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May 2018


  Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. Donates Thousands in Personal Protective Equipment to Local Habitat for Humanity Home Construction Program and ReStore

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a full-line, quality-oriented global industrial safety solutions supplier, is helping families realize the dream of owning a home by recently donating several thousand dollars’ worth in safety products to the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley and its Elgin ReStore. Habitat Construction Managers and homeowners alike can rest assured in knowing that their sweat equity is protected and that the costs to ensure that the Habitat fulfills its mission with excellence are covered.

Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads. Caught in the punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear. Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families create a new cycle. That’s why Habitat for Humanity partners with people in local communities and all over the world to help them build or improve a place to call home. It is through donations such as this one from Saf‑T‑Gard that give families hope and peace of mind by empowering the Habitat for Humanity to continue their work in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and approximately 70 countries around the world.

Habitat ReStores are unique home improvement stores that accept small and large donations of new or gently‑used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. The items that they sell are available to the public at a fraction of the price. However, Habitat ReStores are more than just resell stores. The purpose of Habitat ReStores is to contribute to the work of Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat ReStores assist in funding Habitat for Humanity’s mission to end substandard housing by building strength, stability and self‑reliance through shelter. Moreover, by accepting hard-to-dispose of items, Habitat ReStores have successfully diverted more than 10,000 tons of materials from landfills. Since opening in 2006, the Habitat for Humanity Elgin ReStore has raised enough funds to construct 68 homes.

“Safety and shelter are basic human needs, so we are very excited to contribute to an organization such as Habitat for Humanity that can help fulfill both,” said Richard Rivkin, President and CEO, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. “Saf-T-Gard has been bringing workers home safely since 1936 with our comprehensive selection of superior safety products, and as a family-owned and family-operated company, we are proud to now also enable families to have a place to come home to safely.”

  Coming Soon - The New and Improved Website

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!

    Safety Plus May Webinar Series: Preparing for an OSHA Visit

No one wants a surprise visit from OSHA, but they happen. And if you're not prepared, odds are it could cost you big time. Click here to register for the free "Managing Unexpected OSHA Visits, Part 1: What to Do before OSHA Arrives" webinar scheduled on Wednesday, May 16th, 12:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 a.m. Pacific, to learn how to best prepare for OSHA visits and more!

Vendor Product Spotlight: SHOWA® ATLAS® 300 Work Gloves

Revered for its comfort-conscious construction and tactical grip performance, SHOWA® ATLAS® 300 is ergonomically designed to be the perfect fit for any and all general-purpose jobs.

Additional features and benefits include the following: 

  • Cotton polyester liner delivers optimal fit and long-lasting comfort
  • Lightweight palm-dipped natural rubber coating provides maximum grip and dexterity
  • Rough textured finish provides an economical choice of enhancing abrasion and cut protection while providing good protection in wet and dry applications
  • Open back ensures breathability and reduces perspiration
  • Elastic knit wrist cuff prevents debris from entering the gloves
  • Available in sizes Small-XL
  • Sold by the dozen

Saf-T-Gard also offers several additional styles of SHOWA gloves, including coated general purpose gloves, coated cut-resistant gloves, chemical-resistant gloves and disposable gloves Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

     Introducing the New Accuform Duck Armor Liquid Laminate

Duck Armor is powerful enough to survive in any environment. Pioneered by Accuform more than a decade ago, the scientifically strong liquid laminate coating sleeps with one eye open to protect over 90,000 identification product SKUs including signs, Digi-Day® 3 Scoreboards and Store-Boards from virtually any hazard. Durable and resilient, yet light as a feather, Duck Armor has you covered!

Longevity Means Quality Ink and Materials – Protected by Duck Armor Liquid Laminate!

A sign that lasts starts with a quality base material. For example, an industry-tested material like Accuform’s Polyethylene (Plastic) versus a typical competitor material like “Rigid Plastic” (a.k.a.Styrene). The wrong base material can effectively negate what sits on top of your sign. What sits on top? A safety message that leads your workforce to safety. That message simply can’t fade.

