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36 S P E C I A L R E P O RT Protect your body’s largest organ Industrial strength wipes will help look after your hands and save you money on site, explains Corinna Palin, international marketing manager of Big Wipes According to the latest Health and Safety Executive figures available, there are over 20,000 people suffering from work-related skin diseases with around 7,000 new cases diagnosed every year. For many heating and plumbing contractors, therefore, cleaning hands effectively while still being able to care for them is extremely important. On a daily basis, most heating and plumbing installers have to deal with both grease and grime. They also need to keep themselves and the work area clean of fix and repair products including silicone sealants, paints, adhesives, PU foam and general dirt – which can be hard to remove. Industrial strength wipes help to solve a health and safety issue as speedy removal of irritants is essential, especially as skin disease on the hands can be debilitating and has serious implications when trying to continue with work. The skin is your body’s largest organ and is its protective barrier. However, if harmful substances accumulate on your skin, that barrier can be broken and leave hands sore and inflamed and with the potential to cause long-term health issues. Skin disease can be incapacitating for the sufferer, meaning that work becomes difficult and livelihoods are put in jeopardy. There are common signs of skin problems to look for on hands such as dryness, redness, cracking, or swelling of the hands and fingers as well as blisters, flaking and itching. Contractors can develop these symptoms as they come into direct contact with substances commonly used on site. If you are immersing your hands in liquids, or getting them splashed on a regular basis then your hands may suffer. Contact with contaminated tools or surfaces can also lead to harmful substances landing on the skin, causing a problem. You might think that skin irritation is just a normal downside of the job. It’s not – and it can be the first sign a serious skin condition is beginning. But there are easy ways to prevent these problems. Industrial strength wipes should contain a blend of cosmetic grade solvents to effectively remove the grime, plus have added skin conditioners combining antibacterial properties that can offer a comprehensive level of portable protection in one convenient package. The wipes are highly effective, economical and safe for use on hands, tools and all sealed surfaces. Industrial strength wipes help save significant costs too. Paints, adhesive and sealants are easy to over-apply or can be kicked over by accident, causing visual, and sometimes permanent, damage to hard floors, walls and furniture. A spill or accidental leak of any material can lead to complaints, costly call backs or a delay in a job being signed off as complete which could all impact on “The skin is your body’s largest organ and is its protective barrier” the contractor’s reputation. The use of industrial strength wipes can save costs in lost time by quickly clearing spills before they cause permanent damage and potential call backs. For heating and plumbing contractors, therefore, portable cleaning products are their first line of insurance against complaints and extra costs. Savings even extend to reducing the cost of replacing and laundering work wear, as hands pre-cleaned with industrial wipes are no longer a grime hazard to clothing. Vans and vehicles also stay in better condition if a tub of wipes is mounted in racking or in a Big Wipes van bracket, as the work place grime can be removed before it enters the cab. Companies which specialise in industrial strength wipes, manufacture formulas which are preservative free and mainly waterbased. In addition to four powerful cleaning agents, Big Wipes 4x4 contain four dermatologically tested skin conditioners: Aloe Vera, Lanolin, Vitamin E and Glycerine, all helping to nourish and protect the skin. The range has been assessed to the latest EU Regulation 1223/2009 for cosmetic products with zero levels of irritation recorded during controlled testing by dermatologists. The range also offers >99.9% antibacterial protection for your skin. All of the company’s wipes are used without water and thus are perfect for on-site use where water isn’t available. Industrial wipes and moisturisers provide tradespeople with everything they need to stay clean, stay professional and keep their skin in prime condition for the job in hand. How many pumps are being offered as prizes by Xylem? A: Two B: Four www.hpmmag.com December 2016 enquiry number 130 Skin disease on the hands can be debilitating and has serious implications For your chance to win this prize, simply answer A or B in response to this question and fill in the form at the back of the magazine: Xylem is offering four pumps from its market-leading Lowara brand. Winners will receive one Lowara ecocirc premium with multi-display, and one Lowara ecocirc basic high efficiency circulator pump, both of which feature a universal plug for ease of installation, and Lowara’s anti-block technology. The winner can also personalise the end cap of the ecocirc basic, if they want. Two Lowara DOC3 submersible pumps complete the prize – ideally suited for the drainage of small sumps or cellars, for garden irrigation or to relieve flooding in rooms. Festive Giveaway 7 prize Answer A 131 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Prize 7 Four Xylem Lowara pumps Answer B 132


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