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November 2016


  'Tis the Season to Save As Much As 55% on Select Safety Items at Saf-T-Gard

Winter is approaching, but the must-have deals on all of your favorite safety supplies are already here! Whether you work indoors or outside, now is the time to prepare for the hazards that are ahead, and save on the safety gear that you need the most. From seasonal items such as thermal, insulated and water-proof gloves, Hi-Viz sweatshirts and bomber jackets, ice traction spikes and winter overshoes, winter liners and warming packets to everyday essentials such as safety glasses, disposable respirators, earplugs, coveralls, first


aid kits and safety mats - Saf-T-Gard delivers everything that you need to remain safe and productive on the job, no matter what time of year it is!

Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or visit today to learn how you can save as much as 55% on promotional safety items when you place an order today. Click here to view the entire flyer. While supplies last! Offer ends February 28, 2017.

   Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. Earns Fall Protection Repair Certification from Miller by Honeywell

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a global supplier of head-to-toe personal protective equipment and facility safety solutions for more than 80 years, has expanded its services for customers by offering repairs for Miller Fall Protection (a Honeywell brand). In addition to offering a full line of Miller by Honeywell fall protection products, Saf-T-Gard is pleased to now better service its customers by providing a one-stop shop for both procurement and service.

Saf-T-Gard has on-site certified technicians to repair more than a dozen different models of Miller Self Retracting Lanyards (SRLs), thereby enabling faster turnaround times and increased worker productivity. This, in turn, lowers customers’ overall costs when compared to sending out items for repair or product replacement expenses.


“Saf-T-Gard has the relationships and the resources necessary to contribute much more than just safety supplies,” said Richard Rivkin, President and CEO, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. “We are experts in developing safety programs and implementing comprehensive safety systems for an overall safe work environment, which provides a significant reduction in injuries in the workplace and ensures quality and value-driven safety planning for our customers. The ability to now offer Miller by Honeywell fall protection repair services is a natural extension of our business philosophy and practice.”


Sqwincher® and Voltgard® Name International Lineman's Rodeo Expo Raffle Winners


Voltgard®, a division of Saf-T-Gard International Inc., and Sqwincher, the hydration authority, are pleased to announce the winners of their International Lineman’s Rodeo Expo booth raffle prize drawing. Please join the companies in congratulating Patrick Hanes, Manager of Electric Transmission & Distribution at the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL), and Jeremy Schneck, Lineman at Westar Energy, on their prizes. Hanes was chosen as the recipient of the PRIMOS Double Bull Bullpen, and Schneck was selected to receive the PRIMOS Bullet Proof 2 Game Camera, both worth a combined value of $436.90.

The International Lineman’s Rodeo Expo took place October 12-13, 2016 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas. The event attracted more than 3,000 of the world’s top electric utility linemen, foremen, superintendents, training, safety and management personnel from investor-owned utilities, municipalities, rural electric membership coops (REMC), contractors and military. Both Voltgard and Sqwincher were first-time exhibitors, located at booths 100A and 100B, where visitors were encouraged to stop by and enter the raffle while learning about the products that directly address their on-the-job safety concerns. The winners were then selected at random after the expo ended.

Exposure to high voltages and challenging weather conditions such as rain and high temperatures are two of the most common occupational hazards that utility workers must face at any moment. While it is nearly impossible to eliminate the source of these threats, it is ALWAYS possible to control them with the proper safety equipment.

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. is a global manufacturer, supplier, importer and exporter of industrial safety products and a proud distributor of Sqwincher hydration solutions. Specifically designed for industry, Sqwincher is an economical, effective method for 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. Sqwincher also contains twice the potassium and half the sodium compared to other sports drinks. It is available in ZERO sugar, ZERO calorie or in naturally-sweetened and no-added-color LITE alternatives, which makes Sqwincher an all-around healthier selection! Saf-T-Gard offers Sqwincher Instant Powder or Liquid Concentrate configurations in a variety of flavors and packaging and dispensing options. Moreover, the new Sqwincher Double Cooler is the only cooler in the industry to properly dispense the beverages as formulated – dual serve, sanitary, no dilution, and no contamination. It is the preferred cooler for bucket trucks!

Furthermore, Saf-T-Gard also manufacturers its own Voltgard line of electrical safety products, including the Voltgard Water-Repellent Grain Cowhide Leather Protectors. These Voltgard Leather Protectors are the ideal choice for linemen, because their protective properties are not sacrificed when wet, and linemen work in all kinds of weather including the rain. Crafted by leather glove specialists, the Voltgard Leather Protectors fit properly over all industry-standard rubber insulating gloves and are available in a variety of styles to accommodate all of your electrical safety hand protection needs. They meet ASTM Standard F696 for construction, design and materials used. Voltgard Leather Protectors are available in a full range of low- and high-voltage styles and are the best protectors you will ever wear!

