*** Covid-19 Update ***

Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Making safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.

// CoSHH Awareness and Skin Protection

As specialists in the refurbishment of water retaining structures, our teams use CoSHH materials on a daily basis. These products are DWI Regulation 31 approved products and are known to contain skin sensitizers. In some cases, contact with these sensitisers can cause an allergic response to an individual, with severe consequences.

We have recently implemented a number of safety alerts, training exercises and VTBT’s across the company to ensure operatives working with these products have a full understanding of the risks to both themselves and others.

A key part of the training has been to ensure our teams understand the risk of onset or increased sensitisation through repeated and prolonged exposure to certain materials. We also focused on demonstrating the importance of following the correct PPE removal procedures.

A practical task was set for all operatives working with CoSHH substances, where coveralls and gloves coated in jam, were to be removed without the jam touching any area of skin, the jam was a representation of the uncured materials used on site. The exercise was a complete success and gave our QSE team the chance to remind and reinforce the working procedures around skin protection.

This was followed up with a video toolbox talk on the prevention of skin sensitisation and dermatitis.

As DWI Regulation 31 products develop, we will ensure the importance of skin protection, washing procedures and effective aftercare is reinforced throughout the company.

You can view our ‘Skin Protection VTBT’ below.