The professional federation Febelsafe (°1973) is the Belgian federation of manufacturers, distributors, service providers and professional end users in the field of safety and well-being. As our core business is related to safety and PPE, Bekina® is of course a member of this federation.
As in all other sectors, it is of the utmost importance to be and remain informed of the latest legislation on safety, welfare and personal protective equipment (PPE). Febelsafe supports us in collecting this knowledge.
As the collection and dissemination of this knowledge is the most important pillar of Febelsafe, they have a solid network of experts in safety and welfare. Febelsafe members sign a charter and receive a Febelsafe certificate.
Cleaning your NEOTANE® boots regularly with water and a suitable cleaning product**, will increase their life span.
After particularly intensive use, clean your boots every day so that dirt doesn't permeate the NEOTANE® material.
It is also a good idea to rinse the inside of your boots regularly with clean water.
Ensure the boots are completely dry inside before putting them back on.
Use the correct amount of detergents or cleaning products, as indicated on the product's packaging. Then rinse your boots again with clean water.
To prevent damage and discolouration: do not leave the boots to soak in detergent or other chemicals.**
After work do not leave the boots inside your overtrousers. NEOTANE® material must be able to dry and breathe properly.
** Bekina® Boots advise to use the following products: Virocid, ECO DES, Trans NT+ and Pho Cid (Cidlines), PP3 Steril, Topaz AC4 and Topaz HD1 (Ecolab). P3 Topax 66 cannot be used. In doubt, first try out the product on a small part of the boots. If products mentioned are not available in your country, visit the Cidlines or Ecolab website for more information. www.cidlines.com, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.ecolab.com
Big news! Bekina® Boots invested 1.2 million euros in a brand new machine for making safety boots. This way, the production capacity is raised with 25%. As from 18 September 2017 onwards this injection machine will be fully operational. Bekina® Boots is ready to conquer the world.
"Thanks to this investment in modern automatisation, we will be more strategically placed to meet the growing worldwide demand for our boots. This investment will help us to reach our long term goals", says CEO Peter Bauwens. "Next to the fact that we are increasing the production capacity with 25%, we are also significantly reducing our lead times and are giving our general efficiency an extra power boost."
MORE EFFICIENCY AND FLEXIBILITY
Peter Welvaert, Project Manager Technology: "This new machine is a major investment in the latest technology on offer in our industry. It enables us to produce different boot types in one production run. This way our production planning becomes more flexible. Additionaly, we invested in extra material tanks which are directly connected to this machine. From now on boots with different compounds can be produced on one machine in the same production run."
What was originally the job of a production operator, pulling the boot off the mould, is now done by a robot arm. Another benefit of using robot arms is that they use 80% less solvents than a machine operator does. The use of these solvents is required to smoothly slip the boots of the mould. Dries Scheerlinck, Production Manager: "The implementation of robot arms will add ergonomics to the job of machine operators: there is less physical strain on the job and it is a lot healthier to them as well. All our operators will be retrained to use this new machine. They are very positive about this new evolution, because their job will shift from manual work to technical work."
CEO Peter Bauwens concludes: " Looking to the future, we believe that all manufacturers should invest in new automatisation technologies to stay competitive and profitable. Next to that, we keep investing in skilled workforce who are interested in learning new working methods.
With the inauguration of their new machine, Bekina® Boots makes a clear statement that they are ready to reach their annual 10% growth rate. This was also noticed by the Flemish government who nominated Bekina® Boots as one of the three strongest export companies in the whole of Flanders.
Bekina® Boots has been nominated for the Export Lion 2017, an annual competition for Flemish companies that have shown outstanding success in expanding their export markets. The winner receives an award from Flanders Investment & Trade: the Export Lion.
Only three companies are nominated in two categories: those with fewer than 50 employees, and those with 50 or more. With 53 employees in 2016, Bekina® Boots is part of this last category. Other nominees in our category are Skyline Communications from Izegem and Soudal from Turnhout.
On 8th September there will be a presentation of our company for a jury. On 20th September Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois will reveal the winners in both categories. Fingers crossed!
