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August, 2013

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Welcome to the SAF-T-GARDIAN, a monthly e-mail newsletter from Saf-T-Gard International.  We designed the SAF-T-GARDIAN to be timely and useful.  You are receiving this newsletter either as a valued Saf-T-Gard customer, company associate or supplier, or you have visited our website at www.saftgard.com.  Some of the links are time-sensitive and may move or expire as the news changes.  Some sources may also require registration.

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OSHA and NIOSH Issue Hazard Alert To Warn Of Dangers Of 1-bromopropane Exposure
OSHA and NIOSH have issued a hazard alert to urge employers that use 1-bromopropane to take appropriate steps to protect workers from exposure. Exposure to 1-BP has been associated with damage to the nervous system among workers, and it has been shown to cause reproductive harm in animal studies. The chemical is used in degreasing operations, furniture manufacturing, and dry cleaning. The hazard alert is issued in response to information on the increased use of 1-BP as a substitute for other solvents as well as recent reports of overexposure in furniture manufacturing.

For more information and to download the hazard alert.

OSHA Releases New Fall Prevention Training Guide With "Tool Box Talks" In Multiple Formats
     A new OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide with "tool box talks" is now available a to educate workers on how to stay safe while working on roofs, scaffolding and ladders. Falls cause more deaths in construction than any other hazard. In 2011, falls accounted for over a third of the 721 total construction deaths. Workers performing tasks 6 feet or more above lower levels are at risk of fatal falls or serious injuries. This training guide will help you plan how to prevent injuries and fatalities from falls among your crew, and provide training to your workers.
     The training is designed to be:

  • Short — Each Toolbox Talk should last approximately 5-10 minutes. Although some talks contain more material than others, Toolbox Talks can be given at meetings before the work shift or during breaks.
  • Participatory — Workers attending the talk should be able to ask questions and discuss the topic. This increases the likelihood they will remember the information.
  • Easy to follow.

For more information and downloads.

NIOSH Develops Advanced Headforms for Evaluating Respirator Fit
     Over three million Americans are required to wear respirators in their workplaces. In order to strive for the highest level of protection, ongoing research is essential for learning more about the factors that affect how respirators fit to the face. As part of this pursuit, NIOSH has developed a new robotic manikin headform (called an “advanced headform”) for respirator fit evaluation research. Use of advanced headforms will greatly expand the opportunities for research into respirator inward leakage, which includes the penetration of particles through the filter itself combined with the leakage around the faceseal. This technology has the potential to aid in respirator design and contribute to the advancement of respirator certification and consensus standards.
     NIOSH is focusing on certified N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) for the initial fit evaluation research using the advanced headform. NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are commonly used in the healthcare industry to reduce exposure to respiratory pathogens such as influenza and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This research is being performed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (Panama City Beach, FL) and is funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For the full report.

Respirator wearers must pass a medical evaluation and be fit-tested before using negative pressure air-purifying respirators

White House Releases Executive Order On Improving Chemical Facility Safety And Security

The President signed an Executive Order to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and communities. Incidents such as the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April are tragic reminders that the handling and storage of chemicals present serious risks that must be addressed. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to work with stakeholders to improve chemical safety and security through agency programs, private sector initiatives, Federal guidance, standards, and regulations.

To read the Executive Order.

Upcoming Webinars on Respiratory Protection and Fit Test Panels
     NIOSH and the University of IOWA’s Heartland Center for Occupational Safety and Health will host a webinar on August 27 on respiratory protection: How to Best Protect from Workplace Exposures. The objectives of this webinar include sharing recent clinical events and related research findings on breaches in respiratory protective compliance as well as suggested strategies to reinforce healthcare workers’ proper use of respiratory protection. The webinar will begin at 11:30 CDT and is open to all who wish to participate.

To register for the free webinar.

From NIOSH - Simple Safety Solutions And Tips For Residential Construction Workers
     A new booklet from NIOSH describes safe work practices to help residential construction workers avoid manual material handling injuries. Home building is physically demanding work and manual material handling may be the most difficult part of the job. Manual material handling includes all of the tasks that require you to lift, lower, push, pull, hold or carry materials. These activities increase the risk of painful strains and sprains and more serious soft tissue injuries. Soft tissues of the body include muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, cartilage and nerves. Soft tissue injuries cause workers pain, suffering and lost income. They can also restrict non-work activity, like sports and hobbies. Builders’ and employers’ costs include loss of productivity and high workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Download the document.


     Can an electrical worker that is exposed to 50 volts or more wear metal frame glasses. (safety or non-safety glasses)?

