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October 2018


   Coming Soon - the New and Improved!

Have you heard the news? Saf-T-Gard is soon launching a brand new website. 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 your 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!

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

Call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) today with any questions or to place your order.

  Saf-T-Gard Safeguards California Carr Fire Disaster Recovery Workers: Donation of Critically-Needed Products Helps to Deliver Safety and Long-Term Sustainable Recovery

As an industry-leading supplier of personal protective equipment, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. recently donated several thousand dollars’ worth in safety products to the Good360 charitable organization to assist in the California wildfire disaster recovery - namely, the California Carr Fire. As the ninth most dangerous fire in history, the California Carr Fire burned 229,651 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and cost more than $1.658 billion in damages. Although full containment has been achieved, fire suppression repair remains ongoing, as does the need for on-the-ground recovery worker safety.

“No one understands the importance of safety in the aftermath of a natural disaster more than Saf-T-Gard, and we were honored to contribute,” said Richard Rivkin, President and CEO, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. “Saf-T-Gard has been bringing workers home safely for more than 80 years, and we extend this commitment to our non-profit partners as well during all stages of their disaster recovery process. We recognize the great impact of all the California fires, and we continue to keep everyone affected in our thoughts and prayers.”

  Weather the Storms Safely with
Koehler-Bright Star Lighting Products from Saf-T-Gard

Safety is critical in the aftermath of a hurricane, as cleanup and recovery activities involve hazards that can cause serious injuries. This is especially true for utility workers as they work to restore power in the dark. Saf-T-Gard and its Voltgard® division are dedicated to serving those where worker safety and protection from electrical current are critically important. 

Saf-T-Gard offers a wide variety of Koehler-Bright Star products that are currently used by many utilities along the East Coast, and we can help shine the light to safety for you too! Click here for more information, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) to order today while supplies last. 

    Learn More about Crystalline Silica, a Recognized Serious Health Hazard to Workers, with This DuPont Bulletin

When workers crush, cut, chip, drill or grind objects containing crystalline silica, the mineral may be broken down into small particles and breathed in. Crystalline silica exposure is associated with foundry work, sandblasting, hydraulic fracturing and many other jobs. Crystalline silica has been recognized as a serious health hazard to industrial workers for decades. In addition to on-the-job exposure, workers can unknowingly carry crystalline silica home on their clothes, shoes, skin, tools and vehicle interiors.

In June 2016, two new OSHA standards for crystalline silica came into effect: one for maritime and general industry, and the other for the construction industry. DuPont has produced a technical bulletin which covers the hazards of crystalline silica, the new OSHA standards and some PPE considerations. Click
here to download and read it now!

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.

Largest Provider of Non-PPE Industrial and Environmental Safety Products

In March 2018, Justrite Safety Group acquired Eagle® Manufacturing Company (Eagle), a prime manufacturer of safety cans, safety cabinets, spill containment products, poly drums and material handling products. The addition expands the Justrite Safety Group and better serves customers within the industrial safety, environmental, and material handling product sector of the global market.

Established in 1894 and based in Wellsburg, West Virginia, Eagle brings a wide range of industrial safety and material handling products that cater to customers in a variety of sectors including construction, oil and gas, utilities, transportation, chemical and medical, to name a few.

The Eagle portfolio comprises more than 1,000 products, all of which are made in the USA, and include: safety cans, safety cabinets, spill containment products, poly drums, and material handling products. Justrite Safety Group's products include safety cabinets and large outdoor storage buildings, safety vessels and containers for laboratory and industrial applications, spill containment, safety showers and eye/face wash and other products that all help customers maintain safe practices.


Saf-T-Gard offers an array of Justrite products, including cabinets for corrosives, pesticides and insecticides, waste materials or outdoor lockers and laboratory settings; Type I and Type II cans, oily waste cans, bench cans, plunger cans, drum accessories, cigarette butt receptacles, and spill containment and response pallets, modules, caddies and collection centers and so much more. Click here to shop them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information. 

     Vendor Product Spotlight: Cordova 8583K Cut-Resistant Leather Driver's Gloves

Protect your truck drivers, forklift drivers, and machine operators’ hands on the job all day long with the Cordova 8583K Cut-Resistant Leather Driver's Gloves. Made of grain goatskin leather, this pair of gloves provides maximum tactile sensitivity while still remaining soft and pliable for comfort. The grain has a smooth and soft texture that provides great tensile strength and a high level of durability while ensuring long-lasting use.

What really sets these gloves apart is its cut and sewn Kevlar®/glass fiber lining, which provides a high level of cut protection while remaining lightweight and comfortable. Additional features and benefits include the following:

  • Keystone thumb for added protection and comfort
  • Shirred elastic back allows for easy movement
  • ANSI Cut Level A3
  • Weight: 1344 grams
  • Ideal for oil and gas, petrochem, construction, landscaping, extrication, demo, mining, and metal fabrication, manufacturing
  • Available in sizes small-3XL
  • Sold by the dozen

Saf-T-Gard also offers several additional styles of Cordova gloves, including coated cut-resistant gloves, leather driver’s gloves and disposable gloves. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

    October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S, accounting for an estimated 475,000 deaths each year—more than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. According to the American Heart Association, it claims a life every two minutes. Risk factors include: Age, history of arrhythmias, personal or family history of SCA, drug or alcohol abuse, heart attack and heart failure – as cited by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

However, if the availability of timely and appropriate care such as CPR or the use of an AED is increased, survival rates will improve. To further illustrate this point, the average survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year is 7%. If an AED is used by a bystander, the rate increases to 38%.

