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March 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!

  Vendor Product Spotlight: Honeywell North 7700 Series Silicone Half Mask Respirator with Dual Cartridge Connectors

The Honeywell North 7700 Series Half Mask Respirator was designed to provide maximum comfort, fit and performance and features a cradle suspension system that reduces slippage to provide a secure fit. The facepiece is made from flexible, non-allergenic silicone that readily conforms to facial features for a custom fit. A contoured sealing flange eliminates discomfort caused by pressure points, and extended side flanges provide a good seal during talking or other facial motions.


Additional features and benefits include the following:


  • Made from 100% medical-grade silicone, the wide sealing area provides exceptional fit and comfort
  • Low-profile design offers a wide field of vision and room for eyewear
  • Various thickness in sealing area for improved comfort and support - more support around the chin area and more flexibility on the nose bridge
  • Cradle suspension features woven straps that provide maximum mobility without sacrificing support
  • Lower headstraps stretch and move with the worker for more comfort without pulling on the facepiece
  • Upper headstraps have minimum give to provide secure support
  • Headband yoke allows cartridges to be located lower and further back
  • Easily converts to PAPR or supplied air respirator
  • Latex-free
  • Compatible with all North cartridges, filters and accessories
  • Meets NIOSH 42 CFR 84 and OSHA requirements
  • Ideal for protection against airborne particulates, chemical, contamination, gas, vapor and smoke hazards in chemical, government, manufacturing and steel and metals industries
  • Available in sizes Small, Medium and Large
  • Sold individually



Saf-T-Gard also offers several additional styles of Honeywell North respiratory protection products, including cartridges and filters, PAPR, supplied air, SCBA, Escape and EEBA respirators. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-4273 (GARD) for more information.

  Don't Cut it Close - What Level of Cut Protection is Right for You?

Learn about the technology that makes work gloves cut resistant - and how the new ANSI test scores can guide you in choosing the right level of protection from cut hazards. Click here to watch the video.

  Tags-By-The-Roll Now Available with Optional Eyelet-Style Brass Grommets

Stop wasting time searching for the tags you need right away with standard Tags-By-The-Roll or Accuform’s NEW Tags-By-The-Roll with grommets. Prevent your workers from misplacing their tags before they get to work by carrying Tags-By-The-Roll to jobsites or worksites. Tags-By-The-Roll provides a convenient solution for keeping a large quantity of tags readily available and organized in one octagon-shaped disposable dispenser.


When you need a tag, simply separate at the perforations and place your lockout tag on hazardous energy sources or wherever needed to keep others safe. Tags-By-The-Roll are durable, tear-and water-resistant, and are available with stock and custom legends. The NEW Tags-By-The-Roll feature a 5/16-inch eyelet-style brass grommet. Click here to browse the selection online.

    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 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 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 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!

   NFPA 70E: A Look at the 2018 Edition

The National Fire Protection Agency’s standard for electrical workplace safety, NFPA 70E, undergoes updates every three years in an effort to keep employers and workers safely in compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. The standard aims to reduce on-the-job exposure to shock, arc flash and arc blast. The 2018 edition of NFPA 70E went into effect in August.


According to the 2017 edition of "Injury Facts,” an online statistical data resource from the National Safety Council, exposure to electricity resulted in 154 workplace fatalities and 1,850 cases with days away from work in 2014.


Because electrical injuries have a high potential to be fatal, employers and workers should be sure to utilize the NFPA 70E standard to ensure safety and compliance.


Key elements of the NFPA 70E 2018 include the following:


  • The revised NFPA 70E highlights the Hierarchy of Controls, emphasizing risk identification and mitigation before the job begins
  • The revision adds a quick reference guide for arc flash personal protective equipment
  • An annex discusses the concept of human performance "to identify and address human error and its negative consequences on people, programs, processes, work environment, equipment or an organization"

Click here to read the complete Safety+Health article.

   New Publications on Tree Care and Silica Offer Worksite Safety Solutions

Falling tree limbs, moving vehicles, overhead power lines, and high noise levels are a few of the dangers professional tree care workers may encounter. OSHA’s new resource, Solutions for Tree Care Hazards, highlights common hazards in the tree care industry, and provides safety measures for employers and workers. OSHA is also publishing a revised fact sheet that summarizes the major requirements of the respirable crystalline silica standard for general industry and maritime.

  Introducing the New Heavy-Duty 3M DBI-SALA® Hard Hat Tether

Work with confidence knowing that if your hard hat falls off, it’s not going anywhere. The new 3M DBI-SALA® Hard Hat Tether features a new proprietary clip design that prevents deformation of the clip over extended use. This helps ensure a secure attachment, helping to further reduce the number of dropped hard hats. Click here to upgrade to the new 3M DBI-SALA® Hard Hat Tether

    New NIOSH Studies Examine Hearing Loss Prevalence in Workers
  This study found that the prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (AFFH) sector is 15%. However, when researchers examined industries within the sector, they found as many as 36%—or 1 in 3 noise-exposed workers—have hearing loss. This is the first study to estimate prevalence and risk for hearing loss for subsectors within the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting industry sector. The study was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Learn more.