     "Eyeglasses with exposed metal parts are considered "Conductive apparel". As noted in the middle of column 2 of page 32007 of the preamble published in Volume 55, Number 151 of the Federal Register on Monday August 6, 1990, the Electrical Safety Related Work Practice standard at 1910.333(c)(8) prohibits employees from wearing conductive objects in a manner presenting an electrical contact hazard. Normally, the wearing of eyeglasses containing exposed metal frames (or metal parts of frames) is not considered to present an electrical contact hazard. However, when the glasses have a metal type frame and the employee is working with his or her face extremely close to energized parts or when a metallic chain strap is attached to the frame for wearing around the neck, an electrical contact hazard can be present. In such cases, the standard permits the hazard to be removed by eliminating the chain and wearing either a protective face shield or appropriate safety glasses over the metal frame optical glasses."


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New Products  

Most States Now Have "Concealed Carry" Laws

And Employers Prohibiting Firearms On The Premises Should Post Signs Accordingly

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News You Can Use

ISO to Develop New Global Occupational Health and Safety Standard
     Following the tragic deaths of thousands of garment factory workers around the world in the past year, including over 1,100 people in a factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has announced that it will develop a new standard for global occupational health and safety (OH&S) with the goal of providing governmental agencies, industry, and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world. The work will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.
To support this effort, ANSI and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) are seeking participants for a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO PC 283. All U.S. experts and interested stakeholders in OH&S management are strongly encouraged to get involved and help influence the development of this important standard. The U.S. TAG to ISO PC 283 will advise ANSI on voting positions relevant to the proposed OH&S management standard, and will carry out detailed discussions on issues related to its development. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI accredits U.S. TAGs to develop and transmit U.S. positions on ISO technical activities. Following the TAG’s accreditation by ANSI, ASSE will head up the U.S. work effort by serving as the U.S. TAG administrator to ISO PC 283.

For more information.

Source: American Society of Safety Engineers

Pilot Program Announced To Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Paperless Hazard Communications Systems
     The Federal Register announcement states that Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration invites volunteers to participate in a pilot program to evaluate the safety and security impacts of a paperless hazard communications system for shippers and carriers. The pilot program is authorized by ‘‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’’ (MAP–21), a surface transportation funding bill signed into law in July 2012.

View/Download the Federal Register document.

Realization Strategy: The Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs to Ask

  1. Is every employee and business partner positively and actively engaged in our safety program and if so, how and to what extent? (This sets the stage for ownership, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.)
  2. Where is our next incident likely to occur? (This starts a structured risk assessment process.)
  3. How are we measuring our successes and are we focusing our safety program performance on the past or the future? (This encourages a goal reassessment process and places importance on leading indicator measurement systems.)
  4. In your view, whom can I hold personally accountable for assuring a workplace free of recognized hazards? (This inspires the acceptance of organizational accountability.)
  5. If I were to walk up to a member of your organization tomorrow and ask them who their safety champion is, whom would they name? (This motivates performance through expectation.)

Read the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Culture of Safety: A Window on Your Workplace
     There are many “markers” or characteristics of your Culture of Safety that can be used to diagnose not only the level of your safety performance, but your organization’s values.  Housekeeping is probably the most expedient diagnostic tool. It is the most visible sign or marker of your Culture of Safety; the first impression most visitors, clients, and compliance inspectors will get of your operation.  Not only do companies who make use of a Culture of Safety create positive impressions in the marketplace, but they also build trust in their brands and grow revenues. Download our free white paper, A Window On Your Workplace, to learn how one multi-billion-dollar cosmetics company sends the right message to employees and customers through its strong commitment to safety and health.

Download the White Paper

Source: Honeywell Safety Products

2014 'Safe-in-Sound' Nominations Accepted Now
     The Safe-in-Sound Excellence and Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards honor excellent hearing loss prevention (HLP) practices in the work environment. Applicants are evaluated against key performance indicators in a review process designed to evaluate hearing loss prevention programs in each of three work sectors: construction, manufacturing and services. In addition, a fourth award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention recognizes individuals and/or business entities, regardless of sector/NAICS code affiliation. The awards are given by NIOSH in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association to recognize excellence in hearing loss prevention. The deadline for self-nominations is September 6, 2013. The awards recognize those who demonstrate, by example, the benefits of developing or following good hearing loss prevention practices. Safe-in-Sound Award™ winning stories are shared and showcased at special award ceremonies and in press releases disseminated to the occupational health and hearing research communities. Those selected will be recognized for their role in improving working conditions in the United States.

For more information.

Free Hearing Protection Seminar in the Midwest - HearForever: Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation
     Noise-induced hearing loss has been described as the world’s most prevalent occupational injury. With the proper education, motivation, and protection, it’s also 100% preventable! Learn more about how you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss and implement an industry-leading hearing conservation program from Howard Leight by Honeywell.  Seminar is approved for continuing education credit by ABJIH.  Half day program (9:00 am - noon).