Make sure to talk to your workers about the importance of learning CPR and having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) nearby to treat a SCA victim and save a life. Click here to download and display this free poster from ZOLL on how to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.


And when you’re ready to make an AED purchase, Saf-T-Gard can help! We offer a wide array of competitively- priced ZOLL AED Plus® units, including semi-automatic and fully-automatic packages with or without the PlusTrac Program Management System. Click here to view them online, or call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) for more information.

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!


OSHA Awards $9.3 Million in Safety and Health Training Grants


OSHA has awarded $9.3 million in grants to 74 non-profit organizations through the agency's Susan Harwood Training Grants Program. The grants will provide educational and training programs to help workers and employers recognize workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities. Six organizations were awarded $1.2 million in direct grants to train and protect workers involved in hurricane recovery activities. Click here to read the news release.

Visit Us at the 2018 International Lineman's Rodeo at Booth #530


After more than 30 years, the International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo still proves to be the industry’s most valued premier event of its kind for the electric utility industry. The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills.

This event also includes a safety and training conference and expo where more than 3,000 attendees meet to learn about the newest products and services and visit with current suppliers and potential suppliers.

Electrical safety is a particular strength of Saf-T-Gard International, as its Voltgard® division operates as an offsite NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for numerous utilities, telecom companies, contractors, municipalities and industrial facilities nationwide by providing full-service testing and recertification of rubber gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, covers, dielectric footwear, jumper cables, grounding sets, plastic guards, hot sticks, matting, hoods and insulating hand tools.

The Voltgard facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for the complete testing of these products, including washing, visual inspecting, and electrical testing – all to applicable ASTM standards. 

Be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about Saf-T-Gard and its Voltgard division, and how we differentiate ourselves from the competition. While you’re there, drop your business card in our fish bowl drawing for your chance to win a FREE lineman’s survival kit ($300.00 value). Show details are as follows:

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


Register to Attend the FREE "Safety Data - the Game-Changer You May be Ignoring" Webinar


In the world of safety, information can be used to not only save money, but to save lives. We are living in a new era of safety, where safety data is being captured at an unprecedented rate, but how we organize, analyze, and use this data makes all the difference.


Join Rob Cowden, Chief Innovation Officer Safety Plus, Inc., for a free, live “Using Safety Data” webinar on Monday, October 15th at 12:00 pm Eastern/9:00 am Pacific as he discusses all of this and more.


Click here to register today.

Safety Tips  

1. TAKE A DEEP BREATH - Air-purifying respirators do not supply oxygen and must not be used in atmospheres with less than 19.5% oxygen

2. WHAT THE FLOCK? - Chemical-resistant nitrile, neoprene, and rubber gloves are available with comfortable cotton flock linings that can absorb perspiration

3. ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING - If your maintenance staff works on potentially-energized circuits, they need low voltage rubber insulating gloves

4. DON'T FALL FOR THIS - OSHA requires a personal fall arrest system be used any time a worker is working six (6) feet or more above a lower level

5. CAN IT - Safety cans are available in a variety of materials and sizes for safe transfer of hazardous liquids




Question - Do employers have to pay for body belts, positioning straps, and pole and tree climbers (gaffs or hooks) when used by qualified employees working on poles or towers?

Answer - Yes. Body belts, positioning straps, and pole and tree climbers provide protection to employees from falls while climbing or performing other work. This personal climbing equipment, which is specifically required by §§1910.268(g), 1910.269(g)(2), and 1926.951(b), is PPE, and employers must pay for the equipment when the equipment is used to comply with an OSHA standard.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Julio Bataz is a Dielectric Rubber Goods Lab Technician and has been with Saf-T-Gard's Voltgard® Test Lab for more than 22 years.

What Julio likes about Saf-T-Gard: 

"I like the people in customer service and the people that I work with."

What makes Julio's day:
"Well, I like working together as a group."

Julio's outside interests are:
"Staying with my wife and my daughter."

Anything else:
"I really like watching sports."



Is it permitted to intermingle flammable and combustible liquids in a storage cabinet?

Clarification was requested on an apparent ambiguity in OSHA's standard for Flammable and Combustible Liquids, 29 CFR 1910.106, specifically 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 combined 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 October 2018. In our area of the country, change is in the air and on trees as the leaves are starting to change colors. I have written about change many times, so this month let’s take a different approach and consider colors and how we can use colors in our safety programs. Starting with safety caps and hats, color can be a great motivator and differentiator. Workers at different skill levels can have safety headgear of a different color. In a controlled environment such as pharmaceuticals or food processing, disposable headwear in different colors can identify the area where workers are assigned thus preventing roaming and possible cross-contamination. The same can go for hand protection. Nitrile disposable gloves are available in several colors including natural white, blue, and indigo. Many chemical-resistant gloves are made in a two-color configuration with an inner layer contrasting color to the outer layer. If the inner contrasting color is exposed, it indicates damage to the glove requiring replacement to be safe. Many electrical insulating gloves have an inner contrasting color for the same reason – to indicate damage to the outer layer of the glove. Some colors are mandated for safety, such as yellow or red barrier tape, but in other cases, color can be an effective management tool to enhance your safety program. We have more colorful ideas to share – just ask us. We are Saf-T-Gard International - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

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Northbrook, IL USA
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  Saf-T-Gard is a major manufacturer, distributor, importer and exporter of safety solutions for industry since 1936.
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