Why should you think RS for Safety needs?

As the only distributor covering all essential areas of machine safety, electrical safety, personal safety (PPE) and site safety, RS stocks the broadest range of safety products and brands available.

Whatever measures you need, from personal protective equipment and machine guarding, to working at height or with electricity, we have the products and expert advice to help you, your teams and colleagues stay safe and productive.

Safety in all areas

Personal Safety
Machine Safety
Electrical Safety
Site Safety

THINK SAFETY! Think RS across your business

From the outside of a building to everything inside, we have whatever you need to protect people and employees in your workplace.
Whether you need support with machinery, personal protection or working at heights – we have a wide range of products to offer you the right solution to reduce occupational hazards.

Explore our interactive manufacturing site to understand how we can help across the different workplace environments.

Don’t forget about your hearing

We’re working with our leading supplier 3M to help raise awareness of this new health and safety regulation and reinforce the importance of PPE in the workplace. Take a look at our video to learn more.

Improve productivity and keep your people safe

Whatever the size and scope of your business, you're probably under pressure to enhance productivity and profits without compromising on safety.

At 3M, we strive to find workplace solutions that improve safety as well as productivity and efficiency, working with our customers to help them achieve this goal.

Examine your workflow

To implement positive change, consider your current approach and see if this could be improved. First, map out your workflow and analyse the people, technology and processes involved; then identify the communication tools and resources available. Finally, assess the effectiveness of your existing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Train your people

Manufacturing industries are constantly changing, with new technologies promising improved efficiency. This can improve productivity, but you need to invest in training your people too. This means ensuring they have the skills needed to use any new equipment, so they use it efficiently and keep themselves safe too. Training and education is a fundamental part of the 3M offering, covering all aspects of the effective use of PPE.

Have realistic expectations

The drive to improve productivity can lead to unrealistic goals and threaten worker safety. Workers expect to be kept safe by their employer. If they feel that health and safety is compromised and become dissatisfied with their working conditions, the company may fail to meet its targets. To avoid this, you need to set realistic targets and redefine them if necessary.

Work with the right products

It’s important to regularly assess the tools and equipment that you use. In manufacturing and engineering particularly, this can make a huge difference to productivity and safety.
Take 3M™ VHB™ Tapes as an example. An alternative to spot welds, screws, rivets and liquid adhesives, versatile VHB Tapes have revolutionised performance benchmarks and durability for many applications. As well as a cost-effective way to increase productivity, they remove many of the dangers associated with using heavy machinery.

In another compelling example, researchers at Lund University found that when workers used radio communications during a civil engineering project, critical downtime decreased by almost 50%1. Using 3M™ Peltor™ Communication Headsets, with built-in two-way radio, also protects workers from noisy environments.

Choose the most effective protection

3M has been a market-leader in respiratory protection for more than 40 years and continually invests in research and development. With multiple features designed to protect workers and wearer comfort, we believe our respirators are the best on the market.

Plenty of food for thought? Learn more about 3M products here au.rs-online.com/3M

  1. 3M Peltor Case Study; Authors/Source: This study was by Victoria Joäng and Ajdin Sadiković, Lund University Faculty of Engineering (LTH) in Sweden

Machine safety

Machines and processes can create significant hazards to personnel when in operation. Physical guarding should be the main approach to mitigating these hazards. However, gates, guards and shields can impede operators’ interaction with machines or production lines. By using electronic sensing and intelligent safety systems, machines can be made safe to operate, compliant with health and safety law and deliver optimum productivity.

We created Connected Thinking to provide valuable insight and procurement expertise to anyone involved in the sectors we support. Our content offers practical insight and information to help you or your organisation – check out some of the articles here.

Why having a safety strategy and collaborative suppliers is essential

Workplace accidents can be devastating to manufacturers, both in terms of the impact staff morale and wider commercial ramifications.

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The importance of asset and workplace safety

Managing ageing assets is cited by many businesses as the 2nd biggest day to day challenge they face, and in this environment site or machinery safety can be sometimes be overlooked.

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Electrical safety

Any engineer working on a piece of electrical equipment or supply circuit needs to ensure supplies are isolated and locked off in such a way to avoid risk of electrocution by accidental energisation. Equipment needs to be tested to ensure no risk to users, including testing circuits and machinery earthing, insulation, and to ensure all portable appliances are damage-free. And for any significant change in electrical supplies, the work must meet the latest wiring regulations.

Personal safety

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will protect you against health or safety risks and includes items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Making the workplace safe means providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.

Site safety

Most slips occur when floors become wet or contaminated, and many trips are due to poor housekeeping. Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they account for over a third of all major injuries and can lead to other types of accidents, such as falls from height or falls into machinery. It can be avoided by putting the correct signage in place, barriers where required, spill kits at the ready or even having the first aid kit correctly displayed.

Browse our guides here

Workplace safety is an expansive subject with lots of different legislation, legal requirements, standards and best practice. We've created four simple guides to help advise and inform you on the stuff you need to know

Our Guide to Machinery Safety

Learn more about machine safety, your legal requirements and the standards that apply.

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Electrical Safety in the workplace explained

Our guide gives you useful insight on how to work with electricity safely and meet the latest electrical standards.

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What you need to know about Personal Protective Equipment

Most industrial environments need some element of personal protective or safety equipment, out guide gives you the low down.

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Learn more about site safety in industrial workplaces

From first kits to signage and spill control keeping your workplace safe is vital and our guide can help.

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Key brands

We partner with leading manufacturers to bring you the latest and best products to help you stay safe in the workplace.