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April 2016


 How to Protect Yourself Against Zika Virus

The CDC recently expanded the range of Zika mosquitoes into parts of Midwest, Northeast.

The maps above show CDC’s best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States. These maps include areas where mosquitoes are or have been previously found. Shaded areas on the map do not necessarily mean that there are infected mosquitoes in that area. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are more likely to spread viruses like Zika, dengue, chikungunya and other viruses than other types of mosquitoes such as Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. More about the maps.

*Maps have been updated from a variety of sources. These maps represent CDC's best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States. Maps are not meant to represent risk for spread of disease. Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States, 2016 Maps[PDF - 1 page]

These maps DO NOT show:

  • Exact locations or numbers of mosquitoes living in an area
  • Risk or likelihood that these mosquitoes will spread viruses

These maps show:

  • CDC’s best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States
  • Areas where mosquitoes are or have been previously found

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus. While outdoors, one can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites through the use of an EPA-registered, DEET-based Insect Repellent, along with wearing long sleeves and pants. Saf-T-Gard offers a full line of CoreTex® Outdoor Skin Protection products including BugX® Insect Repellent 30% DEET 2 oz. Pump Spray. Click here to browse and order all CoreTex products online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273).

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Trade In Your Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED at Saf-T-Gard and Receive up to $400.00!

Revive your first aid program by trading in your old Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED model for the ZOLL AED Plus® at Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. and receive up to $400.00 for model numbers ending in 401, 501 or 1001.

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ZOLL AED Plus Features & Benefits:

  • Real CPR Help provides unique assistance to rescuers with real-time feedback on CPR compression depth and rate
  • Novel electrode design delivers a five-year shelf life and fits 99% of the population’s chest anatomy
  • Pull-tabs expose the conductive gel on each pad only when it is in direct contact with the skin, limiting the chance of gel contamination
  • CPR-D-padz meet applicable ANSI/AAMI/ISO DF-39-1993 requirements and offer clear anatomical placement illustrations as well as a CPR hand positioning landmark and comes complete with a rescue accessory package, including a barrier mask, razor, scissors, disposable gloves and a towelette
  • Display screen presents the elapsed time and number of shocks delivered
  • Back-lit display screen provides simultaneous text with every audio prompt and a circle of lighted graphical icons that show what to do

Click here for more information about the promotion and to access the trade in coupon. Offer good from February 1-June 30, 2016 and includes the following ZOLL AED Plus part numbers: 

  • 8000-00-4000-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/ Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4003-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/ PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4004-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/ PlusTrac Professional5
  • 8000-00-4007-01 - AED Plus Fully Automatic Package w/ Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4010-01 - AED Plus Fully Automatic Package w/ PlusTrac Professional1
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   Long-Awaited Rule on Silica Unveiled at Emotionally-Charged Event

OSHA held a public event on March 24 at the International Masonry Institute in Bowie, Md., to announce a final rule to protect workers by reducing their exposure to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers.

The event was attended by more than 200 people, including several victims of silica-related diseases. Speakers included U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels and Tom Ward, whose father died of silicosis. Later, attendees were able to watch apprentice bricklayers demonstrate cutting and drilling equipment that uses water to keep dust from getting into the air or a ventilation system to remove it from the air.

The final rule contains two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. Both standards reduce the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica and include employer requirements to protect workers, such as by limiting worker exposure through work practices and engineering controls; training workers; limiting their access to high exposure areas and providing medical exams to highly exposed workers.

Visit OSHA's silica rule webpage for factsheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign up for email updates on compliance dates and resources.

  Staying Safe in Construction



An increase in construction work creates additional scenarios in which workers could be injured or killed. But experts say a corresponding spike in injuries and fatalities does not have to be inevitable.

AGC of America recently published a comprehensive action plan – “13 Proven Steps to Improve Construction Worker Safety” – to help organizations protect their workers. A panel of judges evaluated safety programs across the nation to determine the most effective strategies for keeping workers safe.

“This isn’t an exercise in the hypothetical or theoretical,” said Brian Turmail, spokesperson for AGC of America.

“These are based on programs that are working to protect workers. The firms that gave us these ideas are saving lives. We know that all of our members are interested in doing whatever they can to protect their workers, and we want to give them the resources to do it right.”