Longevity through quality also means scientifically engineered ink-sets specifically created for the materials they will be printed on. Not every Accuform material requires “a free top-coating” – Accuform's inks stick and never flake-off.

That’s the difference, driven by facts and supported by science. See the results for yourself. When Duck Armor is needed, Duck Armor is there.

Additional features and benefits include the following:


  • Applied to the surface, Duck Armor bonds and dries instantly to defend your messages against the toughest environments
  • The printed surface is fully encapsulated, suitable for interior and exterior sign application
  • The veracity of the print color is considerably improved due to the UV inhibitors, therefore extending product life
  • Shows NO discoloration or adhesion failure after 24 hour immersion in more than 20 different chemicals
  • Duck Armor Liquid Laminate is graffiti-resistant to eliminate vandalism concerns, scratches, and much more
  • Surface cleans easily with alcohol-based common cleaners

 Click here to learn more about Duck Armor.

Saf-T-Gard provides a comprehensive selection of Accuform signs and facility identification products. Click here to shop them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

    Vendor Product Spotlight: PIP 250-24-0000 Hi-Voltage ARC Safety Glasses

Eye protection is designed to help shield workers’ eyes from certain impacts, debris, dust, splashes and other potential hazards that can present severe injury to the eyes, including potential blindness. PIP’s Hi-Voltage ARC Safety Glasses provide the following features and benefits:

  • Semi-rimless nylon black frame offers contemporary style
  • Adjustable black spatula temples provide a secure, comfortable fit
  • Built-in side shields maximize peripheral protection
  • 4 base curved lens design maximizes view, increasing user comfort and safety
  • Molded nose bridge design fits the vast majority of users
  • Clear, polycarbonate hard-coated lens is scratch-resistant, blocks 99.9% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and exceeds ANSI Z87.1 High Impact Safety Standards
  • Unisex design and universal fit accommodates all faces
  • Sold individually

Saf-T-Gard carries a complete line of PIP eye protection products including safety glasses, goggles, faceshields and accessories in a variety of your favorite colors and styles. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

  April 18th Was National Lineman Appreciation Day
  Lineman Appreciation Day is a time to express our gratitude to the outstanding men and women who do difficult and dangerous work that benefits all of us. These workers are often taken for granted.

Even though the official Lineman Appreciation Day has passed, Saf-T-Gard would like formally recognize them for all that they do every day and for literally putting their lives on the line to give us a better quality of life. If you haven’t already done so, please remember to thank your local linemen, and click on the above image to watch a video tribute developed by Northwest Lineman College.

    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 local 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 feedback in real-time 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 with Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4003-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4004-01 - AED Plus Semi-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional5
  • 8000-00-4007-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with Medical Prescription
  • 8000-00-4010-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with PlusTrac Professional1
  • 8000-00-4011-01 - AED Plus Fully-Automatic Package with 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!

  Fifth Annual National Safety Stand-Down Begins May 7th

Thousands of worksites will join OSHA and its partners for the annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 7-11, 2018, with events across the country. Employers and workers will pause during the workday to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls in all workplaces. The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation.

Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will attend a national kick-off event May 7 in Washington, D.C., at the newly constructed DC United soccer stadium, where experts will demonstrate proper fall arrest systems. For a list of other events, and educational resources in English and Spanish, visit the Stand-Down webpage.

Saf-T-Gard Catalog

The time for better safety is now!

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

Closeout Corner - Don't Miss These Great 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 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!

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 - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, Booth #401

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. DESIGNER HEAD PROTECTION - Protective headgear is available in full brim hats, peak brim caps and low-hazard bump cap styles

2. DESIGNER HEARING PROTECTION - Earplugs are available in many different materials and shapes, and earmuffs are available with different shapes and features as stand-alone as well as cap-mounted attachments to caps and hats

3. DESIGNER RESPIRATORS - Half-mask air-purifying respirators are available either maintenance-free or with replaceable filters and cartridges, and full facepiece respirators are available with air-purifying cartridges or as components in a supplied-air system

4. DESIGNER EYEWEAR - Protective eyewear (safety glasses) are available in a variety of frame colors, sizes, shapes and lens tints to fit nearly any face

5. DESIGNER GLOVES - Many different materials, designs, sizes, shapes, textures and linings are available to virtually customize glove selection to the application




Question - What personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be in compliance with the requirements for working within the minimum approach distances (MADs) of underground pad-mount transformers? Are both insulating gloves and insulating sleeves required?

