Heat Illness is Dangerous – Do You Know the Signs?

It’s hard not to love a good, warm Summer day, but spending 8 hours or more working in the heat can lead to serious side effects. Even though it is now officially Fall, the risk of heat illness is still present. Do you know and recognize the signs of heat illness? And, are you prepared to help your workforce manage the risk factors, and recover from early warning signs of heat illness? Keep reading to make sure!

Cool Down

Preventing Heat Illness is all about managing risks and educating your workers. Check out the graphic below for some great tips:

Heat Relief

Looking for more tips and resources on heat relief? Check out OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. Or, take a look at the Heat Relief products Ritz Safety has to offer!

Stay safe, and stay cool!

4 Tips for Properly Fitting Your Hearing Protection

Regardless of the NRR (Noise Reduction Rating), no hearing protection can do its job if not used correctly. Inserting earplugs or fitting earmuffs is easy, but it never hurts to remind your employees of the proper procedures.

Ear Protection Fitting Ear Protection Fitting

Here are four important things to keep in mind, regardless of which form of ear protection you choose:

  1. Avoid overprotection in minimal noise environments. Consider noise levels and your need to communicate with coworkers or hear warning signals on the job.
  2. Inspect earplugs for dirt, damage or hardness, and discard immediately if they are compromised.
  3. Regularly inspect earmuffs for cracks and leaks in the cushions. Discard immediately if they are visibly damaged or compromised.
  4. Choose a form of ear protection that is comfortable for the user. Workers who are uncomfortable are more likely to cut corners and use ear protection improperly.

Looking for more tips? Download our free two-page guide on how to fit earmuffs and insert earplugs:  Ear Protection Fitting Sheet

Working with chemicals? Make sure you’ve got the right gloves for the job.

Working with chemicals presents a unique risk, and requires careful selection of safety equipment. The wrong glove or coveralls might appear to be working for a time, but suddenly fail with little to no warning. For this reason, it is essential that workers who are exposed to chemical hazards be outfitted with the right gear.

Ritz Safety, in conjunction with our suppliers, have provided a Chemical Degradation Chart to help you make the tough decision of what PPE to purchase. Click on the image below to download this chart:

Chemical Degradation Chart

Remember – all gloves and coveralls will degrade over time. It is essential to monitor and maintain the condition of your PPE, and replace it before a failure. Properly sizing your equipment can also help it to last longer and be more effective (check out our handy glove sizing chart!).

Note: This chart has been provided to assist the user with choosing the most appropriate product for  the user’s environment. It is always the responsibility of the user to determine risk and perform “on-site” testing before putting the product to actual use. The manufacturer, distributor and sales representative do not accept responsibility for the user’s choice of product against any particular risk.

5 Easy Steps That Could Save Your Life

Do you know how to don a fall protection harness correctly? OK, you probably do, but do your workers know? Proper donning and fitting of your fall protection harness can mean the difference between a protected, controlled fall with a safe recovery, and a fall producing injuries, or even worse, death.

Make sure your employees know their stuff with these 5 simple steps to don a fall protection harness.

Harness Step 1Step 1

Hold harness by the back D-ring. Make certain straps are not twisted.

Step 2Harness Step 2

Slip the harness over your arms and onto your shoulders. Make certain straps are not tangled and hang freely. Shoulder straps should be kept vertical, not pulled into the center of your body.

Harness Step 3Step 3

Grab back leg strap and connect to the buckles attached to the straps on each hip. Pass excess strap through loop keepers. Leg straps should fit snugly.

Step 4Harness Step 4

Attach the chest strap by passing male buckle through female buckle. Strap should be 6″ below top of shoulders. Pass excess strap through loop keeper.

Harness Step 5Step 5

To tighten the harness, pull on the strap’s free ends. To loosen, push down on the adjuster buckle frame. Straps should be the same length. The back D-ring should be centered between your shoulder blades and slide up and down to position.


Are you ordering the right glove size?

Choosing the correct glove sizes for yourself and your workers can often be a guessing game. How can you be sure you’re buying the correct sizes, and avoid ending up with extra inventory? Thankfully, Ritz Safety has a handy sizing chart which will take most of the guesswork out of glove sizing!

To use the chart, just click the image below to open the PDF file, and print it. Be sure when you print, you choose to print at “actual size.” Then, follow the instructions on the sheet to determine approximate glove size. Have an employee who’s hands fall between two sizes? It’s usually best to go with the larger option.


Glove Sizing Print Sheet

Remember – different glove styles fit differently. For instance, you might want a snug fit from a disposable latex glove, but prefer a bit more room in a leather palm glove. Gloves with insulated liners also tend to fit a little bit tighter, so many customers prefer to buy a larger size.

If you’re still not sure what size gloves you should order, give us a call at 1-800-451-3077!

Are you using the right fall protection? Find out with this simple formula!

PFLs…SRLs…shock-absorbing lanyards.  In the world of fall protection, it’s easy to get confused by all the available options.  How do you know which fall protection product is right for your application? Thankfully, there’s a simple formula to calculate the required fall clearance for any work situation, and to determine just what type of fall protection solution is needed.

The required fall clearance is equal to the distance from your anchor point to the nearest obstruction.  To determine the length and type of fall protection needed, just use this simple formula:

Length of Anchorage Connector (AC)
Length of Connecting Device – Lanyard or SRL (CD)
Maximum Elongation or Deceleration Distance (DD)
Height of Suspended Worker (WH)
Safety Factor – 2′ of extra clearance (SF)
Required Fall Clearance

Required Fall Clearance
Distances under 18 1/2′ require a self-retracting lifeline. Distances over 18 1/2′ require either a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. For distances under 14 1/2′, contact us to talk about specialized fall protection devices.

Remember, having the right fall protection equipment can mean the difference between life and death for your workers!