It’s Thursday 21st June 2018 and it’s Clean Air Day. Coordinated by Global Action Plan charity, Clean Air Day is about raising awareness of air pollution – what causes it, what the effects are, and what we can do about it.
In our line of work at APS, air pollution is something we take seriously, we have started bringing in hybrid cars for our sales team, running off electric where possible. Our Directors are also taking part in Ride London (100miles!!) on the 29th July to raise money for British Lung Foundation, see their training progress and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/apsukltd-blf
For Clean Air Day, in our office everyone is trying to do something to help. People have cycled to work rather than drive, those with hybrid cars have used only electric, everyone still having to use a car has checked their tyre pressures and one person is having a vegetarian day (vegetarian diets help reduce methane in the atmosphere).
Air pollution can come from many sources, but road transport is one of the biggest. Vehicles are the main source of nitrogen dioxide in the UK (with diesels being the worst). But shockingly as a car driver you can actually be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist! So another great reason to ditch the car for the bike.
- It is estimated that 40,000 deaths each year are caused by the air we breathe when out and about.
- Air Pollution has a bigger effect on children than it does adults. Children’s organs and immune systems are still developing and so are more susceptible.
- Children with asthma who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution suffer more frequent chronic respiratory symptoms.
- Air Pollution increases the risk of lung cancer (1 in 13 cases)
- Long term exposure is also linked to the development of cardiovascular disease
- Higher daily concentrations of air pollutants are associated with increased asthma attacks, increased hospital admissions and increased daily mortality
Things you can do to reduce air pollution
- Walk, cycle, bus, train or car share, limit vehicle use where you can.
- Drive an electric vehicle.
- Switch your engine off when stationary.
- Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated so your car is running more efficiently.
- Consume less energy – (and save money!). Switch lights off where you can, only fill the kettle with the water you need and only run washing machines/dishwashers when full.
- Compost- have a compost bin for garden waste/ vegetable peelings. This helps produce fertile soil and means your garden waste doesn’t have to be burned.
In the workplace (industrial)
Many industrial process also create air pollution and can be dangerous for the workforce to work in. If your business has any processes which create airborne dust and fume particles, talk to us and we can give a free quote for a bespoke system. Read in more detail about we can do here: http://apsukltd.co.uk/our-services/dust-extraction/
If you already have a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system in place, ensure it is properly maintained to efficiently protect your workforce. By HSE standards LEV systems should be tested every 12-14 months. This is also something we can help with, read more about the importance of LEV testing here: http://apsukltd.co.uk/our-services/lev-testing/
The important thing to remember is to do your best to reduce air pollution not just on Clean Air Day but the rest of the year too!
Facts and figures are taken from www.cleanairday.org.uk and www.hse.gov.uk/lev/
On Thursday 17th May APS UK will be exhibiting at the Made in Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition 2018.
The exhibition is Yorkshire’s biggest expo for manufacturing and a great opportunity to meet Yorkshire based companies across a wide range of manufacturing and engineering.
We can be found on stand 34 to the left of the entrance, please come along and say hi to our team and tweet us on the day @APS_UK_Limited with #MiYExpo2018.
Click here to register for your ticket.
The event runs from 8am to 3pm Thursday 17th May at The Centenary Pavilion, Leeds, LS11 0ES.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact us for any enquiries on 01904 215101 or http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact/
On the 29th July our Directors, Sherrie and Adrian, will be doing Ride London to raise money and awareness for the British Lung Foundation.
Ride London- Surrey is a 100mile closed road cycling event following many of the same roads from the Olympic Road Race in 2012. The course features some gruelling 1300+ meters (4300ft) in climbs, most of which is to be found between Pyrford and the summit of Leith Hill and of course the famous (or should that be infamous,) Box Hill. Of course being based in the rather flat vale of York, this bit is the hardest to train for, they are both doing their best however, and have been putting in the miles to help prepare themselves.