We would like to thank all customers and employees for their dedication this year/past few years. This is thanks to you!
Sicherheitskleidung für die Lebensmittelindustrie muss nicht unbedingt praktisch und langweilig sein. Eine große Menge an Kleidung verfügt über hervorragende Eigenschaften auf dem Gebiet von Schutz und Hygiene únd ist sogar modisch. Die Fleischerei, ein maßgebendes Magazin für die fleischverarbeitende Industrie, hat Muster an ‘professioneller’ Mode ausgesucht. Kleiner Teaser: Bekina® Boots war auch dabei.
An outbreak of avian flu is every poultry farmer's worst nightmare. Since november of last year, the virus has been found in a number of European countries - including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and Germany. But the avian flu virus has also recently emerged in Asia. So it's no surprise that many of our customers ask us for the best practices in "boots hygiene". The following tips help you to prevent an outbreak of avian flu in your farm.
USE DIFFERENT BOOTS
One of the most essential practices is to switch boots (and work clothing in general) when entering the stables. Try to avoid entering the stables with your outdoor boots. When leaving the stables, it's best to walk on the paved paths and certainly do not cross grasslands or canals. Avian influenza is most often spread by contact between infected and healthy birds, though also indirectly through contaminated equipment like boots.
DISINFECT AND CLEAN YOUR BOOTS
It is recommended to disinfect and clean your boots in a boot washer before entering the stables. Even when you are wearing a different pair of boots for inside and outside the stables. Don't see this as an unneccesary routine, it might actually spare you from a lot of problems one day.
CHOOSE BOOTS WITH A FLAT SOLE
Boots with a flat sole are easy to clean and to disinfect. That is how you can avoid any cross-contamination. Daily disinfection and cleaning is not a problem for these boots. Boots with a flat sole are perfect for usage in hatcheries.
Bekina® Boots Agrilite® Desinfect is such a boot with a flat sole. These popular work boots are made of polyurethane, which makes them very lightweight, flexible and durable. It's proven that polyurethane boots last three times longer than pvc or rubber boots.
Dairy farmers attach much importance to their cows’ hooves. But how good are they looking after their own feet? Let’s sum up 5 reasons why qualitative work boots are essential to any dairy farmer.
PREVENT BACK PAIN AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
Any physiotherapist will tell you that the starting point for patients presenting with back pain is the feet. They always start at the footwear and the feet and work their way up. For instance, a lack of support under the heel and the big toe is definitely linked to lower back pain.
Cheap boots are typically pretty flimsy and flat in the sole. So it’s a good thing to pay a bit more for your boots and look for a cushioned sole and a footbed that supports the arch of the foot. You need something for the arch to ‘relax’ onto, that holds the foot in the correct position.
If you’re not wearing the correct footwear, this can also lead to damage to the feet and lower limbs.
YOU’RE SPENDING LONG HOURS ON CONCRETE
Dairy farmers can spend a significant proportion of their working day standing on concrete. And, just like their cows, this can leave them vulnerable to ‘lameness’. Depending on its severity, this can have catastrophic consequences for their dairy business.
Standing on concrete is not what our feet were designed to do. It results in excessive pronation of the foot, meaning that the arch of the foot collapses and rolls inwards. As the foot pronates there is excessive biomechanical stress placed on the joints and soft tissues in the foot. This can result in a number of painful conditions in the foot itself, such as bunions and corns.
The good news is that, just as in dairy cows, ‘lameness’ is preventable, and it doesn’t need to involve a cattle crush or a vet! Again, a good pair of work boots with a shock absorbing footbed can do some magic here.
Another reason to wear qualitative work boots are cold feet. Cold feet lead to blood circulation problems and can result in chilblains and other ‘nasties’. Ideally, dairy farmers should be wearing thermal insulated work boots. Lab tests revealed that NEOTANE® safety boots offer a better thermal insulation than PVC or rubber boots, keeping your feet warmer in winter!
