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February 2017


  'Tis the Season to Save As Much As 55% on Select Safety Items at Saf-T-Gard

Winter is here and so are the must-have deals on all of your favorite safety supplies! Whether you work indoors or outside, now is the time to prepare for the hazards that are ahead, and save on the safety gear that you need the most. From seasonal items such as thermal, insulated and water-proof gloves, Hi-Viz sweatshirts and bomber jackets, ice traction spikes and winter overshoes, winter liners and warming packets to everyday essentials such as safety glasses, disposable respirators, earplugs, coveralls, first


aid kits and safety mats - Saf-T-Gard delivers everything that you need to remain safe and productive on the job, no matter what time of year it is!

Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or visit today to learn how you can save as much as 55% on promotional safety items when you place an order today. Click here to view the entire flyer. While supplies last! Offer ends February 28, 2017.

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

Are you familiar with the OSHA and NFPA 70E-2015 electrical safety regulations and guidelines? Do you know all of the best work practices in electrical safety and how to apply them in real-world situations?

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 Tuesday, April 4, 2017 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 NFPA 70E concepts, fixable things you didn’t know about your electrical system that could wreck your plant, electrical 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.

Moldex Issues A Tech Brief in Response to the Change to the OSHA Beryllium Rule


Beryllium is a potent and toxic metal, which can cause serious health effects including chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. Workers can be exposed to beryllium in numerous workplaces including construction sites and shipyards where trace amounts of beryllium may be found in slags used for sandblasting. Beryllium is found in general industry such as beryllium metal and ceramic production, non-ferrous foundries and the fabrication of beryllium alloy products.
OSHA has just issued a final rule to protect workers exposed to beryllium in general industry (1910.1024), maritime (1915.1024) and construction (1926.1124). The action level is now 0.1 micrograms per cubic meter of air calculated as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) has been lowered from 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour TWA and a short short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes.
The new standard covers various aspects of protection, including but not limited to, protective clothing and respiratory protection. It generally requires that users who might be exposed above the PEL utilize respiratory protection. There are many other details found in this regulation, which should be reviewed.
All elements of the standard except for certain hygiene and engineering control aspects become enforceable on March 12, 2018.

Moldex takes a conservative approach and suggests only N100 or P100 half face respirators, either disposable or reusable, for protection against beryllium up to 10X the PEL and a P100 filter disk used in conjunction with the 9000 Series full facepieces, quantitatively fit tested for levels up to 50X the PEL.


From this site, the actual rule and other important information can be accessed.

The information contained in this Tech Brief is dated and was accurate, to the best of Moldex’s knowledge, at the time of distribution. It is not meant to be comprehensive, or is it intended to be used in place of the warning/use instructions that accompany Moldex respirators.

Forklift Rear Spotter Blue Light Special - Only $89.00!

Did you know that approximately every three (3) days someone in the United States is killed in a forklift-related accident? Pedestrians in facilities with forklifts are in danger, especially when using hearing protection, distracted by mobile device use AND poorly lit workplaces. 


Saf-T-Gard carries the IRONguard 70-1095 Forklift Rear Spotter that offers a variety of performance features and benefits to prevent forklift collisions at blind intersections, rack aisles and more, including:

  • Projects a bright blue beam of light onto the floor behind the forklift alerting pedestrians of the oncoming vehicle in advance
  • Blue LED light is rated 830 lumens and provides up to 50,000 hours of light
  • Because the light moves with the forklift, onlookers are easily warned of the vehicle moving in their direction
  • Only $89.00/each until April 30, 2017

Act now to take advantage of the deeply-discounted pricing only available during the Saf-T-Gard Forklift Spotter Blue Light Special from now until April 30, 2017. Click here or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to order today!

Are You Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Did you know that AHA guidelines indicate access to an AED should be between 3-5 minutes anywhere within a facility?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims more than 380,000 lives a year and is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Heart Association. 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 (semi-automatic or fully-automatic) from Saf-T-Gard now through March 31, 2017.

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 carry case.

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 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).

    Saf-T-Gard Receives Member Company Spotlight on ISEA Website

1. How long has your company been in the health and safety industry?

2017 marks the 81st anniversary for Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a family-owned and operated global supplier of industrial safety products now in its 4th generation of ownership. Since its establishment in 1936, Saf-T-Gard has enabled on-the-job safety, compliance and peace of mind for hundreds of thousands of workers and their families by delivering superior safety products and solutions that protect against work-related hazards and prevent serious injuries.

