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October 2016



Up Your Safety Game at the International Lineman's Rodeo with Sqwincher and Voltgard and Enter for Your Chance to Win FREE PRIMOS Hunting Gear!


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 given 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!

Visit with Voltgard, a division of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. and Sqwincher at the International Lineman’s Rodeo (booths 100A and 100B) to learn more about Voltgard and Sqwincher products, take advantage of the FREE Sqwincher Double Cooler promo when you purchase 5 cases of Sqwincher 2.5 Gallon Yield Zero Powder, and enter for your chance to win either a FREE PRIMOS Double Bull Bullpen or a Bullet Proof 2 Game Camera worth a combined value of $436.90. Two lucky winners will be selected at random after the show. Be sure to stop by for more details.

  Turn to Voltgard for Immediate Electrical Safety Support Anytime, Anywhere!

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the East Coast, we wanted to take a moment to remind those potentially affected that Voltgard (a division of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.) stands ready to assist you and your crews with all of your electrical safety needs.

Those that know Voltgard know that we are a leading manufacturer and distributor of rubber insulating products, arc flash safety clothing and kits, grounding equipment and testing services that is dedicated to serving industries where worker safety and protection from electrical current are critically important. However, our history bears repeating. Saf-T-Gard founded the Voltgard Test Lab in 1983 to help develop the electrical testing and utility business by supplying the testing of gloves and blankets for Wisconsin Bell. Today, more than 30 years later, the Voltgard Test Lab serves thousands of customers in nearly every industry, including electric utilities, electrical contractors, telephone and telecommunications companies, cable television operators and industrial facilities.

The Saf-T-Gard and Voltgard team has more than 100 combined years of safety expertise, focusing on industrial and electrical safety. Our team includes ASTM Voting Members, OSHA 30-hour trained safety professionals, Qualified Safety Sales Professionals (QSSP), and NFPA 70E trained safety professionals. The expertise and experience of our team can be an extension of your team when you partner with Saf-T-Gard on your company’s safety program.

The safety of your employees is our highest priority. Given the nature of storms and the emergencies that they cause, we offer a 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week hotline for emergency shipments of rubber insulating products and safety equipment, including PPE. Additionally, Saf-T-Gard has one of the largest new rubber goods inventories in the world and can immediately replace any goods not meeting applicable standards, including ASTM, OSHA or your company’s own safety policies.

Visit for more information, and contact us today at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or with questions or for immediate assistance.

Saf-T-Gard Offers West Chester Gloves That Meet the New ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Standards  

When it comes to the new ANSI testing standards, West Chester Gloves make the cut! In early 2016, the ISEA released its new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 hand protection classification that expanded the levels of cut resistance from a 5- to a 9-level scale. The new standards now separate category 4 into three more narrowly-graduated levels. They also expand the upper level on cut resistance that allows users to make distinctions that didn't previously exist. Saf-T-Gard strives to deliver the right level of protection for the job, and that is why we proudly offer a full line of West Chester Cut-Resistant Gloves - all of which are tested using the new 2016 standards! Click here to check out our selection online, and call us at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) with any questions or to learn about the additional styles we have available.

  Vendor Product Spotlight: Rayovac DIY3AAA-B Virtually Indestructible LED 3AAA Flashlight

Reliable light in a durable package. The Virtually Indestructible Flashlight shines with powerful LEDs and an aluminum-titanium casing that can survive a 30-foot drop. Plus, Energy Saver mode gives you extended use for the long haul.

DIY3AAA-B Features & Benefits:

  • High performance LEDs and 2 modes: 250 Lumens, (20 Energy Saver Mode)
  • Beam distance: 171 Meters, (49 Energy Saver Mode)
  • Battery run time (alkaline batteries included): 3 Hours, (39 Energy Saver Mode)
  • 30 Foot Drop Test Performance!
  • Rubber head and tail cap – shock absorbers; aluminum titanium alloy - toughness
  • Impact resisting internal engineering; “protected” tactical tail cap switch
  • Ergonomic design with thumb area built in
  • Designed for maximum durability and simplicity
  • IPX4 water resistant
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • (3) AAA Rayovac alkaline batteries included
  • Sold individually

Additional Rayovac flashlights and batteries are also available. Click here to view online, and please call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

Revive Your AED Maintenance Program with Zoll Technology Available at Saf-T-Gard for Trade-In Rebates and More!

Did you know that AHA guidelines indicate access to an AED should be between 3-5 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 3-5 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 1 or 5 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 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.

  How to Choose the Right Lineman Glove Size

ASTM D120 section 8.2 provides the measurements of the diameter of the palm for manufacturers, measured at the midpoint of the palm, plus or minus ½”. 

The first step is to measure the palm's circumference by using a cloth measuring tape. Measure your hand by wrapping the tape all the way around your palm, and round the result up to the nearest whole 


inch to equate to the probable size of glove to select. Allow for extra room if fabric glove liners are to be worn, especially with thermal liners.

Keep in mind that this measurement is an approximation and can vary depending on your hand and finger shape. Personal preference for tightness and finger length will ultimately determine the size that you are most comfortable wearing. The best-fitting glove might be up to a half or a full size bigger (or smaller) than the measurement.


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!

New Facility ID Catalog  


With more than 750 pages, the new catalog is packed with innovative Facility Safety Identification Solutions.


Solutions that INFORM - like the unique Store-Boards; solutions that PROTECT - like STOPOUT Lockout Devices and GHS solutions; and solutions that MOTIVATE - like the updated line of Digi-Day® Electronic Scoreboards, posters and banners.


By focusing on the INFORM, PROTECT and MOTIVATE three core values, Saf-T-Gard can help you create a work area where your employees are not only less likely to get injured, but are also motivated and regularly reminded of safe work protocols with Accuform Facility Safety Identification Solutions.


