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Stabvests: what you need to know

Further to our post last week, what is body armour?, we wanted to talk about the most widely used type of body armour in the UK – stab vests. Stab vests protect the vital inner organs from knives and sharp/edged weapons.

stabvestsIn the UK, the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) is responsible for setting the standards for stab protection. Knife Resistance Level 1, known as “KR1”, and Spike Resistance Level 1, known as “SP1” is the stab protection recommended by the HOSDB for general police duties. Knife Resistance Level 2 (“KR2”) & Spike Resistance Level 2 (“SP2) is the stab protection recommended by the HOSDB for more dangerous police duties, such as armed patrol in higher risk situations such as escorting prisoners and airport patrols.

stabvest: the facts

The “Spike” bit of “Spike Resistance” refers to spiked implements like screwdrivers, chisels etc. It’s important to note that unless a stab vest is certified to SP1 or SP2, it may not protect adequately from spikes. Spikes are a growing threat due to the ease of obtaining improvised weapons (more on this in future posts).

More importantly, however, please note that it isn’t illegal to sell stabvests that aren’t certified by the Home Office – these are widely available. The onus is on the employer to ensure their staff are adequately protected. In our experience, local authorities, blue chip companies and all organisations that wish to properly protect their staff and fulfill their duty of care insist on Home Office certified stab vests.

As well as knives and spikes, which are covered by the Home Office standards, there are other threats your staff may be exposed to which aren’t covered by a governing body. There is no Home Office standard for syringe protection or for blunt trauma (body blows) protection, but these are very significant threats. We’ll be looking at these threats in more detail in future posts.

Why not post a comment (or email or call us) with your thoughts on this very important topic?

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Printed blouses that keep your office staff cool

This season patterned blouses are continuing to be a big trend in the corporate wear market, especially in the summer time. Patterns including stripes, checks, spades, diamonds and everything in between are ideal choices for uniforms in and out of the office.

printed workwear blouses for summer

patterned blouses ideal for summer

What people want from their uniforms in the summer is comfortable, breathable and fashionable clothing, easy to maintain and looking good throughout the day. Printed workwear blouses are a comfortable fit and offer plenty of room, enough length so it doesn’t creep up when sitting down and sleeves that aren’t too tight. Also fabrics that are soft touch which don’t cling are ideal for comfort in the summer.

printed workwear blouses

printed blouses to keep you cool

Patterned workwear blouses also come in a variety of colours, ideal to match with your company colours or to offer plenty of choice if you have a large number of staff to provide uniforms for. Your staff will certainly thank you for a comfortable blouse with a smart pencil or long line skirt if this lovely weather continues.

Leave a comment or contact us if you want us to blog on more useful information on your summer uniforms.

 

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Sign up to our newsletter & win a chocolate hamper!

Further to our very popular “Win a corporate suit prize draw”, where Chris from Wyre Forest Council was the lucky winner of a suit worth £350, we just wanted to let everyone know about this month’s offer.

This month, if you sign up to our newsletter, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a huge hamper full of delicious chocolate! Our occasional newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with the latest news about our garment ranges, as well as special offers and giveaways. There’ll be enough chocolate to last you through to next Easter, so why not sign up now?

 

 

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What is body armour?

Purchasing body armour can be a daunting task; after all it’s literally a matter of life and death. Every organisation has a duty of care to ensure its staff are properly protected from risks. However, by asking a handful of key questions and taking on board the guidance from the Home Office, the right decision can be made fairly simply, meaning you can rest easy that you’re giving your staff the correct protection.

To assist those who’ve been tasked with procuring body armour for their organisation, each week we’ll walk you through a different aspect of the body armour field, giving you a step by step guide to the key considerations you should be taking on board. This should then ensure you have all the information needed to make an informed choice as to which body armour to issue to your staff.

Our first instalment starts with the most basic question, what is body armour? This question is not as daft as it may sound – in a market where there are products that are described as “slash proof” that barely stop a Stanley knife; we believe clarity is of the utmost importance.

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Bodyarmour – Duty stab vest

Bodyarmour is a protective system, designed to protect the wearer from death and serious injury while still being flexible and lightweight enough to allow easy movement in their job. It’s very important to stress that no body armour can protect from all threats in all circumstances – body armour is stab, spike or bullet resistant to a particular level. These levels are set by the Home Office, and anyone looking to adequately protect their staff should ensure they choose Home Office certified body armour. We’ll post more about Home Office protection levels in the next few weeks.

The two main categories of body armour are stab resistant (stab vests) and bullet resistant (ballistic vests). The best ballistic vests usually also incorporate knife protection as well (hence they are “dual purpose” vests) – but this is not always the case and it is very important to check. There are also other risks that your staff may be exposed to – for instance spikes (screwdrivers, ice picks), syringes and blunt trauma (body blows). These will all be dealt with in the coming weeks so please check back next week, and do post a comment or email us if you’d like any further information in the meantime.

 

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Magnum footwear – the widest range in the UK

Keltic now offer the biggest range of magnum footwear in the UK.  Magnum are widely acknowledged to be the best quality boots on the market. Their boots are used by a number of armed forces, and are ideal for all tough work requirements.

Largest range of magnum boots

magnum footwear – the Strider Shoe

Our range of Magnum Boots includes options that aren’t available anywhere else such as the magnum strider, a lightweight, water resistant, highly breathable, highly durable and extremely comfortable shoe that we designed in conjunction with Magnum.

