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December 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.

   Join Saf-T-Gard for the e-Hazard Arc Flash and Low Voltage Qualified Electrical Safety Training Classes 

Are you familiar with the OSHA and NFPA 70E-2015 electrical safety regulations and guidelines? Do you know all of the best work practices in electrical safety and how to apply them in real-world situations?

Sign up for the Low Voltage Qualified (LV) Electrical Safety Training Class sponsored by the electrical safety experts e-Hazard and Voltgard® (a division of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.) on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT at the Courtyard by Marriott – Chicago Deerfield 800 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, IL 60015 to learn all of this and more, including how NFPA 70E page cuts your PPE training by 75%, common places for electrical arc flash, misunderstood NFPA 70E concepts, fixable things you didn’t know about your electrical system that could wreck your plant, electrical safe work habits, practical understanding of the NFPA 70E standard, and great ideas from trainers who have implemented them!

Afterwards, take a tour of the Saf-T-Gard Voltgard Test Lab, the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for rubber insulating products in the United States!

The cost to attend the one-day seminar for Low Voltage Qualified (LV) Electrical Safety Training is $400 per person. If registering 5 or more individuals from the same company, a $50/person discount applies. Please contact e-Hazard at or (502) 716-7073 with any questions or concerns.

  Product Spotlight: Saf-T-Gard® Polar-Gard® 2857 Insulated Water-Proof Leather Gloves

Utilizing three separate layers of protection, the Polar-Gard Insulated Water-Proof Leather Gloves keep worker’s hands warm, dry and working in sub-zero temperatures. The unique combination of 3M Thinsulate Insulation with a water-proof inner layer offers excellent protection from cold and moisture.

Premium water-repellent split (suede) cowhide with Hi-Viz yellow fabric back provides easily seen safety that is ideal for use in construction, forestry, or municipal service applications.


Additional 2857 Features & Benefits:

  • Polar-Gard Gloves feature three separate layers of protection to offer unparalleled protection from the cold and moisture and keep workers’ hands warm, dry and working
  • The water-proof inner liner forms a barrier between the skin and the elements, while the 3M Thinsulate Insulation lining beneath the water-proof liner keeps the hands snug and warm even in sub-zero temperatures
  • Premium split (suede) cowhide leather palm, forefinger and knuckle strap provide extra durability to withstand excessive wear and tear where it is needed
  • The Hi-Viz yellow rugged cotton fabric back protects the hands and provides visible safety
  • 2 ½” safety cuff extends protection past the wrist
  • Available in blue and yellow and green and yellow colors, in Men’s L or XL and Ladies’ sizes
  • Sold by the pair

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 to 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 to 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!

The Shocking Truth about Arc Flash and Electrical Safety Hazards 
    Arc flash and electrical shock injuries continue to pose a significant threat to workplace health and safety. Anywhere from five (5) to ten (10) arc explosions occur in electric equipment every day in the U.S., and as many as ten (10) U.S. workers are killed or injured according to CapSchell Inc., a Chicago-based research and consulting firm. Moreover, the risks associated with shock and electrocution from inadvertent contact with energized parts have also long been recognized as a threat to workers, and they aren’t going away anytime soon if ever. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrocution is the fifth leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States with more than 2,000 fatal and more than 24,000 non-fatal electrical injuries reported in the last 10 years. Since the BLS counts arc flashes as burns rather than in its electrical shock statistics, the true rate of electrical shocks is even higher. Furthermore, OSHA estimates that 80% of electrically-related accidents and fatalities involving “Qualified Workers” are caused by arc flash/arc blast.

OSHA, ASTM and NFPA 70E standards mandate the use and testing of rubber insulating products when even the smallest probability of contact with 50 volts AC or higher exists. Regardless of the heavy fines, serious injuries and deaths that occur from arc flash and electrical incidents, compliance continues to remain an issue. What’s even more shocking is that many workers are not using rubber insulating equipment because they simply don’t know they need it.

The danger of workplace exposure to arc flash and electrical hazards continues to increase as workers’ responsibilities expand to include interaction with electrical equipment. In reality, almost every single facility has a need for arc and electrical safety - whether the company is a larger facility with building engineers overseeing distribution, or a smaller facility with maintenance staff working around floor or wall sockets. Nowadays, maintenance workers, janitorial staff, facilities staff and equipment operators (not just utilities and electrical contractors) all risk exposure to electrical shock.

