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You have to feel sympathy for the poor school crossing patrol warden with all this terrible wet weather. They have certainly had a lot of weather conditions thrown at them recently with all the wind, hail and rain. Wearing poor quality jackets can often mean that they have only just dried out when they have to go out again in soggy uniforms for the afternoon rush.
Luckily here at Keltic our full range of School Crossing Patrol jackets are made to protect your staff in all weathers. Our Superior STOP jackets are eight times more waterproof than the highest European standard. They even have drop-tail backs to avoid wet-bum syndrome from when cars go by and splash puddles upwards!
We are so confident that you will love our SCP jackets as much as we do that for one week only we are offering a free sample of our school crossing patrol wet weather gear for the first 20 Road Safety GB Newsfeed subscribers to call Louise Bennett on 08450 66 66 99.
A demonstration of new Reflexite Prismatic Garment tape technology got the Road Safety GB North West group really excited about this new technology. One of the main benefits is that it can be seen up to seven times further away than glass bead tape, which is usually used on SCP uniforms, and it is now well within the budget of most local authorities.
So, for a little background knowledge, there are two main reflective tape technologies – glass bead from the 1960s and prismatic which is bang up to date with current technology. Both offer EN471 conforming levels of reflectivity. However, tests show that with glass bead tape, the glass beads wear off over time and with washing, so that the reflective values drop dramatically. The reflectiveness of glass bead tape is also drastically reduced in the rain. With prismatic technology, the tape retains its reflectivity for the lifetime of the garment, and gives exceptional performance in the rain. Tests have shown that Reflexite prismatic tape can be seen up to seven times further away than glass bead tape – thus making it a much safer option for those who work outside.
The consensus of the of the Road Safety North West group was that now this prismatic tape was available well within their budget, there was no excuse not to use it because it protects their staff better than the current industry standard, glass bead, which is based on technology from the 1960s.
You can find the Reflexite prismatic tape on Keltic’s Superior STOP jacket. Request a sample, a demonstration or a brochure, by calling Serena Groom or Louise Bennett on 08450 666699.
To celebrate our exciting new partnership with Road Safety GB, next week only we are offering 10% discount to all news feed subscribers. The corporate partnership ensures that the newsfeed will continue as a free service, despite continuing cutbacks and mounting financial pressures throughout the road safety profession.
James Gibson, Road Safety GB press & PR officer, said: “This new partnership with Keltic Clothing is great news for both parties.
“On average, each month the newsfeed receives around 14,000 visits from around 8,000 visitors, the vast majority of whom are road safety officers and other road safety professionals.
“The investment that Keltic will be making in our newsfeed is substantial and very welcome.
“Equally important, having met with David Barry and the team at Keltic, we like them and their approach to business. There is a meeting of minds which will be an important element of this new alliance.
“All in all, we are confident this will turn out to be a win-win partnership.”
We are extremely passionate about supplying the most reflective and waterproof high visibility garments. Take a look at our One Stop Lollipop Shop to see out full range of School Crossing Patrol Clothing.
To ensure you receive your 10% discount, please quote the code NF001.
Please call Serena Groom or Louise Bennett on 08450 66 66 99 for further information.
The Home Office states that by Section 28 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, all School Crossing Patrols are required to wear a knee length outer garment with full sleeves, consisting of no more than two fluorescent colours covering the whole outer area of the garment (but may include non-fluorescent trimmings).
The garment needs to be certified, by a notified body, to the highest class of the standard for “High Visibility Warning Clothing”, currently EN471, Class 3. The garment must include at least two bands of hi vis tape on the torso and one 50mm band, not greater than 300mm from the hem of the body.
School Crossing Patrols must also wear a peaked hat, a beret, or alternative headwear for religious reasons.
School crossing patrol wardens and their supervisors and managers do a great job keeping our children safe on the roads. At Keltic, it’s our job to help them.
To this end, we’re very excited to be able to offer jackets with Reflexite prismatic garment tape – which can be seen up to 7 times further away than the standard (glass bead) tape.
