Our Mission is to provide, based on our experience, 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.
Located in Northbrook, Illinois, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. is a privately-held family-owned and operated manufacturer, distributor, importer, exporter and global supplier of personal protective equipment, electrical safety, facility safety and first aid. Today, Saf-T-Gard carries on the tradition that was started more than 85 years ago: Bringing customers the products, training and service they need to keep employees safe in the workplace. Saf-T-Gard is an active member of the National Safety Council (NSC), the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and the AD Safety Network and provides thousands of solutions from recognized brand names, in addition to its renowned line of proprietary brands. Saf-T-Gard actively operates the Voltgard® Test Lab, one of the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test labs for rubber insulating products in the United States.
Founded in Chicago in 1936, by Leo and Lillian Rivkin, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. got its start as Latex Glove Company when the Rivkins purchased equipment from a balloon company to make waterproof, rubber-coated cotton gloves. Because of war-time pressures on Chicago industrial plants, Latex Glove Co. expanded as an industrial glove distributor, selling gloves to military equipment manufacturers.
The focus on occupational safety and health in the 1960s and 1970s lead to an increased emphasis on providing a full line of personal protective equipment, and in the early 1980s, the Voltgard® project was developed with the mission to grow the electrical testing and utility industry business. In 1989, the company changed its name to Saf-T-Gard International, Inc. to reflect its dedication to providing a complete line of safety products. Saf-T-Gard has grown significantly from its humble, two-person loft beginnings in 1936, spanning 4 generations of family and an 80,000+ square-foot facility, while maintaining its commitment to quality, value and service excellence.