Workplace Equipment & Safety Blog | PARRS


Essential Manual Handling Equipment List For Your Workplace

Manual handling and lifting are responsible for over a third of all workplace injuries, according to the latest information from HSE. This makes investing in good quality manual handling equipment an essential item on the to-do list of any workplace. At PARRS, we really know our stuff when it comes to manual handling, so our team of experts has put together the ultimate manual handling equipment list to help you invest in the right products for your needs. Whether you operate an office, warehouse or shipping environment, take a look... Read More


Guide to REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)

At PARRS, we are always looking for products that minimise their impact on the environment. This might range from using bio-degradable packaging through to recycled material in our Roll-Step Kick-Step. Therefore we were very pleased when our partners at FORT approached us with a great new range of REACH compliant Sack Trucks. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is an important European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances in the manufacture of products. It then evaluates the impact of these products on both human health... Read More


A Buyer’s Guide to Sack Trucks

Sack trucks (also known as hand trucks or sack barrows) are a sound investment for any workspace where manual handling tasks are carried out. But which type of sack truck should you choose?    There are many types, styles and designs of sack trucks, each suited to different needs and loads. The key to choosing the right sack truck is to identify the main purpose you need it to serve, which in turn will help you narrow down the options and find the type of sack truck that best meets... Read More


Dollies & Furniture Skates – What you need to know

Effective manual handling is often a case of finding a simple solution to a complicated problem. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) define manual handling as: “…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”. In all walks of life we are required to move a heavy or awkward items, these can often also be expensive. Therefore the equipment we use must be reliable and practical. A dolly is a simple, cost-effective piece of equipment.... Read More


Spotlight on DRABEST Steps & Ladders

Quality in ladder manufacture is one of the most important areas of Health and Safety legislation. When you are off the ground, you have to trust the equipment that supports you. This year, strict new European standards will bring all new ladders under a new EN-131 testing regime. This will mean that, in 2019, you can only buy steps and ladders that are tested, and have been approved under the new EN-131 criteria. For instance, to meet the revised EN 131 standard, ladders are designed and tested to take a maximum... Read More


The importance of Warehouse Labelling & Identification

The management of any warehouse/stores needs an effective labelling and identification system, stock needs to be identified and in its rightful location in order to improve efficiency with order picking and minimise costly picking errors. PARRS offer a range of labelling and identification products from the Beaverswood brand – a one stop shop for all your warehouse labelling and identification needs. The full range can be found here BEAVERSWOOD. It is understood that many order pickers working in an environment where an in-effective system operates, a large proportion of their time... Read More


Guide to selecting Workplace Matting & Flooring

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of workplace matting options available: Entrance Matting 80% of dirt is brought into your working environment on foot.  Dirty and wet floors increase the chance of pedestrians slipping over.  Entrance Mats help create a safer entrance by: Preventing dirt travelling throughout the workplace Reducing slip hazards Removing dirt and moisture from shoes Making entrances look clean, tidy and professional Commercial Matting Whether you require water drainage, slip resistance, hardwearing floor covering, insulation or impact resistance, we have a product for you.  Commercial Matting... Read More


Are you providing adequate lockers and changing facilities for your staff?

Are you providing adequate lockers and changing facilities for your staff? If the type of work carried out by your staff involves having to change into special clothing such as uniform or overalls, you must provide sufficient room for changing. It should: be easily acessible to staff contain, or be close to, clothes storage and washing facilities provide seating for staff have means of hanging clothes ie. hooks or hangers be private allow for drying of clothes if possible You should also provide some way of preventing personal clothing coming... Read More


Key Points to consider when selecting Steps or Ladders

Working at height can be dangerous, therefore to help avoid accidents, a number of key points need to be taken into consideration: How long will the user be working at height?  Up to a maximum of 30 minutes in one position a set of steps or stepladder can be acceptable. Over 30 minutes steps with a built in working platform are recommended or even a scaffolding platform where space or height requirement allows. Is the load light or heavy?  Consider the weight of the user plus the weight of any materials they... Read More


