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April 2018


  Coming Soon - The New and Improved

Have you heard the news? Saf-T-Gard is launching a brand new website in Q2 2018. This improved site will include a host of new and exciting features and functionality, all aimed at improving the user experience, including the following features and benefits:

  • Sleek new design
  • Enhanced content and product imagery
  • Guided, smart navigation
  • “Responsive design” for use on your PC, tablet or smart phone
  • Access to Saf-T-Gard account, including the ability to view your complete order history, as well as view and pay invoices

Stay tuned for more details!

    Register for this FREE Contractor Qualification (CQ) Webinar Today

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST/ 9:00 a.m. PST, Rob Cowden, Chief Innovation Officer, Safety Plus Inc., is presenting a FREE "Re-Imagining Contractor Qualification: Contractor Management that Ensures Compliance Down to the Employee Level" webinar.

Contractor Qualification (CQ) has been around for some time. Larger facilities face the paradoxical responsibility of safety 


compliance for employees that are not their own but are performing work on their jobsite. Since it would be near-impossible for owner/operators to implement an all-encompassing safety management program for another company’s employees, CQ programs allow owner/operators to pre-qualify the sub-contractor companies to ensure adequate historical safety records and standards. While most CQ programs do a decent job in ensuring that sub-contracting companies meet certain metrics of safety during the initial pre-qualification process, they stop short of ensuring only qualified employees are performing tasks on their jobsites. Through the simple application of existing technologies, CQ programs can be improved to track ongoing compliance down to the specific tasks performed by individual employees.

Click here to learn more about CQ programs, and reserve your spot at the webinar!

  Vendor Product Spotlight: Honeywell Howard Leight MAX® Disposable Earplugs

Workers who need to block out loud noise demand the best protection and comfort available in an earplug. That’s where MAX® comes in. MAX offers superior noise-blocking performance in a disposable earplug. MAX's enhanced contoured shape is easier to insert and resists backing out of the ear canal, while its softer foam delivers superior long-wearing comfort – delivering solid performance that your workers can depend on.

Additional features and benefits include the following:  

  • Bell shape is easy to insert
  • Contoured earplug design is easier to insert, and resists tendency to back-out of ear canal
  • Polyurethane foam enhances comfort, especially for long-term wear
  • Smooth, soil-resistant closed cell-foam skin prevents dirt build-up
  • Superior NRR 33 dB noise-blocking protection in a single-use design
  • Available in both corded and uncorded styles
  • Packaged in individual polybags
  • 200 uncorded pair per box; 100 corded pair per box
  • Sold by the box

Saf-T-Gard also offers several additional styles of Honeywell Howard Leight hearing protection products, including disposable and reusable corded and uncorded earplugs, banded hearing protectors, earmuffs and hearing protection accessories. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

  WATCH: New 40 lb. Lanyard Put to the Test!

Gravity doesn’t discriminate. Dropped objects affect all workers. Luckily, Ergodyne has simple solutions for safer work.

As the global leader in objects at heights safety, Ergodyne delivers the future of tool tethering and dropped object prevention.

Click here to watch the drop test video of Ergodyne’s new 40 lb. tool lanyards, and learn how 3rd-party testing high-capacity tool lanyards can increase safety.

  April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Saf-T-Gard Has the Accuform Signs and Labels to Help Put a Stop to Distracted Driving

Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anything that takes your attention away from driving is a distraction and you could be seconds away from a serious car accident.

That's why every April, the National Safety Council (NSC) hosts a Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of distracted driving.

 When workers are distracted by cellphones, you’re actually putting your company at a financial risk, per NSC. Without a best practice cell phone policy, you expose your workers to unnecessary crash risks.


Many employers have realized the dangers of using cell phones (also a form of multi-tasking) while driving and are taking action by passing policies to prevent cellphone distraction. The National Safety Council recommends policies that prohibit both hands-free and handheld devices.

Per OSHA, "Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers by prohibiting texting while driving. It is a violation of the OSH Act for employers to require workers to text while driving, create incentives that encourage or condone it, or structure work so that texting while driving is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job.


Placing signs in parking lots is a great way to remind those leaving your business to finish the call or text before leaving the building, to park when you have to talk or text, and to not text while driving.

Saf-T-Gard offers No Texting signs and labels from Accuform in a variety sizes and materials. Click here for more information, or call Saf-T-Gard customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

     Saf-T-Gard and Justrite Can Provide a FREE STUD-E Site Survey to Ensure Your Hazardous Liquid Storage is Safe and Compliant 

Are you handling and storing chemicals, fuels or solvents? Let us help you comply with OSHA, EPA and Fire Codes, meet insurance requirements, improve worksite efficiency and protect your people, property and the environment! Saf-T-Gard and Justrite’s free consultative and confidential safety survey – known as STUD-E for STORAGE, TRANSFER, USE DISPOSAL AND EVALUATION of flammable liquids – addresses the inherent concerns with handling volatile hazardous liquids.

Contact us at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or complete and return the form here to learn how a STUD-E can help prevent disaster from occurring in your workplace. 

