Donating a Face Shield to Local Care Homes

With the current medical crisis facing the UK, taking all reasonable precautions to keep everyone safe is more important now than ever before.

A wide range of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is now being utilised across a variety of sectors as businesses work to find a way to provide their usual high levels of service without compromising the health and safety of either staff or customers.

How Do Face Shields Help?

Plastic face shields have provided crucial levels of protection for hospital workers for many years. However, because of the spread of the coronavirus, and in particular the spread within the UK’s care homes, the need for plastic face shields is far more widespread than ever before.

Offering more effective protection against the coronavirus when compared to face masks, one cough simulation study in 2014 suggested that a shield could reduce a person’s viral exposure to a cough expelled less than 18 inches away by 96%.

The image below from Business Insider, highlights a number of pros and cons below.

face mask and face shield table

Ruobing Su/Business Insider

How Did We Help?

We contacted local care homes and arranged to donate face shields to them with the help of our amazing customers through a couple of different options:

  1. Simply clicking here and donating a face shield (each face shield costs £2.00, the minimum donation is £2.00, the maximum is up to you). We’ll arrange for the face shield to be delivered.
  2. We’ll donate a face shield for every £100 spent on our COVID-19 Safety Signage and Protection Screens.

Please Note – To see the full range available click https://www.wfglazingprotection.uk/covid_19_notices

Dropping off Face Shields to keyworkers at Church Farm Care.

Dropped Off Over 200 Face Shields

On Tuesday the 2nd June, we dropped off over 200 Face Shields to Church Farm Care in Cotgrave.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the campaign and to those customers who contributed by purchasing our COVID-19 protection products.

By | June 9th, 2020|Categories: PPE|Comments Off on Donating a Face Shield to Local Care Homes

4 Window Film Myths – Exposed!

The popularity of window film is increasing all of the time. With such a huge variety of film currently available, many offering their own unique benefits and properties, we strongly believe that it is only a matter of time before almost every property in the UK is benefiting from the positive impact offered by the installation of window film.

However, with a little bit of misinformation still out in the public domain, we feel that it is important to clarify some of the facts and figures relating to window film.

Snippet No. 1 – Window Film cannot stop the fading of interior furnishings

Whilst it is true that window film cannot block 100% of the harmful UV rays which shine through your windows, the facts are that window film can block up to 99% of UV rays and up to 82% of solar heat (depending on the type of window film installed).

Therefore window film offers a highly effective solution for anyone looking to reduce the risk of fading to their furnishings.

Snippet No. 2 – The application of Window Film will reduce visibility from inside the property

Although specific window film, such as privacy window film, is designed to ensure that people cannot see into a property from outside, a significant proportion of window film is barely visible from the outside and will not affect the view from inside at all.

Snippet No. 3 – Security Window Film is no real deterrent

Security window film is specifically designed to reduce the risk of injury and damage by holding the glass together after it breaks. It also significantly reduces the chances of criminals being able to gain access to your property through any window to which security window film has been applied.

If you would like to protect your flat-screen TVs, laptops and expensive possessions with our invisible security films. Increasing the impact resistance of the window and then by holding broken glass together, the film can help to delay and deter smash & grab crime. Our films are certified to BS EN12600 and EN356 European Impact Standard. Combined with the use of privacy films, protect against opportunistic criminals!!!

A great example of just how effective security window film can be viewed via the demonstration below:

Snippet No. 4 – Window Film can only be professionally installed

Whilst it is certainly true that certain jobs will require a professional installation, the truth is that some installations can be completed relatively quickly and easily with the minimum of previous knowledge.

Therefore if you are delaying your purchase because of a belief that a costly installation will make the price too expensive, this is very unlikely to be the case.

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Back To Work – Helping To Prevent The Spread Of Coronavirus

With people who cannot work from home now being “actively encouraged” to return to work by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, taking the required steps to maximise the safety of both staff and customers has taken on paramount importance.

Health and Safety at Work

If you are planning to re-open your workplace, it is essential that you understand the steps which must be taken to make it Covid-19 secure.

All employers already have a number of statutory duties which must be adhered to in order to provide a safe place of work. Alongside these duties, there are also a number of general legal duties of care designed for anyone accessing or using your place of business.

To discharge these duties, the following steps must be carried out:

  • Carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments to identify the risks. Risk assessments should also look at different groups of workers (e.g. vulnerable workers), for whom you may need to take extra health and safety measures.
  • Implement measures to minimise those risks. You must take all reasonably practicable steps to minimise the risks. This is not the same as having to eliminate the risks altogether.

Clearly, with the current Coronavirus crisis, these duties now carry even more importance.

To clarify what you need to do, you should refer to the relevant sector-specific guide contained in the government’s guidance on working safely during coronavirus.

Product Catalogue Available

Ranging from desk screen protectors all the way to floor markings and direction arrows, we have a range of products available to help increase safety levels and ensure compliance with these duties as businesses put plans in place to facilitate a return to work.

Our product catalogue features a range of leaflets, posters and floor graphics that can be used in the workplace, providing information and advice for managers and staff.

Branded versions, incorporating your company logo and brand colours, are available upon request. Changes to overall design, typography and illustrations/icons would require the production of custom designs, which our safety team would be happy to discuss with you.

Professional Signage

Providing vital information on how to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus with professional signage will help to keep people informed on the practical steps which must be taken to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.

Floor Stickers

Help to keep your team safe from Coronavirus with our range of social distancing floor stickers.

Designed to help attract customers’ attention to the importance of social distancing, these floor stickers are easy to fit, hardwearing and makes it as easy as possible to positively impact the awareness of social distancing guidelines.