Guide to Heaters

If you’re fed up with feeling cold indoors, then an electric heater could be the ideal solution to warm you up. Read this guide to find out more about buying heaters for your workplace. How much do you need to spend to get a decent electric heater? Electric heaters vary in price, ours start from about £14 +VAT for a small basic one, all the way up to £500+ for more powerful and advanced for warehouse and event heaters. How much do electric heaters cost to run? Running costs for... Read More


Safety Tips for preventing Winter Slips & Falls

It’s that time of season where slips & falls occur at an increasing number.  Slip and fall accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter season for a number of reasons: there is less daylight leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on paths There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk of a slip,trip or fall. Regardless of the size of your site, always ensure that regularly used walkways are promptly tackled. Remember to... Read More


PARRS in partnership with VARIOFIT

PARRS products are a byword for quality. Therefore when we set up a partnership with a manufacturer of handling equipment, we look for only the highest quality products on the market. Variofit is a classic range of German engineered platform trucks that offers outstanding manufacturing integrity coupled with surprisingly affordable pricing. We love the product so much that we have committed to carry large stocks to make the Variofit product available to you on next day free delivery. Apart from the unmatched 12 year manufacturer’s warranty on the Variofit product,... Read More


Introducing PARRS Priority

Everyone is different. Some people want to go online, find the best price and delivery, buy as quickly as possible, and then go in search of the next deal. That’s great, and we think there’s a sometimes a bit of that attitude in all of us. However there are those of us who want a little bit more. PARRS Priority has been created for our customers who might want to make life easier for themselves. We want to work with you to establish what you want from your online experience with PARRS; it... Read More


Get involved with the Great British Spring Clean!

When you see pictures of the Britain in the 1970’s and the winter of discontent, it is hugely encouraging to see how far we have come in keeping our wonderful country tidy and free of litter. Campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Great British Spring Clean have done an enormous amount to show us that when communities can work together to keep litter off our streets, everyone benefits. We, at PARRS, are proud to support this year’s Great British Spring Clean taking place between the 3rd and 5th... Read More


British Manufacturing at its best…introducing PARRS Furniture Skates

We believe that if you are serious about doing a good job, then your need to be serious about the equipment you use to do it. PARRS has always been the retailer to go to for the world’s best quality sack trucks such as EXPRESSO, RAVENDO and COSCO. Now we are able to say that we sell the best furniture dollies you can buy. And what’s more, they are hand-made here in the UK! As with so many handling products, the key to a great furniture skate lies in the castors. And... Read More


COSCO A manual handling brand that delivers!

Some good news from the United States. We introduced the COSCO aluminium multi-function hand truck to the UK three years ago.  And from day one it became a bestseller. It is not hard to see why. This US branded sack truck offers a multitude of options for the user; The 3-in-1 sack truck comes on either pneumatic or puncture proof wheels, it gives you the option to use it as a standard truck, or convert it to the tilt position to take the load off your hands, or maybe bring it... Read More


New Year, New Catalogue!

PARRS new catalogue is now out there, strutting its stuff in its shiny new cover and full of its fancy new products! Gone are the 2016 fashions, only to be replaced by the new kids on the block. I would not be seen dead browsing a 2016 PARRS catalogue when 2017 looks so alluring. Now seriously, I know that there hasn’t been an industrial equipment edition of Vogue yet, and there is unlikely to be one this year. So life would be a lot easier if you availed yourself of the... Read More


It’s cold inside, get me a Heater!

Have you noticed that some of the your staff are sitting at their desks today in coats and gloves? Yes, the central heating does its job, but maybe you need more localised heaters. Here’s our guide to choosing the right Heater for your workplace:- Upright Fan Heaters Provide instant heat and warmth, especially if you are in the direct line of the fan.  Small in size so can be placed under desks and workstations to warm someone’s toes up!  They are very light to move around and take up next to no space to... Read More


Reasons to choose PARRS Roll-Step…

PARRS Roll-Step is a plastic kick-step stool used by Tesco, Asda, Halfords, Next and Superdrug. These organisations could buy a cheaper Chinese product which will probably do an OK job for them, so why do these cost-conscious organisations choose the PARRS Roll-Step over its cheaper competition? Well the main reasons are because they care about their staff and they don’t want product failures when the staff are working at height.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider buying the PARRS Roll-Step when buying your nest kick-step:- It will arrive next day,... Read More