YOU DON’T WANT TO SLIP
There are numerous hazards on a dairy farm. Not surprising when you’re working with big animals and heavy machinery all day. One of the most common risks at the farm is the risk of slipping. When buying a new pair of boots, you should look at the certifications. Are the boots being tested for slip resistance by a certified institution? You can recognize the most common institutes with the following logos:
You can save yourself a lot of money (as well as pain and hassle) when you’re buying yourself a decent pair of boots. If you damage your feet and require physiotherapy, the bill can easily run into hundreds of pounds. You can buy a decent pair of boots for much less than that.
Also, cheap boots wear out much faster than decent boots, requiring you to buy a new pair more frequently. In short, don’t fall prey to the false economy of cheap work boots. It is a recipe for trouble.
ABOUT BEKINA® BOOTS
Safety boots from Bekina® Boots are made from NEOTANE® material, a foamy material with three major characteristics making them ideal for dairy farmers.
✓ Extra comfortable and healthy for your feet and back ✓ Lasts 3X longer than PVC and rubber ✓ Very lightweight
WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SAFETY BOOTS OR DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO BUY THEM? Just ask us!
Bekina® NV, het moederbedrijf achter Bekina® Boots, nam 6 jaar geleden het peterschap op van maar liefst 300 eiken langsheen de gemeenteweg Berchem-Zulzeke. De bomen hebben namelijk af en toe een grondige snoeibeurt nodig. Daarom liet het bedrijf voor de derde keer een bomenverzorger aanrukken. Ook de 50 jonge eiken die Bekina® NV 3 jaar geleden liet aanplanten werden onder handen genomen.
Eiken die geplant worden naast de rijweg moeten om de 2 à 3 jaar gesnoeid worden, zodat de stam recht naar boven groeit en tot op een hoogte van 8 meter geen takken meer heeft. Indien dit niet wordt gedaan kunnen de takken vrachtwagens en andere weggebruikers hinderen.
Omdat de gemeente Kluisbergen niet over het nodige materieel en middelen beschikt om dit te doen, besliste Bekina® NV in 2011 om de gemeente hierin te ondersteunen.
“Dat een bedrijf samenwerkt met de gemeente om bomen langs de rijweg te onderhouden én er zelfs nieuwe laat aanplanten, is echt zeldzaam.”, zegt de ervaren bomenverzorger Eric Imschoot. “Ik hoop dat dit meer bedrijven inspireert om zich in te zetten voor natuurbehoud in hun streek. Bomen maken een straat niet alleen veel mooier, ze zijn essentieel voor onze planeet".
Every year, hundreds of shoes and boots keep washing ashore on the beaches of the North Cape in Norway, often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. Erica Haugli, an artist from the nearby village of Honningsvåg, has been clearing away all of the shoes and boots from these beaches since 2012. Bekina® Boots wants to show its support for this beautiful project.
Boots in the sea
Litter that has deliberately or accidentally been released in the ocean, tends to accumulate on places where ocean currents meet. Because of the typical currents in the Norwegian and the Barents sea, this marine litter is frequently washing aground on the beaches of the North Cape.
Erica Haugli, who lives nearby: “I live in such a beautiful place. Ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, … you name it. One of my favorite things to do around here is walking on the beaches. Unfortunately I always see an enormous amount of debris on these beaches.”
In this debris, Erica not only finds a lot of bottles and other plastics, but amazingly also a lot of shoes and boots.
Flowers in boots
To make people aware of ocean debris and to encourage them to stop throwing things in the ocean again, Erica decided to clean the beaches. But she did not stop there: with the old boots she started making beautiful flower pots and collages for sale. With the returns of this form of art, she makes sure the beaches around the North Cape stay clean.
To date, Erica gathered already an astonishing 1200 shoes and boots from these beaches! “I know it is ordinary trash, but sometimes it puts a smile on my face knowing it all comes from boots that were washed up on the beach. Each with its own untold adventure, from near and far, these boots have traveled the arctic seas but their tales did not end on the rocky coastline. Now they’re ready to tell a new story.”
At Bekina® Boots, we pay a lot of attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Whenever there are little flaws during the production of our boots, we don’t throw the boots away. We donate them to people who can still use them. For example, in January of this year, we donated 1,500 pairs of boots to the refugees in Dunkirk. This way, Bekina® Boots is committed to create less waste.