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January 2017


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   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.

Workplace Injuries by the Numbers Infographic

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  New OSHA Standards Went into Effect on December 1, 2016
  In addition to waging a successful challenge of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime regulations, industry groups had also fought the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) relatively new injury reporting and anti-retaliation standards. On November 29, 2016, a federal court in Texas denied a motion seeking to prevent these standards from going into effect on December 1, 2016, essentially allowing the changes to move forward. Among other things, these standards require that employers provide notice to employees that they have the right to report injuries and illnesses free

from retaliation. Employers can satisfy this obligation by posting OSHA’s “It’s the Law!” poster. Employers that choose to download the poster should make sure that they print off an 8.5 x 14 inch copy of the poster using a durable and glossy paper. Employers should also check their handbooks for provisions stating that employees will be disciplined if they do not “immediately” report an injury or an illness, as such policies may be problematic under OSHA's new standards. Employers should review drug testing policies and revise policies stating that employees will "automatically" be drug tested if they report an injury or are involved in an accident, as OSHA views automatic post-accident drug testing to be improper, as previously reported. Going forward, employers should look to see whether OSHA has its online reporting website running by February 1, 2017, which is the next step towards the electronic reporting required under these rules. The lawsuit challenging these standards remains pending, and it is not clear the extent to which the change in the administration will affect OSHA’s priorities in the next few years.

Understanding the Role of Rubber Insulating Gloves in NFPA 70E Compliance

The risks associated with shock and electrocution from inadvertent contact with energized parts have long been recognized as a threat to electrical workers, and they aren’t going away anytime soon if ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrocution is the fifth leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States with more than 2,000 fatal and more than 24,000 non-fatal electrical injuries reported in the last 10 years. Since the BLS counts arc flashes as burns rather than in its electrical shock statistics, the true rate of electrical shocks are even higher. The danger of exposure to arc flash and electrical hazards is on the rise and continues to increase as workers’ responsibilities expand to include interaction with electrical equipment. Nowadays, maintenance workers, janitorial staff, facilities staff and equipment operators (not just electricians) all risk exposure to electrical shock, making the need for stringent safety standards even more imperative. Not just to protect the workers, but also to protect the employers against loss time, costly damage to equipment and facilities, legal liability, increased insurance premiums and hefty regulatory fines. To help reduce the risk for all involved parties, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed and regularly updates its NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.

According to the NFPA, arc flash is an electric current that passes through the air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage. Each day in the United States, an estimated 5 to 10 arc flash incidents occur with electrical equipment according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). An arc flash may be caused by a tool, rodent or other element in a breaker or service area that could compromise the distance between energized components. Incidents often occur when personnel fails to ensure that the equipment has been properly de-energized. While the flash itself is immediate, the result of these incidents can cause severe injuries including burns, blindness, hearing loss, nerve damage, cardiac arrest and event death. 

Arc flash can also lead to shocks and electrocutions. In fact, about 80 percent of electrically-related accidents involving qualified workers are a result of arc flashes. Because of the severe consequences of arc flash incidents, the NFPA along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), mandates and enforces safer electrical work practices under the NFPA 70E standard. Numerous experts and training programs are available to instruct you on how to keep your workers safe and compliant in terms of conducting a proper hazard assessment and selecting the required PPE. However, one topic that is often not discussed in detail is the need for rubber insulating gloves where a shock hazard exists from exposure to energized equipment.

OSHA rules and the NFPA 70E standard make the use of rubber insulating products mandatory when even the smallest probability of contact with 50 volts AC or higher exists. According to the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.137 standard, rubber insulating gloves must be rated for the voltage to which a worker will be exposed (phase to ground or phase to phase) and marked to indicate their rating. For in-service use, the maximum use voltage must be above the actual exposure, but it is important to take note of the proof test voltage as well. Rubber insulating gloves are offered in six different classes, based on ASTM D-120. All rubber insulating gloves are tested by the manufacturer at the specified proof test voltage.

Manufacturers also perform a dielectric breakdown test at an even higher voltage to validate the dielectric strength of the rubber material. The result is a significant margin of safety between the test voltages and the maximum use voltage. Each specific hazard assessment will help you determine which class of gloves is appropriate for your application. 

With few specific exceptions, rubber insulating gloves must always be worn with leather protector gloves manufactured in compliance with ASTM standard specification F696. Be sure to verify that the leather protectors that you are using meet ASTM F696. Moreover, the OSHA "269" standard (29CFR 1910.269) requires that rubber insulating gloves along with leather protectors must be worn by 269-qualified employees within the Minimum Approach Distance to exposed energized conductors.

Another component to compliance that is frequently overlooked with regards to rubber insulating gloves is retesting. Periodic retesting of rubber insulating gloves should be performed at the proof test voltage to ensure that they are still safe using specialized equipment designed to gradually increase the voltage to the desired test level. The dielectric test is two-fold: pass/fail on the ability to withstand the rated test voltage and, for gloves, quantitative on the ability to prevent electric current from passing through the rubber goods above the maximum contained in the specifications. Products passing the inspection and test procedures can then be returned to service. If you do not have the equipment required to perform these electrical tests, there are independent testing facilities that can perform the acceptance and in-service testing on behalf of end users.

When selecting a test lab for use, make sure that it is a NAIL-accredited test lab. NAIL stands for National Association of Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing ( It incorporates the only Laboratory Accreditation for the electrical equipment test labs program in North America. NAIL4PET helps develop uniformity in testing and works in close association with the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM International).

