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August 2018


Don't Wait to Hydrate! Rapidly Refuel Your Workers This Summer with Sqwincher Electrolyte Replenishment Drinks from Saf-T-Gard!
    Dehydration is a threat in every season and especially during the summer months when the added heat and humidity can lead to elevated body temperatures and fluid loss. Water is necessary, but it does not contain the minerals lost during activity. Sqwincher contains an optimal balance of electrolytes that enhance wellness and productivity for year-round hydration. Saf-T-Gard can help ensure your industrial athletes remain hydrated and on top of their game this season with reduced pricing on a variety of 

Sqwincher products and flavors in addition to the following two promotions: 


1. FREE DOUBLE COOLER when you PURCHASE 5 CASES of any flavor of Sqwincher 2.5 Gallon Powder Packs (ZERO or Regular) or 3 Gallon LITE Powder Packs.


2. FREE 7 CUBIC-FOOT FREEZER when you PURCHASE 60 CASES of Sqwincher Sqweeze Pops.


Why Sqwincher?

Sqwincher unique product formulations (Sqwincher, Sqwincher LITE and Sqwincher ZERO) are the result of research and development that goes well beyond quenching thirst to deliver rehydration for the toughest of work conditions in addition to the following:

  • Sqwincher contains twice the potassium and half the sodium compared to other sports drinks
  • Sqwincher provides bodies with an optimally-formulated supply of electrolytes; necessary components the body needs to stay hydrated, fueled and focused
  • Available in powder concentrate, liquid concentrate, ready-made drink and freeze pop configurations in regular, light-calorie or
    no-calorie formulations in a variety of flavors, packaging and yield sizes to provide peak performance in any high-heat environment
  • Multiple promotions may be ordered by the same customer on the first order

Understanding how worker performance and efficiency is affected by environmental conditions is critical to reducing dehydration-related illnesses and accidents. Sqwincher stands behind those who make it happen every day by increasing efficiency and minimizing dehydration dangers.

Click here to view a complete list of Sqwincher promo products, flavors and prices and visit or call customer service at
1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information or to order today.

  Join Saf-T-Gard for the e-Hazard Arc Flash and Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Training Class 

Do you know all of the best work practices in electrical safety and how to apply them in real-world situations? Are you aware of the proposed changes for the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace?

Sign up for the Low Voltage Qualified (LV) Electrical Safety Training Class sponsored by the electrical safety experts e-Hazard and Voltgard® (a division of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.) on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT at the Courtyard by Marriott – Chicago Deerfield 800 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, IL 60015 to learn all of this and more, including how NFPA 70E page cuts your PPE training by 75%, common places for electrical arc flash, misunderstood arc concepts, fixable things you didn’t know about your electrical system that could wreck your plant, electrically-safe work habits, practical understanding of the NFPA 70E standard and great ideas from trainers who have implemented them!

Afterwards, take a tour of the Saf-T-Gard Voltgard® Test Lab, the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for rubber insulating products in the United States!

The cost to attend the one-day seminar for Low Voltage Qualified (LV) Electrical Safety Training is $400 per person. If registering 5 or more individuals from the same company, a $50/person discount applies. Please contact e-Hazard at or (502) 716-7073 with any questions or concerns.

  Coming Soon - the New and Improved!
  Have you heard the news? Saf-T-Gard is launching a brand new website this summer. 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 to Attend the FREE "6 Key Elements of an Effective Safety Program" Webinar Today!
  What is safety? Is it random drug tests for employees? Is it a hard hat and gloves? Is it a hard hat and gloves…when OSHA shows up? Safety management can be a complex project for any company to tackle, especially companies that have expertise in specific markets and minimal hands-on safety experience. No matter your company’s size, industry, or hazards faced, there are 6 critical elements of an effective safety program.

Join Safety Plus's Executive team for a free webinar on Wednesday, August 15th at 12:00 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST, as they discuss the keys to effective safety.

Presenters include the following thought leaders:

  • Bart Briggs, CSP, CSM, WSO-CSM, Owner and Founder of Safety Plus Inc.
  • Rob Cowden, Chief Innovation Officer, Safety Plus Inc.
  • Gary Blake, VP Industrial Services, Safety Plus Inc.

Click here to register today.

    Dropped Objects Standard 121-2018 Approved, Adopted by ANSI

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have announced that the long anticipated “Dropped Objects Standard” has been approved. ANSI/ISEA 121-2018, American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions establishes minimum design, performance, and labeling requirements for product solutions that prevent falling objects and guidelines for testing that equipment.

“This is big because it establishes tethering systems and containers as the best practice when it comes to falling object safety,” said Nate Bohmbach, product director at Ergodyne and the chairman of the ISEA committee that developed this standard. “To date, many have been content with PPE such as hard hats or administrative controls such as barricade tape, but those do not prevent items from falling, nor do they eliminate potential injury. Tethering systems prevent the items from falling altogether.”