Selecting the right Office Chair

Selecting a good office chair with the right comfort and ergonomic features is really important, especially if the user is going to be sitting in it for long periods of time. PARRS have a wide choice of office chairs; consider comfort, support, features and of course budget when deciding on the right one. Guide to Features Seat Height Adjustment/Gas Lift Mechanism Chairs with adjustable seat height can be adapted to suit the users size and enable them to rest their feet flat on the floor. Gas lift chairs provide a... Read More


What we can learn from the Germans about productivity

Britain is an amazing Country, don’t get me wrong, but our industrial productivity constantly falls way behind Germany, USA and even the long lunching French! Why is this? I don’t believe it has anything to do with us working less hard than our friends in Europe and America, I think it has more to do with the tools that we give our workers to use. At PARRS we see first-hand a reluctance to invest long-term to increase productivity. In our home lives we want to buy the latest smartphone, TV, kitchen gadget... Read More


We love our new website, we think you will too!

Having been around for 130 years, it takes a lot to get us excited. We thought the first motor car was something special in 1886, and the first flight by those Wright Brothers in 1903 was something that we at PARRS were quite impressed by. The 1969 moon landings were pretty special and the advent of the internet certainly stirred our interest. But it is only in the last 10 years that better download speeds have made buying online a more stimulating experience than watching paint dry. So in our 130th year... Read More


Keep the outdoors outdoors this Autumn with new entrance matting

Autumn has arrived at PARRS when the Marketing Team come to work dressed for the Arctic and dead leaves and mud appear in the entrance to the building. Good quality entrance matting is a simple and cost-effective way to keep the dirt outside while presenting the right image where you work. Over time entrance matting can look scruffy, it can get saturated and stop having any drying effects. Your entrance matting needs replacing if dirty, wet footprints appear on the floor beyond the matting. Entrance Matting should be:- highly absorbent... Read More


Post exhibition blog: Expresso Sack Trucks at IMHX 2016

We have just finished a tiring, but highly enjoyable week, at IMHX.  PARRS were there in spirit, but the real star of the show was the Expresso range of sack trucks. We have been partners with Expresso Germany for as long as I can remember. We love the product because it is, in our view, by far the best sack truck you can buy. The German engineering behind Expresso ensures that every part of the product is designed to maximise strength and efficiency. One thing struck me at the show... Read More


How to get your staff involved with your recycling system

Clear communications are very important to ensure that people use the recycling bins and put the correct items in them. Tell them why you are recycling e.g. why it will save money and what the environmental benefits will be. Encourage senior management to get involved: their buy-in is important and it is beneficial for messages to come from them. Information about the recycling services can be discussed at team meetings, through the intranet, internal newsletters as well as verbally and by using posters. Speak to cleaning staff to ensure that... Read More


Key Points to consider when buying a Sack Truck…

There are so many sack trucks on the market these days, making the right choice can be a tricky one.  Here are eight points to consider when selecting your new Sack Truck:- How often will the Sack Truck be used? Several times a day or just occasionally? A Sack Truck used on a regular basis should be viewed as a long-term investment so a Sack Truck made in the UK or Europe and/or supplied with extended guarantee tick the box here.  You can afford to spend little less on a Sack Truck that is only used... Read More


COSCO 3-in-1 Sack Truck with puncture-proof tyres

COSCO aluminium sack trucks, are, in our opinion, the best value and most complete multi-purpose trucks you can buy. The 3-in-1 truck has a 300kg capacity as a sack truck and a 400 kg capacity as a platform truck while its little brother the 2-in-1 punches well above its weight with a massive 272kg capacity. So how can we make them even better? Well there is one way, and that is to offer fantastic puncture proof wheels as an option on both the 3-in-1 and the 2-in1 models. Puncture proofing your... Read More


Why buy from PARRS?

I was in a Poundworld type store yesterday and I could not believe the choice of products on offer. From dog beds to duvets, ant powder to Jaffa cakes, and naturally a £15 sack truck. This made me think, why would anyone buy from PARRS when such a diversity of cheap products exists in every out-of-town shopping centre around the country? The answers are here, many are obvious. We are experts at what we do, we know what you need to do to make a great value, high quality sack... Read More