TEL, the UK based pioneer of the fume hood airflow controls and monitors critical to the respiratory protection of laboratory workers worldwide, this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Established in 1969 as a manufacturer of temperature controllers, the

company began to produce airflow controls and monitors in the early 1990s, when electronic engineer Graham Eady joined as co-owner. At that time, laboratory workers only had basic pressure monitors for

protection – if any protection at all. A new British health and safety standard, BS7258, was introduced in 1994 to safeguard their health, and Eady spotted a gap in the market for protective equipment. Beginning with the launch of the first airflow monitor, the AFA2A, TEL

embarked on a journey to become the world-leading specialist in the manufacture of airflow controls and monitors, its products used in hundreds of thousands of laboratories globally. As environmental sustainability grew in importance throughout all sectors of the economy, TEL’s products, designed to deliver energy savings, won the

loyalty of fume cupboard manufacturers, contractors and users across the world. After Eady assumed sole

ownership of the company in 1989, he was joined in 2002/3 by his sons Andrew and Richard, both also electronic engineers, who went on to become directors of the company. Now based in Glossop, Derbyshire, and with an international supplier

network spanning Europe, the US, Africa and Asia, TEL has worked on a number of laboratory projects recognised in leading sustainability awards, such as the Green Gown and S-Lab initiatives. TEL provides a full-service offer, including product and laboratory design

consultation, product supply and installation, training and technical backup.

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elcome to the

Summer issue of Industrial Compliance. PPE is an important layer of

defence against the hazards that may be encountered in the workplace. But how do you ensure that the PPE products you use have been tested and certified to meet the correct standards? You can find out how one company ensures equipment comes up to scratch on page 13. The equipment that is installed

on-site is also an important consideration when thinking about worker safety. Chemicals and their associated gases can be toxic and corrosive. In environments where chemicals are present, it is essential to select the right ventilation equipment. You can find out more on page 24.


The way organisations manage risk has become just as important as products and services themselves. Since 1979, Alcumus has been providing its clients

with pioneering solutions in the field of risk management. By engaging and involving employees directly with health and safety, Alcumus gains valuable data that it can share with its clients. This will help them identify problems before they occur so that they are able to prevent accidents, increase productivity and drive higher profitability and employee retention. Alcumus was recently at the Health & Safety

Event at the NEC, Birningham and Industrial Compliance went along to meet the company’s CEO, Alyn Franklin, to find out more about developments surrounding risk management. One trend in particular stands out to Franklin.

Alcumus has seen an increase in organisations that want to demonstrate their competency to perform their core tasks in a professional, ethical and sustainable manner in order to win new business. Customers are increasingly seeking out businesses that not only produce quality goods but can account for their entire supply chain. Indeed, some customers equate ethical and sustainable


ExVeritas has been accepted as an ExCB for the IECEx Services Scheme, IECEx 03-5 covering certification of Ex Repair and Overhaul service providers for compliance with IEC 60079-19. ExVeritas has vast experience in

both Ex repair and QMS System Certification so are delighted to be able to now offer IECEx Service Facilities Certification along with our UKAS QMS and Inspection Body Certificates for Repair and Service. ExVeritas also achieved UKAS

accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 as a Ex


inspection body in the field of Ex Inspections and repairs to EN/IEC 60070–19 to offer a truly unique accreditation and service level. ExVeritas is also accredited to ISO/

IEC 17021:2015 allowing us to issue UKAS accredited ISO9001 Certification which is internationally accepted under an ILAC MOU.

products with quality so it is something that organisations should consider going forward. Additionally, Alcumus has found that many SMEs are looking for new ways to differentiate themselves from competitors and this can be done by shouting about their wellbeing and safety credentials. Alcumus helps businesses to become safer,

healthier and stronger. It supports organisations by helping them to understand how a proactive risk management strategy can strengthen their business. It also helps organisations keep their environments and employees safe by building responsible and practical solutions into the heart of their culture.


Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) have announced a new partnership that will set out the safety challenges for global manufacturing under the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and support safe innovation for all. This new partnership will undertake applied research to identify

and assess the knowledge gap, safety challenges, risks and opportunities associated with the deployment of 4IR technologies. These findings will then be presented at GMIS in July, and that will

serve as a basis for the launch of a multi-stakeholder working group to engage experts from the public and private sectors NGOs and academia. The working group will identify concrete action plans and recommendations for the safe integration of 4IR technologies.


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