This study breaks down the prevalence of hearing loss experienced by workers in the Health Care and Social Assistance (HSA) sector. The overall prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers was found to be 19%, while some subsectors within the HSA had up to 31% prevalence of hearing loss. The study was published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Learn more.

Saf-T-Gard Catalog

The time for better safety is now!

Click here to request a FREE copy of our current 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!

We're Hiring!  

Saf-T-Gard is looking to hire both a Marketing Coordinator and a Safety Sales Rep to join our growing team.

Click here for more information on the Marketing Coordinator position, and contact for more information on the Safety Sales Rep position.  

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!


Ohio Safety Congress & Expo - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, Booth #1014


2018 Indiana Safety & Health Conference & Expo - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Booth #121


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. ERGO-SMARTS - Back support belts can help reduce back muscle overreaction and injury


2. ERGO-SMARTS - Vibration-reducing gloves help protect against hand-arm injuries from pneumatic, gas, hydraulic, and electric power tools


3. ERGO-SMARTS - Wrist wraps and braces open the carpal tunnel area to reduce discomfort and the likelihood of injury


4. ERGO-SMARTS - Wear proper-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) - too loose or too tight - it's not right!


5. ERGO-SMARTS - In the event of injury, apply ice to reduce swelling, immobilize if necessary, and seek immediate medical attention




Question - We are installing a spray booth in our facility for use with lacquer and contact adhesive. A local building inspector indicated that we are required to have a shower and eyewash station in the vicinity of the spray operation. Do OSHA regulations require a shower and eyewash station, and if so, what are the design and use specifications for the shower and eyewash station?


Answer - The OSHA regulations for spray finishing operations using flammable and combustible materials can be found at 29 CFR 1910.107. While this standard contains a number of provisions relevant to the operation that you have described, it does not require an emergency eyewash or shower in the vicinity of spray finishing operations using flammable and combustible materials. The OSHA requirements for emergency eyewashes and showers, found at 29 CFR 1910.151(c), specify that "where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use." As the standard states, an eyewash and/or safety shower would be required where an employee's eyes or body could be exposed to injurious corrosive materials. If none of the materials used in this work area is an injurious corrosive (as indicated by the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product, then an emergency eyewash or shower would not be required pursuant to 1910.151(c).


While not having the force of a regulation under the OSH Act, the current ANSI standard addressing emergency eyewash and shower equipment (ANSI Z358.1-2004) provides for eyewash and shower equipment in appropriate situations when employees are exposed to hazardous materials. ANSI's definition of "hazardous material" would include caustics, as well as additional substances and compounds that have the capability of producing adverse effects on the health and safety of humans. ANSI's standard also provides detail with respect to the location, installation, nature, and maintenance of eyewash and shower equipment.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Larry Wolf is our new Controller and just joined the company in October 2017.


What Larry likes about Saf-T-Gard:


"Professional environment, multi-generational family ownership, free-flowing communications between management team, calm and consistent leadership."


What makes Larry’s day:


"Getting home and seeing my wife and kids."


Larry’s outside interests:


"Mainly reading, sports when there is time (Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs)."


Anything else?


"I am excited to be a member of the Saf-T-Gard team!”



Under what circumstances may an employer repair a damaged extension cord under 29 CFR 1926, Subpart K?


Paragraph 1926.405(g)(2)(iii) provides: Flexible cords shall be used only in continuous lengths without splice or tap. Hard service flexible cords No. 12 or larger may be repaired if spliced so that the splice retains the insulation, outer sheath properties, and usage characteristics of the cord being spliced. This standard permits you to repair an extension cord, under the conditions set forth, provided the cord is a flexible cord that is No. 12 or larger.


Additionally, 1926.403(a) requires all electrical conductors used by employers on a construction site to be "approved." Section 1926.449 defines "approved" as: Acceptable to the authority enforcing this subpart. The authority enforcing this subpart is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health. The definition of "acceptable" indicates what is acceptable to the Assistant Secretary of Labor, and therefore approved within the meaning of this subpart. . . .


Assuming the extension cord you are repairing was initially "acceptable," §1926.403(a) precludes you from using a repaired cord if the cord is significantly altered as a result of the repair. For example, you are precluded from using a repaired cord if the repair changes the cord's original flexibility.

As I See It  


It is March 2018. Our focus letter this month is the letter P. Think of all the relevant words that begin with the letter P. *Personal - We never forget that the first P in PPE is personal. *Protection - that's what safety is all about. The products we supply and the services we provide are focused first and foremost on protecting workers from the hazards of the job or protecting products from contamination from workers and processes. *Partnerships - We are proud to partner with nearly every globally-recognized brand name for industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. *Productivity - the best safety equipment enhances worker productivity in so many ways. The best safety products are the ones that workers wear rather than avoid, so comfort and ergonomics are definitely important. Well-designed, properly-fitting PPE enhances productivity as opposed to poorly-designed, ill-fitting PPE that retards productivity. It’s a pretty basic concept that should not be overlooked. *Penalties - to be avoided by safety programs and policies (2 more P words) that are implemented and enforced. We all want our workers and processes to be safe because it’s the right thing to do, but an underlying incentive is the potential financial penalty of regulatory fines and/or increased insurance costs resulting from a breakdown in the critical elements of a safety program. *Professionalism - that's what you can expect from Saf-T-Gard International - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

Proud to partner with: Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.
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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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