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May 2016

 

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

Spring has sprouted, 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 www.saftgard.net 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. While supplies last! Offer ends September 5, 2016.

 
 

Get a Good Buy on Sqwincher Products from Saf-T-Gard and Say Good-Bye to Heat Stress!

 
 

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 www.saftgard.net, 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.

   
    Vendor Product Spotlight: Honeywell Uvex Genesis® S3220 Earth Frame, Clear, Ultra-Dura Lens Safety Glasses
   
 
  • Engineered for comfort, protection and style, Genesis delivers an incredible range of superior product benefits
  • Built with MMT—Multi-Material Technology and a high level of adjustability, Genesis provides workers with extraordinary all-day comfort and raises the bar on compliance
  • Dual 9-base wrap-around lens provides uncompromised peripheral vision and protection
  • Soft flexible fingers adjust and conform to almost any nasal profile and reduce slippage
  • Soft elastomer browguard diffuses and deflects impact
  • Easy and economical lens replacement system 
  • Adjustable temple length and lens inclination
  • Meets military V0 ballistic test for impact 
  • Meets ANSI Z87+ (High Impact) and certified to the requirements of CSA Z94.3 standards 
  • Lifetime frame guarantee
  • Sold individually

Additional frame and/or lens options are available, including the new Uvex Hydroshield Anti-Fog Coating. Permanently bonded to the lens, Hydroshield requires no maintenance, no application and was tested against dozens of competitive products under the most stringent international anti-fog standards. For complete details, to watch a demo video and request a sample of the new Hydroshield, visit uvex.us/HydroShield. Click here to see more Uvex Genesis styles available online, and please contact customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

   
 
Upgrade Your Gas Detectors to BW Technologies by Honeywell to Receive Discounted Pricing and Complimentary Products at Saf-T-Gard!
    
 

Are you ready to upgrade your multi-gas detector fleet? There's never been a better time than now with four ways to save on new BW Technologies by Honeywell and their compatible docking stations available at Saf-T-Gard.

For a limited time only, qualified participants can take advantage of the following:

  1. Save $100.00 per multi-gas detector – Retire any competitor multi-gas detector, and get a $100.00 instant credit off the price of a new one
  2. Save $75 per multi-gas detector – Retire any Honeywell multi-gas detector, and get a $75.00 instant credit off the price of a new one
  3. Receive a free MicroDock II – Buy 25x BW multi-gas detectors, and get the corresponding MicroDock II base station and module for free
  4. Save 40% off MicroDock II – Buy 10x BW 4-gas detectors, and get 40% off the corresponding base station and module

Click here for applicable BW Technologies by Honeywell style numbers, and contact customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to take advantage of one or all of these deals today! Offer applies to Canadian and United States orders placed between March 10th and June 30th, 2016.

   
 
Trade In Your Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED at Saf-T-Gard and Receive up to $400.00!
 
 

Revive your first aid program by trading in your old Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED model for the ZOLL AED Plus® at Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. and receive up to $400.00 for model numbers ending in 401, 501 or 1001.

If these savings weren't enough to get your heart pumping, ZOLL is also offering a $200.00 rebate when you trade in any other Cardiac Science AEDs (model numbers not ending in 401, 501 or 1001).

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

Click here for more information about the promotion and to access the trade in coupon. Offer good from February 1-June 30, 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!
   
 
 May is Mental Health Awareness Month
 
 

Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress.

“Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need,” according to the proclamation of Mental Health Awareness Month issued by President Barack Obama.

“Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues.”

The Mental Health Stigma

The president urges Americans to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans.

The ACA also provided more than $100 million in funding to community health centers, which have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years.

“Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need,” said Obama.

American Psychological Association Will Host Events

In its observance of the month, the American Psychological Association (APA) will focus on barriers to care. Click here to view events, dates and more information.

   
  BLS: Worker Death Rate Rises in 2014; Number of Fatalities Highest in 7 Years
 
 

Washington – The U.S. workplace fatality rate increased in 2014 – the first time it has done so since 2010, according to finalized data released April 21 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Preliminary data that BLS announced in September showed a fatality rate of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers in 2014, the same as in 2013. The revised rate is 3.4.

Also revised upward is the total number of fatal on-the-job injuries. BLS originally counted 4,679 workplace deaths in 2014, but the revised data puts it at 4,821. This is the highest number of workers killed on the job since 2008, BLS stated.

Other revised figures:

  • The total number of deaths in the private construction industry was 899, the highest since 2008
  • The 144 deaths in the oil and gas extraction industries are the most ever recorded
  • The preliminary data showed a sharp increase in deaths among workers 55 and older, and the final data increased that number even more to 1,691 from 1,621

BLS also announced that, beginning with the release of 2015 fatal worker injury data, the bureau will discontinue publishing preliminary data. Instead, it will release only a final fatal occupational report in December.

   
    Safety Culture as the #1 Prerequisite for Low Insurance Rates 
 
 

One large expense that every employer dreads is the commercial insurance bill. No matter what type of workplace it is or how many employees there are, the cost always seems to be higher than what people want or expect. Keeping an insurance rate low is possible, but it requires a genuine safety plan and the commitment to follow it through. There are numerous changes that can be enacted in every workplace that will make it a much safer place.

