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The History of Helly Hansen

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140 years of evolving innovation – the Helly Hansen brand is one that has changed the face of workwear across all industries and throughout all sectors.  Products include footwear, industrial workwear, outerwear, streetwear, survival and rescue gear, fishing equipment, and more!  But who is Helly Hansen, and where did it all begin?  Helly Hansen was a Norwegian producer of textiles and in particular functional workwear.  Starting the brand journey in 1877, Captain Helly Juel Hansen began his search for better protection against the harsh Norwegian elements.  Particularly looking at how he and others could be better protected when out at sea.  Working...

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Health and Safety in `Hot Works` Environments

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Not all workplaces can avoid creating a hot environment, where working with fire and naked flames is an essential part of the job.  These environments are often referred to as `hot works, ` where anything associated with heat, sparks, naked flames, etc.are a big part of the workload.  Hot work environments can include welding, glass blowing, and even industrial air arc gauging.  Abiding by Health and Safety at work regulations is vital to keep employees safe within these environments, and below, we’ve provided some hints and tips for operating in these high-profile environments.  Helping to keep your workforce safe  Regularly service and maintained equipment – following a...

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What to wear with a hoodie?

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Have you ever looked deep into your wardrobe and wondered what would work well with a hoodie?  How to layer up and still look fresh and stylish?  In this post, we look at the different clothing options that let you layer up, rock a hoodie at work, and wear your hoodie with style and confidence.  Hoodies, for some, including the Active Workwear team, are a popular piece of clothing.  Suitable and just right for a range of different environments, hoodies help to provide that additional layer of warmth all while looking smart and trendy.  For all hoodies have stuck around,...

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Best Rain Jackets for Travelling

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Are you planning the ultimate trip and need a jacket that’s not only versatile but ultra-light and waterproof?  There are hundreds of hiking jackets, climbing, walking, and trail-running jackets to choose from. Depending on what you’re looking for and what you need as a minimum, will help you to narrow down your search!  At Active the rain is certainly something we know a thing or two about! From light rain showers to complete downpours (and this is just in the UK), we see the importance of a good quality waterproof jacket.  You need a travel rain jacket that will take...

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Safety Footwear Standards Explained

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All safety footwear must meet the minimum safety standards set out by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The current standard for Safety Footwear across Europe (EN) is EN ISO 20345:2011. This was updated in 2011 to make it stricter. Under this standard, all safety footwear must now have toe protection against a 200 joule impact. This is the amount of energy the toe region can absorb before breaking.  All new products must be manufactured and certified under EN ISO 20345:2011. Any product certified under any previous version of the standard (2004; 2007) was required to be recertified. SB           Basic...

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