Founded as Latex Glove Manufacturing Company by Leo and Lillian Rivkin, the company began its operations in Chicago when the Rivkins acquired equipment from a balloon company and used it to produce water-proof, rubber-coated cotton gloves. Norman, their son, was in high school at the time. In 1939, they moved to a factory loft where they stayed until 1942, when the company was virtually destroyed by a fire, which started in a neighboring printing plant. After salvaging what little they could, Leo and Lillian reopened their business shortly thereafter. In the 1940s, as Chicago manufacturers geared up to support the American war efforts, Latex Glove Company expanded its product offering as a full-line industrial glove distributor.

In 1945, Norman Rivkin returned from military service and used his war-time savings to buy a small leather palm glove factory. This meant moving the company to a much larger, four-story building on the Near North Side of Chicago. The distribution business operated on the first floor, while leather palm gloves were manufactured on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. Around 1956, leather glove manufacturing was discontinued and the equipment sold. Latex Glove's distribution business expanded to utilize the entire building. After Leo Rivkin passed away in 1964, Norman Rivkin took control of all facets of the business.

The focus on occupational safety and health in the 1960s and 1970s lead to an increased emphasis on providing a full line of personal protective equipment. As such, Latex Glove Company began supplementing its legacy of hand protection with industrial safety products from global suppliers, including protective eyewear, respirators, hard hats, protective clothing and footwear and first aid kits and supplies to meet OSHA’s requirements. In 1970, Norman's son, Richard, joined the company. To provide the facility for further growth and better customer service, Latex Glove purchased a much larger building in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb 35 miles north of downtown Chicago in 1979.

In the early 1980s, Saf-T-Gard’s Voltgard® Test Lab was launched with the mission to develop the electrical testing and utility industry business by providing the testing of rubber insulating products to complement the sales of new products. By 1989, the company's direction as a full-line, quality-oriented supplier of safety products was clear, and therefore, Latex Glove Company changed its name to Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. to reflect its dedication to a complete line of worker safety products and personal protective equipment. In late 1994, Norman relinquished operating control to Richard, but remained as a consultant. In 1999, the tradition continued with the 4th generation when Richard's son, Loren, joined Saf-T-Gard and is currently Executive Vice President.

In 1994, Saf-T-Gard was honored as Illinois Family Business of the Year. 

In 1999, then Secretary of Commerce William Daley visited Saf-T-Gard and presented the company with the President’s E-Award for Export Excellence. 

In 2005, Richard joined his father Norman in the IGA (International Glove Association) Hall of Fame. Norman was a founder of NIGDA (National Industrial Glove Distributors Association) which became IGA, and was in the inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 1989.

Today, Saf-T-Gard and its Voltgard division carry on the tradition that was started more than 80 years ago: bringing customers the products, training and service that they need to keep employees safe in the workplace. Saf-T-Gard has customers in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries around the world representing a broad range of industries from die casters to telecommunications companies, and food processors to the United States Government, ranging in sizes from Fortune 20 companies to 2-person smaller businesses. Saf-T-Gard is an active member of the National Safety Council, International Safety Equipment Association and the Safety Marketing Group. Saf-T-Gard’s Voltgard Test Lab has grown to be the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for rubber insulating products in the United States.

Our Mission: To provide, based on our experience, expertise and understanding of our customer’s requirements, solutions to their needs for industrial safety products and personal protective equipment of the finest world-class quality, appropriate and suitable for the purposes intended, that provide value, safety and security.

2. What’s the biggest challenge you see facing the safety equipment industry?

The increasing commoditization of workers and their safety products. Oftentimes, this commoditization is spurred by the buying, selling, merging and dissolving of companies, as new ownership frequently looks at the safety industry as just another set of numbers on a balance sheet without understanding the people behind the numbers. While there are no laws or regulations that require businesses to have a “Culture of Safety,” there are laws and regulations setting minimum safety standards for businesses, products and services. However, that is only an impersonal minimum. Mere compliance does not address the true place of safety as a culture in an organization. The "uncultured" seek the cheapest products that may satisfy the regulatory compliance issue. We sometimes refer to this as the Race to Zero – “Mr. Customer, you are buying safety glasses for $0.80, but we can offer them to you for $0.75.” A “Culture of Safety” is so much more. It starts with the human element and incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach that involves employees (the front line of safety) and analyzes all aspects of injury prevention, productivity impact and risk management.

Additionally, there is the issue of “disintermediation.” Many years ago, some consultants predicted that traditional specialty distributors would be put out of business by the removal of intermediaries in the supply chain. The theory then was that an integrated supply company could reduce costs by streamlining the supply chain, such as applying the same expertise to delivering safety products as to delivering fasteners or abrasives or plumbing supplies. Today, the same consultants who tried to scare specialty distributors back then are now painting a picture of the big bad wolf on and similar internet sellers.

