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    Autumn: Are We Ready? 

    Sunday 28th October marks the official end of British Summertime, although we are already experiencing a drop in temperatures compared to July and August. The Forestry Commission recently announced that the result of dry soils left by the long, hot summer coupled with late summer rain, we are in an early autumn period. This year’s APF event saw the Forestry Commission celebrating 100 years of the Forestry Act, providing advice and support to the sector and commenting on latest activity. With forestry workers 6 times more likely to be killed at work than a construction worker, knowledge sharing and education remains a critical part of the work required for future development. With the HSE citing growing concerns on the level of competence and high expectations of newly trained/qualified operators, this has never been more important. In this industry, with the nature of the job including working at height and the risk of falling objects, working with chainsaws and other equipment, careless oversights could quickly turn into serious incidents. The role of technology has increased, as has the need for tree maintenance. Workers can feel instantly reassured by this, possibly too reassured. A reliance on technology could result in arborists and forestry workers becoming less alert to potential issues. We all know that PPE serves as an essential part of helping to protect those in the forestry industry at work, however, a safety conscious attitude and frame of mind at work is equally as important. It is not enough for workers to rely on PPE, believing that they are 100% safe when they have their PPE is prepped and ready to go. Health and safety needs to be a forefront of the entire workforce’s mind, helping to reduce the amount of carelessness and distraction at work. Put simply, even with PPE and advanced technology employers and site operation managers need to reiterate to workers that this does not render them unexposed to potential incidents. Accidents can still happen and it is critical that workers have a good understanding of this. 1,2,3 – PPE The purchase of PPE is only the first step in the equipment’s journey. It must be regularly maintained and replaced, whilst continually ensuring it is most suitable for the job being completed at the time. Successful management of health and safety and the role of PPE requires co-ordination of activities and communication of information, and must start from the top down. Leading by example will not only resonate and encourage workers on the ground to follow suit, it will go a long way in fundamentally improving health and safety performance across the industry for both newly trained and more casual users. PPE is not a guarantee of safety, and the role of the individual remains crucial. Stay aware and alert. Appreciate the equipment with the knowledge that you also play a significant role in ensuring you do not get hurt at work. For more information on HAIX’s range of forestry boots visit www.haix.co.uk, or to find your nearest dealer contact Workware www.workware.co.uk
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    Beating the Heat: Why Footwear Matters

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager, HAIX Here in the UK we are in the midst of an unprecedented heatwave that in July resulted in the public being advised to take shelter from the sun. In a joint warning, the NHS, Public Health England and the Met Office has advised that conditions are here to stay, with there being a 90% probability that the heatwave will continue until 9am BST on Friday 27th July. The current hot weather, coupled with incredibly dry ground, makes it easy for forest fires to start. In Greece, huge wildfires erupted in July, killing 60 and leaving a further 100 injured, with the country declaring a state of emergency. The area of UK woodland is currently 3.17 million hectares. The statistics, produced by the Forestry Commission, showed that this represents 13% of the total land area in the UK, 10% in England, 15% in Wales, 19% Scotland and 8% in Northern Ireland. Evidently, such a heatwave can have fatal consequences. Arborists need everything they can to get through working in heat that a lot of us have never experienced before. This should start from the ground up, and investing in highly breathable footwear is crucial. HAIX Protector Light HAIX’s Protector Light boot is the perfect summer boot offering the comfort, protection, and durability you need during this heatwave. Even in scorching temperatures, the boot is highly breathable, with a high quality leather lining and a fast drying insole in the footbed absorbing sweat instantly. This can also be removed and washed if required. The sole cushioning and arch support system keeps your foot in the best position, ensuring you are comfortable even after a long day of strenuous physical activity. In addition the Protector Light has fully waterproof leather upper, as well as a durable and comfortable leather lining, steel toe cap and a puncture resistant midsole. The boot provides level 1 cut protection against chainsaws, with a steel toe cap protecting you from any falling objects. Don’t let this heatwave stop you performing at your best. For additional information please visit https://www.haix.co.uk/haix-protector-lightwww.haix.co.uk/haix-protector-light
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    Forestry workers: what should you have on your feet?

