David Langridge started his career in the plating industry working in a test lab and then moved into the leather industry working for a Test and Research facility as a Laboratory Technician. David soon worked his way up as a Consultant, managing single client research projects as well as DTI and EU funded projects.
After working as a Quality Manager for a window manufacturer, updating their QMS for a successful transition to ISO9001:2015, David was approached about the role of Laboratory & Technical Manager at Polyco Healthline and was quickly offered the role. As our Laboratory & Technical Manager, David manages the laboratory and technical functions within the company. David describes his current role as 'hectic' as Polyco Healthline are currently going through the process of getting products compliant with the latest PPE regulations but says overall, he enjoys working with the people in his department as they have been extremely instrumental in helping him to succeed in his role.
What questions are you asked most frequently?
What glove is suitable for this chemical, when will we have the EU certificate and artwork for this product and when will the laboratory have its UKAS accreditation.
What questions do you wish were asked more frequently?
Can we have a lab demonstration, or can we have some testing carried out please? The laboratory and technical support it offers are something I believe the company should be extremely proud of and should ensure its customers take full advantage of.
What do you feel is the biggest problem within the health and safety industry?
Understanding compliance and making the results translate into real-world activities. It is essential we work with the health and safety professionals, so they understand what the compliance results mean so they can get fit for purpose products.
How do Polyco Healthline’s products and/or services address that problem?
Polyco Healthline has a very professional team who can help its end users select fit for purpose products which are compliant with the necessary standards and will provide the correct level of protection required.
Polyco Healthline has a range of products giving different levels and types of protection to help keep people safe and offers the technical back up to help its end users make the correct selection.
Can you talk about any exciting experiments that are currently taking place in the lab?
At present, the laboratory is concentrating on preparation for the UKAS audits taking place in October. The team is getting everything ready to try and ensure this goes as smoothly as possible.
There are also trials going on with new product development to ensure any new products Polyco Healthline are looking at meet the required performance levels and Benchmark testing to ensure our products are comparative with other products available.
What future innovation will have the greatest impact on your industry specialism? What will change?
I believe cut-resistant materials will improve and become lighter weight and more dextrous. The changes in the current cut test I believe will initially lead to gloves going back to being less dextrous and thicker to obtain the level E and F cut resistance.
End users will want the gloves to be similar to current cut 5 gloves which are lighter and more dextrous, so this is an area I see being developed in the near future.
Within the technical area standards and compliance regulations are constantly changing so we must keep on top of these to ensure Polyco Healthline products are both compliant and relevant to the market.
How are you able to provide the greatest value to Polyco Healthline customers?
The technical team offers support to the company in many ways. We give technical back up and support to both customers and the sales teams, we offer to test for research, benchmarking, and once UKAS accredited compliance.
The laboratory facility is always available for the demonstration of the testing to our customers which helps them to understand the intricacies of glove compliance