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September 2016



Get A Good Buy on Sqwincher Products from Saf-T-Gard and Say Good-Bye to Heat Stress at Work


Help put workplace heat stress to rest with a FREE Sqwincher Cooler from Saf-T-Gard when you purchase a minimum of 4 cases of Sqwincher Lite 3 Gallon Powder Packs, or get 2 FREE 20 oz. SQUEEZE BOTTLES with a minimum purchase of 2 cases of Sqwincher Lite 20 oz. Powder Stick Packs at reduced pricing now through September 30, 2016.

Specifically designed for industry, Sqwincher is an economical, effective method to 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. Muscle preservation, isotonic composition, taste and electrolytes are the four reasons why Sqwincher is the best line of activity drinks available. Moreover, Sqwincher contains twice as much potassium and half the sodium compared to other sport drinks used in the industry.


Sqwincher is now also available in new Sqwincher Lite, formulated in between regular Sqwincher and Sqwincher ZERO with only 40 calories. Naturally-sweetened and naturally-flavored, Sqwincher Lite maintains the great taste you expect along with Sqwincher’s standard – lower sodium and more potassium.  


A variety of powder and liquid concentrate dispensing options are available in all your favorite flavors! Simply call customer service at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or order online on, or use the easy order form on back of the flyer here and be sure to mention the FREE Cooler/Squeeze Bottles promotion to take advantage of this great offer while it lasts!

Terms and conditions apply. Limit 1 free cooler and 2 free squeeze bottles per order, while supplies last, through September 30, 2016. Freight: FOB Northbrook, IL. Minimum order $50.00. Free cooler and squeeze bottles promotion is not valid for resale customers.

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!

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

Trade-In Offer 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!

  Saf-T-Gard is Acknowledged for Its Donation of Thousands of Dollars in Protective Clothing to Aid Ebola Relief Workers in Liberia

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. partnered with the GOOD360 charitable organization to deliver hundreds of the company’s DuPont Tychem® TK Level B Coveralls to Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a non-profit providing emergency sanitation and relief supplies to support those in the field treating Ebola patients in Liberia. The virus spreads through contact with the infected organs and bodily fluids including blood, saliva and urine. The disease has tragically taken more than 6,000 lives, with 10% of those deaths being healthcare providers. There is no known cure for Ebola, so it is vital that the doctors and patients exposed to the disease take every precaution, including the use of personal protective equipment.

Realizing the severity of the epidemic and the urgent need for help, Saf-T-Gard took immediate action and contributed thousands of dollars in DuPont HAZMAT garments. DuPont Tychem TK is specifically developed for protection against toxic, corrosive gasses, liquids and solids chemicals. This high-performance chemical barrier fabric is ideally suited for industrial, HAZMAT and domestic preparedness applications. Tychem TK exhibits excellent chemical barrier properties and offers an extremely durable fabric that is puncture and tear resistant while showing at least 30 minutes of barrier protection to 322 challenge chemicals with no observed breakthrough. Moreover, these Tychem TK Coveralls offer Level B liquid splash protection and include taped seams and storm flap covers on both the zipper closure and boot tops to prevent further intrusion.

The donation of these isolation gowns allowed the GCHope’s partner to continue to run Kingdom Care Medical Clinic in Monrovia Liberia. “Many schools, hospitals, churches, etc. were closed during the outbreak because first responders were trying to isolate the virus. However, Kingdom Care Medical Clinic was able to operate and minimize any down time because they received the right medical resources, protective gear and cleaning supplies that they needed to aid them in their efforts,” said Mikaela Buchanan, GCHope Staff Member.

“As a major global manufacturer, distributor, importer and exporter, Saf-T-Gard is uniquely capable and committed to helping the cause,” said Richard Rivkin, President and CEO, Saf-T-Gard International. “Our company’s mission has always been to provide expertise and understanding of our customer's requirements, solutions to their needs for industrial safety products and personal protective equipment of the finest world-class quality, appropriate and suitable for the purposes intended, that provide value, safety and security, and this extends to our philanthropic efforts as well.

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 to 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.

Reports of Amputations Lead to Improved Workplace Safety through Employer Settlements

OSHA's severe injury reporting requirement, now in its second year, continues to show a disturbing trend of seven reported amputations a day at U.S. workplaces. The positive news is that the reports are leading to inspections, citations, and agreements with employers to make changes that will protect many more workers from injury.


An analysis of the first full year of the requirement, under which employers must report any worker's hospitalization or amputation, showed that 2,644 amputations were reported in 2015. So far this year, as of July 31, OSHA has received 1,500 amputation reports. The rate works out to be about 7 amputations per day for both years.