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    Summer Cool

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager, HAIX The forestry industry is worth almost £2 billion annually to the UK, employing over 43,000 people. Conversations about the future of the industry in a post Brexit world are rife. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor has previously outlined what the sector needs for continued success – including greatly enhanced tree planting and restocking and an appreciation by all as to how this industry is good for the country- “not just for the countryside.” Before the position of our industry post- Brexit becomes clear, it must be business as normal in the ever changing British climate. British Summertime officially begins on the 23rd June, 2018, although some of us have already enjoyed some warmer weather. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the Met Office recorded the hottest ever early May Bank Holiday, with temperatures hitting over 25°C. To cope with often overbearing heat in such months, you might do things slightly differently – drink more water, wear a different uniform, and take longer breaks. Have you considered how different features in footwear could further protect you from the sweltering sunshine? GORE-TEX® As soon as your feet get too hot, too cold, or even wet, it’s likely you start to feel uncomfortable. The soles of your feet sweat more than anywhere else on your body. This can be harmful to health, resulting in blisters, but also lowering concentration levels. Feet feel most comfortable when the skin temperature is between 28-32 °C. In the summer, where increased temperatures are expected but high rainfall is also possible, your footwear must be waterproof and highly breathable. The GORE-TEX® membrane has a microporous structure, containing 1.4 billion pores per cm2. Each pore is 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, so no water can penetrate – far exceeding the current standards. Crucially, the membrane also allows perspiration to escape. Since the early 1990s, HAIX has been incorporating GORE-TEX® in footwear for that very reason. GORE-TEX® only approves boots by companies producing quality products that can withstand its stringent testing process. This includes a waterproofing test in which boots are placed in 5cm of water and 300,000 steps are stimulated to ensure no water is left in the boot. Through this process, boots can be rejected, and must be reassessed. The build-up of heat is then further reduced by the shoe construction itself, as it is only bonded at specific points to ensure breathability. The GORE-TEX ® membrane is six times more breathable than the values outlined in EN ISO standards 20345/20347. This will further help ensure products allow the half a pint of sweat feet release to be transported away from the feet and out of the boot. HAIX’s forestry boots incorporate the GORE-TEX ® Performance Comfort Laminate membrane, ensuring they are waterproof and breathable, as well as being moderately insulated for a broad range of temperatures and different activities. It is the must-have summer feature for your footwear. To view HAIX’s full range of forestry footwear visit https://www.haix.co.uk/forest/
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    How to avoid slips, trips and falls

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX Between 2016-17, 13,000 workers in Britain’s agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors suffered non-fatal injuries, with slips, trips and falls causing the most incidents. It is estimated that slip, trip and fall accidents cost Britain £800 million annually, with the direct cost to employers costing around £300 million. Do you understand the importance of footwear in protecting you from slipping when facing uneven floor surfaces, wet environments and poor lighting? Slippery substances such as oils, grease or rain, mud left on the rungs of a ladder and general debris are all risks you are familiar with. Falling victim to such accidents could increase the likelihood of you developing serious injuries or debilitating longer term health conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders. This will not just affect your health but also the productivity of the business in general, as you might be unable to work due to the pain. The right safety footwear offers protection against many industry hazards. With so many safety shoes on the market, we are inundated with options and it’s difficult to know which to choose and what safety features are important. Wearing footwear compliant to safety standards and with the right protective features is critical for preventing injuries. It is crucial to choose the right footwear for the right job – looking out for these features will set you up for the best protection: Waterproof If you are suffering from wet feet, you may find it harder to concentrate as you are more concerned about comfort, rather than the job in hand. This could lead to an accident. To be labelled as waterproof, boots should adhere to the EN ISO standard: 20345/20347. This is the minimum European standard manufacturers should achieve. HAIX work only with the Gore-Tex laminate system which is highly breathable, as well as creating a durable barrier against outside water penetration which far exceeds the standards required. Breathable, ventilation and insulation Quality materials are additional