PPE solutions for working in the food industry

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £28.2bn to the economy annually and employing more than 400,000 people. With innovation at the core of the industry, manufacturers need PPE they can rely on to ensure workers are protected.

Protecting people is our mission. uvex PPE incorporates numerous technologies to enhance safety, functionality and wearer comfort. By doing so, our products not only keep workplace hazards to a minimum, we can help prevent long-term health risks, enhance employee wellbeing which, in turn, has a positive effect on performance and productivity.

430,000 people employed across the UK in the food sector

Food & drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the country

The food supply chain employs 4.3 million people

We understand your needs

  • In food manufacturing, personal protective equipment needs to not only protect workers from cuts, burns, slips and trips - or longer-term problems like hearing loss - but also protect the products being produced. The uvex phynomic foam not only protects the wearer and is dermatologically approved, it also leaves no trace on sensitive surfaces.
  • Standing on your feet for long hours, walking on hard surfaces and making repetitive movements can all have an adverse effect on your musculoskeletal system and lead to serious injuries. All uvex safety footwear provides appropriate support and protection as well as superior comfort, something that is often overlooked by other PPE manufacturers.
  • Working under harsh lighting can cause excess strain on the eyes, leading to headaches and increased fatigue. uvex have developed specially tinted lenses that are ideal for reducing glare from stainless steel machinery, helping employees concentrate on their job.

We know if your employees are comfortable wearing their PPE, and look good while wearing it, they are much more likely to comply with regulations, benefitting their health, your reputation and your bottom line.

Food sector challenges

As a European manufacturer we understand that many companies in the UK food manufacturing sector are committed to the target of zero emissions across the entire supply chain. As a producer with high in-house production we consider the environmental impact of all of our processes and place high value on the responsible use of resources, people and protection techniques to ensure minimal environmental impact.

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Safety gloves for all applications in the food industry

Safety gloves used for food processing and production applications must be manufactured in such a way that substances released pose no human health risk. Food producers must take all necessary measures to exclude the risk of contamination and guarantee the health of consumers. Standards for hygiene and cleanliness of products form the basis of this and the legal requirements for safety gloves are therefore accordingly strict, as the gloves themselves could also represent a source of contamination. Sharp objects pose a constant risk to our hands, especially in the food industry with its wide-range of activities. In food processing and industrial kitchens hands are at risk when cutting or dicing food, sharpening knives or changing blades in machinery.

Activities in the food industry are just as varied as the requirements to which the necessary PPE is subject. In order to guarantee optimal protection for the skin and stave off any contamination risks, safety gloves must be specifically adapted to their respective applications. A precise risk and workplace analysis is of utmost importance in this. To determine which safety glove is the right one for each application, we support our customers as an active partner and our versatile portfolio allows uvex to cover a huge range of application areas.

uvex phynomic lite safety glove EN 388 (2 1 2 1 X); exceptionally light and flexible; food-safe uvex phynomic lite safety glove
uvex phynomic foam safety glove EN 388:2016 (3 1 2 1 X); natural tactile sensation; food-safe uvex phynomic foam safety glove
uvex phynomic C3 cut protection glove EN 388:2016 (4 X 4 3 B); sensitive and flexible; food-safe uvex phynomic C3 cut protection glove
uvex phynomic C5 cut protection glove EN 388:2016 (4 X 4 2 C); sensitive and flexible; food-safe uvex phynomic C5 cut protection glove
uvex u-chem 3300 chemical protection glove EN 388:2016 (2 1 2 1 X); EN ISO 374-1:2016/Type A (J K L O P T); gauntlet uvex u-chem 3300 chemical protection glove
uvex rubiflex S NB35B chemical protection glove EN 388:2016 (2 1 1 1 X), EN 374-1:2016/Type A (J K N O P T); lightweight and flexible; gauntlet, approx. 35 cm; food-safe uvex rubiflex S NB35B chemical protection glove
uvex u-fit chemical protection glove EN ISO 374-1:2016/Type B (K P T); robust and flexible disposable protection; food-safe uvex u-fit chemical protection glove
uvex rubiflex S NB40S chemical protection glove EN 388:2016 (2 1 2 1 X), EN 374/Type A (J K N O P T); gauntlet, approx. 40 cm; food-safe uvex rubiflex S NB40S chemical protection glove