Some resulting inspections found pervasive violations at worksites, but as part of a settlement process, employers have agreed to make extensive worksite improvements. Schwan's Global Supply Chain created a comprehensive safety and health program for all its facilities nationwide, and hired a professional to run it, after two workers suffered amputations in less than three months. Ohio Gasket & Shim Company agreed to use OSHA's On-site Consultation Program and implement a comprehensive safety and health program, along with other specific improvements, after a worker lost three fingers in an unguarded machine press.

"In case after case, the prompt reporting of worker injuries has created opportunities to work with employers that we wouldn’t have had otherwise," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "The result is safer workplaces for thousands of workers."

Protecting the Workforce from Zika

Although the Zika virus has been in the news for much of 2016, many questions remain about the different ways it can be transmitted.


On July 20, the National Safety Council, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIOSH, attempted to answer those questions in a webinar focused on the Zika virus and how the workforce can be protected.


Zika 101 for Employers and Employees featured Dr. Satish Pillai, deputy incident manager for CDC’s Zika response team, and Jill Shugart, assistant program coordinator for emergency preparedness and response at NIOSH.


Zika is most commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected species of mosquito. However, the virus also has been transmitted through sexual activity among humans, during blood transfusions or via laboratory exposures such as a needlestick. An infection from the virus in pregnant women has been linked to severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

The virus has been prevalent in South and Central America and the Caribbean but has been reported in other parts of the world.


At present, however, no Zika-infected mosquitoes have been found in North America, Pillai said, and about 80 percent of cases show few or mild symptoms. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, conjunctivitis and joint pain.


No vaccine had been developed as of press time.


The Outdoor Workforce


In interim guidance released in April, OSHA and NIOSH identified outdoor workers – including those involved in mosquito control, health care and laboratory workers, and business travelers – as being most at risk for exposure to Zika.


During the webinar, Pillai shared guidelines for outdoor workers. Among them:

  • Use outdoor insect repellent
  • Wear clothing treated with permethrin, but do not use the repellent directly on the skin
  • Remove standing water around a workplace, because it is a common breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Empty/scrub/turn out water-holding items once a week
  • Tightly cover water-storage containers
  • Wear clothing that covers the hands, arms and legs
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take rest breaks in shaded areas

CDC also advises employers of outdoor workers to issue reminders about wearing appropriate clothing and inform workers about Zika virus. If an employer suspects a worker has been exposed to Zika, he or she should do the following:

  • Ensure all potentially-exposed people are made aware of the symptoms of Zika
  • Train workers to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms
  • Ensure workers receive prompt medical attention
  • Consider granting sick leave during the infectious period


CDC also noted that a worker who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to be reassigned to a job that primarily has indoor duties.


Other Exposed Industries


People who work in the health care field or in laboratories should follow standard infection control and biosafety practices, including hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, CDC states. Management also should ensure lab facilities and practices meet the appropriate biosafety level relative to the type of work being conducted.

CDC’s advice for business travelers: Consult a doctor before visiting a Zika-infected area. Pregnant women should not travel to Zika-infected areas. The agency suggests that employers consider allowing travel flexibility if an employee is concerned about exposure.

If a traveler returns from a Zika-infested area and does not feel sick, that individual should still practice mosquito bite prevention measures for three weeks. A person who has the virus can spread it to uninfected mosquitoes if bitten.

“Anyone who lives in or travels to an area with Zika and has not already been infected with Zika may be infected or at risk of infection,” Pillai said.

If any worker, regardless of job duties, displays symptoms associated with Zika, he or she should visit their doctor or health care provider.


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Stop by Our Booth at Any of These Trade Shows for Your Chance to Win FREE Prizes!  


Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference - September 21, 2016, Northern Illinois University (Naperville Campus) - Naperville, IL, Booth # TBD 

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Saf-T-Gard Receives High Honors from the Village of Northbrook


On August 9, 2016, The Village of Northbrook President and Board of Trustees passed a resolution to recognize and congratulate Saf-T-Gard for 80 years of entrepreneurship and bringing customers the products, training and service that they need to keep employees safe in the workplace. The Village also thanked Saf-T-Gard for choosing to make Northbrook their home since 1979, and cited the following in their resolution:

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a global supplier of industrial safety products based in Northbrook, began its life in Chicago in 1936 as the Latex Glove Company when Leo and Lillian Rivkin purchased equipment from a balloon company to dip cotton gloves in latex rubber to make them waterproof. It has been family owned ever since.

During World War II, the company extended its product lines. As industrial companies placed more emphasis on occupational health and safety in the 1960s and early 1970s, Latex Glove began to supplement its line of hand protection with industrial safety products including protective eyewear, respirators, safety hats and caps, protective clothing and footwear and first aid kits and supplies. This lead to a need for increased room for future growth, and the company purchased a 48,000 square-foot building in Northbrook to accommodate this in 1979.