key footwear features to consider, particularly in the winter months. Breathable and insulating materials will keep feet comfortable and insulated, safe from freezing temperatures. HAIX forest boots utilise breathable GORE-TEX® inner lining provide maximum climate comfort and total protection against moisture in any weather conditions. Chainsaw protection Forestry professionals must ensure their boots offer chainsaw protection. The EN ISO 17249:2013 standard relates to safety footwear with resistance to chainsaw cutting. Category levels range depending on the level of protection required for the chainsaw speeds: Class 1 (20 m/s), Class 2 (24 m/s), Class 3 (28 m/s). Investing in quality footwear is priority. For more information on HAIX’s range of forestry boots visit, https://www.haix.co.uk or to find your nearest dealer contact WorkWare http://www.workware.co.uk/
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    2017 roundup: Productivity vs Injury Rates

    Between 2016/17, 802,000 trees were planted across England, an increase from the 642,000 trees planted in 2015/16. This follows the Conservative government pledge in 2015 to plant 11 million trees by 2020. To work safely and efficiently, coping with strenuous workloads in such busy times, you must be protected. Wearing the appropriate safety footwear is critical and can reduce the likelihood of you suffering an injury or developing a health condition whilst at work. Injuries and Illness in 2017 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 2016/17 statistics show in the forestry, agriculture and fishing sector, 15,000 workers suffered from work-related illnesses with 12,000 non-fatal injuries and 27 fatal injuries. The figures reveal safety gaps in this industry, highlighting where more could be done to improve protection. There are also pressing health issues that must be considered. The HSE statistics also show musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders were the most common work-related ill health condition to workers across the three sectors, accounting for 46% of all ill health problem, significantly higher than all other industries. Many of these cases could be linked to unsupportive footwear, lacking appropriate protection and safety features, ultimately making your working life a lot more difficult. MSK- where are we now? MSK disorders can develop through wearing safety footwear that is not fit for purpose and can damage joints, causing swelling of the legs. This could result in a range of problems for the feet including bunions and corns, steel spurs and even flat feet. General pain and discomfort around feet, legs, hips and lower back is also likely. If these problems develop all areas of your life could be affected. This might prevent you from working, possibly leading to a lack of earnings Focus on footwear Protective, durable and comfortable footwear is essential for your safety, helping to prevent injuries whilst also ensuring you don’t suffer from long term health problems because of work. HAIX is committed to developing functional footwear features for forestry professionals, meeting end user demand, continually setting new trends and exceeding standards to reduce health issues. Every pair of boots incorporates the latest materials and footwear technology to offer comfort and protection, with cutting-edge design. Key features in our boots that will help prevent MSK injuries and improve safety generally include: higher quality materials for better support to the foot and lower leg arch support to ensure correct posture sturdy soles to give a strong platform for a range of surfaces Gore-Tex membrane keeping feet warm and dry. chainsaw cut protection 2018 Busy times are ahead for the forestry industry and HAIX boots could be the key, helping to reduce incident rates and improve health statistics, ensuring continued growth in the forestry industry. Invest in HAIX boots and protect your health as well as the success of your industry. For more information visit, https://www.haix.co.uk
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    Are your boots really waterproof?

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX With the colder weather upon us, and heavy rainfall likely, your working conditions will become even more challenging. To cope with unpredictable climates, the protection your boots offer will become more important than ever. However, your ‘waterproof’ boots might not actually be as waterproof as you think, with the current minimum standard still allowing some water penetration. Do you know how harmful wet feet could be to your health? A picture of health If boots fail to provide the right level of waterproof protection and your feet become wet and cold, this could lead to serious health problems for the whole body. Wet feet are known to aggravate symptoms, weakening the immune system and reducing the blood flow to the nose and throat, allowing the body to be more susceptible to infections. Keeping your feet warm at 28-30 degrees and the body at a healthy temperature of 37-37.5 degrees is crucial in maintaining performance and wellbeing, also ensuring working time is not lost. Waterproof Learning the features that make a boot waterproof and understanding the consequences of not wearing the right protection could be the key to going home healthy and comfortable with dry feet. The EN ISO standard: 20345/20347 is the minimum European standard