In November 2016, the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued an electrical safety alert after several miners were injured in underground coalmine accidents. In one incident, a miner working near a 480 VAC scoop charger circuit breaker received flash burns to his eyes. In another incident, while a miner was repositioning a 575 VAC permissible water pump, he grabbed the pump cable and received an electrical shock. In a third incident, when a mine foreman attempted to pull a roof bolter trailing cable out from under a rock fall, he received an electrical shock. Finally, when an electrician contacted an energized component in the control panel of a 995 VAC continuous mining machine, a miner was shocked.

As you can see, there is quite a large number of possible end-users. As such, arc flash and electrical safety awareness is paramount. Not only about the requirements for use, but also about the requirements for in-service inspection and testing of rubber insulating equipment.

The Saf-T-Gard® Voltgard® Test Lab is Your One-Stop Arc Flash, Electrical Safety and Standard Compliance Shop!

Saf-T-Gard is uniquely qualified to work with your company and keep your employees safe while meeting all applicable industry standards with our Voltgard Test Lab, the largest and independent NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for rubber insulating products in the United States 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.

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.

Saf-T-Gard also developed the industry’s first structured, professionally-managed rubber goods change-out program, known today as The Original Rubber Goods Change-Out Program®, more than 30 years ago by listening to customer requests and understanding customer and regulatory requirements.

Ideal for utilities, electrical contractors, cable and telecom providers as well as any other large users of rubber insulting products, our Original Rubber Goods Change-Out Program ensures your tested materials are received within compliance deadlines, giving you and your workers the peace of mind to focus on the task at hand. This process includes the following steps:

  • Cleaning
  • Visual inspection
  • Electrical testing
  • Markings according to your company’s safety protocols
  • Shipment to your warehouse or jobsite when they are needed

Since its establishment in 1983, the Voltgard division of Saf-T-Gard has earned a reputation for superior safety products and services for all industries requiring arc flash and electrical safety compliance and protection.

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of rubber insulating products, arc flash safety clothing and kits, grounding equipment and testing services, Voltgard is dedicated to serving industries where worker safety and protection from electrical current are critically important by offering the following categories of products:

Arc Flash Protective Equipment

Clothing includes faceshields, headgear, jackets, overalls, coveralls and rainsuits. Equipment includes arc suppression blankets, insulated rescue hooks, static discharge sticks and voltage detectors.

Rubber Insulating Products

Safety products include gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose and related cover-up products.

Insulated Tools

Comply with IEC900 and exceed ASTM F1505-01 Standards for insulated hand tools. Meet OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements. Feature impact-resistant, flame-retardant two-color insulating material.

Accessories for Live Line Workers

Accessories include fabric glove liners, carrying bags for arc safety equipment, dielectric footwear, leather work gloves, lineman's tools and glove powder.

Additionally, Saf-T-Gard has one of the largest new rubber goods inventories in the world and can immediately replace and goods not meeting applicable standards, including ASTM, OSHA or your company’s own safety policies.

Contact the Voltgard Test Lab today at 1-800-548-GARD (4273) or to learn how our comprehensive arc flash and electrical safety program offers proven time and cost savings for thousands of customers in nearly every industry, and how we can do the same for you.

OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2016

The results are in! OSHA issued a total of more than 35,000 citations in its Top 10 categories during fiscal 2016, which ended Sept. 30. The list starts with Fall Protection (1926.501) as the most cited violation. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) and Scaffolding (1926.451) complete the top three most-cited categories, all unchanged from FY 2015. Click here to read the complete list in Safety + Health to see how if differs from previous years and whether or not you are guilty of some of the same violations that could cost you thousands of dollars. 


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!

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!


New Fact Sheets Provide Information on Changes to Electric Power Standards


A new series of fact sheets outline changes made in 2014 to OSHA's general industry and construction standards covering work involving electric power generation, transmission and distribution lines and equipment. The revisions were made to better protect workers, while also making the two standards more consistent. The fact sheets highlight some of the major changes in the standards, as well as requirements for electrical protective equipment, fall protection, and minimum approach distance, information transfer and training.