Sherrie and Adi have chosen to support the British Lung Foundation because in our line of business we work closely with customers across a vast range of industries protecting their workforce from air pollutants which can cause breathing and lung disorders.
Somebody dies from lung disease in the UK every 5 minutes with approximately 10,000 people in the UK diagnosed with a lung disease each week. As such workplace lung disease is one of the key topics in HSE’s Health and Work Strategy.
At APS UK Ltd we strive to help companies resolve potentially hazardous working environments which impact on the lung health of their employees. Adrian is also the honourable secretary on the steering committee of ILEVE (Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers), which was established to promote air quality in the workplace and to reduce ill health and death due to airborne contamination and hazardous substances in the working environment.
Read more about our work in LEV Testing on our webpage: http://apsukltd.co.uk/our-services/lev-testing/
Please donate to this worthwhile charity and help support Sherrie and Adi with their efforts, and see their training updates, by visiting their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/apsukltd-blf
We would like to introduce our new Project Engineer Matthew Dawkins.
Matthew has joined us after a successful career in the Mechanical and Automotive industry. He has joined our project team and will be helping to produce drawings and manage projects.
“Securing the position of Project Engineer is a very exciting opportunity, allowing me to utilise my qualifications in AutoCAD along with Solidworks 3D CAD.
To join the company at such an exciting time is a great privilege and I look forward to contributing to its continued success and growth. “
We hope you will all join us in wishing him a warm welcome and you may be dealing with him soon on some of our upcoming projects!
APS UK recently worked with another Made in Yorkshire member, Yorkshire Profiles, to successfully complete a tightly scheduled project to improve dust extraction for a major Yorkshire bakery.
The project provided two downflow containment booths as the bakery was having an issue with high levels of airborne dust exposure. An existing dust collector was in place but it was old and had failed its Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) test, so a new solution was needed. The project had a very tight turnaround and APS were given just 8 weeks from order placement to complete the project and have it commissioned.
In 8 weeks a 5.5m and a 3m booth were designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned. Downflow booths provide a walk-in working area that provides constant clean air and suppresses dust clouds from forming whilst also capturing and removing airborne particles (such as flour in this instance). Air then goes through a three-stage filtration process to ensure it is kept clean.
Downflow booths provide a high level of operator protection from potentially harmful airborne contaminants generated during manual powder handling operations (such as weighing).
APS worked closely with Yorkshire Profiles who manufactured the 304 stainless steel components for the project.
The project was completed to the high standards that APS hold themselves to, even with such a tight deadline. The customer was highly satisfied and has since placed an order for another downflow booth in their new facility. Another project that APS will continue to work with Yorkshire Profiles for.
Associated Plastic Services (UK) Ltd – (APS UK) sales engineers have over 50 years combined industry knowledge and experience. APS UK specialise in designing and installing bespoke dust and fume control systems, pneumatic conveying systems and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) testing, servicing and aftercare.
Contact us via our website http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact/ for a free quotation.
Congratulations to Rob Lunn our Projects Engineer who has passed his IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) Managing Safely course.
This qualification gives managers and supervisors the skills and training necessary to best manage health and safety in the workplace.
Managing Safely shows candidates how to assess and control risks and hazards whilst also making sure that candidates know their own responsibilities towards health and safety. It also teaches how to investigate accidents, assess performances and reflect on good practices.
The Managing Safely qualification enables Rob to produce high quality RAMS (Risk and Method Statements) for the work that we do on sites, enabling risks to be identified and control measures put in place.
As a company, APS UK strives to achieve the highest workplace standards of health and safety. We make sure our staff have all the relevant and appropriate training in order to fulfil their roles to their best potential.
At APS UK we specialise in dust and fume control systems and pneumatic conveying. Our experienced engineers can design and install a bespoke system for you or test and modify an existing one to ensure it is running to its full capabilities. Our website shows the full range of services we offer http://apsukltd.co.uk/. Alternatively, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, call our office on 01904 215101, or use our web form http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact/. We look forward to hearing from you.
