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July 2016


  Save as Much as 52% on Select Items Now During Our Saf-T-Gard Savings Spectacular

The warmer weather has arrived, and so have the amazing deals at Saf-T-Gard! Breathe new life into your safety program now, and save some serious green when you take advantage of our special, limited-time pricing on a wide range of safety items. From UV-blocking safety glasses, sunscreen, bug spray, sweatbands, reflective vests and rehydration drinks, to gloves, earplugs, disposable respirators, ergonomic supports, first aid kits and safety cutters – Saf-T-Gard has you covered with best-priced head-to-toe personal protective equipment now and in the months ahead.


Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or visit today to learn how you can save as much as 52% on promotional safety items when you place an order today.

Click here to view the entire flyer. Offer good while supplies last! Promotion ends September 5, 2016.


Get A Good Buy on Sqwincher Products from Saf-T-Gard and Say Good-Bye to Heat Stress at Work


Help put workplace heat stress to rest with a FREE Sqwincher Cooler from Saf-T-Gard when you purchase a minimum of 4 cases of Sqwincher Lite 3 Gallon Powder Packs, or get 2 FREE 20 oz. SQUEEZE BOTTLES with a minimum purchase of 2 cases of Sqwincher Lite 20 oz. Powder Stick Packs at reduced pricing now through September 30, 2016.

Specifically designed for industry, Sqwincher is an economical, effective method to reducing the rate of heat-stress-induced injuries while improving performance and productivity. Scientifically-formulated, Sqwincher electrolyte replacement drinks restore important mineral salts and fluids lost through dehydration, physical exertion and heat stress and are absorbed into the body significantly faster than water alone. Muscle preservation, isotonic composition, taste and electrolytes are the four reasons why Sqwincher is the best line of activity drinks available. Moreover, Sqwincher contains twice as much potassium and half the sodium compared to other sport drinks used in the industry.


Sqwincher is now also available in new Sqwincher Lite, formulated in between regular Sqwincher and Sqwincher ZERO with only 40 calories. Naturally-sweetened and naturally-flavored, Sqwincher Lite maintains the great taste you expect along with Sqwincher’s standard – lower sodium and more potassium.  


A variety of powder and liquid concentrate dispensing options are available in all your favorite flavors! Simply call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or order online on, or use the easy order form on back of the flyer here and be sure to mention the FREE Cooler/Squeeze Bottles promotion to take advantage of this great offer while it lasts!

Terms and conditions apply. Limit 1 free cooler and 2 free squeeze bottles per order, while supplies last, through September 30, 2016. Freight: FOB Northbrook, IL. Minimum order $50.00. Free cooler and squeeze bottles promotion is not valid for resale customers.

Trade In Your Old AED at Saf-T-Gard and Receive up to $600.00

Revive your first aid program by trading in your old automated external defibrillator (AED) model for the ZOLL AED Plus® at Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. and receive up to $600.00.*

ZOLL AED Plus Features & Benefits:

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

*Rebate value varies by competitive unit.

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

Offer good from July 1 - December 31,  2016 and includes the following ZOLL AED Plus part numbers: 

  • 8000-00-4000-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4003-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4004-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package w/PlusTrac Professional5
  • 8000-00-4007-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package w/Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4010-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package w/PlusTrac Professional1
  • 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!
 Vendor Product Spotlight: Pyramex Ever-Lite®  SB8610D Safety Glasses - Black Frame, Clear Lens

SB8610D Features & Benefits:

  • Soft nosepiece for snug fit
  • Semi-frame and slim co-material temple design for lightweight spectacle – 22 gm.
  • Optical class 1 lens offers the clearest and the most panoramic view without obstruction
  • 8 base wraparound lens provides full front and side protection
  • Scratch-resistant, polycarbonate lens provide 99.9% of UV protection
  • Exceeds ANSI Z87.1 high impact requirements
  • CAN/CSA Z94.3-07
  • CE EN166 certified
  • General purpose for indoor applications that require impact protection
  • Provides 99% protection from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays
  • 100% polycarbonate lenses are scratch and impact resistant
  • Sold individually


Additional frame and/or lens options are available. Click here to view online, and please call customer service at 1-800-548-4273 (GARD) for more information.

Stress and Worker Safety: What Can Safety Pros Do to Address the Issue?

Stress is a legitimate worker safety and health issue, experts say. It affects men and women, new and experienced, across every industry.

Some workers carry stress from their homes to their jobs. Others lug their work stress back home with them at night. Regardless, workers experience stress, and a stressed worker has the potential to be an unsafe worker. But few employers in the United States seem willing to tackle job stress as a safety concern.

