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Body Armour Blog
‘Does my body armour need to be CE-Marked?’ is a question that we hear time and time again from employers seeking body armour for their staff. The issue can be a little foggy, so we thought that we’d clear it up.
In an ideal world nobody would have to get themselves in a situation whereby they risk getting stabbed. Unfortunately this isn’t an ideal world, and many people do have to rely on stab proof vests when negotiating dangerous situations. No armour protects against everything, and there is no absolute guarantee of safety, but Stab Vests do actively protect you against attack from a blade or a spike.
Stab Proof Vests: How They Work
They are made from a composite material similar to Kevlar. It’s one of the strongest materials in existence. This is used in both bullet proof vests and stab proof vests, however both of these vests are totally different. A bullet vest will offer no protection against stab attack and a stab vest will not offer you protection against bullet attack. Kevlar is a very strong fibre which when woven together become even stronger and this combined strength makes it very difficult for a blade to penetrate.
A Pointer: When You Need a New Vest
Hopefully the person wearing the stab proof vest will be doing it out of precaution only and will not ever actually get stabbed. If, however, this does happen then the knife will be stopped by the weft of the fabric in the vest. The vest, however, will be damaged, as some of the fibres will be sliced. We strongly advise, therefore, that if your stab vest has been attacked once then it is prudent to get a new one as it will not offer the same level of protection second time around.
Make Sure Your Vest is Certified
The UK government rates the effectiveness of stab vests. The Home Office (HOSDB) sets standards for the amount of energy from a thrust that a body armour pack must withstand to come up to specification. You should always choose a stab vest that complies with the HOSDB publication guidelines. Doing so will mean that your staff are adequately protected. All of Keltic’s stab vests are CE marked and certified to KR1 and SP1 Home Office knife and spike resistance standards, including syringe and blunt trauma protection. Buying from us means piece of mind that your staff are as safe as possible.
You can see our range of stab vests here. Should you like to talk to one of our friendly staff members about your requirements, or if you would like to try out one of our vests for free, just call 08450 666699.
The Home Office recommends KR1/SP1 as the level of protection for their police force and this offers a great level of protection against stab, spike, syringe and blunt trauma in a wide variety of situations. The Kr above stands for knife resistance and the SP for spike resistance. These are two quite different things, and can be the difference between serious injury and escaping without a graze. Now let’s take a step back and try to understand under what circumstances a stab vest is most and least effective.
Some of our team recently attended the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Conference. A great day was had by all. We met a lot of new faces and got the opportunity to catch up with a lot of old ones too! As always we decided to make things a little interesting by organising our famous business card competition! All that you had to do was place your business card in a basket, and at the end of the day we’d pick one at random to win our ‘Summer Celebration Hamper’.
The Winner of our Business Card Competition
So… Who was the winner?? Well… this year, this lucky person was Jane Negus an ECCS Executive for the CTSI. Congratulations to her! I hope you’ve got that Prosecco on ice! A big thanks of course to all those that took part, after all, you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Our Time in Bournemouth
We just want to say a huge thanks to the CTSI for having us again, we really did have a great time. To all of the friendly people who came over to see us on our stand, we look forward to speaking with you very soon. Bournemouth itself is lovely and the CTSI really couldn’t have picked a better week for it with the scorching temperatures we’ve had!
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference and would like some information about us and what we do, then feel free to contact us on 08450 66 6699. Alternatively you can make an online enquiry here.
It’s hotting up across the UK right now so as you can imagine we are delighted to be in the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth this week. We are here as a part of the annual CTSI Conference, one of our favourite events of the year. This year’s conference is being hosted by the Bournemouth International Centre, happily right on the coast! We all had a great time at the event last year, and so we can’t wait to be back again. And what a bonus that it’s being held in a lovely seaside town during this great weather!
A stab vest or more precisely a stab proof vest is a type of body armour that is reinforced with special materials to resist blows and knife attacks. It can be worn over or under clothes and is designed to prevent knife penetration. Having your security staff kitted with the best stab vests not only ensures proper safety and protection of your enterprise but also reflects better on your business.
We are thrilled to announce that we are now able to offer an amazing 10 year warranty on our stab proof vests!
Our 10 Year Warranty
Conventional armour has the potential to break down when exposed to rain, sun, perspiration or if stored in potentially moist environments such as car boots. This is simply not possible with the superior quality body armour that Keltic offer. That’s why we are able to offer such an impressive warranty. After careful consultation with our raw material suppliers, and after rigorous age-testing, we upgraded the Warranty Period on our KR1/SP1 stab and spike protective vests to an amazing 10 years.
Save Money with our Stab Proof Vests
We are obviously very confident that our body armour will stand the test of time. What this means for you is that the regularity with which you’ll need to replace your staff’s uniform will be far more infrequent than if you were to buy a lesser garment. Clearly this is going to work in your favour when it comes to finances!
What about HG1 Armour?
HG1 armour is a little different, but a 10 year warranty is still available! HG1 armour can be re-certified after 5 years, for a further 5 years (similar to an MOT on a car) to give a total life of 10 years. And we’re able to do this because just like our KR1/SP1 stab and spike protective vests, our HG1 body armour is made from high-end materials. For this reason it retains its protection levels when wet and when exposed to UV light.
Give Us a Call
We know that purchasing body armour may appear complicated or daunting. There’s lots of jargon to contend with and a wealth of options to choose from. But if you give us a call on 08450666699 we’ll talk you through everything and make your life as easy as possible. Now is a great time to call, as you’ll be able to take advantage of our Summer Special offer of free delivery and collection of samples! Would you rather make an online enquiry? No problem. You can do so here.
Recently we’ve received a lot of queries from our clients regarding CE-marking. It seems that there is a lot of confusion as to whether body needs to be CE-marked. This is a nice easy one to clear up! Armour for civilian use falls under European Council Directive 89/686/EEC on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which states that any armour sold to civilian users must be CE-approved.
Only Police and Military wearers are exempt from PPE legislation, and therefore all non-Police and Military wearers need CE-approved armour. Just get in touch if you have any queries on this or any other aspect of UK armour!
This article will outline what to look out for when purchasing stab vests, and what factors contribute to good or bad vests.
Weight and Flexibility
One key factor is weight. When your staff express that their vests are uncomfortable, very often what they mean is they are too heavy. Another concern is flexibility – if the vest is rigid or hardened it is much less likely to be comfortable. Flexible vests are also easier to manoeuvre in – therefore the wearer may find it easier to move away from threats.
Furthermore, it’s crucial to purchase a stab vest which can be adjusted at multiple points. This means that the vest will move with the person wearing it, and offer no resistance. It’s important in this regard that your staff know how to use adjustable vests to their fullest. Good suppliers of stab vests – such as Keltic – will offer training for your staff free of charge to show them the basics of how to adjust and care for their anti stab vests.
If you’re interested in this then get in touch with one of our friendly staff members on 08450 66669. Alternatively make an online enquiry here.