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Traditionally, explains Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, safety-eyewear customers who require varifocal lenses have only been provided with a choice of standard designs. This can present adaptation problems if the customer usually wears a different lens category in their everyday glasses. To solve these difficulties, Specsavers

Corporate Eyecare is launching a full range of varifocal lenses for use in its safety eyewear. Customers can upgrade from Standard varifocal lenses to options from the Premium, Elite, or Tailor- made categories. Varifocal lenses combine three different prescriptions in one clear lens.

According to Specsavers, this allows the wearer to see clearly over short and long distances, without having to remove, or change glasses. Premium varifocal lenses are said to have a wider field of clear vision

over long and intermediate distances than standard lenses. Elite varifocal lenses, meanwhile, are said to have a wide field of clear vision over all distances, with minimal soft focus, and are very easy to adapt to. The highest quality offering is tailor-made varifocal lenses, which,

Specsavers says, give excellent clarity and the widest field of clear vision over all distances. They are also said to be the easiest to adapt to. For more information regarding varifocal safety eyewear, visit:


Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) has launched its new Vacutainer® Eclipse™ Signal™ Blood Collection Needle in Europe. The safety- engineered design with single-handed activation, integrated holder and a new flashback chamber is said to offer health-care workers immediate confirmation of venous access, while also reducing the potential for sharps injuries. Blood collection is one of the most hazardous tasks performed by health-care workers, says BD, which highlights that it is also the clinical procedure with the highest risk of needlestick injury. According to the firm, the new needle allows immediate

confirmation of venous access, which is indicated by the presence of blood in the flashback chamber, providing confidence during venepuncture. Other ergonomic features, which make venous blood collection simple

and more comfortable, include the new anti-slip ridges and thumb pad for single-handed activation of the safety shield. The blood-droplet reduction system is designed to reduce blood-droplet formation when the needle is removed from the vein, and the needle bevel and safety shield are aligned for easy identification of the needle position for blood collection, adds BD. To find out more about the new blood-collection system, visit BD’s safety website at

To find out more about any of the products or services featured in this section, please contact the company in question via the details provided at the end of each entry, making sure to mention SHP if you are asked where you first heard about the item.


Fortress Distribution Ltd has been appointed as the exclusive UK wholesale distributor for the US brand Black Mamba range of gloves. In response to calls from

customers for tougher, more resilient gloves, Delta Medical Systems Inc developed a new range of disposable and non-disposable work gloves under the Black Mamba brand. The Black Mamba nitrile glove is described as tough and durable,

offering a superior fit and better puncture, abrasion, and chemical resistance than disposable vinyl, or latex gloves. These ambidextrous gloves are said to have a Grip Rite textured surface, offering a secure and tactile grip, while providing sensitivity for delicate, precise tasks. Fortress Distribution says they are suitable for automotive, general maintenance, manufacturing and domestic applications, with the added benefit that the colour helps hide dirt and grease to increase overall product lifetime and value. Fortress is now expanding its distribution range to include White

Mamba latex disposable gloves and a non-disposable range containing three different work gloves, a level 5 cut-resistant glove, a foam nitrile- dipped nylon glove, and a polyurethane-dipped nylon glove. For more details, visit or

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Featuring a quick-release mechanism and an ergonomically redesigned handle, lever and hose grip, Chubb Fire & Security UK has launched its FX range of fire extinguishers. The range is described as light in weight, easy to use, with many

models offering enhanced fire ratings. Another element is the high- performance, engineering-grade plastics used in the handle and lever design, says Chubb. The FX range is also said to feature:

increased lever length, so that the handle and lever can be more comfortably compressed; sufficient clearance between the handle and lever when compressed to prevent fingers from being trapped; greater handle breadth to rest more comfortably within users’ palms; modified handle shape for safer handling; and improved corrosion resistance for the handle and valve assembly. According to the company, these features improve operational comfort, and reduce hand slippage and the risk of wrist injury by evenly displacing weight across the user’s hand. Another feature of the FX range is the grip on

the hose to make extinguisher use more intuitive, so that the user is immediately guided to where the hose should be held. For more information, visit

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