist had an extinguisher to hand in case the vehicle actually did catch fire.
Mr Dewick-Eisele said ´it was very distressing to see someone trapped inside a smoking vehicle and being unable to do anything to get them out. I made a note to myself to ensure that my car had all the essential items to help and assist at an accident`.
On ensuring he had a comprehensive safety kit in his car, including seatbelt cutter, extinguisher, warning triangle, emergency hammer, first aid kit, and torch, Mr Dewick-Eisele decided he would ensure that employees of Safelincs would not be put in the same position as he had been. `I do not want any of our employees to be in a similar situation and we have now issued staff car emergency kits for their private cars free of charge`, he said.
APEA Live 2013 is a trade show for the petroleum and explosives industry (APEA stands for ‘Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration’). Safelincs and Britannia jointly exhibited the P50 service free extinguishers to the refinery and forecourt industry. The P50 is particularly well suited to the harsh refinery and forecourt environment and reduces the cost of compliance dramatically, as traditional yearly fire extinguisher inspections in a safety critical environment require members of staff to accompany the service engineers. The P50, which only requires a visual inspection once a year without any servicing activities cuts out these burdens. The extinguishers are simply visually inspected by regular site safety personnel who receive introductory training when Safelincs install the extinguishers. The extinguishers have a ten year warranty and after ten years the P50 are re-furbished, giving them a further ten year life.
The show was well attended and we met some well known faces and made some new and exciting contacts.
Business Development Manager Stuart Baxter said ‘The atmosphere at this event is really friendly and constructive. Everybody knows each other and I am looking forward to follow up some of the new contacts we made this year’
If you would like more information on our P50 service free extinguisher, please contact us on 0800 612 6537
Safelincs has won a tender to install a defibrillator in each of a leading charity’s nine UK offices.
A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines are also known as AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important. Around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK every year.
“There are no laws in force in the UK requiring employers to provide defibrillators for their workforce, but we are seeing an increasing interest in them from organisations,” said Stuart Baxter, Business Development Manager at Safelincs.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council UK all recommend the deployment of defibrillators in the workplace.
Safelincs has formed a relationship with brain injury charity Headway to increase the awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, to raise funds for the charity and to emphasise the importance of installing a CO alarm.
Safelincs has created a Headway branded subsite selling CO alarms linked to directly from the Headway main site. We fulfil the orders and for every alarm sold we donate £2 to the charity.
Headway was formed in 1979 to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.
CO exposure can lead to anoxic brain injury because it binds very tightly to haemoglobin in the red blood cells and so reduces the amount of oxygen which can be carried in the bloodstream.
Carbon Monoxide is produced if there is not enough oxygen during the combustion process. It is commonly produced in appliances fuelled by Liquefied Petroleum Gas, natural gas, oil, petrol, wood or coal that have been badly fitted, are damaged, badly repaired or poorly maintained.
It is important that appliances are regularly maintained and to have a CO alarm installed. Fatalities have even been known to occur where the deadly gas has leaked from an adjoining property.
Safelincs also offers a dedicated information website to inform about carbon monoxide poisoning.
Safelincs supplies Handelsbanken, a leading Swedish Bank with over 700 branches in 24 countries, 147 branches of which are in the UK, with fire safety products such as fire extinguishers. Purchasing fire extinguishers from Safelincs gives Handelsbanken full protection. Should the extinguishers ever be used, Safelincs will immediately replace the extinguishers. So, when on the 21st of October a CO2 fire extinguisher was used by the fire brigade in one of the Handelsbanken branches, Safelincs immediately replaced the extinguisher, free of charge.
We want our customers to use their fire fighting equipment without ever having to worry about the aftermath. This applies not only to extinguishers – all fire safety equipment bought from us used on or affected by fire is covered by our free replacement guarantee.