The interval between the date of issue and electrical testing should be based on work practices and test experience. For gloves, the interval shall not exceed six months except for industries such as telecommunications that utilize insulating gloves as precautionary protection, in which case the maximum interval may be increased to nine months. End users (or an end users’ designee) may perform acceptance testing within the first two months after receipt. However, do not place rubber insulating products into service unless they have been tested electrically within the previous 12 months.

With several workers required to wear rubber gloves and so many different testing intervals to consider, it is easy to see how compliance can fall through the cracks. Consider partnering with an electrical test lab that can test your rubber goods AND manage the rubber goods change-out process for you. Keeping these services bundled together under one roof will minimize out-of-service time and save money by delivering a start-to-finish solution that includes cleaning, visual inspection, electrical testing, markings according to your safety protocols and shipment to your warehouse or jobsite so that you can focus on other work priorities while staying safe, productive and compliant!

Saf-T-Gard is uniquely qualified to service your dielectric testing needs while meeting all applicable industry standards with its Voltgard® Test Lab - the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test lab in the US, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment for the complete testing and recertification of rubber gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, jumpers, grounding sets, hot sticks, and more. Our Original Rubber Goods Change-Out Program ensures that tested materials are received within compliance guidelines and offers complete solutions from start to finish according to customer safety protocols. This worry-free program delivers proven time and cost savings for electrical utilities, contractors, telecom companies, municipalities, first responders and industrial facilities, and we can do the same for you!

And in the case that any of your items don’t pass inspection or you need more equipment, Saf-T-Gard offers the nation’s largest stock of new rubber goods, ready for immediate shipment. Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273), visit or click here for more information.


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FDA Bans Use of Pre-Powdered Medical Exam Gloves


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has determined that Powdered Surgeon's Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon's Glove present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury and that the risk cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling. Consequently, FDA is banning these devices. This rule is effective on January 18, 2017. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to and insert the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this final rule into the “Search” box and follow the prompts, and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

For further information, contact Michael J. Ryan, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 1615, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-6283, email:

Saf-T-Gard offers several different Ambi-Gard® Medical-Grade Disposable Exam Gloves in a variety of powder-free nitrile,vinyl and latex styles. Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or visit for more information.

Safety Tips   

1. HANDS THAT DO WORK - Need protection from chemical, physical and electrical hazards

2. HANDS THAT DO WORK - Need barriers to protect products and processes from contamination

3. HANDS THAT DO WORK - Should have hand protection that is comfortable and fits properly

4. HANDS THAT DO WORK - Can be cleaned and sanitized with safe yet industrial-strength hand cleaners and lotions

5. HANDS THAT DO WORK - Are also the hands that hug our loved ones





Question - What is an OSHA guideline and how does it differ from a standard?

Answer - A guideline is a tool to assist employers in recognizing and controlling hazards. It is voluntary. Failure to implement a guideline is not itself a violation of the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act. Guidelines that OSHA develops will provide information to help employers identify ergonomic hazards in their workplaces and implement feasible measures to control those hazards.

Guidelines are more flexible than standards. They can be developed quickly and can be changed easily as new information becomes available with scientific advances. Guidelines make it easier for employers to adopt innovative programs to suit their workplaces, rather than inflexible, one-size-fits-all solutions to issues that may be unique to the industry or facility.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Steve Jones is a member of the Saf-T-Gard sales team and joined Saf-T-Gard more than six years ago.

What Steve likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"Very knowledgeable co-workers. If I have a question or a situation that needs to be addressed, I have many resources."

What makes Steve's day:

"Helping our customers. Turning prospects into customers. I love getting orders!"

Steve's outside interests are:

"Spending time with my wife, sports and music." 



What is OSHA's position on providing a drug-free workplace?

"OSHA strongly supports measures that contribute to a drug-free environment and reasonable programs of drug testing within a comprehensive workplace program for certain workplace environments, such as those involving safety-sensitive duties like operating machinery. Such programs, however, need to also take into consideration employee rights to privacy.

Although OSHA supports workplace drug and alcohol programs, at this time OSHA does not have a standard. In some situations, however, OSHA's General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, may be applicable where a particular hazard is not addressed by any OSHA standard. 

Citations for violation of the General Duty Clause are issued to employers when the four components of this provision are present, and when no specific OSHA standard has been promulgated to address the recognized hazard. The four components are: (1) the employer failed to keep its workplace free of a "hazard;" (2) the hazard was "recognized" either by the cited employer individually or by the employer's industry generally; (3) the recognized hazard was causing or was likely to cause death or serious physical harm; and (4) there was a feasible means available that would eliminate or materially reduce the hazard. An employer's duty will arise only when all four elements are present."

As I See It  


It is January 2017. Happy New Year. So what’s new in this New Year? Well, for starters, OSHA has a new Job Safety and Health poster (OSHA 3165-8514) that employers must display that includes new anti-retaliation standards. And, on the subject of new, OSHA's Outreach Training Program and the Center for Construction Research and Training have developed a new OSHA 30-hour construction training elective course: Foundations for Safety Leadership. What else is new? There are dozens of new products recently developed and introduced in many categories of PPE. For example, there are new protective eyewear products available including designs, shapes and sizes for female workers and spectacles with corrective reader inserts for older workers. Industrial gloves are now being tested and rated in accordance with new ANSI/ISEA-105 standards. There are new ANSI/ISEA-107 standards for high-visibility apparel and scores of new products designed to meet or exceed the new standards. What’s new in your operation? Are you taking advantage of new PPE designed to enhance safety, compliance and acceptance in a cost-effective manner? If it’s been a while since you saw, considered, or tried anything new in safety products, then that could be your first New Year resolution. But while looking forward to the new, please don’t lose sight of the tried and true – a safety products supplier with a passion for safety and a commitment to excellence. We are Saf-T-Gard - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

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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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