Safety records play a large role in the rates insurance agents and agencies calculate for your business, and it is important to be aware of what accidents have happened in the past and do what is necessary to prevent them from recurring.

Eliminate All Distractions

Electronic devices such as MP3 players and mobile phones are an enormous distraction to the average user. MP3 players are even more concerning because people use earbuds with them that basically block out the individual's ability to hear the sound of things such as a forklift driving through or verbal warnings from other employees. These devices should be left in employee lockers or their vehicles and used only during breaks.

Provide Proper Training

Good training programs should begin the first day of employment. Along with learning about the specific job and becoming familiar with the layout of the workplace, new employees should be taught about safety. Initiate safety training that includes lessons on basic first aid and lifting properly to avoid injury. Job-specific safety advice should also be given. For example, welders should be told not to carry cigarette lighters in their pockets, and employees using vibrating tools or equipment should be required to take 10-minute breaks every hour. Supervisors should understand the risks of each job and train their staff accordingly.

Keep Buildings Clean

Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of workers' compensation claims and lost time from work. Avoid this by keeping all items off the floor and insisting any spill be cleaned immediately. Make certain the air quality is good, as well. This is important in industrial buildings where hazardous materials could be in the air, but office buildings also can have quality issues. Influenza viruses and tuberculosis are easy to spread through an HVAC system, as is mold. Have the air quality and all heating and cooling systems tested at least once a year.

Create Strict Rules

Insist on appropriate footwear and clothing for the environment. Safety gear, such as gloves, safety glasses, and hard hats, should be mandatory and always available for the employees who may need them. Insist that no one be in work-related areas other than employees. Do not allow running in the workplace or any type of fooling around that could result in injury. Implement a no-tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol on the premises and begin random testing of all employees.

Offer Incentive Programs

Divide staff into teams and offer incentives for any team that is able to go a predetermined length of time without an injury. Do the same with a fitness plan or smoking cessation group. Healthier employees are less likely to become injured or ill and miss work.

Be Fire Safe

Have extinguishers and fire alarms where they are accessible at all times. Have an evacuation route mapped out and familiarize people with it during their training. Post diagrams of the route throughout the building. Insist there be no smoking on the site and make certain all chemicals and hazardous materials are properly handled and stored.

Maintain Safety on the Road

Make safety belts a requirement whenever anyone is in a moving vehicle. Take traffic violations such as speeding tickets seriously and make them a potential cause for termination. Never allow anyone to drive a company vehicle unless the person has a clean driving record.

*Author Michael Rogers is the Operations Director of USInsuranceAgents.com. With more than five years of experience and knowledge in the insurance industry, he contributes his level of expertise as a leader and an agent to educate and secure coverage for thousands of clients. US Insurance Agents works hard to provide users with a fast and simple way to get and compare insurance rates for multiple lines of insurance, including car insurance, homeowners' insurance, renter's insurance, life insurance, and health insurance. Visit https://usinsuranceagents.com/ for information.


 

 
Saf-T-Gard Catalog
 
 

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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. 

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!

 
 
Stop by Our Booth at Any of These Trade Shows and Enter to Win a FREE Summer Safety Essentials Kit!  

 

Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference & Expo – May 17-18, 2016, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Booth #1322 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) - May 23-24, 2016, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, Booth #41 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday

 
   
 
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!

 
 

 
NIOSH Releases Study on Work-Related Hearing Loss
 

 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a study last month in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on hearing impairment among noise-exposed workers in the United States from 2003 to 2012. This study found a prevalence of 13 percent hearing loss (mild to complete) among 1.4 million audiograms studied. This study confirms and quantifies the prevalence of hearing loss among employees of nine major industry sectors. The mining, construction and manufacturing industries had the highest prevalence of workers with any hearing impairment or moderate to severe hearing impairment. Occupational hearing loss, primarily caused by high noise exposure, is the most common U.S. work-related illness. NIOSH estimates that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise. For more information, see OSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure webpage.

 
   

 
Summer Safety: Survey Reveals Only 18 Percent of Outdoor Workers Always Wear Sunscreen at Work
 

 

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. The most effective way for workers to protect themselves from contracting skin cancer is to practice sun safety when outdoors.

A new survey commissioned by Deb Group and conducted online by Harris Poll examines the sunscreen habits among employees ages 18 and older who work outdoors at least half the time. The study found that only 18 percent of outdoor workers always wear sunscreen at work.

“There are very real dangers associated with sun exposure that are often overlooked in the workplace,” said Isabelle Faivre, vice president of marketing, Deb North America. “Outdoor workers are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer and other ailments related to increased sun exposure. Organizations should educate outdoor workers on proper sun protection and provide sunscreen for use daily.”

The study found that more than half (58 percent) of outdoor workers say they always or sometimes see a need to wear sunscreen at work. However, 71 percent of outdoor workers say their employers don’t provide sunscreen to them for use at work. Perhaps that is why 59 percent of outdoor workers always or sometimes bring their own sunscreen to work.