“We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface and really examine the problem,” said Peg Seminario, director of safety and health for the AFL-CIO. “For anybody who talks to workers, this is one of the issues that’s going to come up first and foremost. We all feel it in our lives.”

So why don’t we talk about it?

Dr. David Spiegel studies and discusses stress every day. Spiegel is the medical director of the Stanford Center on Stress and Health in Stanford, CA, in addition to serving as the university’s Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Safety professionals can play an important role in helping workers cope with stress, he said. In doing so, those same safety professionals might prevent an incident from taking place.

“It’s very clear that a big proportion of safety problems are due to human error, and some of that is related to stress,” Spiegel said. “Life is full of stress. If you’re not stressed, you’re dead. But the thing about handling stress well is being able to appraise it, react to it appropriately and put it behind you. You need to be concerned as a manager for the overall health of your employees.”

Why stress matters

Michael Topf has seen a little bit of everything during his career. Topf has worked in safety and health since 1983, and prior to that he worked as a mental health counselor. He now offers safety training to organizations and individuals as part of Topf Initiatives in Wayne, PA.

One of Topf’s first experiences in safety remains vivid. He was asked to visit a research and development site at a major chemical company. Workers at the site included highly educated and well-trained chemists and engineers, some with a Ph.D., yet safety problems persisted.

“What I found was that some of the incidents they were having had to do with people being under a good deal of stress,” Topf said. “What I found is that stress has an impact on safety.”

The past three-plus decades have reinforced Topf’s “light bulb” moment. He has witnessed the negative safety effects of stress in transportation, construction and a variety of other industries. Often, Topf said, workers may deal with stress by turning to drugs, alcohol or medication – any of which could have negative effects that carry over into the work shift.

“It’s pretty universal, from my perspective,” Topf said. “People learn to stuff their feelings. They hide their stress. They think, ‘You need to be bigger than it.’ So it all goes in, but it doesn’t go away – it’s all stored in your body somewhere. It’s stored mentally and it’s stored physically.

“If you work hard and you’re under stress and then you go to the gym – and you run or you swim or you bicycle or whatever it is – you burn off a lot of the residue of the adrenaline and other adrenal-cortical hormones that have been released into the system. But so many people are couch potatoes, and they go home and they sit down. … Or you go to your doctor and say, ‘I’m under stress,’ and the doctor says, ‘Well, here, take this Valium or Librium’ or whatever they prescribe today.

“So it masks the stress, but the problem doesn’t go away. … It’s kind of like if you had a dirt spot on the wall and you painted over it. The dirt is still there.”

It is the type of dirt that can get people hurt. Take the construction industry, for example.

“When you’re under stress, one of the things that is on your mind is the source of the stress,” Topf said. “It creates a distraction. Let’s say you’ve got a sick parent in the hospital, and you get to work and you’re climbing a ladder or you’re on scaffolding. While you’re walking along on the scaffolding, part of your attention is on where you’re walking and what you’re doing, but also part of your attention is on your sick mother in the hospital. Loss of focus or inattention is a major cause of injury.”

What you can do

It’s easy to tell whether a worker is wearing a hard hat, safety goggles or other piece of personal protective equipment. However, an intangible such as a person’s stress level isn’t always easy to identify.

Warning signs exist, though. The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace outlines more than a dozen potential signs of job stress, including:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Low morale
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Workplace incidents
  • Workplace violence

The agency cites a number of work factors and organizational practices that serve as potential job stressors. Among them: excessive workload, fear of being laid off, unreasonable performance demands and infrequent breaks. Organizational practices that can trigger stress include favoritism, inflexible rules, low pay and benefits, poor communication and lack of input on decisions.

Spiegel said supervisors can help reduce job stress – or prevent it from building – by fostering positive, communicative relationships with workers.

“I think the issue is to be firm, fast and fair,” Spiegel said. “If something goes wrong, you don’t pretend it didn’t happen. You deal with it. You set limits or give people feedback if they need to hear about it. But always show them a way out. Put it in perspective.

“Say, ‘Look, you’ve been working here for 10 years, you’ve done a very good job, but what happened here is just not right.’ You don’t yell at them and say, ‘You messed up, you idiot.’ You put it in context. Be clear about what happened and say, ‘What you did here is wrong and I want you to discuss it and think about it. Come back to me with an action plan about how you’re going to handle the next time better.’ So you show them a way out, you show them a way to deal with it, but you’re clear about what the feedback is.”

Even if a worker’s troubles stem from home, their safety at work could be jeopardized.

Meet with workers, Topf said. Let them know you’re on their side. Approach the issue with the sensitivity that it deserves, but understand that an open conversation could be the difference between a healthy worker going forward and an incident waiting to happen.