In the early 1980s, Saf-T-Gard launched the Voltgard project with the mission to develop the electrical testing and and utility industry business, and in 1986, the company moved to its current location on Huehl Road with more than 80,000 square feet. Saf-T-Gard's Voltgard® Test Lab currently operates as the largest independent rubber insulating products test lab of its kind in the United States. 

By 1989, the company's direction as a full-line, quality-oriented supplier of safety products was clear and, therefore, Latex Glove changed its name to Saf-T-Gard International to reflect its dedication to a complete line of safety products. Currently, Saf-T-Gard has customers in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries around the world.

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OSHA Urges Louisiana Flood Recovery Workers, Volunteers to be Vigilant, Aware of Hazards during Cleanup


Recovery crews assisting in the cleanup following extensive flooding in Louisiana should be aware of the hazards they may encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe. Thousands of residents, including seven OSHA employees, were displaced by the flooding. Only workers provided with the proper training, equipment and experience should conduct cleanup activities.


"Recovery work should not put you in the hospital," said Benjamin Ross, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas. "OSHA wants to make certain that all working men and women, including volunteers, return home at the end of the workday."

Individuals involved in recovery efforts can find safety information on OSHA's resources webpage, or may call OSHA's toll-free hotline 800-321-OSHA (6742). For more information, see the news release.

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. Be sure rather than be sorry.

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 anytime a worker is working 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 inspection tags have to be on the Safety Eyewash/Shower stations or can they be on the door outside of the room? We have wash down areas, and the tags get wet and can become unreadable."

Answer - The OSHA standard makes no reference to test tags. Vendors supply them as a convenience for end users with which to monitor and record their weekly testing requirements. It is a way of showing officials that the equipment is being tested as required (for which there is a requirement). As long as they maintain the test records up to date, then there doesn't appear to be anything in the standard that specifies where they should be kept.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Linda Rutter is our Receptionist and has been with Saf-T-Gard more than 20 years.

What Linda likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"I enjoy working with a great group of people that are not only my co-workers but my friends as well."

What makes Linda's day:

"When I can put calls through to the proper person fast and efficiently. Also, when customers call and say they are glad I answered and not an automated answering service."

Linda's outside interests are:

"Spending time with my sisters that live in Wisconsin and Germany and traveling together with them."

Anything else:

"I have a Siberian husky named "Isabel", and my oldest daughter and I do an annual walk to raise funds for the Adopt-A-Husky organization. It's an awesome experience to see several hundred huskies all together.”



How does OSHA enforce the use of flame-resistant clothing in a setting such as a petrochemical plant covered by OSHA standard 29 CFR §1910.119, Process safety management for highly hazardous chemicals (PSM)?

"It has been recognized as industry practice in the chemical and refining industries to require flame-resistant clothing where there exists a danger of flash fire/burns from accidental releases. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2113, Standard on Selection, Care, Use and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel against Flash Fire is a national consensus standard which applies to, among others, chemical, refining, and terminal facilities with flash fire hazards. Among other standards, NFPA 2113 has requirements for when flame-resistant garments/flame-resistant clothing must be used by industrial personnel exposed to flash fire hazards.

Based on the large quantity of flammable materials (liquids, solids, and gasses) and reactive chemicals that are handled/processed with associated on-site movement activities at such a facility, OSHA believes any worksite assessment required by OSHA or NFPA 2113 would conclude that: 1) Flash fire hazards do exist on a continuous basis in various areas (including but not limited to operating, storage, loading/off-loading, etc.) at your facility; and 2) When employees such as operators and maintenance personnel are in the areas where flash fire hazards exist, the employees must wear flame-resistant garments/flame-resistant clothing to protect against the flash fire hazards."

As I See It  


It is September 2016. School summer vacations are over, but we know that safety never takes a vacation. We are preparing for the change of seasons from summer to autumn, but we know that change for the sake of change is not necessarily good – change for improvement is nearly always good and a constant goal. Just look at the sports teams that regularly replace older players with new ones for the goal of improving performance. Maybe that’s a way of looking at your company’s safety program? Stakeholders include all associates and team members, supervisors, managers, executives, and company ownership. Just like sports teams, worker safety cannot be about putting products and procedures in place and leaving them there with the presumption that if they were appropriate and beneficial once upon a time, they still are so. There are new products and new and different practices to consider in order to support your team’s goals of continuous improvement in worker safety and productivity. “Best practices” are not necessarily appropriate because the best practice for a company with a workforce of 100 may not be a best practice for a company with a workforce of 2000. Winning teams have top-notch coaches, scouts, consultants, and other support staff. That’s where we come in. Saf-T-Gard has the experience and expertise to add value to your team in the areas of hazard identification, worker safety risk analysis and selection of appropriate personal protective equipment and facility safety products. Please contact us 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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