The difference between prismatic and glass bead tape can easily be seen in this photograph, and not only is prismatic tape much more reflective, it also retains this reflectivity for the lifetime of the garment, unlike glass bead tape where the glass beads wear off over time and therefore the tape loses reflectivity.
A final fact about glass bead tape is that it doesn’t reflect fully in the rain. We have a demonstration booth which we took to the Road Safety GB conference in Chester last year which shows how glass bead tape “blacks out” where raindrops fall on it. We think this is an issue, with the amount of rain we get in the UK (including today, it’s pouring down here in the Midlands!). Crucially, prismatic tape still reflects fully in the rain.
For all of the above reasons, should all school crossing patrols in the UK be in prismatic tape?
We just wanted to let you know about an event that we are sponsoring. It is hosted by BRAKE, the road safety charity. The event will be mainly about speed reduction and control. It will bring together leading academics and practitioners from around the globe to discuss developments in reducing traffic speeds to save lives. We feel that this event is essential for road safety professionals. The theme will be speed and a variety of subjects will be discussed. These will include;
- Research in reducing speed
- Demonstrating innovation and new directions in speed enforcement and it will of course provide a forum for road safety professionals to network.
As you know we are very passionate about road safety and we are proud to be sponsoring this event. As corporate sponsors we’ve been made aware by Brake of some free tickets that are available. If this event is something that you are interested in please get in touch. There is a link below for more information.
If you are already attending, please check out our stand – We’d love to see you there!!
For more information, please call Serena Groom or Louise Bennett on 08450 66 66 99.
Last week Keltic attended the West Midlands Regional group meeting in Solihull. Alongside the meeting we took part in a Trade Fair with a few more school Crossing Patrol uniform suppliers. This was a great idea, hosted by Coral Holloway of Dudley Metropolitan Council held at Solihull Council. We can’t thank Coral and Kim Stone from Solihull Council enough for their hospitality!
We had some great feedback on some of our school crossing patrol wear, for example, really positive comments on our waterproof black SCP gloves and the cupcakes went down really well. Keltic held a prize draw to win a bottle of Champagne. Our Director David Barry gave us the honour of pulling the lucky name out of the box. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Tina Green from Worcestershire County Council.
We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended for making us feel welcome and all the positive feedback we received, we hope to see you all again soon!
Don’t forget our festive offer of a FREE wearer trial of any of our school crossing patrol clothing, please call Serena or Laura on 08450 66 66 99 to arrange your free trial.
As you know this year, Keltic attended the Road safety GB Conference in Chester. The seminars included lots of really interesting topics such as Speed and wider Road Safety topics. We had a great time at the Exhibition too!
Keltic held a prize draw to win a Magnum of Champagne, and Alan Kennedy who is the Chair Road Safety GB and Road Safety manager at Durham County council gave us the honour of pulling the name out of the box.
The lucky winner of our “Win a Magnum of Champagne” Business Card Competition was Clair George who is the Road Safety Officer at Peterborough City Council. Clair has kindly sent us over a photograph of her with her rather large bottle of champagne as a thank you.
Thanks again to everyone who attended and made the day a great success!
We’ve been travelling up and down the country talking to school crossing patrol staff and road safety officers and managers, and a key piece of feedback we’ve received is that no one is able to find a waterproof glove that keeps patrols hands warm and dry but doesn’t cost the earth.
We think we may have found the answer. We’ve just introduced a brand new glove that costs less than £10 and is waterproof, breathable, really comfortable and has a great grip on the palm. A number of local authorities are trialing it currently with good feedback so far. If you’d like to join them, please call Serena or Laura in our School Crossing Patrol Department on 08450 66 66 99.
To everyone who attended the Road Safety GB conference in Chester last week, we would like to thank you for a fantastic 2 days!
The conference was very informative and the speakers were superb (the food and entertainment at the dinner was also superb!). It was great to talk to you all in the exhibition – we really enjoyed meeting everyone and taking part. Our STOP sign cupcakes created a bit of a buzz too – check out our photos!!