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  • Arco Investment Expands Confined Space Training Offer

    02 May 2023

    Arco has invested £200,000 in three new mobile confined space units to expand its national fleet and enable more bespoke training for customers working in hazardous environments across the country.

    The new units will take Arco's confined space solutions to small, medium and larger customers across the UK. The units allow scenarios that simulate a range of activities that workers may face in a confined space, such as repair and maintenance work in a tunnel. They have also been effectively used to support the training of rescue team members in how to recover casualties.

    Arco instructors can replicate real-world scenarios that are relevant to key industries, enabling workers to face potential risks in a controlled environment. Other hazards, such as smoke, can also be released into the tunnel systems as an additional training factor, making them suitable to train workers in a variety of situations.

    The trailer units are built around a seven-metre, triple-axle chassis and contain multiple tunnels, which have a combined length of over 30 metres. Internal cameras enable instructors to monitor the safety of delegates, in real time, and review exercises using playback after training sessions are complete.

    Access to a comprehensive range of equipment, such as gas monitors, harnesses, breathing apparatus and working at height equipment is available to ensure bespoke environments, tailored to the requirements of each customer, can be supported.

    The trailers enable customers to access the same equipment available at Arco's safety training centres, including a range of entry equipment, such as tripods and Davit systems.

    Utilising the multi and intermediate levels within the trailers, delegates can practically apply the skills they have been taught during the training in a safe and controlled environment.

    The investment marks the latest step in Arco's commitment to delivering 'Joined-up Safety Solutions' and follows the recent opening of its £2million Bracknell Safety Centre, which provides health and safety services across the South of England, combining risk assessment, training and equipment provision all under one roof.

    The new centre is home to state-of-the art confined space facilities, with a purpose-built labyrinth that features more than 30m of traverse capability and up to five metres of vertical access into multiple chambers to simulate relevant confined space hazards.

    Since opening in November 2022, the centre has received strong positive feedback from customers and industry bodies. In addition to its confined space training offer, the Bracknell Safety Centre will offer working at height training outdoors from its recently installed 20m external tower.

    Jamie Sadler, Commercial Director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

    "As experts in safety and a leading provider of confined space training across the country, Arco is committed to delivering an effortless experience for our customers.

    "As the UK's leading integrated safety products and services business, our investment in our new mobile confined space training units and in the facilities at our new state-of-the-art Bracknell Safety Centre allows us to deliver bespoke training and a joined-up approach to safety that meets even the most complex of challenges."

    Brian Grunes, Confined Space Subject Matter Expert and Training Manager at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

    "Our new fleet of confined space training units allow us to bring our world-class training offer to our customers sites without losing any of the features that would be available at our safety centres."

    To find out more about Arco's confined space training offer, click here or to discuss booking one of the mobile confined space units, email training@arcoservices.co.uk

    To find out more about the joined-up safety offer at Arco's new Bracknell Safety Centre, click here

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  • Arco Professional Safety Services 'Commended' at Prestigious Industry Awards

    28 April 2023

    Arco Professional Safety Services has been commended for the respiratory management programme it implemented with BAE Systems, in Glasgow, at this year's British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Safety Awards.

    The expert safety partner was shortlisted for the BSIF Safety Solution Award and, while the entry was not selected as the overall winner in the strongly contested category, judges were full of praise for Arco's submission at a ceremony held at The VOX at the NEC, in Birmingham.

    Arco and Arco Professional Safety Services have a well-established and trusted relationship with BAE Systems and have contracts in place for the provision of safety products and learning and development services, as well as providing respiratory protective equipment (RPE) services to BAE facilities for several years; including face-fit testing and RPE maintenance.

    Arco's submission focussed on its work with BAE Govan and Scotstoun, where it introduced a streamlined process to enhance the defence company's respiratory management regime through the careful selection of products, RPE training, face-fit testing, inspection and maintenance, record keeping and suitable and sufficient equipment storage.

    Arco's solution ensures all RPE is inspected in line with legal requirements, that the condition of the RPE is suitable to provide adequate protection for the specific hazards and minimises the risk of respiratory illness in BAE's workforce.

    Jamie Sadler, Commercial Director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

    "As experts in respiratory protection, with extensive knowledge of the regulations, we provided BAE Govan and Scotstoun with guidance surrounding their legal requirements for RPE inspection and maintenance and supported them in implementing a compliant respiratory inspection and servicing procedure.

    "We are proud that the solution we partnered with BAE Systems to deliver has not only improved their respiratory processes and industry compliance but has also been recognised by the BSIF and the wider safety industry.

    "We are proud to have been commended for our work, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our safety experts in fulfilling our core purpose of keeping people safe at work."

    To find out more about the range of respiratory services provided by Arco Professional Safety Services, click here.

