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ORGANISATION The UK’s leading centre of excellence for transport research, consultancy and product testing is improving the quality and reliability of its health and safety and environmental management systems after bringing in experts Cedrec to produce and oversee its legal registers.

The move is enabling Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to stay ahead of changes in legislation and step-up to a more proactive footing when strategically planning long term compliance with the requirements of British standards, specifically ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

With 330 staff, TRL has its headquarters just outside Wokingham, with offices in Wales, Scotland, the Middle East and Africa. Cedrec provides support through the

production of registers of legislation, subscription bulletins and advice on other relevant issues that TRL might otherwise have difficulty in fully understanding.

TRL’s Safety, Health and Environment Manager, Jon Harper-Slade, commented: “Before Cedrec, the service we used was a passive one. Although this was acceptable, it didn’t add any value and we wanted

a partner who could really get to grips with our requirements, better understand us as a business and deliver a far more proactive service to achieve genuine benefits


FOOTWEAR Dickies has introduced 14 new styles of safety footwear and improved a further six styles for 2014. The new lines in PU/Rubber Sole have excellent shock absorption and are heat resistant to 300°C, as well as being highly slip resistant. Alongside non-clogging sole patterns, they also offer extra comfort through a moisture wicking lining and a removable footbed.

Dickies have also introduced an ESD trainer for the first time, the Alford trainer, which is suitable for people working in the electronics industry.

Safety footwear standard EN345 has been superseded by EN ISO 20345 and the whole Dickies footwear range has been re-certified to the new standard EN ISO 20345:2011.

Wasi Ullah, Buyer at Dickies, commented: “Over the past couple of years the main trend has been for safety footwear to become lighter in weight and more fashionable, which really started with the use of injected PU sole units. The introduction of composite toecaps and composite material mid-plates has accelerated this demand. Other market requirements which we have noticed are the need for the upper profile of safety footwear to be lower. The problem with the design of safety footwear is that these styles need a

toecap, which creates a more rounded shape to the upper, but the trend nowadays is for safety footwear to look less like an item of safety footwear. Part of the solution is to reduce the shape of the upper profile by applying it lower into the sole unit. This allows for a lower profile footwear style, such as the Faxon Trainer (pictured).”


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