  • Milwaukee WI Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
  • Merrillville IN Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
  • Grand Rapids MI Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
  • Novi (Detroit) MI Thursday Oct. 17, 2013

For more information.

To register

The Science of Behavioral Safety 101: A Little Praise Goes a Long Way
     We probably have all heard the old adage: “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Well, there’s plenty of science to support it. Never underestimate the power of acknowledging people for behaving safely or supporting others to do the same. Psychological research has shown us time and again that positive reinforcement is the single most powerful tool in our arsenal for eliciting and maintaining desired behavior. It’s true when it comes to parenting children and it’s true when it comes to creating safe work environments. Strategic use of positive reinforcement is effective and highly cost-efficient.

Read the full story.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Applying Personal Protective Grounds

     Personal protective grounds go by several names in the industry: "temporary protective grounds," "ground sets," "ground clusters," or just plain "grounds." Personal protective grounds are used whenever workers perform tasks on electrical power systems that may become reenergized for some reason, possibly by the reclosing of switches or circuit breakers, static voltages, induced voltages in outdoor substations or lines, and capacitive discharges. While most technicians think of using personal protective grounds when working on higher-voltage systems, they are also needed when working on low-voltage systems, especially when there may be capacitors connected into the circuit (UPS systems and variable frequency drives) or when the circuit may be subject to one of the issues mentioned earlier. The use of personal protective grounding is covered by OSHA 1910.269(n), "Grounding for the Protection of Employees," and the NFPA 70E Section 120.3, "Temporary Protective Grounding." Both sources contain very similar requirements.

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

On The Personal Side - Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
     Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.

  • •Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • •The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • •Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • •Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • •Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information.

Source: NFPA - National Fire Prevention Association

Protecting workers:
How OSHA conducts inspections


Warning - Your Electrical Gloves May Not Be Safe Now!

All rubber insulating products must be subjected to periodic electrical tests as required by OSHA 29CFR1910.137(b)(2).  The Voltgard Test Lab is uniquely qualified to perform this service.

  • Industry accredited for testing of all rubber insulating products and related tools and accessories
  • All testing is in full compliance with applicable ASTM specifications and OSHA regulations.
  • All rubber insulating gloves and sleeves are cleaned, then visually inspected inside and out.  Other rubber insulating products are cleaned, then inspected on all outer surfaces.
  • Quick turn-around.
  • Replacement service.

For more information and a testing service order form.

International News

From Europe: Lead Young People To Safer Working Lives
     Imagine, for a moment, being unfamiliar with the environment you find yourself in, with new people, processes, systems and machinery all around. You have a strong drive to prove yourself and show that you know what you are doing, even if you don’t. This can be the frame of mind of a young person starting out in the world of work. One has only to look at the numbers of injuries and deaths at work in Europe and beyond to understand just how important Health and Safety (H&S) is in the modern workplace. Of major concern is the prevalence of accident, injury and death involving young people (15-24 year olds) at their place of work. In Europe, the agricultural sector has the highest incidence rate of fatal accidents among young workers, followed by construction and transport and communication.  Young people therefore need special attention when developing safety policy and in methods of implementation.

For the full report.

Did You Know?

There is danger around every corner?

     Improve vision into aisles and around corners.  Shatter-resistant acrylic safety mirrors are available for indoor and outdoor installations.  Select quarter-dome, half-dome, or full-dome mirrors for 90-360 degree vision.

Saf-T-Gard has the expertise and the products you need.

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As I see it ...

It is August 2013.  I am thinking about whether change and stability are contradictory.  Static vs. dynamic?  Everything changes - it's managing that change that can be a positive or negative.  As I look out my window, it is obvious that the seasons change but the cycle of 4 seasons is stable.  The computer on my desk is not the same computer I had 5, 15, 25, or 35 years ago.  Change can be good.  The safety industry is changing, and industry's need for safety is changing.  New challenges arise, and new technologies, products, and processes to keep workers safe are coming to the market - and that change is good.  I am thinking about the ways we interact with our customers.  A lot of our customers like to speak to a real person, and that is why our telephones are answered by real people, not computers, during normal business hours.  We have an outstanding customer service team that really likes talking to customers and solving problems.  Our sales people are highly trained to address the safety issues facing industry today.  But for those customers who have changed how they want to do business, our tool bag is full of options: print catalogs, mail, e-mail, fax, online catalog, EDI, and very soon punch-out capabilities to interface with integrated industry purchasing systems like Ariba.  And the options for getting the product to the user are changing as well.  We offer delivery per order, scheduled release blanket orders, and now point-of-use vending machine solutions that can be integrated with purchasing and HR systems.  The more things change, the more our commitment to safety solutions for industry remains unchanged.  We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

Want to learn more?

