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Using Compressed Air Safely

Working safety with comp air cardAnybody who works with Compressed Air should know how dangerous it is. However if you have new staff or need a refresher BCAS offer a Working Safely with Compressed Air Course. Here’s a handy document from BCAS listing the dos and don’ts.

 

“Air at 1 bar can ‘pop’ an eyeball from it’s socket”

 

For those who wish to use the compressed air to clean we offer a JetBlack BlowerJetBlack-Nozzle-OSHA-Nozzle-Assembly  which regulates the pressure to a safe level. This means that you can have worry-free compressed air for any de-dusting tasks.JetBlack-Wall-Mounted

For more information please contact us on 0114 243 2347 or complete our online form.

“0.25 Bar of air can rupture a bowel, lungs or intestine”

Insist on BCASBe Compliant And Safe!

 

Top Ten Tips!

Top ten tips from BCAS (British Compressed Air Society) for Compressed Air users:
1. Understand your electrical usage.
2. Assess usage regularly.
3. Check if the demand is fixed or variable.
4. Decide on your air quality requirements.
5. Make sure the location of Air Compressor is ideal.
6. Test noise levels.
7. Check for Air leaks regularly.
8. Ensure regular Servicing and Maintenance.
9. Use Compressed Air Safely.
10. Recover heat.
For more details see the attached exert from this year’s BCAS Compressed Air Technology Guide

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What do you know about The Society?

We are renewing our membership with The British Compressed Air Society this month. Here is some basic fact about the society:

  • It was founded in 1930.
  • It was founded at the instigation of the British Government.
  • It is the only UK Technical Trade Association open to manufacturers, distributors and end users of compressed air products, portable air compressors and services.

Society and its members have the following aims:

  • To promote the use of safe and reliable power
  • To improve the services they offer industry
  • To encourage and help members to develop their professional competence.
  • To bring the experience of members to bear on the conduct of business in industry for the common good.

The Society actively represents the interests of members and the compressed air industry to both United Kingdom Government, European and overseas Institutions. For more information or leave a review about us please visit www.bcas.org.uk

(Info taken from BCAS website correct as at 12.06.15)

HSE to amend the ACOP on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

HSE to amend the approved codes of practice (ACOP) on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) The Consultative Document sets out proposals from HSE to amend the approved codes of practice (ACOP) on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (L22); Safe Use of Power Presses (L112) and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment (L114). This is a light-touch review of the PUWER ACOPs with the aim of removing time-limited material and, where appropriate, simplifying the text http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd268.htm?eban=govdel-equipment-at-work&cr=31-Mar-2014

Have you revised your Written Scheme recently?

We received a frantic phone call this month from someone who’d just received a fine for not having their ‘Compressor Certificate’ which in actual fact was the Air Receiver/Tank Certification. The Compressed Air is stored in the Air Receiver/ Air Tank, so it is the most dangerous part of the Air Compressor if it is not regularly inspected (which is a visual and ultrasonic inspection) and regularly drained of condensate, to be correctly disposed of through an Oil/Water Separator System.

We talked the Garage through the legislation (Pressure Safety System Regulations 2000) surrounding Compressed Air Installations, explaining the Written Scheme of Examination and directing them tohttp://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg178.pdf for more details. We then organised the production of a Written Scheme and are now on with the Ultrasonic testing of the Air Receiver. If the garage had been a customer of Algar Air’s already we’d have made sure they knew about the legislation and helped them comply with it.

Oil/Water Destroyers – Do you know the facts?

We have installed a new 1500cfm Oil/water Separator this month for one of our Safety Fence manufacturers but did you know you need one? The condensate produced in the process of Compressing Air and then Filtering/Drying/Storing it, needs treatment. These units are designed to meet the emissions limits as laid down in the 1991 Water Resources Act. This is in accordance with ISO 14001.

Hi-sep Benefits:

  • Works with: Any compressor, vane, recip, turbo or screw
  • Any oils – synthetic, mineral or vegetable oils
  • Any drains – even timed solenoids or steam traps
  • Any system – galvanised, stainless, plastic or aluminium pipework
  • Smaller – smallest possible footprint
  • No mess! – No oil containers to empty
  • Lighter – Polyethylene Moulding
  • Stronger – Roto-moulded for maximum structural strength
  • No overflowing / no weirs
  • No stagnant water volumes / no bacteria build up
  • No emulsions or “pizzas” on top of condensate – no static water
  • Longer lasting cartridges / bags than conventional oil / water separators
  • Fitted with 4-way .” BSP inlet manifold as standard
  • Re-handable inlet ports – or up to eight .” BSP inlet ports
  • Condensate cleaners up to 7,000 cfm available, price on application.