  Product Spotlight: Saf-T-Gard® Mechani-Gard® MG-9860 Winter Mechanic's Gloves

The Mechani-Gard® MG-9860 Winter Mechanic’s Gloves offer a new level of protection that also shields hands against the wind and colder temperatures to help workers combat the elements.

Not only are they one of the softest pair of leather gloves that you will ever put on, but the soft goatskin leather palms also provide maximum flexibility and include breathable black polyester/Spandex® knit backs to offer the ideal balance of ergonomics, dexterity and durability. Additionally, the palm padding provides excellent impact protection and better absorbs shocks and vibrations.

Moreover, a 3M™ C100 Thinsulate Insulation inner lining gives extra warmth, while the comfortable knit Spandex back lets hands breathe and not overheat. 


Additional MG-9860 Features & Benefits:

  • Tough goatskin leather is durable yet soft and supple
  • Leather delivers good dry grip and abrasion resistance
  • Foam padded palms absorb vibrations, shocks and impacts
  • Polyester/Spandex knit back offers breathable comfort and fit
  • Reinforced thumb crotch enhances durability and extends usage
  • Hook-and-loop wrist closure enables an adjustable and secure fit
  • 3M Thinsulate Insulation inner lining insulates against colder temperatures
  • EN 388 Abrasion Level 3
  • Ideal for use in applications such as mechanics, assembly work, construction, material handling, drivers or any application requiring protection in colder temperatures
  • Available in sizes M-2XL
  • Sold by the pair

Additional style of Mechani-Gard Mechanic’s Gloves are also available. Click here to view online, and please call customer service at 1-800-548-4273 (GARD) for more information.

Revive Your AED Program with Zoll® and Saf-T-Gard®

Did you know that AHA guidelines indicate access to an AED should be between three-five minutes anywhere within a facility?

Furthermore, do you know if any of your existing AEDs are more than five years old, or if their manufacturer warranty/support is about to expire? Moreover, does your facility have more than 10 AED units currently in service that would benefit from the En-Pro PlusTrac Program Management System that allows you to monitor all of your AEDs from your laptop for maintaining your Good Samaritan status? If so, Saf-T-Gard can help!

For starters, you can trade in your old AED models for the ZOLL AED Plus® at Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. and receive as much as $600.00. Click here for a list of qualifying competitive models and max trade-in values.

If you’re looking to expand your AED arsenal with new units to ensure a three-five minute drop-to-shock response time, or if you’d like to upgrade your technology to include the PlusTrac Program Management tool that enables your organization to manage all of your AEDs online, we can help with that, too!

The PlusTrac AED Management Program is available for either one or five years (PlusTrac Professional1 or Professional5). PlusTrac makes it easy to make changes to your AED program, keep your AEDs inspected, your consumables (batteries, pads, etc.) up to date, your volunteer responders trained and all of your AEDs properly managed and rescue ready.

PlusTrac will maintain a complete record of your Good Samaritan status, and keep you in constant contact with the manufacturer of your AED, along with many of the local, state and federal agencies whose regulations may affect keeping Good Samaritan status.


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 the user what to do

The Trade-In Offer is 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 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!

Request A Facility Survey to Ensure You Are Up To Date with Codes and Standards 

Ensuring your facility is up to code has never been more important. For the first time in nearly 25 years, OSHA penalties are increasing by about 80%. That's why Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. has partnered with Speakman to offer a new Facility Survey where we send the experts to examine every aspect of your facility and determine what emergency equipment is needed for total compliance.

Your local Saf-T-Gard rep and a trained Speakman professional will come to your worksite and perform a detailed examination of your facility and provide a digital report that breaks down exactly what equipment is needed to be compliant with codes and standards. And, when you are ready to purchase, Saf-T-Gard conveniently carries a complete line of Speakman Eye/Facewash Systems and Emergency Showers to deliver the protection you require! It’s just that easy.

Click here or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to request more information or to schedule a Facility Survey from Saf-T-Gard and Speakman.


Saf-T-Gard Catalog

The time for better safety is now!

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. 

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!

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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!


OSHA Assistant Secretary Encouraged by Drop in Injury, Illness Rates


Recently released occupational injury and illness data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015. Private sector employers reported about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, a decline of about 48,000 from 2014, despite an increase in total hours worked. The rate of cases recorded was 3.0 cases per 100 full-time workers – down from 3.2 in 2014. This rate has declined for all but one of the last 13 years.