Safety footwear for all day comfort

uvex 2 S3 SRC shoe S3 SRC; ESD; leather; metal-free toe cap; non-slip outsole, penetration-resistant, metal-free midsole, oil and petrol resistant, water-resistant upper uvex 2 S3 SRC shoe
uvex 1 x-tended support S1 SRC shoe S1 SRC; ESD; microvelour; metal-free toe cap; non-slip outsole, oil and petrol resistant uvex 1 x-tended support S1 SRC shoe
uvex 1 x-tended support S1 SRC S1 SRC; ESD; microvelour; metal-free toe cap; non-slip outsole, oil and petrol resistant uvex 1 x-tended support S1 SRC
uvex 1 ladies S2 SRC shoe S2 SRC; ESD; microvelour; metal-free toe cap; non-slip outsole, oil and petrol resistant, water-resistant upper uvex 1 ladies S2 SRC shoe

uvex 2 safety footwear range

uvex 2 ultra-lightweight safety shoes and boots are perfectly suited to working in the food industry thanks to the rough, self-cleaning tread pattern on the sole which stops debris from collecting as well as providing excellent slip resistance on wet or oily surfaces.

uvex 1 safety footwear range

uvex 1 safety shoes and boots combine innovative safety footwear technologies with modern and functional design. The completely metal-free uvex monoskin upper shaft made from hightech microfibre ensures outstanding wearer comfort without pressure points.

Female safety footwear designs

The uvex 1 ladies safety footwear models are manufactured specifically for the shape of the female foot. Physiological differences, including softer and more flexible joints, require differences in footwear design not just smaller sizing, to ensure correct support and suitable protection.

uvex xenova® hygiene

uvex xenova® hygiene

The uvex xenova® hygiene has been designed specifically for working in areas where hygiene is important or foodstuffs are handled. These ultra-light slip-on or lace-up safety shoes benefit from minimal stitching to reduce staining. Made with synthetic materials and metal free. Heat resistant sole for brief exposure up to 120°C.

uvex 1 business safety footwear range

The uvex 1 business has been designed to take you seamlessly from the food production line into a supplier meeting in total comfort. Featuring an extra-wide steel toe cap to protect your toes against falling objects and impacts and a non-marking, slip-resistant mono polyurethane sole with soft EVA insert for increased comfort.

uvex 2 trend

Ideal for working long distances around factories, the uvex 2 trend safety footwear range incorporates numerous proven technologies at an affordable price. Soft padding on the collar and tongue removes any painful pressure points and the supportive uvex anti-twist heel cap gives increased stability to prevent ankle twisting.

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Safety eyewear for working in high humidity

Working in areas with high humidity requires specialist equipment to ensure performance is not impacted by fogging and safety is not compromised by distractions. uvex supravision plus permanent lens coating delivers advanced anti-fog performance, and is scratch-resistant and antistatic on both sides of the lens. The anti-fogging properties are permanent, even after being repeatedly cleaned.

uvex sportstyle spectacles anti-fog, scratch-resistant on both sides; only 23 grams; clear PC lens; black, grey frame uvex sportstyle spectacles
uvex astrospec 2.0 spectacles anti-fog on both sides, also scratch-resistant and anti-static; oil & gas; panorama lens; colourless PC lens; black/grey frame uvex astrospec 2.0 spectacles
uvex pheos spectacles anti-fog on both sides, also scratch-resistant; standard size, oil & gas; large field of vision; colourless PC lens; black/grey frame uvex pheos spectacles
uvex super fit spectacles anti-fog on both sides, also scratch-resistant and anti-static; lightweight, sporty, clear; PC clear lens; black/clear frame uvex super fit spectacles

Medium energy impact protection

The uvex ultrasonic combines hard and soft components which adapt to the wearer’s face creating a soft, effective seal around the eyes. These goggles can be worn over most prescription spectacles and provide mechanical strength: B.

Tinted lenses for protection from glare

The unique uvex CBR65 lens shade reduces blue light by up to 50% offering protection to wearers working indoors for long hours under harsh light conditions (e.g. fluorescent strip lighting) or from reflections from highly-polished stainless steel machinery.

uvex pheos cx2

Featuring X-Twist technology, the uvex pheos cx2 has a light spring effect of the side arms, ensuring the spectacles fit the head well, combining a secure yet pressure-free fit for maximum comfort.