The 13 steps are:

  1. Establish a buddy system for all new hires
  2. Hold safety orientation sessions for all new hires, including temporary workers
  3. Ensure managers and supervisors have the appropriate leadership and effective communication skills to instill safety culture and concepts into the workforce
  4. Institute two separate Pre-Task Hazard Analysis training programs
  5. Hold monthly “lunch and learn” safety training programs
  6. Require all foremen and superintendents to attend “Leadership in Safety Excellence” certification courses
  7. Hold targeted safety training to address all safety incidents
  8. Make sure all training and materials are available in languages that can be read by all members of your workforce
  9. Train your trainers
  10. Create worker task-specific “pocket safety guides” for every assigned task
  11. Establish craft-specific safety mentoring programs
  12. Issue easy-to-read badges to all workers indicating their level of training
  13. Authorize all workers to issue “stop work” cards to address safety risks

Organizations of all sizes can follow the 13 steps, Turmail said. By protecting workers new and old, organizations also can boost their bottom lines and take on new projects in a busy market.

 “If you think about it, everyone can get the same construction equipment,” Turmail said. “Everyone can use the same construction technology. Everyone can use the same construction software. What distinguishes one firm from the other is their people. So you better make sure that you’re protecting your people because that’s the secret sauce for your success.”

Making a Connection

David Kliwinski possesses more than a quarter-century of experience in construction safety. He serves as chairman of the National Safety Council’s Construction Division in addition to his full-time role as senior director of safety, health and environment for the northeast region at Pasadena, CA-based Parsons Corp.

Kliwinski has relied on many proven strategies to protect both new and experienced workers. He has overseen mentoring programs and buddy systems, supported stop-work authority and intervention programs, and addressed language barriers by posting safety signage in multiple languages and matching up bilingual foremen and superintendents with crews they can help most.

New workers need to hear a strong safety message from day one, Kliwinski said. He listed three keys to improving safety:

  • Leadership engagement and management commitment
  • Employee ownership and involvement
  • Execution of core safety processes and safety management systems

“You get one chance to make a first impression,” Kliwinski said. “So when new employees come onsite for orientation and indoctrination, it’s crucial you make them understand that you have a culture of caring within your organization, and you make safety a personal value your company endorses.”

Engaging site management in the orientation helps to reinforce the message, Kliwinski said. He has site managers and project managers stand in front of new workers and emphasize why safety is so important, what is expected of each employee and how management will set them up to succeed.

“So let me use the word ‘sustainability,’” Kliwinski said. “It goes from orientation to field operations to ongoing work activities and upcoming work. As the project progresses, you’re constantly reinforcing safety and addressing the risks they face. You’re providing them with safe work plans to control those risks. That’s leadership’s responsibility. In a lot of employees’ experiences, they tend to get the orientations and after that the process kind of falls off.”

Across the industry, more work lies ahead. AGC of America is working with the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health to review the narrative behind every construction fatality from the past three years. The purpose of the review is to identify common threads among fatal incidents and provide lessons learned from those common threads to help construction firms going forward.

Turmail is optimistic about the future of construction worker safety.

“Certainly, it’s not just rhetoric to say that we are working toward a zero fatality future,” he said. “Absolutely, we can do it."

“Frankly, I think that if you talk to most people in the construction industry, there has been a seismic shift in the approach to safety. It isn’t, ‘Oh, here’s the safety guy, let’s listen to him and move on.’ It’s that they start with safety planning; they get in the middle of the project with safety planning; and they finish with safety planning. That approach is more common than it ever has been, and it will continue to be more common.”

OSHA Final Rule Updates Eye and Face Protection Standards

OSHA announced it has published a final rule updating the requirements for eye and face personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction, in order to ensure that the requirements reflect current national consensus standards and that workers can wear up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references in OSHA's Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that standard. OSHA retained the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard. Click here to read more.


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Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) Expo - April 14-April 15, 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, Cedar Rapids, IA, Booth #28 from 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 7:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on Friday

Michigan Safety Conference – April 19-20, 2016, DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI, Booth #406 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday

Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference & Expo – May 17-18, 2016, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Booth #1322 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) - May 23-24, 2016, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, Booth #41 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday

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New NIOSH Web Page Addresses Aerial Lift Injuries  


Aerial lifts—powered and mobile platforms used for raising workers to various heights—are popular at construction, warehousing, and many other job sites. Learn about the fall-related risks and recommended safe work practices associated with this equipment by visiting the new NIOSH Aerial Lifts web page. While you’re there, test the Hazard Recognition Simulator, which is designed to help workers acclimate to an aerial lift operation.