Applying the Hierarchy of Controls to Total Worker Health®  


The Total Worker Health® program recently released a conceptual model for prioritizing efforts to advance worker safety, health, and well-being. Based on the well-known traditional Hierarchy of Controls, the Hierarchy of Controls Applied to NIOSH Total Worker Health applies a prevention approach that is consistent with traditional occupational safety and health principles and emphasizes organizational-level interventions to protect workers’ safety.

Safety Tips  

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

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

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

4. COLD WEATHER IS HERE - 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 WEATHER IS HERE - And yes, that means colds are coming, too. Be sure you have enough industrial-pack cold remedy medicines on hand





Question - What are OSHA's requirements in the Personal Protective Equipment standard as it pertains to employees exposed to cold weather. Specifically, it appears that there were no objective standards for cold weather gear, from any of the consensus standard organizations, on which to base a PPE hazard assessment.

Answer - The PPE standard for hand protection, 29 CFR 1910.138, specifies the selection criteria to be used when providing hand protection. However, unlike the other PPE standards for eye and face, head and foot protection, the hand protection regulation does not specify criteria for the actual equipment to be provided to employees. The standard states "Employers shall base the selection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluation of the performance characteristics of the hand protection relative to the tasks to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified." As stated in paragraph 2 of Appendix B, Assessment and selection, "It should be the responsibility of the safety officer to exercise common sense and appropriate expertise to accomplish these tasks."

Employers should use manufacturers' data on the effectiveness of any given product to protect against cold, as well as employee feedback, in selecting hand protection.

Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  


Kevin Ingraham has been with Saf-T-Gard for more than 15 years as a buyer in our purchasing department.

What Kevin likes about Saf-T-Gard:

"The overall effort that we all make toward supplying competitively priced, quality products."

What makes Kevin's day:

"Positive news from vendors and manufacturers."

Kevin's outside interests:

"Golfing, running and my four grandchildren."

Anything else:

"I value the friendships that I have built throughout years that have an association with Saf-T-Gard."



"Do OSHA requirements prohibit an employee from wearing a cap, scarf, or other item on his/her head, for purposes of cold weather protection, while wearing a hard hat?"

OSHA 1926.100 provides, in part, . . . Helmets for the protection of employees against impact and penetration of falling and flying objects shall meet the specifications contained in American National Standards Institute, Z89.1 [and ] Z89.2  . . .

ANSI defines winter liners specifically designed for use with hard hats. The use of the terms "accessories" and "winter liners" indicate that these ANSI standards permit the use of cold weather liners that are specifically designed for use with hard hats — that is, specifically designed to be compatible with the protective properties of the helmets. Therefore, use of a "winter liner" specifically designed to be compatible with the hard hat's protective properties is not prohibited.

In contrast, if the use of a garment were to detract from the hard hat's protective properties, it may no longer meet the specification requirements in these ANSI standards. If that were the case, its use would violate §1926.100.

It is unlikely that an employer would be able to determine whether a garment not specifically designed to be compatible with a hard hat's protective properties, in fact, compromised those properties. Consequently, as a practical matter, an employer typically would not be able to ascertain if its use violated §1926.100. Therefore, [OSHA] recommend[s] that employers permit only liners that are specifically designed to be compatible with the protective properties of the hard hat. 

Season's Greetings!  


Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our family to yours!

As I See It  


It is December 2016. As the year draws to a close, it’s a time for reflection and celebration. While it’s easy to be distracted by the holiday season, we need to remember that safety never takes a holiday. And that includes on-the-job safety, at-home safety, on-the-road safety, personal safety and safety in general. The messages come from all corners – AAA, government, business associations, etc., but the loudest message is that of common sense. Staying focused and minimizing distractions are the first steps in that common sense because distractions are the enemy of safety. When workers are distracted, they may take shortcuts and pay less attention to safety training than otherwise. But safety never takes a holiday. That’s why at this time of year, supervisors should not let potential distractions take their toll. Toolbox Talks are a good five minute safety pep-talk that should be part of every supervisor’s regular routine. On-site safety signs should be more than just what OSHA requires – motivational safety signs and posters definitely have a positive impact on worker safety and reinforcing the need for safety (ask your Saf-T-Gard representative for examples of motivational safety signs and posters). And if company or department year-end celebrations are planned - it’s a great time to recognize safety superstars by individual, team, or department. We are Saf-T-Gard - Bringing Workers Home Safely Since 1936.

Saf-T-Gard International, Inc.
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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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