SYSK: Health and Safety
The biggest names you need to know supplying to the $847.8bn industry
Around two-thirds of hospital visits in the UAE are related to injuries incurred on building sites, revealed a report by a UAE University. Lack of PPE or inappropriate PPE are most often the reason behind the injury.
As construction continues to rise in the region, so too do dangers. Last year alone, nearly 50 workers died and over 400 were injured in the Dubai.
This is magnified with the desire of contractors to drive down costs and use lower quality products; something that can be detrimental to the health and safety of workers on site.
Personal protective equipment PPE is used throughout the industry as a means of safeguarding workers from a wide range of health and safety hazards at work, such as exposure to toxic substances or extreme temperatures, being struck by falling objects or being splashed by chemicals/molten metal.
It can be summarised as an individual’s protection of his/her head, eyes, hearing, lungs, hands, feet or body, generally by the means of specially designed devices and/or implements.
The global market for (PPE) is expected to be worth over $30bn by 2015 due to governments placing emphasis on safety regulations and mandates, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts.
“The Middle East is a far safer working environment today than ever before, thanks to the increasing attention to implementing strict regulations and safety guidelines by governments across the region,” says Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Intersec.
“The use of customised safety equipment and personal protective gear is now widespread and set to increase even further thanks to improved awareness of health and safety issues and the growing implementation of industry best practices across construction sites, factories, workshops and the entire petrochemical industry,” added Pauwels.
fmME takes a look at one popular supplier of health and safety gear.
By Lisa Harwood, GM
Established in Saudi Arabia in 1979, Magus International has grown and evolved to become a leading supplier of PPE, safety products and workwear to the Middle East market. In addition to its own brand of industrial and corporate clothing, Magus International offers the widest range of PPE and safety items for both general and specialist applications, from globally recognised brands including All Signs, Bolle, Bristol Uniforms, Cedderoth, Cofra, DBI Sala, Enware, Eska, Helmets Integrated Systems, Ion Science, Jo Bird, Jutech, Lubetech, Comasec, Marigold Industrial, Moldex, Physioderm, Protecta, Portwest, RAE Systems, Recom, Refrigiwear, Respirex, Safety Jogger, Scott Health & Safety, Wallace Cameron, Wolf Safety Lamp Company, Workrite & 3M.
What’s unique about you?
Magus International now has seven outlets across the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and all its facilities are assessed and accredited to ISO 9001:2008. The selection and calibre of our staff are as important to Magus International as the selection of the brands and products we represent.
Our teams continually receive up to date product training and are able to offer practical support and sensible advice. Their expertise helps customers make the correct choice in terms of product and cost, ensuring your work place is safe and compliant.
Why choose you?
We offer a one-stop shop for safety, PPE and workwear requirements. Our expertise extends throughout our product range, including clothing. Garments for employees need not only be fit for purpose but smart, practical and highlight the corporate identity of the company in terms of colours and/or branding.
In addition to the large range of protective clothing in its portfolio, Magus offers premium workwear and corporate clothing options from an extensive ready-made range under its own label and that of Portwest. These products can be customised through embroidery, screen-printing and badging and are all stock supported throughout the year, providing customers with peace of mind.
Special sizes and adaptations to the ready-made range are also available due to in-house tailoring facilities and large stock holdings of fabrics. For companies wanting a more unique look, bespoke solutions can be catered for, with advice and support from our technical team of garment experts.
It is paramount to companies that their corporate clothing remains looking good for the intended duration. At Magus International, as much emphasis is put on the technical standards of the fabrics used, as in the construction and finish of the garments themselves.
The continuity of both fabric quality and colour is closely controlled from one order to another to maintain “uniformity” and all fabrics used are tested and adhere to International standards including colour fastness and dimensional change.To complete the package, only high quality trims are used, selected according to garment and fabric suitability.
One isolated example is the selection of reflective tape. All brands of reflective tape manufacture a range of qualities which remain EN471 compliant under a range of different laundering parameters.
Different options may look identical but cost and performance varies from 1-2 wash compliancy - suitable for disposable garments - up to 100 washes at 60C under industrial wash conditions. Magus selects tape according to garment suitability, ensuring minimal costs and tape compliancy for the garment’s lifetime.