Answer - The requirements for working within the MADs of underground lines and transformers are the same as when working within the MADs of overhead lines. Paragraph 1910.269(l) addresses working on or near exposed energized parts; it is not limited to overhead lines. This paragraph does not differentiate based on nature of the component (line versus equipment), nor does it differentiate on the basis of the location of the energized part (overhead versus underground). Therefore, the requirements found in 1910.269(l) apply regardless of the location or nature of the exposed energized part(s), including those that require electrical protective equipment.

Regarding the question on the use of gloves and sleeves, 1910.269(l)(2)(i) allows for employees to work within the MADs of energized parts if they are wearing insulating gloves and insulating sleeves in accordance with 1910.269(l)(3). Paragraph 1910.269(l)(3) requires that, if employees are insulated from the energized parts through the use of insulating gloves, then insulating sleeves are also required with two exceptions. There are two conditions noted in 1910.269(l)(3)(i) and 1910.269(l)(3)(ii) that would allow an employee to use insulating gloves without the use of insulating sleeves: 1) If exposed energized parts on which work is not being performed are insulated from the employee; and 2) If such insulation is placed from a position not exposing the employee's upper arm to contact with other energized parts.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Tanaina Santa is the Telecom Account Manager and she joined Saf-T-Gard more than 10 years ago.

What Tanaina likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"I really like the working environment, and my co-workers are friendly and helpful."

What makes Tanaina's day:

"Being able to help others and providing the best customer service I can is very important to me both personally and professionally."

Tanaina's outside interests are:

"I enjoy spending time with my family, especially with my 3 children Diego, Giuliana and Mateo."

Anything else:

"Happiness is inward, not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have but on what we are." - Henry Van Dyke



What are the requirements to give workers a choice of hearing protection devices?

OSHA regulations, 29 CFR 1910.95(i)(3), states: "Employees shall be given the opportunity to select their hearing protectors from a variety of suitable hearing protectors provided by the employer." In this instance, OSHA did not intend to specify the number of types or variety of hearing protectors from which employees may make their selection. Instead OSHA included this performance language recognizing that there be several reasons why employees should be allowed to select from a variety of hearing protectors.    

Plant conditions such as dust, temperature, and humidity can cause one type of protector to be more suitable than another. For example, earplugs can be more comfortable in a hot, humid environment, than earmuffs. Also, individual ear canals come in all shapes and sizes. For people with unusually- shaped ear canals, fitting may be difficult, and commonly-used insert protectors may be very uncomfortable.

In general, employers are advised to give workers a choice between at least one type of earplug and one type of muff since individuals may be more comfortable in one type of protection than in the other. However, the number of different hearing protectors required to constitute an adequate variety is simply the number needed to supply each employee that requires a hearing protector a suitable one. The term "suitable hearing protectors" as used in the provision means protectors that are comfortable to wear and that offer sufficient attenuation to prevent hearing loss.

As I See It  


It is May 2018. There’s a plaque on display at the entrance to our office. It has the Rotary International emblem and these words:

The Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Here’s the interesting history of that simple statement. More than 80 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. Herbert Taylor, the author, was asked to help revive the near-bankrupt Club Aluminum Company of Chicago. Looking for a way to resuscitate the company and caught in the Depression’s doldrums, Herb thought about an ethical guideline for the company. The Test gradually became a guide for every aspect of the business, creating a climate of trust and goodwill among dealers, customers and employees. It became part of the corporate culture, and eventually helped improve Club Aluminum’s reputation and finances. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. The Four-Way Test is said at every meeting of 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. I personally find The Four-Way Test meaningful, important and relevant as a guide to our personal and business relationships, and I hope that you feel the same way. We’re proud of our reputation, heritage, and integrity because we are Saf-T-Gard International - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

Proud to partner with: 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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