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November 2018


  NIOSH Releases Beta Version of New Respirable Crystalline Silica Monitoring Software

Mines can now monitor worker exposure to hazardous respirable crystalline silica more effectively thanks to new software developed by the NIOSH Mining Program in beta version. This novel, field-based tool called “FAST” (Field Analysis of Silica Tool) works together with commercially available FTIR analyzers (Fourier Transform Infrared) to determine a worker’s exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, providing detailed results immediately following a worker’s shift.

“FAST provides a vital link for mines seeking better RCS monitoring tools by bringing the laboratory to the field,” noted NIOSH Associate Director for Mining, Dr. Jessica Kogel. The FAST software is designed to work in concert with an easily implemented monitoring approach also developed by NIOSH, which uses portable FTIR analyzers and dust sampling cassettes at the mine site.

Click here to learn more about this monitoring software, and click here to download a beta version of the FAST software from the NIOSH Mining website.

Reflect-A-Gard® RG-2005 Vests Deliver Visible Safety and Savings!

Save as much as 68% on Saf-T-Gard® Reflect-A-Gard® RG-2005 Class 2 Hi-Viz Breakaway Safety Vests now through December 31, 2018.

Saf-T-Gard can help keep you seen and safe on the job in the Reflect-A-Gard RG-2005 Class 2 Hi-Viz Breakaway Safety Vests with the following features and benefits:

  • Fluorescent lime polyester mesh fabric offers high visibility and breathable comfort
  • Two (2) horizontal and two (2) vertical 2” reflective stripes deliver ANSI/ISEA-107 Class 2 Level 2 compliance
  • The vest is designed to separate harmlessly from the body in the event that it gets caught
  • The five (5) breakaway points include two (2) on the shoulders, two (2) on the sides and one (1) in the center
  • One (1) inner pocket at left chest for convenient storage and transportation of work materials
  • Hook-and-loop closure provides easy on/off and comfortable, secure fitting
  • Available in sizes Medium-5XL
  • Sold individually or 50 each/case by size
  • $3.25/each or $112.50/case of 50 each by size ($50 minimum order)
  • Save 14% more per vest when you order by the case

Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) today with any questions or to place your order.

 OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2018

On October 23, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its annual preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 most frequently cited violates for the fiscal year 2018 at the National Safety Congress & Expo show floor in Houston, Texas.

The list was announced by Patrick Kapust, OHSA’s Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs in reverse order as follows:

  • Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) with 1,536 violations
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212) with 1,972 violations
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) with 1,982 violations
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) with 2,294 violations
  • Ladders (1926.1053) with 2,812 violations
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) with 2,944 violations
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134) with 3,118 violations
  • Scaffolds – General Requirements (1926.451) with 3,336 violations
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200) with 4,552 violations
  • Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) with 7,270 violations

Topping the list once again, Fall Protection remained number 1 with 7,270 citations (up from 6,072 in 2017). However, violation number 10 on this year’s list “Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)” was not on the 2017 list. It replaces Electrical – Wiring Methods (number 10 in 2017).

The top 10 violations accounted for an estimated total of 32,266 violations, based on preliminary data for FY 2018. Kapust reminded those in attendance that these numbers were only for the federal agency, and did not include violations found by state enforcement agencies. Click here to read more in Safety + Health magazine.

    Cleaning up After the Storms; What to Wear

Cleaning up after severe storms presents many hazards ranging from physical hazards associated with floodwaters, downed trees and electrical outages, to hazards related to releases of chemicals or sewage that may contaminate land, water and buildings.

Another biological hazard to be cautious about is the extremely high potential for mold growth in structures, carpeting, furniture and other materials that have become wet due to the heavy rains and subsequent flooding.

People performing cleanup/remediation activities need to be able to recognize the actual or potential presence of mold and take precautions to protect themselves.

The Hazard Selector tool on DuPontSafeSPEC is a great resource to assist you with identifying garment options for mold remediation. Searches using “Mold spores” or “Sodium hypochlorite, 6% (bleach)” would be the two most common applicable for this application.  

DuPont has created a guide to help assist you in quickly locating suitable protective garments with SafeSPEC™ for your clean up. Click
here to access.

Saf-T-Gard carries a comprehensive line of DuPont protective garments in several different fabrics, including coveralls, pants, shirts, aprons, sleeves, lab coats and hazmat suits. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

  Two (2) Upcoming FREE Educational Webinars  
  Coming soon, a webinar for FR in cold environments and an amazing deep dive on some confined space rule changes you should definitely know.

On Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM (EST), Melissa Gerhardt, National Safety Apparel Product Manager: FR Clothing, Arc Flash PPE, is presenting a FREE “Performance FR for Cold Environments – What You Need to Know” webinar.

As the seasons change, we are used to adjusting our everyday wardrobes to combat dwindling temperatures. We regularly hear of the dangers of heat stress, but what about cold stress? For workers like those in the oil & gas and utility industries who may face long periods of exposure to the outdoors, transitioning work wear for the changing seasons is important.

Long hours outdoors leaves workers susceptible to cold stress and related illnesses. Attend this webinar to learn more about the benefits of high performance FR for extreme weather climates. Click here to register today.

  On Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM (EST), Bob Henderson, President of GfG Instrumentation, Inc., will present a FREE “Recent Changes in the Rules for Confined Space Entry” webinar.

In 1993 OSHA enacted 29 CFR 1910.146 “Permit-Required Confined Spaces.” In 2015, a major new confined space regulation, 1926 Subpart AA, expanded regulatory requirements to cover permit required confined spaces during construction. As part of the new rule, OSHA has clarified and expanded the list of applicable permit required confined space, training requirements, communication requirements, assignment of responsibilities and use of gas detectors and atmospheric monitors. Testing and calibration requirements have been clarified as well.

The manufacturers of equipment used in confined spaces have not been idle. The new rules have driven many changes, especially in the performance and capabilities of confined space gas detectors. Click here to register for this webinar today to learn all of this and more!

FREE Safety Meetings

An effective safety program cannot be built on safety meetings alone. But used effectively, safety meetings are an important tool in the toolbelt of an ideal safety program.

The main issue safety managers run into when trying to incorporate safety meetings into their safety program is finding consistent, valuable content. SafetyPlusWeb offers this for FREE with two different options: (1) Weekly toolbox talk email and (2) FREE Safety Meetings App. Click here to check out the video for how to utilize these resources, and call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information on SafetyPlusWeb, the cloud-based safety management system that allows customers to track employee training and compliance, and gain unlimited access to 65+ training videos, editable safety policies, Toolbox Talks, and hundreds of other safety resources.

     NEW from ZING Green Safety Products: 7294 Universal Plug/Forklift/Cylinder Lockout

Check out this new and unique lockout device that allows you to perform lockout functions on up to eight pieces of equipment, including plugs, forklift trucks (both electric and propane) and gas cylinder tanks. This extremely versatile lockout device will eliminate the need to carry many different types of lockout devices by combining functions into one super device.

Additional features and benefits include the following:

  • Performs several critical lockout functions, including plug, forklift, and gas cylinder lockout
  • The device is made in the USA from recycled plastic, and measures 7.25”L x 4.25”W x 3”
  • Recycled materials support LEED credits and sustainability initiatives
  • Applications include gas cylinder shutoff valves, plug lockouts (120 Volt Plug, 250 Volt-SP Plug and 15-50 Amp 3P Plug), electric driven forklift lockouts (Battery Plug 50-250 Amp and Starter Battery Negative (-) Terminal) and propane driven forklift lockouts (LP Gas Cylinder Shutoff Valve and LP Gas Tank Coupling)

Saf-T-Gard also offers several other ZING Green Safety Products, including lockout/tagout, signs and labels and miscellaneous safety items. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

Saf-T-Gard Catalog

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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!

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Safety Tips  

1. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Electrical protective equipment must be used when working on or near potentially energized circuits of 50 volts or more

2. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Protective safety caps and hats meeting ANSI Z89.1 Class E are tested at 20,000 volts for 3 minutes and are considered dielectric

3. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Rubber insulating blankets are the most flexible and versatile form of temporary cover-up protection for energized circuits and equipment

4. DON'T BE SHOCKED - A complete lockout/tagout program includes locks, hasps, tags, signs, and key stations - available individually or as complete kits

5. DON'T BE SHOCKED - Dielectric switchboard matting provides additional protection in front of switchgear, motor control centers and other high voltage apparatus




Question - Are adhesive stickers or paints allowed on protective helmets?

Answer - OSHA's general requirements for PPE are set forth in 29 CFR 1910.132. The specific requirements for head protection (protective helmets) are outlined in 29 CFR 1910.135, which incorporates by reference American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-2009. Both 29 CFR 1910.132 and 1910.135 do not contain provisions that explicitly prohibit painting or the placement of adhesive stickers on helmet shells. However, the employer's ability to comply with the existing requirements of these standards may be adversely affected by the painting or placement of adhesive stickers on the helmet's shell.  