manufacturers should achieve for boots to be labelled as waterproof. The standard stipulates up to 3cm2 of water can still enter the boot. Whilst you may think your boots are completely waterproof, this is the basic standard, and water can still get in. A series of tests are conducted ensuring boots comply with the EN ISO standard. The first is a trough test where boots are subject to 1000 steps in a trough of water, for the equivalent of standing or walking in water for 10-15 minutes. The second test is the Dynamic Water Resistant Test involving a minimum of 4800 steps for the equivalent of walking or standing in water for 90-80 minutes. The trough test allows a maximum of 3cm2 water into the boot but the Dynamic test doesn’t allow any water ingress into the boot, anything above this limit, the boot fails to achieve the standard and is not considered waterproof. Preventing water penetration To combat water penetration, many of the boots designed by HAIX, also incorporate a GORE-TEX® Laminate that is durably waterproof, breathable and moderately insulated. The protection this offers is essential for providing the best protection for those working in unpredictable conditions. Each pore in the GORE-TEX® membrane is 20,000 times smaller than a droplet of water, ensuring the boot is completely and durably waterproof. The GORE-TEX® Laminate combined with the outer materials and manufacturing techniques stipulated by Gore also ensures water does not become trapped between the upper and the membrane, something that could stop the boot from performing as it should. Water intake not only causes wet fit but will also, reduce protection, and thermal efficiency within the boot. Internal components could rot, lessening material strength and encouraging bacterial growth as well as bad odours. Footwear incorporating the GORE-TEX® Laminate must undergo rigorous testing in a walking simulator ensuring absolutely no water penetration. The test involves 300,000 flexes for which is the equivalent of standing or walking for 80 hours in ankle high water, 300 times higher than the minimum EN ISO standard requirement. Check your features When working in the forest, you should ensure boots labelled as waterproof perform as you need them to. The GORE-TEX® Laminate provides you with assurance that your boots are completely waterproof. This will enhance your working life and also possibly benefit you financially, as boots will not have to be regularly replaced. As the sky is set to get gloomier, ensure your boots are waterproof or pay the price physically and financially. For more information visit, https://www.haix.co.uk/workwear/ or visit your local stockist, https://www.haix.co.uk/
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    Preventing injuries for a successful future

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX In the UK, the forestry sector is worth almost £2 billion annually, employing over 43,000 people. For the sector to keep achieving this kind of success, workers need to be properly protected in order to prevent costly accidents and injuries and to keep productivity levels high. The gruelling tasks todays forestry workers undertake everyday, means that they are increasingly exposed to risks that could impact health and wellbeing but what are the most prevalent injuries and how can safety boots help to prevent these? Disorders In 2015/16, in the forestry, agricultural and fishing industry, there were an estimated 15,000 cases of non-fatal injuries and 54% were musculoskeletal disorders, (MSD). The high level of MSDs in forestry is alarming and could be due to the everyday tasks such as carrying heavy loads, using machinery possibly with a fatigued posture and spending long periods of time in safety boots, walking on rough terrains. A particular set of MSD injuries that could develop because of this are work related lower limb disorders (WRLLD). WRLLDs can affect the legs and feet and in 2009, an estimated 94,000 people in Britain suffered from a lower limb disorder caused or made worse by their work. The most common WRLLDs are: Stress fracture- this is caused by high impact and weight bearing activities. Heel Pain- this includes the injury, plantar fasciitis that is caused by a repeated high impact movement. Morton’s Neuroma- This can occur when there is an increased pressure on the toes. Invest in boots The footwear you choose plays an important part in ensuring your risk of injury is reduced. Recently, a false footwear economy has developed and individuals have purchased low cost safety boots that lack the required protection. These models might be cheaper but feet could be exposed to repeated stress which can only lead to painful injuries. The best protection is found in footwear that is compliant with the government standard EN ISO 20345: 2011 and incorporates the right safety features, specifically designed for foresters such as chainsaw cut protection, safety toe caps and sturdy anti slip soles. To ensure you are protected with the best safety features, HAIX has a global reputation for producing high specification safety footwear. The company is committed to developing functional features in safety footwear to meet end user demand, continually setting new trends and standards. In each pair of boots, HAIX uses the latest materials and footwear technology to ensure footwear offers comfort, protection and cutting-edge design. Investing in high quality footwear won’t only help prevent and improve foot problems, it will also be effective financially, limiting the amount of times boots must be replaced. Stepping forward Wellbeing starts from the feet up and paying attention to your boots, ensuring you are wearing the correct safety footwear with the right features for forestry could mean you stay healthy and pain-free, in and out of the forest. For more information visit, https://www.haix.co.uk