Face Shields

Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many workers (e.g. medical, dental, veterinary) for protection of the facial area and
associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids.

During the COVID19 crisis, it would be sensible for those working in other service areas to be equipped with these to further prevent the spread of the virus.

For food retailers, vehicle service centres, reception staff, admin support staff in medical centres it could well become mandatory to wear these for the next few months.

Protecting Our Local Care Homes

We’ve been in contact with local care homes and arranged to donate face shields to them.

But we need your help with a couple of options available

  1. Simply clicking on the button below will allow you to donate a face shield (each face shield costs £2.00, the minimum donation is £2.00, the maximum is up to you). We’ll arrange for the face shield to be delivered.
  2. We’ll donate a face shield for every £100 spent on our COVID-19 Safety Signage and Protection Screens.

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

By | May 14th, 2020|Categories: PPE|Comments Off on Back To Work – Helping To Prevent The Spread Of Coronavirus

Letting In Light Without The Heat

The Prestige Series films from 3M™ (The first-ever clear solar control film) will ensure that your windows let in the light but keep out the heat and damaging UV rays without impacting your home’s aesthetics or your view.

Solar heat comes from two primary sources, the visible light you can see and the infrared light you can feel.

Prestige Series films from 3M™ combine lower than glass reflectivity with film options that allow most of the light into your home. Prestige Series films allow 40% to 70% of the natural light into your home. The only thing you’ll see day or night, inside or out, is a beautiful window.

Key Facts

  • Allows high transmission of natural light into your home to provide excellent aesthetics.
  • Multi-layer film rejects up to 97% of infrared light so you can enjoy energy savings and enhanced comfort.
  • Low interior and exterior reflectivity let you enjoy the views from inside while maintaining an attractive look from outside.
  • Non-metallized window film lets you stay connected with mobile devices without interference and no chance for corrosion. 

Please Note – You can view additional details of a recent installation by clicking here.

Details Prestige Series films from 3M™ 

Superior comfort and clarity designed to maintain the appearance of your home. Glass windows help make your home beautiful and inviting. But sunlight can create excessive heat and expose your family and possessions to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.

  • Allows high transmission of natural light into your home to provide excellent aesthetics.
  • Multi-layer film rejects up to 97% of infrared light so you can enjoy energy savings and enhanced comfort.
  • Low interior and exterior reflectivity let you enjoy the views from inside while maintaining an attractive look from outside.
  • Non-metallized window film lets you stay connected with mobile devices without interference and no chance for corrosion.
  • Significantly blocks the number of harmful UV rays that cause fading, helping to extend the life of furnishings.
  • Prestige Series film can become carbon negative in as short as 6 months from install.
  • Includes a comprehensive warranty from 3M.

The Prestige Series of window films use non-metallised, multi-layer optical film and nano-technology to reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and reject up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows.

These films also reject up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays to reduce fading of your furnishings. These industry-leading, spectrally-selective films are designed to keep you cool, comfortable and protected.

For more information on the 3M™ Solar Control range of window films, including case studies please visit their official website by clicking here.

Questions? We’re Here To Help

As a 3M™ certified installer, we are happy to answer any of your questions regarding window films, the installation process or any specific concerns.

One phone call or e-mail is all you need to schedule a complimentary consultation and receive a free survey and quotation. Simply e-mail info@wfprotection.co.uk or call 0345 337 4751 today.

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By | May 7th, 2020|Categories: Window Film|Comments Off on Letting In Light Without The Heat

The Top 4 Benefits Of Sun Control Window Film

For many people, sunlight streaming through their window is something to be enjoyed. However, for some businesses, unfiltered sunlight can actually be costly, damaging and something that needs addressing quickly.

Fading caused by the sun can be an expensive problem for a huge variety of businesses. With UV rays, heat and light from the sun all contributing towards fading, stock, furniture and fabric can all fall victim to the damaging effects of unfiltered sunlight.

Sun/Solar Control Window Film

There are a number of different types of window film available to help protect your stock against the threat of sun damage, all without negatively impacting the view or aesthetics of your window.

The installation of specialist sun control window film will allow you to:

  1. Maximise your window display without the fear of the sun
  2. Save yourself the time and hassle of constantly changing the display
  3. Our protective films significantly reduce fading by rejecting up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays and 97% of infra-red heat.
  4. Films that reject less than 99% of UV will not offer adequate levels of protection!!!

Our range of sun control window film has been handpicked to ensure that it offers only the best possible attributes without compromising the aesthetics of your property in any way.

What Causes Fabrics To Fade?

It is all about the chemical makeup of an object. The technical term for colour fading is photo degradation. There are light absorbing colour bodies called chromophores that are present in dyes. The colour(s) we see are based upon these chemical bonds and the amount of light that is absorbed in a particular wavelength.

Ultraviolet rays from the sun have the ability to break down the chemical bonds and thus fade the colour(s) in an object – it is a bleaching effect. Some objects may be more prone to fading, such as dyed textiles and watercolours. Other objects may reflect the light more, which makes them less prone to fade.

For more on this – https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/colors.html

Causes_of_Fading

As you can see from the pie chart above, the causes of fading can be varied. Approximately 40% of fabric fading can be attributed to the UV lights from the sun.

Heat and light contribute approximately 25% each with the remaining 10% caused by other factors including poor ventilation, poor quality dyes and the effects of artificial light.

Allaying Common Concerns

One of the most common questions we receive relates to concerns about the exterior of your property being negatively impacted either in regards to how it looks or restrictions placed on the amount of light that can come through the window, however there is no need to worry about these concerns when dealing with WF Glazing Protection.

By | April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Solar Control|Comments Off on The Top 4 Benefits Of Sun Control Window Film