"We are encouraged to see the significant decline in worker injury and illness rates," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "This is the result of the relentless efforts of employers, unions, worker advocates, occupational safety and health professionals and federal and state government agencies ensuring that worker safety and health remains a top priority every day." For more information, read the full statement.

Safety Tips  

1. COLD IS COMING - And that means hand protection for outdoor workers should have warm linings

2. COLD IS COMING - And that means head protection for outdoor workers must include warm helmet liners

3. COLD IS COMING - And that means fewer hours of daylight and reduced visibility - another reason for Hi-Viz reflective clothing

4. COLD IS COMING - And that often means icy, slippery walkways and driveways - tungsten-carbide tipped rubber pullovers fit over any shoes or boots for superb traction

5. COLD IS COMING - And yes, that means colds are coming, so be sure you have enough industrial-pack cold remedy medicines on hand





Question - What are the requirements for products like gloves that come in contact with food?

Answer - The Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. Government has published extensive regulations in 21 CFR parts 170-199 identifying acceptable food additives, indirect food additives, and substances generally recognized as safe. Gloves are considered indirect food additives and therefore all components must comply with the acceptable food additives or substances generally recognized as safe.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Claudia Welnicki is a member of the Saf-T-Gard Sales Team and joined Saf-T-Gard about 6 years ago.

What Claudia likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"I like being part of a 'team' of knowledgeable people in the safety industry who support one another on a daily basis."

What makes Claudia's day:

"When I can provide our customers with the products and services that enable their workers to go home safe at the end of a work day."

Claudia's outside interests are:

"Scrapbooking, card making, reading, and gardening."

Anything Else:

"I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, 3 great daughters and son-in-laws, and awesome grandchildren and many supportive friends, all of whom I love spending time with."



With regard to the Lockout/Tagout Standard's minor servicing exception [contained in §1910.147(a)(2)(ii) note], would a programmable logic controller (PLC) system that opens all ungrounded supply conductors to isolate power to all points of operation meet the definition of an alternative measure which provides effective protection?

Circuit control systems, such as the PLC system you describe, are not energy isolating devices as defined at §1910.147(b). As a result, reliance on a PLC system that controls machine or equipment safety functions, such as stopping or preventing hazardous energy (motion), is prohibited by the LOTO standard and, as a result, is presumed to be ineffective employee protection from injuries resulting from hazards such as component failure, program errors, magnetic field interference, electrical surges and improper use or maintenance.

However, if an employer can demonstrate that a PLC system is an alternative measure which provides effective protection, the PLC system may be used only to protect employees who are performing minor tool changes and adjustments, and other minor servicing activities that take place during normal production operations and are routine, repetitive and integral to the use of the equipment for production pursuant to the minor servicing exception contained in the 29 CFR §1910.147(a)(2)(ii) note.

To meet this exception, an employer must demonstrate that there is effective employee protection, through the use of a system hazard analysis, before OSHA would accept PLCs for minor servicing activity covered in the equipment-specific analysis. In other words, the PLC system, on a case-by-case basis, would need to be designed, installed, used, and maintained in accordance with the generally-recognized good engineering practices (e.g., applicable manufacturers' recommendations; prior operating experience; reliability data) so as to protect employees from hazardous energy sources during the minor servicing activities. The improper application of a PLC system on a machine or piece of equipment would not constitute recognized good engineering practice and would not constitute effective alternative protection if, for example, it fails to protect employees (from the described hazards above) who are performing minor tool changes and adjustments.

 Go, Cubs, Go!  
Saf-T-Gard would like to congratulate the Chicago Cubs on their historic 2016 World Series Championship! Fly the W!  
As I See It  


It is November 2016. At first, I was going to write about Thanksgiving - the American holiday that gives us each pause to reflect on how fortunate we are. But then the Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time in 108 years! They did it with persistence and teamwork and good coaching. Maybe there’s a lesson here for us as well? Looking at your worker safety program and your PPE purchasing program, are some of the products and processes pretty old (well, maybe not 108 years)? Is it time to regroup, review, redirect (if needed) and refresh? Who are your coaches and teammates? A modern, effective worker safety program has a lot of stakeholders. With focus and determination, your company’s worker safety program can be a winner every time. But, back to Thanksgiving. Personally, I want to express our thanks to you. For the tens of thousands of customers that we have served over 80 years - thank you for your business. We do appreciate it. We also appreciate the opportunities presented to us by companies who are not yet our regular customers. And finally, thanks to the Saf-T-Gard family - the Saf-T-Gard team who works together with the common goal of helping our customers' employees go home safe, sound and healthy at the end of their work shift. We are Saf-T-Gard - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

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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