  9. Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX In the UK, the forestry sector is worth almost £2 billion annually, employing over 43,000 people. For the sector to keep achieving this kind of success, workers need to be properly protected in order to prevent costly accidents and injuries and to keep productivity levels high. The gruelling tasks todays forestry workers undertake everyday, means that they are increasingly exposed to risks that could impact health and wellbeing but what are the most prevalent injuries and how can safety boots help to prevent these? Disorders In 2015/16, in the forestry, agricultural and fishing industry, there were an estimated 15,000 cases of non-fatal injuries and 54% were musculoskeletal disorders, (MSD). The high level of MSDs in forestry is alarming and could be due to the everyday tasks such as carrying heavy loads, using machinery possibly with a fatigued posture and spending long periods of time in safety boots, walking on rough terrains. A particular set of MSD injuries that could develop because of this are work related lower limb disorders (WRLLD). #jscode# WRLLDs can affect the legs and feet and in 2009, an estimated 94,000 people in Britain suffered from a lower limb disorder caused or made worse by their work. The most common WRLLDs are: Stress fracture- this is caused by high impact and weight bearing activities. Heel Pain- this includes the injury, plantar fasciitis that is caused by a repeated high impact movement. Morton’s Neuroma- This can occur when there is an increased pressure on the toes. Invest in boots The footwear you choose plays an important part in ensuring your risk of injury is reduced. Recently, a false footwear economy has developed and individuals have purchased low cost safety boots that lack the required protection. These models might be cheaper but feet could be exposed to repeated stress which can only lead to painful injuries. The best protection is found in footwear that is compliant with the government standard EN ISO 20345: 2011 and incorporates the right safety features, specifically designed for foresters such as chainsaw cut protection, safety toe caps and sturdy anti slip soles. To ensure you are protected with the best safety features, HAIX has a global reputation for producing high specification safety footwear. The company is committed to developing functional features in safety footwear to meet end user demand, continually setting new trends and standards. In each pair of boots, HAIX uses the latest materials and footwear technology to ensure footwear offers comfort, protection and cutting-edge design. Investing in high quality footwear won’t only help prevent and improve foot problems, it will also be effective financially, limiting the amount of times boots must be replaced. Stepping forward Wellbeing starts from the feet up and paying attention to your boots, ensuring you are wearing the correct safety footwear with the right features for forestry could mean you stay healthy and pain-free, in and out of the forest. For more information visit, https://www.haix.co.uk View full article
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    Safer Steps: Musculoskeletal injuries in forestry

    Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX In the UK between 2015/16, there were 539,000 work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSK). Foresters undertake physically demanding tasks every day and wearing comfortable, supportive footwear is one way of reducing the risk of developing MSK problems. In this industry, a ‘false footwear’ economy currently exists. Generally speaking, individuals are tempted to purchase low cost and low quality boots in order to remain compliant and save money. Investing in the correct safety boots could help protect your feet, increase motivation, enhance productivity and reduce the risk of injury. What can cause MSK? More than 20% of injuries in tree work are MSK related. You complete heavy duty tasks, including manual handling of loads with the back flexed and twisted, often in low temperatures, or on slippery and uneven surfaces. Wearing low quality footwear could hinder you completing your tasks easily and efficiently. The wrong boots can damage joints, cause swelling of the legs and result in a range of problems for the feet, including bunions and corns, steel spurs and even flat feet. General pain and discomfort around feet, legs, hips and lower back could also occur. With 26 bones and numerous ligaments and muscles, our feet are the foundation of our body and need to be protected. Prevention Understanding the importance of supportive boots is critical to look after your health. Invest in high quality footwear- you won’t regret it. For more information, visit https://www.haix.co.uk Sources: www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/musculoskeletal/msd.pdf webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http:/www.dh.gov. uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/ digitalasset/dh_4138412.pdf http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/health/msd.htm