Here is how to get started.           

Richard Rivkin, President and CEO



  1. GOT THE HEAT?  -  Zetex Plus treated fiberglass gloves and mittens with wool linings withstand temperatures up to 2000 ° F.
  2. GOT THE TOUCH? - Polyurethane-coated nylon gloves such as Versa-Gard Flex P provide maximum tactile sensitivity, particularly when handling small parts.
  3. GOT THE SMELL? - Not if you are using a properly fitted air-purifying respirator.  All users of negative-pressure air-purifying respirators must be fit-tested.
  4. GOT THE VIEW? - New wide-angle goggles combine superior peripheral vision with impact and splash protection.  Styles available to fit over prescription eyewear.
  5. GOT THE SOUND? - Your workers deserve hearing protection products that are comfortable and effective.

Want more information on any of this month's Saf-T-Tips?  E-mail us for a prompt reply.

Tuesday September 24, 2013

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NFPA 70E 2012 - 110.3 States that Qualified Workers shall be retrained in intervals not to exceed 3 years.  Sign up now for a practical, engaging one-day seminar on NFPA 70E and other electrical safety standards.   Our training provides a thorough knowledge of the dangers and recommended safe behaviors for those who work daily around electrical hazards. This course goes beyond the theoretical to give attendees a complete understanding of regulations regarding electrical and arc flash safety and how to apply them in real-world situations. Tuesday, September 24 2013, at the Marriott Courtyard-Deerfield (IL) and Voltgard Test Labs of Saf-T-Gard International in Northbrook Illinois. 

Who Should Attend
  • Safety directors

  • Electrical contractors

  • Maintenance electricians

  • Linemen

  • Owners

  • Managers

  • Supervisors who work directly with 480V or greater voltage equipment or oversee those who do



What You Will Learn
  • One NFPA 70E page cuts your PPE training by 75%. This one concept can fool-proof and simplify your PPE approach

  • Two Common places for an Arc Flash

  • Three misunderstood NFPA 70E concepts

  • Four fixable things you don’t know about your electrical system that could wreck your plant

  • Seven Habits of Highly Safe Electricians

  • Full, practical understanding of the NFPA 70E and great ideas from trainers who have implemented it!

Tuition - One day Seminar tuition is $350/person. If registering 5 or more individuals from the same company, a $50 / person discount applies. Contact us at register@e-hazard.com or 502-716-7073 for group reservations.


  • Expert instruction

  • NFPA 70E-2012 Standard ($52.00 value)

  • e-Hazard student manual ($40.00 value)

  • Certificate of Completion - 8 hour**

  • Demonstrations and samples of PPE from the industry's leading manufacturers (when available)

  • Lunch

** Certain courses are approved for credit for electricians in AK, DE, FL, ID, KY, LA, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, OH, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI and WY, and are accepted by most states for PDH's for electrical engineers' CSP's. Contact e-hazard for more details.

For more information and to register.

Question and Answer

Question What are the definitions of "flame retardant" and "flame resistant" in regards to apparel covered by paragraph 1910.269(l)(6)(iii) of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard, 29 CFR 1910.269?

Answer -  The source of the terms used by OSHA with respect to the paragraph 1910.269(l)(6)(iii) Apparel requirement is the American Society of Testing and Materials Standard, ASTM D 123-93, Standard Terminology Relating to Textiles. This ASTM standard includes the following definitions:

Flame Resistant: The property of a material whereby flaming combustion is prevented, terminated, or inhibited following application of a flaming or nonflaming source of ignition, with or without subsequent removal of the ignition source.

Flame-Retardant-Treated: Having received flame-retardant treatment.

Flame Retardant: This terminology should not be used as an adjective except in the terminology: flame-retardant-treated (or flame-retardant treatment). Used as a noun, "flame retardant" is a chemical used to impart flame resistance.

Note - FR or Flame-Resistant is not the same as arc-rated. 

If you have an industrial safety question you'd like answered, email saf-t-gardian@saftgard.com

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  • Two-strap design with four point staple attachment helps provide a secure fit
  • Suggested applications: Grinding, Sanding, Sweeping, Bagging and other dusty operations
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Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  Saf-T-Gard Spotlight


Steve Krieske is Vice President - Purchasing, and has been with Saf-T-Gard for 31 years

  • What Steve likes about Saf-T-Gard: "I have been given a lot of opportunity to utilize my knowledge in the safety business.  Very comfortable work atmosphere."
  • What makes Steve's day: "A smooth day.  I also like to see the efforts we put in purchasing turn into success for our sales team."
  • Steve's outside interests are: "Family, walleye fishing, baseball."
  • Anything else: "Looking forward to the years ahead."


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