Safety Tips  

1. FIRST AID FIRST - First aid kits are available in a variety of sizes and fill contents appropriate for your work area

2. FIRST AID FIRST - Specialized first aid kits are available for CPR, vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, bloodborne pathogen/body fluid clean-up and more

3. FIRST AID FIRST - Outdoor workers have unique medical and first aid requirements including sunscreens, insect repellent, and treatments for insect stings and snake bites

4. FIRST AID FIRST - When was the last time you checked your first aid kit to be sure the contents were full?

5. FIRST AID FIRST - And, by the way, OSHA 29CFR1910.151(b) requires that first aid supplies be readily available and Appendix A to 1910.151(b) identifies ANSI Z308.1 as a reference for first aid kit types and contents





Question - Is it permissible to use a metal ramp to unload parts from a semi-trailer when needed?

Answer - Yes, the OSHA standards do not have specific requirements for accessing a portable storage trailer on a job site. A ramp could be a suitable means of access. However, where the height of the trailer floor exceeds six feet, guard rails or other fall protection will be required. 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(6): requires that "Each employee on ramps, runways, and other walkways shall be protected from falling six feet (1.8m) or more to the lower level by guardrail systems."

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Sergio Mesa is a Voltgard Test Lab technician, and he joined Saf-T-Gard more than seven years ago.

What Sergio likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"I like the working relationship between colleagues. They help me resolve any questions."

What makes Sergio's day:

"What makes my day is knowing that at the end of my work all went well, and I can go home and rest easy."

Sergio's outside interests are:

"I like playing soccer, reading, and spending time with my family." 



Guns in the Workplace

Does OSHA have regulations or policies regarding guns in American workplaces?

Although no OSHA standard applies directly to workplace homicides, the Agency was proactive in addressing this issue when, in 1996, it made available to employers and employees guidelines developed by the Long Island Coalition for Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention available to employers and employees. Subsequently, OSHA developed additional general and workplace-specific guidelines on workplace violence that it provided, along with related material from other private organizations and public agencies (e.g., the American Nurses Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), to employers and employees on its website:

While generally deferring to other federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies to regulate workplace homicides, OSHA did develop an enforcement policy with regard to workplace violence as early as 1992 in a letter of interpretation that stated: In a workplace where the risk of violence and serious personal injury are significant enough to be "recognized hazards," the general duty clause [specified by Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)] would require the employer to take feasible steps to minimize those risks. Failure of an employer to implement feasible means of abatement of these hazards could result in the finding of an OSH Act violation. This policy statement permits the Agency to reinforce its guidance and outreach efforts with appropriate enforcement action.


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Construction is the most dangerous industry in the United States. Of the 4,521 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, 874 (20.5% or 1 in 5 worker deaths) were in construction according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the construction industry continues to grow (new United States construction starts in 2016 are expected to grow 6% to $712 billion according to Dodge Data & Analytics), so do the safety hazards it presents and the need for personal protective equipment.

Request your FREE Accuform Construction Express catalog from Saf-T-Gard today at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to shop everything you need and more to stay safe and productive on the jobsite, including safety signs and labels, barricade tape, bilingual and multilingual signs, general construction site signs regarding cranes and derricks, hard hat decals, lockout/tagout products and so much more!

As I See It  


It is April 2016, and Spring is in the air. I heard an old song on the radio recently, My Favorite Things, from the musical and movie The Sound of Music. So that got me thinking about some of My Favorite (Safety) Things that I could share with you this month. For general purpose hand protection, I really like the newest members of our Mechani-Gard® family – the Mechani-Gard Plus K Gloves with ultra-soft deerskin leather padded palms, TPR rubber guards on the finger backs and knuckles for impact protection, and knit Spandex® back for comfort. Ask for item MG-9850 for the standard model or MG-9855 for the Kevlar®-lined model for extra cut protection. Need welding gloves for production or maintenance? Prima-Gard® Welding Gloves feature a full flame-resistant lining and are sewn with Kevlar. Premier-grade cowhide leather – because your welders deserve the finest. Ask for item 3850. A long-time favorite glove is our Solva-Gard® Nitrile Gloves. Choose from lined and unlined styles in a full range of thicknesses and lengths – all with an ergonomic design and superior enhanced grip – Solva-Gard Gloves are the hands-on favorite for protection against a wide range of solvents, acids, caustics, oil, grease, and alcohol. And, while we’re being musical, consider offering your workers protective earmuffs with either built-in AM/FM radios or input plugs and cables to connect to portable music players. Happy workers are productive workers. Want to learn more? Call us, we are Saf-T-Gard - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.


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