Detectable hearing protection for comfort and safety

With loud machinery running 24/7, wearing hearing protection when working in the food industry is paramount to safeguarding your hearing. uvex have a range of detectable hearing protection that is not only visually striking to stand out amongst products, but also feature integrated metal parts to allow the earplugs to show up in X-ray scans. Remember to choose the correct level of attenuation so that you are not over-protected and unable to hear warning signals or safely comunicate with your colleagues. If you are unsure what level of protection you require, simply speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help.

uvex xact-fit detec disposable earplugs 26 dB; additional requirement W; detectable; size: M; with reusable pin uvex xact-fit detec disposable earplugs
uvex x-fit detec disposable earplugs 37 dB; additional requirements S, V, W, E (E1); detectable; size: M; with cord uvex x-fit detec disposable earplugs
uvex whisper+ detec reusable earplugs 27 dB; additional requirements S, V, W, E (E1); detectable; reusable; size: M; with cord in earplug box uvex whisper+ detec reusable earplugs
uvex hi-com detec disposable earplugs 24 dB – with excellent speech perception; additional requirement W; detectable; size: M; with cord uvex hi-com detec disposable earplugs

uvex u-cap bump caps

Whether you need a bump cap with a short brim for a wider field of upward vision or a bump cap with an integrated hard shell for reliable impact protection in accordance with EN 812 – the uvex u-cap series offers the right protection for your requirements.

uvex u-cap sport bump cap integrated hard shell; long peak uvex u-cap sport bump cap
uvex u-cap sport bump cap integrated hard shell; long peak; navy blue uvex u-cap sport bump cap
uvex u-cap premium bump cap integrated hard shell; armadillo design; comfortable interior; long peak; with reflective piping uvex u-cap premium bump cap
uvex u-cap premium bump cap integrated hard shell; armadillo design; comfortable interior; short peak; with reflective piping uvex u-cap premium bump cap

FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 filtering face masks

The uvex silv-Air range of respiratory protection includes highly effective face masks in protective classes FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 that are extremely comfortable to wear. Protect yourself against solid and liquid aerosols, dust, mist and fumes– even during longer periods of use. At uvex, we not only make sure that all our products meet the requirements of the necessary safety class, but we also pay particular attention to making sure that they fit exceptionally well.

uvex silv-Air c 2220 FFP2 preformed mask FFP2 preformed mask (D); exhalation valve; additional active-carbon layer in the filter; continuous headband uvex silv-Air c 2220 FFP2 preformed mask
uvex silv-Air c 2200 FFP2 preformed mask FFP2 preformed mask (D); continuous headband uvex silv-Air c 2200 FFP2 preformed mask
uvex silv-Air c 3310 FFP3 folding mask FFP3 folding mask (D); exhalation valve; individual packaging; adjustable headband length uvex silv-Air c 3310 FFP3 folding mask
uvex silv-Air c 2310 FFP3 preformed mask FFP3 preformed mask (D); exhalation valve; adapted for larger faces; comfortable four-point headband attachment uvex silv-Air c 2310 FFP3 preformed mask

Safety glasses with prescription lenses

uvex is able to provide a choice of metal, plastic and wraparound frame styles in single vision, bi-focal or varifocal for safety or office use. Scratch-resistant lens coatings are supplied as standard and frames from uvex come with a two year guarantee for accidental damage and wear and tear. We are able to offer a prescription service to suit your needs whether you are a large or small organisation, in one or multiple locations.

uvex RX cd 5514 prescription safety spectacles full-frame plastic version; transparent side shields and upper eye rim protection integrated in frame design; close fit; two colour/size versions available uvex RX cd 5514 prescription safety spectacles
uvex RX cd 5518 prescription safety spectacles full-frame plastic version; metal-free; three colour versions available uvex RX cd 5518 prescription safety spectacles
uvex RX cd 5505 prescription safety spectacles full plastic frame; close fit; integrated side protection and eye rim protection (top); choice of variants uvex RX cd 5505 prescription safety spectacles
uvex RX 5102 prescription safety glasses Full-frame metal version; side protection; adjustable nose pads and earpieces uvex RX 5102 prescription safety glasses


Next steps

All of the above products are available through our range of trusted distribution partners. Simply visit our dstributor locator to find your preferred distributor with no need to set up an account. Or alternatively, for further information and guidance on where to purchase uvex products simply contact your uvex representative who will be happy to assist, as well as recommend the most suitable PPE.

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