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  • Arco Clothing Centre Raises Funds for Children’s Appeal

    20 April 2023

    Colleagues from Arco's clothing centre, in Preston, have raised more than £2,500 so far this year for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity Children's Appeal.

    The centre has supported the hospital charity team since 2020, with colleagues regularly organising fundraising events and initiatives, including dress down days, raffles, sales, fun competitions and sponsored events.

    In March, three colleagues raised more than £500 by abseiling 128 feet from Peel Tower, near Bury, and, more recently, £640 was raised for the appeal from the sale of Easter toys, door wreaths, cards, cakes and other treats, which colleagues had made and donated to be sold at an Easter market.

    More is to come when, later this month, colleagues will either take to the roads on their bikes or walk a 25-mile route around Preston for the sponsored 'Guild Wheel' challenge.

    Pam Walmsley, Operations Manager (Production), said:

    "We are so proud to have raised funds for such a worthy cause.

    "As a long-time supporter of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, we look forward to raising even more money - with events taking place each month throughout the year."

    The Children's Appeal is aiming to raise £1million for a wish list of items to bring about a raft of improvements to children's in and outpatients at the Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Leyland's Broadoaks Child Development Centre, as well as all other children's facilities managed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Lucy Clark, Children's Appeal Fundraiser at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, said:

    "We are extremely grateful to everyone at the Arco Clothing Centre for their wonderful support. We know staff vote on which local charity to fundraise for, so it means a lot to us in the charity team and to everyone who works for the trust that they have chosen to back our work."

    To find out more about Arco's commitment to delivering social value in the communities we operate in, click here.

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  • Arco Healthcare Colleagues Volunteer their Expertise with Scottish Charity

    30 March 2023

    Two of Arco's healthcare colleagues have provided their advice and support to a group of jobseekers in central Scotland. Dougie Logan, Key Account Manager, and Keith Moir, Healthcare Specialist, recently spent time supporting the Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust, a charity which helps improve the economic inclusion, development and regeneration of Clackmannanshire in central Scotland.

    Linked to Arco's relationship with NHS Scotland, Dougie and Keith were keen to support the charity and their pre-employability project. The project aims to engage and develop local people and to equip them with the skills they need to confidently apply for jobs and find employment.

    As part of their volunteering, the pair hosted a session with seven local people who are searching for work but are struggling in the current market.

    Dougie and Keith spoke to the group, sharing their advice on best practice when it comes to job hunting and interview preparation techniques and spoke about their own experiences to help boost the attendee's confidence.

    Mark O'Hare, Operations Manager at Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust, said:

    "Dougie and Keith's generous donation of time and expertise was truly invaluable to all those in attendance. We greatly appreciated their willingness to share their knowledge and experience with us, and I want to extend my deepest thanks for their contributions.

    "The feedback we have received from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, with many noting the value and engagement of the session."

    Keith said:

    "Personally, I think it's great being able to use the CSR days that Arco gives colleagues to make a positive impact on someone's life.

    "The session was a great experience and it was really rewarding to see how inspired the delegates were by hearing our stories - one attendee in particular asked for help with her CV at the end of the session, having never engaged fully with the charity before."

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  • Arco Reduces Plastic Packaging Consumption and Carbon Emissions

    16 March 2023

    Arco has successfully reduced its carbon emissions and plastic use by adopting a more 'circular' approach to the packaging used in the distribution of its products.

    As part of its recently launched sustainability strategy - A Safe Tomorrow - Arco has committed to reducing packaging waste in its own operations and throughout its supply chain.

    The introduction of new mailing bags, made from 80% recycled polythene, which in turn is widely recyclable in the UK, has secured a 35% reduction in the amount of plastic used across its operations. Their production has also been relocated from China to Europe, resulting in an estimated carbon emission saving of 38%.

    Arco uses approximately 400,000 mailing bags per year and, as part of its wider efforts to minimise climate change impacts and optimise efficiency, the company is analysing how it can apply more circular thinking within its products and, in turn, how this supports customers' sustainability aims.

    Arco has also changed to a new 'void fill solution', to improve the sustainability of packaging which protects products in transit. The new alternative provides a further 13% reduction in plastic usage and carbon emissions and results in 17% less waste. Arco's overarching sustainability aim is to be carbon net zero by 2045.

    Jim Harbidge, Head of Sustainability, said:

    "The introduction of these changes is a small, but important step that we have taken in support of our sustainability aims and is part of a planned approach to ensure we are carbon net-zero by 2045.

    "We would like to thank our packaging supplier, Hazel 4D, for their advice and support in identifying and implementing these changes.

    "As a responsible choice of safety partner, we are committed to taking action to reduce climate-related impacts and are focussed on wider sustainability opportunities that we can bring forward, including how we support our local communities."

    Learn more about our commitment to tackling the impacts of climate change.

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