With annually more than 250 fatalities and nearly 48,000 reported injuries from dropped objects in the United States in 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the need to address dropped objects has never been greater.

Until now, there has been no guidance for workers on what constitutes a proper tethering system. Without a standard, there is nothing to differentiate duct tape and string from a properly rated tool lanyard and attachment point.

“Gravity has been around forever. Yet it’s taken far too long for prevention to become the best practice,” said Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne. “This standard is ground-breaking because nothing like it exists today. It’s not a revision of an established safety equipment standard; this was built from the ground up – no pun intended.”

The standard addresses four active controls against dropped objects, including:

  • Anchor Attachments
  • Tool Attachments
  • Tool Tethers
  • Containers

The standard will not include passive controls like netting and toeboards nor will it include longstanding falling object PPE like hard hats, eyewear and safety footwear.

“Now that we’ve led the way to develop this standard, our full attention is on helping workers understand what it means, and how it can help them as well as continuing to innovate solutions that meet the standard,” said Bohmbach.

Copies of the standard can be purchased online from ISEA.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Saf-T-Gard announces its lineup of Ergodyne ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 compliant solutions. Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.  

Vendor Product Spotlight: PIP Bouton Optical
251-01-5211 PETG Safety Visor

Clear Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) 251-01-5211 faceshield provides a clear, crisp and distortion-free visibility while meeting the requirement standards that help provide protection from projectiles and impact in general use applications, high-heat and impact-resistant situations, as well as general grinding applications.

Additional features and benefits include the following:

  • Made with virgin resin, which leads to better uniformity of the viewing area
  • Flat shape
  • 8” x 15.5” x .040” size
  • Universal hole pattern will fit most headgear and hard hat adapters in the market
  • Ships with masking on both sides to prevent scratching
  • Meets ANSI Z87.1 and CSA Z94.3 requirements
  • Sold individually
  • Headgear sold separately

Saf-T-Gard carries a complete line of PIP eye protection products including safety glasses, goggles, faceshields and accessories in a variety of your favorite colors. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

     Vendor Product Spotlight: Honeywell North BC-86 Bump Caps

Honeywell North BC-86 Bump Caps provide low-hazard area protection against minor bumps and scalp lacerations. Cool, lightweight polyethylene construction resists cracking and chipping (not for use in areas requiring hard hat protection).

Additional features and benefits include the following:

  • HDPE (high density polyethylene) outer shell for reliable protection against abrasion and impact injuries to the head
  • Ventilated and lightweight for total wearer comfort
  • 4-point suspension with pinlock adjustment allows the size of the bump cap to be easily changed to fit different heads
  • Shown in red color, but also available in dark green, navy blue, orange, sky blue, white and yellow colors
  • Not approved; do not use where ANSI or CSA head protection is required
  • Ideal for use in food service, maintenance departments and transportation industries
  • Sold individually

Saf-T-Gard carries a complete line of Honeywell North head protection products, including hard hats, bump caps, suspensions and accessories. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

    Get a FREE Wall Cabinet When You Purchase a Zoll AED Plus® Package 

Did you know sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims a life every two minutes or that SCA strikes nearly 326,000 people in the U.S. annually? And SCA can strike anyone at any time. In fact, SCA claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. However, if the availability of timely and appropriate care such as CPR or the use of an AED is increased, survival rates will improve. To further illustrate this point, the average survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year is 7%. If an AED is used by a bystander, the rate increases to 38%.

To help you ensure your facility's 3-5 minute drop-to-shock response time, Zoll is offering a FREE AED Wall Cabinet ($199 value) when you purchase an AED Plus® Package from Saf-T-Gard now through September 30, 2018.

Only Zoll’s AED Plus is equipped with Real CPR Help® technology, giving the rescuer real-time feedback on the depth and rate of chest compressions during CPR. The sensor in the pads lets the AED see each chest compression and guides the rescuer, with prompts and a real-time bar gauge, to the recommended depth and rate of compressions. The Zoll AED Plus is available in semi-automatic and fully-automatic versions, and each package includes a Zoll AED Plus with AED cover, an adult electrode pad (CPR-D-padz®), (1) sleeve of lithium 123A batteries, medical prescription and a soft carrying case.

Zoll AED Plus features and benefits include the following:

  • 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 

The offer for the FREE AED Wall Cabinet includes the following Zoll AED Plus part numbers:

  • 8000-00-4000-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package with Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4003-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4004-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional5
  • 8000-00-4007-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4010-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4011-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional5 

Click here for details about the FREE AED Wall Cabinet promotion, and click here to shop the Zoll AEDs online. Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for a custom price quote or to place your order and take advantage of the FREE AED Wall Cabinet (PN# 8000-0855) before the offer expires! 

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.

Featuring 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 Great 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 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!


OSHA Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy, and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.