With more than 80 years of experience and expertise in safety products, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. is a resource you can trust for quality products with a personal touch!

Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to request a FREE Facility ID catalog, or click here to shop online. Spend only $200 and receive FREE shipping! Some details and exceptions apply. 

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!


Two New Fact Sheets Explain the Importance of Analysis in Creating Safer Work Practices


OSHA has released two fact sheets that stress the importance of tracking metrics and investigating potential hazards to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The Use of Metrics in Process Safety Management Facilities provides employers with a list metrics, or measurements, tracked by facilities in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs that handle highly hazardous chemicals. OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency collaborated on The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation, which urges employers to investigate incidents that nearly led to a worker injury and find ways to prevent similar incidents.

Safety Tips  

1. CUT IT OUT - According to OSHA, hand and finger accidents rank highest in preventable injuries

2. CUT IT OUT - ANSI/ISEA 105 (USA) and EN388 (Europe) have test methods and ratings to measure the cut resistance of industrial hand protection

3. CUT IT OUT - Kevlar®, Spectra® and Dyneema® are excellent cut-resistant man-made fibers that can be used to manufacture gloves

4. CUT IT OUT - The cut-resistant properties of Kevlar, Spectra and Dyneema gloves can be reinforced with coatings such as rubber, nitrile, and polyurethane

5. CUT IT OUT - The ultimate cut-resistant gloves are made from metal mesh (like chain mail)





Question – “Does OSHA mandate that all volunteer members of a HAZMAT team be required to participate in medical surveillance, or may an employee opt out of medical surveillance?”

Answer - Medical surveillance requirements for personnel involved in emergency response to the release of hazardous substances, i.e., HAZMAT team members, are set forth in 1910.120(q)(9). Paragraph 1910.120(q)(9)(i) provides: "Members of an organized and designated HAZMAT team and hazardous materials specialists shall receive a baseline physical examination and be provided with medical surveillance as required in paragraph 1910.120(f) of this section." Therefore, HAZMAT team members involved in emergency response operations covered by 1910.120(q)(9)(i) must receive a baseline physical exam. Any employee subject to 1910.120(q)(9) who elects not to have a baseline examination may not perform emergency response duties as part of a HAZMAT team or as a hazardous materials specialist. An employee who is a "volunteer" member of a HAZMAT team or hazardous materials specialist must still receive the baseline examination under paragraph 1910.120(q)(9)(i). That paragraph applies to all members of any organized and designated HAZMAT team. Any employee who is expected to respond to hazardous substance releases as a HAZMAT team member with the knowledge of the employer is covered under the requirements.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Sue Bulawa has been with Saf-T-Gard for more than 20 years as a HR and AP specialist in our accounting department.

What Sue likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"Satisfaction of helping co-workers through my position and responsibilities."

What makes Sue's day:

“The smiling faces of my co-workers and sunshine."

Sue's outside interests:

"Gardening and making award-winning quilts."



May gasoline be dispensed from a five-gallon UL- approved safety can into the fuel tank of a tool such as a target saw, weed-eater, or 5-kw generator during a construction job?

The general requirements for the handling and use of flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline are set forth in 29 CFR 1926.152(a): 

(1) Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used for storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. Approved safety cans or Department of Transportation approved containers shall be used for the handling and use of flammable liquids in quantities of 5 gallons or less...

29 CFR 1926.155(l) defines a safety can as:

An approved closed container, of not more than 5 gallons capacity, having a flash arresting screen, spring-closing lid and spout cover and so designed that it will safely relieve internal pressure when subjected to fire exposure. 

29 CFR 1926.155(a) defines "approved" as: 

(a) Approved, for the purpose of this subpart, means equipment that has been listed or approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Factory Mutual Engineering Corp., or Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or Federal agencies such as Bureau of Mines or U.S. Coast Guard, which issue approvals for such equipment. 

In the background to OSHA Instruction STD 3-4.1A (De Minimis for Absence of a Flame Arrestor Screen in a Safety Can), OSHA noted that while most safety cans approved by listed agencies or organizations have flame-arrestor screens in safety can spouts, Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. does not require them for approval of safety cans. Instruction STD 3-4.1A provided: 

A. Purpose. This instruction establishes that the absence of a flame-arrestor screen in the pouring or spout of a safety can is treated as de minimis.

When handling or using flammable or combustible liquids, the use of an Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. safety can without a flame-arrestor screen is treated as a de minimis violation.

As I See It  


It is October 2016. Those safety products that you and your workers are using now – how did they get there? Eighty years ago when our company was founded, a significant percentage of the work gloves used in general industry were purchased at the local hardware store because workers chose their own based on personal preferences. Standards were virtually non-existent. Cotton work gloves were made from the cheapest woven fabrics available, and leather gloves were often made from inner layers, or splits, of the hide – generally not usable for anything else of value. How far we have come! The most important channel for distribution of industrial safety products is the professional safety products supplier who brings knowledge, experience, and expertise as the value-add proposition. Sure, we confess that other channels exist, but do you really want to rely on the guy in the orange apron to recommend an air-purifying respirator, or rely on a slick webstore under the false assumption that if it’s good enough to shop there for light bulbs or electronics or housewares, then it must be good enough for life-saving safety products? But there’s more to the value proposition than just identifying the optimal distribution channel. The true payoff comes in recognizing that the professional safety distributor (example – Saf-T-Gard!) invests significant resources in product knowledge, training, understanding of regulatory compliance, back-end and fulfillment systems, and inventory to be a true partner delivering value, products, and services in a cost-effective manner. Want to learn more? 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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