3. How is your company adapting to the challenge?

For starters, Saf-T-Gard never loses sight of the fact that the first P in PPE (personal protective equipment) stands for “personal.” We don’t believe that our customers are just a number. Rather, our customers depend on us to provide the products and services that enable workers to go home safe after every work day, and that is personal. We are passionate about the products we offer and the manufacturers and brands that we represent. Our safety products are not just another commodity coming out of a 2,000+ page catalog and packed in a white box like light bulbs or copy paper. We will supply no product that, based on our experience and expertise, is not suitable for the purpose intended. 

Moreover, the training and learning never stops for the Saf-T-Gard team! As a member of the International Safety Equipment Association, many of our employees have earned the Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) designation. Furthermore, our sales staff continually participates in ongoing application training as well as intensive new product training provided regularly by our Safety Marketing Group (SMG) partners and other supplier partners. That being said, Saf-T-Gard is highly selective about the new products we offer. All new products are evaluated against various criteria including whether or not the product was designed to address a specific hazard or need in the industrial workplace.

Saf-T-Gard’s training also extends to delivering safety solutions. No integrated supply house or or big-catalog-little-expertise company can perform an on-site hazard analysis, fit-test workers for respirators or calibrate gas detection instrumentation. Our reps will work with the customer’s team to evaluate operations, applications and hazards and sort through literally thousands of products to recommend solutions that enhance safety and productivity in a cost-effective manner. We believe the most important channel for distribution of industrial safety products is the supplier of professional safety products who brings knowledge, experience and expertise as the value-added proposition.

Consequently, the real payoff comes in recognizing that the professional safety distributor invests significant resources in people, product knowledge, training, understanding of regulatory compliance, back-end and fulfillment systems and inventory to be a true partner in fostering a “Culture of Safety.”

4. Finally, what’s a memorable story of how PPE saved your customer’s life?

Many in the PPE business tell feel-good stories of how the products that they sell help make sure that the workers that wear the products get to come home safely to their families each day. That is a heavy responsibility. Selling glasses to protect the eyes of a new dad so he can come home and see his new baby. Selling cut-resistant gloves to protect the hands of a mom so she can come home and practice math with her 3rd grader. Most ISEA members can tell these stories, and Saf-T-Gard can too. These are examples of PPE that can keep workers safe from possible or likely hazards on the job.

Saf-T-Gard and our Voltgard Test Lab provide and test products that keep people safe (and are required) so that the person can do the job. Rubber insulating gloves are used by utility lineman so that they can use their hands to touch power lines carrying 17,000 volts of electrical current. Not to minimize other work-related injuries, but the impact of the lack of/faulty use or failed equipment with a lot of PPE is a trip to the emergency room. With electrical safety and rubber insulating gloves, the lack of/faulty use or failed equipment results in death. 

At Saf-T-Gard, the technicians in our test lab take this responsibility very seriously. They are trained to inspect in-service rubber insulating products with the same care that they would if it was their family member who was using it. Our technicians know that these gloves are being worn by highly-skilled workers to repair down power lines or upgrade electrical infrastructure. Making sure to remove any rubber insulating products that could fail from the field is a heavy responsibility, as not doing so could jeopardize the life of the workers wearing them. So, every day at Saf-T-Gard our team is working with PPE for our customers that will save a life.

Saf-T-Gard Catalog

The time for better safety is now!

Click here to request a FREE copy of our Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. full-line 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!

Are You Playing Games with Your Safety?


If so, you’re always a winner with Saf-T-Gard protecting you! Stop by our booth at any of these shows to check out our comprehensive selection of products that directly address OSHA’s 2016 top 10 most cited violations and so much more! And while you’re there, be sure to try your hand at our Plinko Safety Challenge to win FREE prizes, and see how it pays to partner with Saf-T-Gard!

DIOSH Day - Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois, Booth #TBD from 7:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. 

Indiana Safety & Health Conference  - Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Booth #320 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ohio Safety Congress Expo - March 8-9, 2017, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, Booth #924 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday

Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference & Expo - April 11-12, 2017, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Booth #1325 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday

Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC) - Thursday, April 20 - Friday, April 21, 2017, Grand River Center, Dubuque, Iowa, Booth #TBD

Gaff-N-Go Lineman & Equipment Operator's Rodeo - Friday, May 19, 2017, Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Virginia, Booth #TBD from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - Monday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, Booth #16


OSHA's Free On-Site Consultation Program Helped More than 27,000 Employers Create Safer Workplaces in 2016  


Last year, 27,385 small and mid-sized United States businesses took advantage of OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation Program to remove workplace hazards and better protect their workers. The program primarily benefits small and mid-sized businesses – 57% of those helped last year had fewer than 26 employees. Priority is given to high-hazard industries, with more than half of all visits going to construction or manufacturing sites. In 2016, consultants identified and helped employers eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards, protecting an estimated 3.3 million workers from possible injury, illness or death.