Keltic are one of the UK’s leading uniform suppliers, specialising in supplying councils, NHS and universities, and our range of  Hi tec magnum boots and shoe are available for next day delivery on receipt of an official purchase order from any public sector organisation.

As experts in this field we are continuing to develop new products at an impressive rate, and our expertise is at your service in relation to footwear and all other uniform items.

 

 

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Security guard uniforms; Keep cool this summer!

Following on from last week’s summer uniform instalment, another ideal piece of security guard clothing for the summer months is our summer patrol vest.

This brand new piece of security guard uniform is adapted to perform in hot conditions, made from highly breathable lightweight micromesh fabric and includes all the features required by security staff including epaulettes, radio loops and pockets. The micromesh fabric allows maximum airflow for the increasingly hot British summers!

It’s also very important for security staff to be visible on their duties so our summer patrol vest is ideal as this meets the BS EN471 class 2 safety standard incorporating EN471 level 2 glass bead reflective tape.

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summer security guard uniform

Providing staff with clothing and equipment adapted to their needs, be it thermals for the winter, correct footwear or breathable clothing can make all the difference to their working environment. Happy, comfortable staff will perform to the best of their ability and help to feel part of a valued team if provided with suitable uniforms.

Watch this space for further summer security guard clothes advice while this glorious weather continues!

 

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Corporate workwear polo shirts, ideal for sunny days

On a hot day like this, polo shirts are an ideal uniform piece to wear whilst at work. The polo shirt teams up both a casual and smart look, keeping you comfortable throughout the working day.

Corporate work wear polo shirt

Ideal corporate workwear for the summer

Corporate work wear such as polo shirts and t-shirts are constantly adapting to suit wearers’ needs. Ranges now include lady fit options for female staff for a more feminine look and most now come in a variety of different colours, ideal to match a corporate colour of your company. New designs including tipped polo shirts and contrast designs are also becoming very popular.

Corporate Workwear polo shirt

Ideal summer corporate workwear clothing

A new development in the workwear and corporate clothing sector now includes performance active fabrics. New wicking fabrics have been introduced which provide improved air circulation and allow moisture to escape easily through the garment, keeping you cool and dry. This is a great addition to a uniform if you are in and out of the office and need your uniforms to look smart and fresh throughout the day.

For further details on our full range of performance active wear then leave us a comment or send your questions in via our contact page.

 

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Keltic clothing celebrate the Royal wedding

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Keltic’s celebration

I think we can all join in and say we wish Prince William and Kate all the best tomorrow for their big day. To celebrate we held our own little street party to congratulate the couple.

There has been much debate as to dress code regarding the Royal wedding, what is the most popular attire for such big events. There has been much speculation as to whether the formal uniform of top hat and tails are going to be the big hit or lounge jackets and dress jackets. The Telegraph reports Prime Minister David Cameron has been undecided as to what uniform would be most appropriate when attending. wedding party

We are all expecting Prince William to be dressed in his Military uniform as part of tradition and all our eyes eagerly await to see Kate’s dress, reported to be of her own choice and style, moving away from tradition of previous Royal weddings.

Whether people are digging out their ceremonial uniforms and heading to London, joining in street parties or watching it on the big screen, I’m sure tomorrow will be a great success and a Royal wedding to be remembered.

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‘Win a corporate suit’ prize draw

We’re very excited to say that we’ve just held the prize draw for our ‘Win a suit worth £350’ competition! There were hundreds of entries, with the winner literally being pulled out of a hat (one of our lovely uniform caps!).

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The lucky hat

Simon Parrot, Area Sales Manager for leading corporate suits manufacturer Brook Taverner kindly visited our offices to make the draw, and the lucky winner was Chris Tudor of Wyre Forest District Council. Chris was delighted with the win, and when Chris has picked his preferred suit we’ll be sure to post a photo of him looking dapper!

This is just one of many prize draws we’ll be holding throughout the year. Everyone who signs up to our newsletter is automatically entered into the draw and is eligible to win. Our occasional newsletter provides information on special offers and upcoming developments to our uniform suits and other ranges.

Corporate suits draw

Simon Parrot picks the winner

We chose a uniform suit as an introductory prize – but chocolate lovers among you should look out this May for our great chocolate hamper giveaway!

To be in with a chance to win a hamper of chocolate goodies just sign up to our newsletter.

 

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Security Clothing; the Patrol Mac ideal for summer!

Now the sun is shining, the time has come to start looking into your summer uniforms for your security staff. Find the ideal summer security clothes starting with our Patrol Mac.

Patrol Mac ideal for summer

Summer Patrol Mac

An important part of a security guard’s uniform is an ultra-light Jacket. Our Patrol Mac is perfect for these hot summer days due to its light weight properties and breathability. Our Patrol Mac also exceeds the highest level of waterproofness at EN343 (Class 3) by more than four times, which is ideal for rainy days but fingers crossed the rain stays at bay!

This summer clothing for security comes complete with all the features for security staff including epaulettes, radio loops, breast and lower pockets and lightweight and breathable glass head reflective tape – ideal for summer use. This is supplied in a stuff sack which fits neatly onto a utility belt pouch.

stuff sack for Patrol Mac

Stuff Sack

Dry and cool garments are always ideal for dealing with uncertain temperatures. We will blog on further security clothing and equipment next week; the next step to getting your ideal security summer clothing.

 

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