The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). For more information, read the news release.

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!


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

Safe + Sound Week 2018


The second annual Safe + Sound Week is August 13-19, 2018. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

Throughout the week, organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that showcase the core elements of an effective safety and health program.


Want to participate but unsure where to start? The Safe + Sound Week webpage offers free tools and activity ideas. You can also find free trainings and events being held near you on the Safe + Sound Week map. If you’ve already planned a Safe + Sound Week event, you can register your event at to be included on this map of events across the country!


Register now to join the more than 1000 organizations already planning to participate.

Safety Tips  

1. GOT THE HEAT? - Zetex Plus® treated fiberglass gloves and mittens with wool linings withstand temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit

2. GOT THE TOUCH? - Polyurethane-coated nylon gloves such as Versa-Gard® Flex P provide maximum tactile sensitivity, particularly when handling small parts

3. GOT THE SMELL? - Not if you are using a properly fitted air-purifying respirator; all users of negative-pressure air-purifying respirators must be fit-tested

4. GOT THE VIEW? - Wide-angle goggles combine superior peripheral vision with impact and splash protection, and styles are available to fit over prescription eyewear

5. GOT THE SOUND? - Your workers deserve hearing protection products that are comfortable and effective




Question: Do the lineman's gloves have a test procedure and frequency? I heard you have to pressure them up to check for leaks and send them in for testing at some frequency like annually.

Answer: OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.137(b)(2)(ii) requires that:

"Insulating equipment shall be inspected for damage before each day's use and immediately following any incident that can reasonably be suspected of having caused damage. Insulating gloves shall be given an air test, along with the inspection."

In addition, OSHA 1910.137(b)(2)(viii) states:

"Electrical protective equipment shall be subjected to periodic electrical tests. Test voltages and the maximum intervals between tests shall be in accordance with Table I-5 and Table I-6."

Table I-5 states that for gloves, the retest interval is before first use and every six months thereafter. However, OSHA incorporates ASTM Standard F496 by reference, and the ASTM standard states in section 7.3:

"Industries, such as telecommunications, that utilize insulating gloves as precautionary protection against unintentional contact with energized conductors, may increase the maximum interval between issue and retest to nine months."

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Linda Rutter is our Receptionist and has been with Saf-T-Gard more than 22 years.

What Linda likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"I enjoy working with a great group of people that are not only my co-workers but my friends as well."

What makes Linda's day:

"When I can put calls through to the proper person fast and efficiently. Also, when customers call and say they are glad I answered and not an automated answering service."

Linda's outside interests are:

"Spending time with my sisters that live in Wisconsin and Germany and traveling together with them."

Anything else:

"I have a Siberian Husky named "Isabel", and my oldest daughter and I do an annual walk to raise funds for the Adopt-A-Husky organization. It's an awesome experience to see several hundred huskies all together.”



Hearing Conservation Programs

"What is the threshold level for a mandatory hearing conservation program?"

OSHA Regulations Sec. 1910.95(c)(1)

The employer shall administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program, as described in paragraphs (c) through (o) of this section, whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent. For purposes of the hearing conservation program, employee noise exposures shall be computed in accordance with appendix A and Table G-16a, and without regard to any attenuation provided by the use of personal protective equipment.

Click here to reference the incorporated sections.

  • 1910.95(d) - "Monitoring"
  • 1910.95(e) - "Employee notification"
  • 1910.95(f) - "Observation of monitoring"
  • 1910.95(g) - "Audiometric testing program”
  • 1910.95(h) - "Audiometric test requirements"
  • 1910.95(j) - "Hearing protector attenuation"
  • 1910.95(k) - "Training program"
  • 1910.95(l) - "Access to information and training materials"
  • 1910.95(m) - "Recordkeeping"
  • 1910.95(n) - "Appendices"
  • 1910.95(o) - "Exemptions"
As I See It  


It is August 2018, and that’s just the way it is and we’ve always done it that way. Well, maybe not. Just as workplaces have evolved over the years, workplace hazards have evolved as well. The good news is that technology has not just evolved, but significantly advanced as well. How many times have you been presented with “the ideal solution”? My true confession is that there is often no ideal solution. That’s right – we’re in the business of providing safety solutions for industry and there is often no ideal solution. So here is the challenge. Send me your PPE pain point – your toughest challenge, and let us come up with recommended solutions (plural) for your workers’ consideration. I remember when I just started out in selling safety products, one auto assembly plant executive challenged me to come up with one glove for use with trichloroethylene for metal degreasing and another glove that would be liquid-proof and electrically conductive for grounding electrostatic painting. Once we recommended solutions for that customer’s pain points, we could move on to a broader hazard analysis with product and process recommendations. So challenge us – send your toughest PPE issue to me personally at We’ll contact you within 1 business day to thank you for your challenge and get more information to develop solutions for your consideration. We take your needs personally, 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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