  11. Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX In the UK between 2015/16, there were 539,000 work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSK). Foresters undertake physically demanding tasks every day and wearing comfortable, supportive footwear is one way of reducing the risk of developing MSK problems. In this industry, a ‘false footwear’ economy currently exists. Generally speaking, individuals are tempted to purchase low cost and low quality boots in order to remain compliant and save money. Investing in the correct safety boots could help protect your feet, increase motivation, enhance productivity and reduce the risk of injury. What can cause MSK? More than 20% of injuries in tree work are MSK related. You complete heavy duty tasks, including manual handling of loads with the back flexed and twisted, often in low temperatures, or on slippery and uneven surfaces. Wearing low quality footwear could hinder you completing your tasks easily and efficiently. The wrong boots can damage joints, cause swelling of the legs and result in a range of problems for the feet, including bunions and corns, steel spurs and even flat feet. General pain and discomfort around feet, legs, hips and lower back could also occur. With 26 bones and numerous ligaments and muscles, our feet are the foundation of our body and need to be protected. Prevention Understanding the importance of supportive boots is critical to look after your health. Invest in high quality footwear- you won’t regret it. For more information, visit https://www.haix.co.uk Sources: www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/musculoskeletal/msd.pdf webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http:/www.dh.gov. uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/ digitalasset/dh_4138412.pdf http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/health/msd.htm View full article
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    Part 2 – Know your features

    Part 2 – Know your features In part 2 of this series on safety footwear standards, we highlight the importance of understanding the safety standards that shape your forestry footwear. Here we look at the specific features one would typically find in a forestry boot and why they are important. Class Features & Benefits SB Safety basic, 200 joules Toe Protection, Oil Resistant outer sole. (Minimum Requirement). In forestry, working at height and with heavy objects is part of the daily routine, and so toe protection is essential. This is the basic standard required for safety boots, showing that the outer sole is resistant to oil and can withstand a 200 joule impact. SBP As SB plus Mid-Sole for penetration resistance. Sharp objects in the great outdoors (that could include forestry equipment) pose a significant safety risk. Boots listed as SBP follow the same standards as the basic safety boot (shown above) but also come with mid-sole protection for penetration resistance. S1 As SB plus Anti-Static properties and fully enclosed Energy Absorbing heel area. Anyone who has had an electrostatic shock from a piece of clothing will know that this type of static charge energy can build up elsewhere in the body. S1 certified boots benefit from all of the features of an SB boot, as well as boasting anti-static properties. S1 boots also benefit from a fully enclosed energy absorbing heel, enabling you to be more comfortable when on the go. S1P As S1 plus Mid-Sole for penetration resistance. As with SBP, S1P provides all of the protection found in S1 certified boots but with additional mid-sole protection. S2 As S1 plus water resistant upper and absorption. S2 certified boots offer an upper with resistance to water penetration and absorption; a must have for anyone working outdoors in the UK! S3 As S2 plus Mid-Sole for penetration resistance and cleated outsole. The most common non-fatal injuries in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector according 2015-16 HSE statistics were slips and trips. The S3 standard includes mid-sole protection against penetration and a cleated outsole. Cleated outsoles are external protrusions or studs on the sole of the boot that provide additional traction on soft or slippery surface. This is especially useful when working in wet or icy conditions as you can then be confident that your steps will be sturdy and unaffected by slips or trips, S4 200 joules Toe Protection. All rubber or polymer construction (waterproof). Anti-Static properties, Energy Absorbing heel area. Boots certified to an S4 standard are made of 100 % rubber or polymer making them waterproof and leak proof. S5 As S4 plus Mid-Sole for penetration resistance and cleated outsole. The S5 standard offers the same benefits of an S4 boot with the added mid-sole protection against penetration and a cleated outsole for additional traction on soft or slippery surfaces. We hope our guide will prove useful for when you’re choosing your next pair of forestry boots. The standards outlined in this two part series are just some of the ones you might come across, so if there is anything else you need to know, please feel free to get in touch with the HAIX UK team who will be happy to help you. For more information on HAIX and its footwear, please visit haix.co.uk or your nearest distributor.