“When we train supervisors and managers and labor safety leaders, we train them in how to deal with those sensitive issues,” Topf said. “They say, listen, if something is going on at home, I’m not trying to pry. If you want to talk to me about it, great. If you want to go to employee assistance, that’s really important. But I need to intervene here because this is affecting the quality of your work, it’s affecting your safety, and you’ve got to get help for yourself.

“If I can help you, great. But if I can’t, you’ve got to go get help through any one of these sources. Because if you don’t, I’m going to have to help you take further action. I can’t allow you to hurt yourself or anybody else. I’m here on your side. I’m trying to help you.”


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Saf-T-Gard Receives Recognition from the Illinois Senate


State Senator Julie A. Morrison along with the Illinois Senate of the 99th General Assembly of the State of Illinois recently acknowledged Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. with a certificate in recognition of their 80th Anniversary (1936-2016), celebrating eight decades as a family-owned and operated global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. The Senate also extended its congratulations and offered its best wishes for continued success. 

OSHA Penalties to be Adjusted for Inflation after August 1, 2016  

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division. OSHA's new penalty levels will take effect after Aug. 1, when the maximum penalty for serious violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709. Any citations issued by OSHA after Aug. 1 will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015. OSHA will provide guidance to field staff on the implementation of the new penalties by Aug. 1, 2016.

Safety Tips  

1. GOT THE HEAT? - ZetexPlus®-treated fiberglass gloves and mittens with wool linings withstand temperatures up to 2000°F

2. GOT THE TOUCH? - Polyurethane-coated nylon gloves such as Versa-Gard® Flex P VGF-5500 provide maximum tactile sensitivity, particularly when handling small parts

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

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

5. GOT THE SOUND? - 3M Peltor PTL Earmuffs feature a unique Push-To-Listen button so that workers can hear instructions and conversation without removing their protective earmuffs





Question - What is OSHA's policy on skin cancer as a risk to outdoor workers?

Answer - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does address worker exposure to the sun's radiation indirectly under our 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.132(a) pertaining to personal protective equipment. Employers are to use effective forms of protection such as wide-brim hats and long sleeve clothing. In situations where the only effective means of protection is sunscreen, then it too may be used. Saf-T-Gard proudly offers a full line of Coretex Skin Care products, including SunX® Suncreens, BugX® Insect Repellents and IvyX® Poisonous Plant Pre- and Post-Contact Treatments. Click here to view online.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Ray Jackson is a Customer Service Representative and has been with Saf-T-Gard for ten years.

What Ray likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"The people I work with. Everybody is friendly and helpful. It's a good group of people.

What makes Ray's day:

"When I know that I've been able to help a customer, even if it's something simple."

Ray's outside interests are:

"Golf, camping, reading and spending time with friends."

Anything else:

"I like traveling!”



"Are fit-check and medical evaluation requirements different for disposable respirators than for other types?"

Non-voluntary use of a filtering facepiece (...disposable...type dust respirator) requires that the employer establish and implement a written respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures. The respiratory protection program must include the medical evaluation of employees.

...what OSHA means by "annual", with regard to the training and fit test requirements in the Respiratory Protection Standard. Annual means that training and fit testing must be conducted every year, before or on the anniversary date of the employee's previous training and fit test; for example, if the employee is trained or fit tested on February 1, 2016, then the employee must be trained or fit tested before or on February 1, 2017.

The agency also requires, as addressed in [29 CFR 1910.134], that wearers of respirators conduct a fit check each and every time they don a respirator. The fit check may be conducted according to the manufacturer's instructions.

[Extracted from several OSHA interpretation letters regarding disposable filtering facepiece respirators.]

As I See It  


It is July 2016. Oops, there goes another one. Companies in all industries are being bought and sold like raffle tickets or lottery tickets. The safety industry is not immune, either. Safety products manufacturers and distributors are being bought and sold, merged and dissolved, and names you may have recognized from years back may not exist anymore (we’re still here – 80 years strong). That’s not to say it’s all bad, just different. Fresh ownership can often inject needed capital and spur product development and supply chain efficiencies. The risk is that fresh ownership can also look at our industry as just another set of numbers on a corporate balance sheet without understanding the people behind the numbers. We’re in the people business. People making, selling, supplying, and using safety products that bring workers home safely at the end of each work day or shift. Work gloves are not just work gloves, they protect the hands that work as well as the hands that hug. Change in our industry can be good as long as the people elements are not overlooked and the goals and objectives, from the user’s perspective, are clearly understood. It can be confusing for sure, as in “I used to buy product A with brand name B but that brand name doesn’t exist anymore because the company was acquired by conglomerate C.” Saf-T-Gard can help sort it out, because we never forget that the first P in PPE is PERSONAL. We are Saf-T-Gard - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

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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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