This month marks the first anniversary for APS UK Ltd in our new building. It has been a really exciting year for us. In terms of staff we have almost doubled our number and are currently also advertising for another new role. By next March the company will have been trading for 20 years, and this year will have been its most successful and progressive.
The pictures show our new offices both before the inner build work started and currently. We had our new office designed and built, allowing us to get something that was just right for our needs, giving us a modern two-floor office and a warehouse to store our stock in. This year has also seen us take delivery of a new van for our site services engineer, complete with the new company livery, which you may have seen on the roads as it has already been driven all over the country to the many sites we work on.
Kayleigh, one of our office staff who joined full time this year, described working here as, “A great opportunity to get in to an expanding business at the ground level and have the chance to develop your own role.” One of the advantages we have of being a small team is that everyone has an overview of all the work we do, and it also allows each team member to have a significant impact within the company.
Throughout the year we have also been investing in training, to ensure our staff have the correct and up-to-date qualifications and knowledge; guaranteeing we deliver the best services we can. Our staff have completed First Aid courses, SSSTS Qualifications, Advanced Excel, IPAF training, and IOSH courses.
At APS UK we specialise in dust and fume extraction systems, pneumatic conveying systems and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) testing and servicing. If your company has processes that produce dust, mist, fume, gas or vapour there could be a risk to your staff. This is where we can help design and install a bespoke system to help minimise any exposure and make sure you are fully compliant with COSHH and HSE guidelines. Contact us on email@example.com, or http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact/ for a free quotation.
Congratulations to Rob our Project Manager who has successfully completed his CITB accredited, Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) qualification.
This qualification means that Rob can undertake supervisory roles on sites where we are doing installations / modifications and ensure that our company continues to work as safely and conscientiously as we can. The course focuses on safety on site; it covers all the relevant legislation around health and safety, and helps provide the tools to maintain a safe working environment. The SSSTS course enables participants to perform risk assessments in all manner of construction circumstances and recognise the importance of method statements. Having completed the course, Rob is now able to perform on site inductions, method statement briefs, and toolbox talks, to make sure our company continues to work to the high standards that our customers expect from us.
At APS UK Ltd we work with a wide range of companies who deal with vastly differing media. But where there are particles (dust) or fume in the air, we can help with your extraction or conveying needs. Our experienced engineers can design and install a bespoke system for you or test and modify an existing one to ensure it is running to its full capabilities. Please look round our website http://apsukltd.co.uk/ to see the full range of services we offer. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, call our office on 01904 215101 or use our web form http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact/ to see how we can help you.
Congratulations to Adrian for completing the Prudential Ride London, a 100mile bike ride made famous by the road race in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The route started in the Olympic Park and the riders had a rare opportunity to cycle through traffic free roads in London before heading out into the countryside to take on the famous Box-Hill zig-zags. The route then headed back in to London, following the Embankment and finishing on The Mall.
Not only was this a chance to complete a personal challenge it was also an opportunity to help raise awareness and money for a great cause. Adrian fundraised for CLIC Sargent, a charity who help and support children and young people with cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams step in, ready to help, support and guide. They provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.
Adrian managed to raise over £500 for this worthy cause and we are really proud of all his efforts.
We are delighted to have received our new company van with full livery. Keep an eye out for it on the roads as it will be heading out to sites around the country. The van is a great addition to our company allowing us to transport components to sites for some of our smaller jobs. Primarily going to sites for LEV testing and servicing it will enable our service engineer to be more self-sufficient and carry a wider range of spare parts.
APS UK can provide a wide range of services for your company, dealing with dust extraction, materials handling, pneumatic conveying and LEV Testing and Servicing. Our experienced team can help with design consultation, site surveys and installation. We can help find cost effective solutions for your problems whilst using quality materials.
If you would like a free quote please contact us at email@example.com, call our office on 01904 215101 or fill out our form click here.