  Vendor Product Spotlight: Lakeland V-8AM0113VL Arc-Rated ANSI Class 3 Hi-Viz Mesh Safety Vest

Look to the leader in FR/Arc Rated Reflective Vests to provide you with the features, comfort and visibility that you demand for your jobsite. Lakeland offers the most complete selection of  FR Modacrylic fabrics in the industry. Whatever the Class, design or material, Lakeland has the styles and options available to find the perfect vest for your application.

The Lakeland V-8AM0113VL Arc-Rated ANSI Class 3 Hi-Viz Mesh Vests provide high visibility for those working in areas where arc flash is a threat.  


V-8AM0113VL additional features and benefits include the following:

  • Made from a modacrylic mesh material, these vests feature a 490 CMF airflow to deliver breathable comfort for hours on end
  • 5.1 cal/cm2 arc rating delivers HRC Level 1 protection for NFPA 70E compliance
  • Hi-Viz lime yellow color provides ANSI Class 3 protection
  • 2” silver heat-transferred reflective trim offers increased visibility and FR protection that meets the ASTM F1506 standard
  • Hook-and-loop front closure is secure, comfortable and allows for easy on/off
  • 27” length covers and protects critical areas that are easily seen
  • Available in a variety of sizes (Medium – 6XL) to fit a wide range of workers
  • Sold individually

Saf-T-Gard carries a full line of Lakeland products including disposable clothing, chemical-resistant and Hazmat clothing, aprons, shoe and boot covers, sleeves, Hi-Viz clothing and arc flash clothing. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

    Trade in Your Old AED When You Purchase a New One at Saf-T-Gard and Receive up to a $600.00 Rebate

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives. Just recently, a local 15-year-old Northbrook, IL boy was rescued by one when he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a soccer match at an Athletico Center. In fact, all 50 states have laws requiring AEDs, or defibrillators, be available in public places for this exact reason, and experts say the more people who know how to use them, the better. 

Whether you already have an AED or are looking to purchase one for the first time, Saf-T-Gard can help you revive your first aid program with the latest AED technology. Additionally, you can receive up to $600.00* when you trade in your old AED model for the ZOLL AED Plus® at Saf-T-Gard from January 1 - June 30, 2018.

ZOLL AED Plus features and benefits include the following:

  • Real CPR Help provides unique assistance to rescuers with feedback in real-time 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 

*Rebate value varies by competitive unit.

Click here for more information about the promotion and to access the trade-in coupon.

Offer 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
  • 8000-00-4011-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package w/PlusTrac Professional5 

Call customer service today at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for a custom price quote or to place your order, and see for yourself how it definitely pays to be safe with ZOLL and Saf-T-Gard!

  Food Safety Practices of Restaurant Workers

Annually, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.

As the nation’s second largest private sector employer – estimated at 14.7 million workers – and with more than 130 million meals sold daily, the restaurant and foodservice industry is committed to protecting consumers by making significant inroads against foodborne illness.


The CDC and FDA commonly cite five factors as leading causes of foodborne illness outbreaks in retail and food service establishments.

Occupational safety can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks by controlling sanitation and product contamination. Click here to read the findings and recommendations from a recent EHS-Net Study on the food safety practices of restaurant workers.

Saf-T-Gard Catalog

The time for better safety is now!

Click here to request a FREE copy of our current, full-line, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. catalog today, and learn how to better GARD yourself with Saf-T-Gard.

more than 3,900 different line items from more than 100 different brands and 14 different product categories, this catalog is an excellent resource and provides a wealth of information to keep you safe and productive for even the most rigorous applications!

Closeout Corner - Don't Miss These Awesome Deals


Saf-T-Gard is making it easier than ever to save big on your favorite safety items with the “Closeout Corner” featured monthly in the Saf-T-Gardian newsletter.


Click here to view the dramatically-reduced pricing on all of your must-have items to take advantage of this limited-time pricing and inventory.


Be sure to check back next month for even more products and savings!

Spin the Wheel of Misfortune to See How You Can Better Your Safety with Saf-T-Gard


Hazards exist in every workplace. Common examples include slips, trips, falls, exposure to loud noises, working from heights, vibrations and unguarded machinery. The best way to protect your employees is to recognize the hazards that exist on the job, and control them by utilizing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the application.


This is where Saf-T-Gard can help! We've been bringing workers home safely since 1936 with our finest industrial safety products and PPE, and we can do the same for you. Stop by our booth at the any of the following trade shows to check out our comprehensive selection of safety products and services that directly address every workplace safety hazard.


While you're there, take a spin on our "Wheel of Misfortune" to learn more about the different safety products that protect against specific work hazards, win free prizes and see how it pays to avoid costly fines and work injuries when you partner with Saf-T-Gard!


Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's 65th Annual Professional Development Conference & Expo - Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa, Booth #4


76th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference & Exposition - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Booth #1229


NECA Safety Professionals Conference - Monday, May 21, 2018 from 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Omni Hotel Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, Booth #25


2018 VPPPA Region V Conference - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Booth #TBD


Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Northern Illinois University (Naperville Campus), Naperville, Illinois, Booth #TBD


International Lineman's Rodeo & Expo 2018 - Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas, Booth #530

Safety Tips  

1. ANTI-NOISE - Disposable, expandable foam earplugs offer convenient, low-cost ear protection

2. ANTI-NOISE - Pre-molded, reusable earplugs are washable and are often available in different sizes for a better fit

3. ANTI-NOISE - Canal caps on a headband or neckband offer the lightweight convenience of being able to easily and quickly remove the ear protection when not needed

4. ANTI-NOISE - Earmuffs come in many different styles, sizes, weights and profiles

5. ANTI-NOISE - Earmuffs are also available as a cap-mounted attachment for those who wear safety caps




Question - Is it mandatory for all workplaces to provide a first aid kit?

Answer - Title 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states: "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available." Employers may elect not to provide first aid services if all such services will be provided by a hospital, infirmary, or clinic in near proximity to the workplace. If the employer has persons who are trained in first aid, then adequate first aid supplies must be readily available for use. Therefore, employers are required to provide first aid supplies that are most appropriate to respond to incidents at their workplaces. OSHA allows employers to provide first aid supplies specific to the needs of their workplace.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Jack Walker is Saf-T-Gard’s Key Accounts Safety Specialist, and he joined the company in March 2017.

What Jack likes about Saf-T-Gard:

“I really enjoy all of my co-workers. Everyone has a great deal of knowledge and experience and are experts at their crafts. No matter what needs to get done, everyone joins together in a team effort to make sure that our customer’s needs are met well above their expectations. Being new to the company, I was welcomed with open arms from everyone. There have been many individuals who have gone above and beyond their duties to make sure that I am comfortable and well taken care of.”

What makes Jack’s day:

"The thing that really makes my day is when we are able to solve a customer’s problem. Whether that is big or small, helping keep our customers safe and happy is what we are all about. Most of the times that is working with many internal business partners to make that happen. Oh, and a good cup of coffee, or two……"

Jack’s outside interests:

"There is nothing better after a long day of work then heading home to see my wife and three children. Stephanie is my wife, we have been married for more than 6 years and have been together for more than 11 years. Our children are: Charlie (4), Ben (2) and Molly (1). We live in Naperville, IL. We spend a lot of time together and with our family. Outside of family time, I love sports, particularly baseball. After I was done playing baseball, I began my coaching journey back in 2011. Currently, I am an assistant baseball coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. My primary focus is working with infielders and hitters. I am also the first base coach. As much as I loved to play and compete, there is nothing better than watching an individual or your team succeed after putting in many hours of work."



Employees at times perform various tasks on construction equipment being used at a construction site, such as checking fluid levels. At times this work is done while the employee is on the vehicle at heights over more than 6 feet. Do any OSHA construction standards require fall protection for employees who are on construction equipment, such as excavators, dump trucks, and bulldozers at heights in excess of 6 feet?


The OSHA standards for fall protection in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M do not apply in this situation because Subpart M explicitly excludes vehicles. 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(1) states: Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. The phrase "walking/working surface" is defined at 29 CFR 1926.500(b)(2) as: Any surface, whether horizontal or vertical on which an employee walks or works, including, but not limited to, floors, roofs, ramps, bridges, runways, formwork and concrete reinforcing steel but not including ladders, vehicles, or trailers, on which employees must be located in order to perform their job duties. [Emphasis added]. Therefore, Subpart M does not require fall protection for an employee who is on a vehicle in order to perform his or her job duties because 1926.500(b)(2) expressly excludes vehicles from the definition of "walking/working surface."

As I See It  


It is April 2018. April 22 is Earth Day 2018. So this month I would like to share some of our environmentally-conscious programs and policies. Maybe some of them will also make sense to you. Let’s start with paper – or lack of it if possible. More and more of our customers are accepting order acknowledgements and invoices by e-mail. Did you know that Saf-T-Gard is also fully EDI-capable? By sending orders and shipping documents electronically, we all save on paper and handling. Speaking of paper, like many companies we do generate some paper. We use a local document destruction firm that not only shreds and destroys our unneeded paper, but then supplies the resulting material to a paper recycler saving countless trees. And for a “feel good” moment, the local document destruction firm is operated by a sheltered workshop. Our high-voltage electrical test lab generates tons of scrap rubber in the form of rubber gloves, sleeves, blankets, and similar protective equipment that have reached the end of their useful (and safe) lives. Once these customer-owned goods are released to us for disposal, we send truck-loads to a rubber recycler to be reprocessed into shoe soles, playground matting, asphalt filler, and similar materials. And some of the yarns used in some basic knitted work gloves were originally derived from reprocessing plastic soft drink and water bottles. We’re proud of our ongoing commitment to be a good corporate citizen, because we are Saf-T-Gard International - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

Proud to partner with: Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.
205 Huehl Road
Northbrook, IL USA
Phone: 1-847-291-1600
Fax: 1-847-291-1610
  Saf-T-Gard is a major manufacturer, distributor, importer and exporter of safety solutions for industry since 1936.
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