  13. When buying a new car, the technical specifications of the vehicle influence your final decision. Do you need an automatic? Central locking? GPS navigation system? The same logic and careful consideration should apply to choosing your next pair of safety boots – how will you use them, and what features matter most to you? Forestry professionals need safety footwear to reduce injury risks when completing daily tasks. When purchasing safety boots, it can be easy to overlook the standards that distinguish a basic boot from specialised footwear. While you may assume that a standard launched in 2011 is less advanced than one launched in 2013, are you aware of what these two standards actually mean, and why both are important to you? In part 1 of this two part series on safety footwear standards, we look at the EN standards that have developed over the years to ensure safety boots do what they are supposed to. In part 2, we outline the various classes of safety boots and what you should expect from each one. Part 1 – Making sense of the standards ESD CEI EN61340-5-1 – ESD, or electro static discharge, is an electrical discharge caused by the transfer of static from one object to another. Footwear with ESD certification is designed to reduce the amount of static energy built up in your body. It means the footwear can protect sensitive electronic devices from electrostatic discharge. EN ISO 20345:2004 – This standard specifies that all safety footwear must have toe protection. This covers all footwear designed before 2004 and so will still be seen on older stocks. Products coming onto the market after June 2013 have to comply with the new and now more commonly used EN 20345:2011 standard. EN ISO 20345:2011 sets out new tougher minimum requirements for safety footwear. EN ISO 20347:2012 - This is an umbrella standard, and encapsulates many other, more specific footwear safety standards that identify special risks. These are relevant depending on the type of occupation the footwear will be used for. EN ISO 17249:2013 – This is the forestry standard to show resistance to chain saw cutting. The above standards are minimum requirements and all safety footwear has the potential to boast more. Being aware of these core standards and what they actually mean will ultimately help you to be safer at work and make the right decision when purchasing footwear. In the second post of this series we will discuss some of the most common features in forestry footwear. In the meantime, if there is a standard you would like to know more about, please contact the HAIX team who will be happy to assist you. For more information on HAIX and its footwear, please visit haix.co.uk or your nearest distributor.
  14. Believe it or not, our feet take us up to four times around the globe in our life time. The combination of 26 different bones, the shape, ligaments and muscles are naturally designed to withstand the physical stresses of everyday life., However, working in the forestry sector means being on your feet for large proportions of the day, often in changing weathers and therefore it is essential to have comfortable, supportive shoes to be able to complete work effectively and avoid long term health issues. As a specialist in orthopaedics and chirotherapy, sports physician, Dr Norbert Becker is a leading expert in footwear health. Here, he tells us all about the key points for consideration when selecting your next pair of boots to ensure ultimate protection and comfort… . The Sole of the Boot If the sole of the boot is too soft, the foot will not be given enough support to achieve sufficient momentum when moving forwards. This will cause unnecessary stresses and strains for both the feet and subsequently the rest of the body. Supporting you as you walk Boots should not impair a foot’s function but assist it, be it with non-slip soles, shock absorption or safety protection. Dr Becker’s top three tips: 1. The shoe should always be fit for purpose taking different working conditions into consideration , 2. It is better to try shoes on in the afternoon because the foot changes during the day and its volume increases slightly. 3. Ensure the fit is exactly right – that includes consideration for the lacing and allowing for toe caps. For the latest forestry footwear on the market visit https://www.haix.co.uk/forest/ or your local distributor
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    Hitting the HAIX (part 2)

    In part 2 of Hitting the HAIX, we return to find out what John Trenchard thinks of his HAIX boots. John Trenchard, assessor and a verifier for Lantra and co-founder of Arbor Venture Training Ltd with over 20 years’ experience is testing the HAIX Protector Forest boots ahead of the APF show - so let's find out if he's impressed? Much of John’s work sees him venturing into the tree tops, either for tree care or to carry out aerial recovery training as safety at height is key for arborists. It is for this reason that he was particularly impressed to learn that the boots are far more flexible than he originally assumed. In addition, John was keen to point out that the Protector Forests also work well with foot ascenders. “The ascenders fit on really well and don’t make the boots difficult to work with.” In addition to working seamlessly with forestry equipment, such as the foot ascenders, John also discovered that HAIX boots incorporate a fast lacing system. Having worked to provide safe and effective boots for the legendary New York Firefighters as well as the German GSG-9 Counter-Terrorist Unit, HAIX has learnt that time is of the essence when it comes to putting on and removing their footwear, so many boots from HAIX, including the forestry footwear, benefit from the fast lacing system. As John explained, “You can lace up the lower part and once it is comfortable, lock it in place and lace up the upper part. After you’ve done the lower part the first time, there’s no need to do it again.” Be it as a trainer for Lantra or working with his company, John is always on the go so the fast lacing system isn’t going to stand in his way. So what is John’s resounding overall opinion? “Excellent comfortable, capable boots that are great value for money.” And you can’t say fairer than that. Having worn the Protector Forests in all weathers, in the air and on the ground, John has put them through their paces on a literal boot camp and has been left more than impressed! To find out more about HAIX and HAIX boots, please visit http://www.haix.co.uk or your local distributor.

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