Have you revised your Written Scheme recently?

Completed the revision of a Commercial Upholstery/Furnishings Manufacturer’s Written Scheme of Examination. We’d recently done a few changes to their Compressed Air Pipework so our Chartered Engineer revised the Written Scheme of Examination in line with the new layout. If you need any further information about if you need a Scheme or who is able to carry out such work please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg178.pdf

British Compressed Air Society’s (BCAS) Spring Conference.

We gleaned some excellent information we can pass along to you the customer touching on subjects like:

  • Legislation and Standards update including the upcoming ISO11011 which though has no official date as yet will eventually effect all Compressed Air Systems Energy Efficiency.
  • Changes to how the Carbon Trust operates giving it’s losing its funding from the Government but will still continue to operate as a non-profit organisation helping improve the energy efficiency of your business.

If you’d like more information on either of these subjects please do not hesitate to contact us on info@algarair.co.uk“.

Written Scheme of Examination Updates

Recently, current customers will have received their annual review form for their Written Scheme of Examination. If you haven’t already please return the completed form as soon as you can.

It is extremely important to keep your Written Scheme of Examination up to date so all your Compressed Air equipment is scheduled to be inspected at the correct intervals. If you don’t have Scheme already or haven’t received your review form please contact head office on 0114 2432347. If you would like more information on the regulations please visit our ‘Legislation Page’ on our website.

Waste Carrier Licence

New Waste Carrier Licence received! As per the Waste (England & Wales) Regulations 2011 we are certified for the next three years to remove your hazardous waste from site. Please remember as Hazardous Waste Producers you will need to Register** your business with the Environment Agency so we can remove the Waste Oil and any associated Oil contaminated Compressed Air Service Items. Please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for more information.

The sources of hazardous waste in compressed air systems are.

  • Condensate
  • Oil from servicing
  • Used oil filters elements
  • Desiccant
  • Air filter elements
  • Air end/pump items

Our Waste Carrier Licence Number for your records is CB/WM3184TH. If you’d like a copy of our certificate please email info@algarair.co.uk or each engineer carries a card.

**You may not need to register if you produce less than 500kg of Hazardous Waste per year

Proud BCAS Member

We’ve been accepted and are now proud members of our Trade Association BCAS, the British Compressed Air Society Ltd. The *Society and its members have the following aims.

  • To promote the use of safe and reliable power
  • To improve the services they offer industry
  • To encourage and help members to develop their professional competence
  • To bring the experience of members to bear on the conduct of business in industry for the common good

In the Compressed Air Industry where safety, reliability and compliance are essential we are happy to be approved and surveyed to show all our customers and suppliers that we conform to the highest standard. In due course, we will be sending out surveys to all our current customers so help us achieve this.

Health & Safety

“Health issues should be driven by the understanding that improved health and well-being can generate significant employee productivity benefits, resulting in higher levels of motivation”. According to research recently conducted by the Chartered Management Institute: The Quality of Working Life 2007.

Maintaining the health and well-being of employees can have the potential to benefit an organisation in the following ways:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved productivity
  • Losing fewer experienced staff through retirement on ill health grounds
  • Attracting and retaining the best staff
  • Improving staff morale
  • Improving employee relations

Here at Algar Air we work with all members of the team to promote health & fitness; actively encouraging exercise and healthy eating. Here are a few examples:

  • The Bank Holiday Friday for the Royal Wedding saw the 1st Golf Tournament for Algar Air. The second coming up this Saturday 18th June
  • Part of the Admin Team have had a massive achievement in their weight loss goals over the last year losing in excess of 8 stone!
  • Algar Air provides the Westfield Advantage Health Scheme
  • Most members of staff take part in regular exercise including regularly attending the Gym, 5 a-side League Football, Zumba/Dance Exercise Classes and one member of the Team who regularly walks the 8 mile round trip to work and back!