Deb Group is campaigning to raise awareness of the risks associated with prolonged UV exposure to those who spend a significant amount of time outside as part of their job, and has a collection of educational materials for managers and employees to implement an effective sun safety program.

 
 
Safety Tips  
 

1. GOOD (UN)VIBRATIONS - ANSI has adopted as an American Standard, the international anti-vibration glove standard, now to be known as ANSI S3.40/2002:ISO10819. Be sure the vibration-reducing gloves you use are in compliance

2. TIP TOP TOES - Steel toe boots and work shoes meeting ANSI A41 I/75 C/75 standards provide safe toe protection

3. BREATHE DEEP BREATHE EASY - Gas detection instrumentation is available for single gas and multi-gas hazards

4. LOCK IT UP - Lockout/tagout procedures and products are simple and convenient to use and assist in OSHA compliance

5. AND WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS - New standards for first aid kits are based on intended use and hazards and should always be convenient and accessible

 
   

Q&A

 

 

Question - Can transparent plastic materials be used for welding curtains or screens?

 

Answer - Standard 29 CFR 1910.252(e)(2)(iii) states: Protection from arc welding rays. Where the work permits, the welder should be enclosed in an individual booth painted with a finish of low reflectivity such as zinc oxide (an important factor for absorbing ultraviolet radiations) and lamp black, or shall be enclosed with noncombustible screens similarly painted. Booths and screens shall permit circulation of air at floor level. Workers or other persons adjacent to the welding areas shall be protected from the rays by noncombustible or flameproof screens or shield or shall be required to wear appropriate goggles.

In reference to the requirement in the first sentence of the standard, the employer would be in violation if the plastic curtain forms a booth to enclose the welder since the curtain is not noncombustible, as required. There is no known treatment which will make organic plastics noncombustible. In reference to the requirement of the second sentence of the standard, the transparent plastic welding curtain could easily be installed to meet the ventilation requirement. In reference to the requirement of the third sentence of the standard, a transparent plastic screen or shield would be permitted since it can be made flameproof as well as sufficiently absorptive and non-reflective of the welding rays.

 
   
Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  

 

Linda Wood is our government sales rep and joined Saf-T-Gard in 2008 as a member of our customer service and support team (although she has many more years of experience in the safety industry).

What Linda likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"That we provide quality products that prevent injuries and save lives - that everyone who works here pulls together as a team and that management encourages and provides opportunities for growth and learning new skills"

What makes Linda's' day:

"When customers take a minute to let me know that their rush order arrived on time and in good condition and to say 'Thanks' or when they send cookies!"

Linda's outside interests are:

"I enjoy gardening, a good book, country/western music and dance, a quiet evening with good friends."

Anything else?

"My first 7 years with Saf-T-Gard have been enjoyable. I look forward to the seeing what happens in the future."

 
 
 
Factoid  

 

Clarification on the Intermingling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids in a Storage Cabinet

OSHA was asked for clarification on an apparent ambiguity in OSHA's standard for Flammable and Combustible Liquids, 29 CFR 1910.106, specifically clarification on the use of the words "or" and "nor" in the paragraph Design, Construction, and Capacity of Storage Cabinets-Maximum Capacity, 29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(i), which states, "Not more than 60 gallons of Class I or Class II liquids, nor more than 120 gallons of Class III liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet."

This language is an adaptation of similar language in section 4210 of the 1969 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Standard 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids (source standard for 29 CFR 1910.106), which states, "Not more than 60 gallons of flammable or 120 gallons of combustible liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet."

OSHA never intended to prohibit intermingling flammable and combustible liquids in a storage cabinet or to allow more than 120 gallons of any flammable and combustible liquids combination in a storage cabinet.

NFPA 30 - 1981 Section 4-3.1 states, "Not more than 120 gal (454.2L) of Class I, Class II, and Class IIIA liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet. Of this total, not more than 60 gal (227.1L) may be of Class I and Class II liquids..." OSHA finds this language represents the intent of 29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(i) clearly and unambiguously.

 
 
As I See It  

 

It is May 2016. May Day (May 1) is also known as International Workers' Day - a celebration of the international labor movement. It is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and is celebrated unofficially in many more. Concern for workers has been and continues to be a driving force behind the growth of the safety products industry. Certainly there are compliance issues (OSHA carries a big stick) and financial issues (lost time, medical costs, insurance costs) but the true bottom line issue is the commitment of safety professionals to do everything possible for workers to return home healthy and safe at the end of their work shift. It is a true and truly equal partnership involving and engaging the employer, the safety products supplier, and the worker. Like a three-legged stool, all must be equally committed to the process or it falls over. Mayday (as one word) is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal, derived from the French "m'aider", meaning "help me". There is a safety connection here, too. While we all try to avoid emergencies, the concept of "help me" can certainly relate to industrial safety. Help me keep my facility safe. Help me keep my workers safe. Help me with the products and services to enable me (the worker) to do my job safely and productively. Help me (your safety products supplier) provide you with the most appropriate and cost-effective products for your application by sharing information. We can help, because that's where we have the experience and expertise to assist. We are Saf-T-Gard - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

 

            
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