For instance, OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.132(a) requires that PPE be "...maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition..." [Emphasis added.] To ensure a helmet is and remains in a "reliable" condition, the helmet must be inspected prior to use for signs of dents, cracks, penetration and any damage due to impact, rough treatment or wear that might reduce the degree of protection originally provided and used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Paints and stickers may eliminate electrical resistance and – depending on the location and quantity – conceal defects, cracks, penetration and any damage that would be otherwise readily identifiable during the employee's inspection to ensure reliability. Another concern is that paints, thinners and solvents, as discussed in Appendix A of ANSI Z89.1-2003 and the appendices of the 1986 and 1997 versions, can also attack or damage the shell of a helmet and reduce protection. For these reasons, painting or applying stickers must be performed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the altered protective helmet is equally as effective and protective as those meeting the requirements of Z89.1. Protective helmet manufacturers usually provide very specific instructions regarding paints, stickers or decals that will not negatively affect the performance of a protective helmet. OSHA would consider painting or placing adhesive stickers acceptable if the manufacturer authorizes the alteration, or the employer can demonstrate that the reliability of the helmet is not affected by the paint or the adhesive on the stickers; and the paint or placement of stickers would not reduce the ability to identify defects (i.e., use of see-through stickers) or other conditions that would indicate a reduced reliability.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Claudia Welnicki is a member of the Saf-T-Gard Sales Team and joined Saf-T-Gard about 8 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 3 awesome grandchildren and many supportive friends, all of whom I love spending time with."



Does OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout or LOTO) standard, 29 CFR 1910.147 permit maintenance personnel in a metal fabrication punch press operation to stand inside the guard across the back of the machine to observe and troubleshoot malfunctions of the dies? 

If the employee is observing whether the equipment is operating properly, this activity would be considered inspecting the equipment and, therefore, would be considered Servicing and/or Maintenance as defined at §1910.147(b). Although LOTO applies to servicing and maintenance, minor adjustments which occur during normal production operations may be exempt from the LOTO under the minor servicing exception. The minor servicing exception provides that minor tool changes and adjustments and other minor servicing activities which take place during normal production operations may be exempt from the LOTO standard if the activity is routine, repetitive and integral to the use of the equipment for production purposes, provided that the work is performed using alternative measures which provide effective employee protection. An employer bears the burden of demonstrating, on a case-by-case basis, that the minor servicing exception applies in accordance with the note found at §1910.147(a)(2)(ii). If the minor servicing exception were to apply, the employer would need to employ alternative safeguarding measures. Such alternative safeguarding measures may include devices such as, but not limited to, two-hand trip or control devices, restraint devices that prevent the employee from entering the zone of danger, video cameras that would allow remote observation of the dies and plexiglass barriers that allow for close inspection of the operation, yet prevent introduction of the employee's body into the machine hazard area. It must be emphasized that every employee performing these inspection tasks must be protected from exposure to hazardous energy.

If the inspection/troubleshooting activity described does not constitute minor servicing during normal production operations, the LOTO standard also recognizes that there are circumstances under which it is absolutely necessary to test and position the machine while energized during servicing and maintenance. The provisions found in §1910.147(f)(1) allow for the testing or positioning of machines while energized, however, the provisions also require that employees be removed from the area when the energization and testing and/or positioning occurs. In the event that it is impossible to remove employees from the machine area and still conduct the type of inspection that must be performed, the employer must provide alternative employee protection through the use of the safeguarding measures previously discussed (e.g., two-hand trip or control devices, employee restraints, cameras and plexiglass barriers) to be in compliance with the standard.

As I See It  


It is November 2018. The National Safety Show was just a couple of weeks ago in Houston Texas and, like a lot of things in Texas, it was B-I-G. There are a lot of other words that could describe such an exhibition: Interesting, exciting, informative and most certainly overwhelming. As a major safety show for the North American (and global) market, there were suppliers showing so many different products and services. And wrap that around all of the trade advertising in safety-related publications, and one could become numb just trying to absorb it all. That’s where we can help – and it’s what we are really good at. As a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment with more than 82 years of experience and expertise, we can help sort through the fluff and hype and take a customer-oriented focus on available products and services to address YOUR (i.e. the end-using customer) needs. Every industrial facility is different in minor or major ways, just as every hazard has nuances that need to be addressed. Every exhibitor at every trade show is there to introduce and promote their products, and we clearly understand that. But we also understand that part of our position in the value equation is to help YOU (the end-using customer) understand the features, benefits and applicability of the new products offered. Let us help you, because we are Saf-T-Gard International - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

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