Neil Shaw, PPE Business Development Manager


Neil works with world-leading manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), to bring the latest innovations to Hayley Group customers. On a daily basis he helps customers from a broad spectrum of industries to keep staff both safe and productive in the workplace, at all times.


1. Increase safety and compliance

Chemicals can be found in nearly all workplaces. Across Europe, millions of workers come into contact with chemical and biological agents that have the potential to cause harm.1 There are many that are inherently dangerous and accidents can occur if appropriate safety precautions are not taken and employees are not sufficiently aware of the risks associated with their use.

‘AnsellGUARDIAN® Chemical’ provides a personalised risk assessment with expected permeation breakthrough times and degradation ratings, according to your unique set of chemicals, allowing you to select the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your workplace. This leads to improved worker safety, increases regulatory compliance, and has been proven to reduce up to 65% of workplace injuries.


2. Increase productivity

An effective and successful business understands that both waste and injury can seriously impact on operational performance. Reports show that dangerous substances contribute significantly to the 350 million European working days lost through non-fatal accidents, which equates to each worker missing at least four calendar days of work.2

Chemical safety requires proper planning and execution, including robust emergency response procedures, and also appropriate waste disposal policies. ‘AnsellGUARDIAN® Chemical’ delivers best practice recommendations to optimise PPE dispensing and wider safety procedures. This results in productivity being boosted.


3. Reduce costs

While it is essential to have an adequate supply of PPE available to workers, an unnecessary amount of mismanaged inventory brings a high storage cost. Underused inventory can also expire before being used, representing a waste.

Since 2010, AnsellGUARDIAN® chemical assessments have saved customers over £125 million by analysing PPE requirements versus the cost of equipment currently being both used and stocked. This huge saving is enabled by customers often being able to enjoy a 25% portfolio reduction by simply optimising PPE inventory and styles.


4. Standardisation

A significant number of working hours can be reclaimed through standardisation –reducing labour time wastage, wasteful product consumption, and labour-intensive procurement processes.

AnsellGUARDIAN® chemical assessments evaluate the resistance of glove and suit materials to the chemicals you use. Its personalised risk assessment helps you to ensure optimum product selection across similar jobs, without compromising on either worker productivity or safety.


5. Fully-virtual assessment option

Ansell have developed an innovative, fully-digital process for AnsellGUARDIAN® to run a safety assessment entirely remotely. This means that the full benefits of an AnsellGUARDIAN® chemical assessment can be enjoyed, even if restrictions are in place, or availability of Ansell assessors does not quite match-up with your requested dates. Hayley Group are partnered with Ansell to provide PPE solutions, including AnsellGUARDIAN® risk assessments and a full complement of gloves and protective suits, to industrial customers across the UK and beyond.


For more information on how AnsellGUARDIAN® can help to bring about these benefits and more to your business, please contact your local Hayley Group branch.


1 Source: OSHA Europa,

2 Source: Eurostat,

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