Safety Tips  

1. HEADS UP SAFETY - Keep cool under your safety cap with sweatbands, cooling pads, and cooling bandana caps that can be worn under protective headgear

2. HEADS UP SAFETY - Our safety caps and full-brim safety hats include universal accessory slots for attaching earmuffs and faceshields

3. HEADS UP SAFETY - Protective headgear can be ordered in a wide variety of stock colors for such applications as matching company colors, identifying departments or identifying supervisors

4. HEADS UP SAFETY - Adding your company logo and/or safety slogans to safety caps and hats are low-cost options that can promote corporate identity

5. HEADS UP SAFETY - And don't forget about cool, comfortable disposable hairnets and bouffant caps for food preparation, food service and controlled environment workers


NIOSH Publishes New Total Worker Health Workbook


The workbook, Fundamentals of Total Worker Health® Approaches: Essential Elements for Advancing Worker Safety, Health, and Well-being, prioritizes a hazard-free work environment for all workers and applies a modern prevention approach - consistent with traditional occupational safety and health prevention principles - that recognizes that job-related factors can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families and their communities. Click here to read more about the five "defining elements" of TWH and how this workbook can help improve the safety, health, and well-being of your workforce.





Question - In a situation where employees that wear prescription glasses wear a larger, bulkier type of safety glasses over their prescription glasses, what liability does the employer have from an OSHA standpoint if an employee intentionally refuses to wear safety glasses?

Answer - Under §1910.133(a)(3), Eye and Face Protection, the employer must ensure that each affected employee who wears prescription lenses while engaged in operations that involve eye hazards wears eye protection that incorporates the prescription in its design, or wears eye protection that can be worn over the prescription lenses without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Judy Hohberger has been with Saf-T-Gard for more than 20 years and is now Export Sales Administrator.

What Judy likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"Having the chance to learn about countries all over the world by handling the export orders from the original quotation to the processing of the export paperwork." 

What make Judy's day:

"Receiving an e-mail from a new export customer telling me that his initial order arrived in excellent condition and that it was a genuine pleasure dealing with our company."

Judy's outside interests are:

"Spending time with my family, especially my 3 grand-daughters Samantha, Ava and Ella and my four cats Misha, Sasha, Nikki and Katya." 

Anything else:

"In keeping with my job theme, vacationing with my husband in interesting places like Australia, New Zealand and Argentina as well as Alaska right here in the United States." 



What is OSHA's interpretation of training requirements and what is expected when training must be conducted "at least annually"?

It is correct that the language may vary in certain OSHA standards. However, wherever OSHA standards require that employee training be conducted "at least annually," OSHA interprets that to mean that employees must be provided re-training at least once every 12 months (i.e., within a time period not exceeding 365 days.) This annual training need not be performed on the exact anniversary date of the preceding training, but should be provided on a date reasonably close to the anniversary date taking into consideration the company's and the employees' convenience in scheduling. If the annual training cannot be completed by the anniversary date, the employer should maintain a record indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be provided. 

Please keep in mind that the term "at least annually" is generally regarded as indicating that circumstances which warrant more frequent training may occur. It is extremely important that employees are trained to protect themselves from all known workplace hazards, including new hazards which may result from changes in workplace practices, procedures, or tasks. For example, OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard at 29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(v), provides for "additional training when changes such as modification of tasks or procedures or institution of new tasks or procedures affect the employee's occupation exposure." More frequent training may also be required when employee performance suggests that the prior training was incomplete or not fully understood. 

As I See It  


It is February 2017. Coming up soon is Valentine's Day - a day for thinking about the ones we personally care about. At Saf-T-Gard, we are passionate about industrial safety. What does that all mean? It means that everything we do at Saf-T-Gard is focused on industrial safety and helping keep our customers' workers safe. Your workers are who we care about in our professional lives. Everything we do is focused on delivering the products that keep workers safe – quality products where and when they are needed. We are proud to be a unique breed of industrial supplier - the specialist. We do not sell light bulbs and we do not sell abrasives. We sell safety solutions - superior quality products whose value is based on being safe and effective for the intended use. Our passion shows in the quality we keep - suppliers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to smaller specialty manufacturers.  Our passion shows in the extensive training provided to our sales, service, and support teams to enable them to analyze situations, applications and hazards and help develop a plan to supply the best available solutions combining product, value and service. Our passion for excellence extends from the real people who answer the phone to the Saf-T-Gard associates who pack and ship orders. We are Saf-T-Gard - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

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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