From Our Service Department

Field iD is a world-class safety compliance software that is being utilized by our service department.  Safety Source, Inc. and and industry professionals around the world are using Field iD to conduct inspections, track equipment, and manage reporting for safety equipment.

We are  a certified service center for : Rae Systems by Honeywell, GFG, Survivair and a MSA service /warranty center and needed the best way to stay on top of data tracking for your equipment.  What better way then to use Field iD.  This cloud based software is a great tool that allows us to track and store your equipment information. Goodbye pens, paper & clipboards. Hello digital!

If rental equipment is what you need we have that covered too! Our service department also features a FULL line of rental inventory.  We offer daily, weekly and monthly rental rates on the industries newest equipment as well as being the GO TO supplier for the markets BIGGEST & BEST manufacturers!  To view or full rental inventory click HERE

From gas monitoring instruments to fall protection or emergency eyewash station, our highly trained technicians are available for on site inspections for large, fixed or multiple pieces of equipment.  Contact our service department today at 800-380-1540 or e-mail service@safetysourceinc.com  You can also find more information HERE! 

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Bloodborne Pathogen Training – Just as Important Today as Ever

With all the news coverage of the Ebola scare in recent weeks, many workplaces and individuals are wondering how and if they should prepare for this new threat. In part one of a 3-part series, we will hear from Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area. Donna addresses the importance of bloodborne pathogen training, and why it should be an integral part of your workforce training regimen. She also talks about the greatest risk for bloodborne pathogen exposure, and it might not be what you think!

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens could happen on any school campus, office environment, construction site … at any time, and on any given day.

Consider for a moment how often school teachers encounter students that have suffered a bloody nose during class. Or how frequently employees sustain cuts, scrapes, or even bleeding injuries. Also, staff becoming ill and vomiting at work. It may not be the most glamorous part of an employee’s job, but it’s vital that staff learn and understand how to properly handle bloodborne pathogen exposures to aid others while protecting themselves. Bloodborne pathogen exposure training is one of the most crucial parts of a staff member’s job, which is why it’s an annual safety-training requirement for most employees across the country.

Bloodborne pathogens, which are commonly referred to as “BBPs,” can be bacterial (i.e. staph or strep) or viral (i.e. flu, colds, hepatitis A, B, or C, Ebola and HIV). BBPs are present in blood and other body fluids, and can be transmitted when blood or body fluids from a contaminated person enters another person’s body through cuts, abrasions, or body cavities (such as the mouth, eyes, or nose). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 300,000 new cases of BBP exposure reported each year, but the greatest risk to personnel is from the hepatitis B virus. It is particularly crucial to focus on protection and prevention in regards to hepatitis B, because the signs and symptoms of the virus may not manifest for a long time – often weeks or months. Hepatitis B can cause liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice and sometimes even death. Chronic hepatitis B may eventually cause liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, a fatal disease with very poor response to current chemotherapy treatment. The CDC also estimates there are three million people currently infected with hepatitis C and most of them don’t even know it yet! That is why it is essential for staff to be educated and diligent in protecting themselves from any BBP exposure.

No matter the position and its particular duties, the risk of encountering an accident involving bodily fluids on the job, such as blood, is always present for most employees. Any human body fluid containing blood can carry BBPs. A key prevention strategy is to always exercise universal precautions – a series of precautionary measures designed to prevent against the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. One example of universal precautions would be the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves, masks, gowns when handling blood or other body fluids.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers nationally accredited Bloodborne Pathogens training courses for all types of organizations.  The course is designed to teach employees how to avoid accidental exposures and how to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. They issue a two year certification card upon completion of the class.

Be sure to check out part two of this series, for some information about how Ebola spreads, and how to stay safe.

How Serious is the Risk from Ebola?

With all the news coverage of the Ebola scare in recent weeks, many workplaces and individuals are wondering how and if they should prepare for this new threat. In part two of a 3-part series, we look at some facts and figures about Ebola. How is the disease spread, and how quickly? What are some practical steps YOU can take to minimize the risk of exposure? Read on to find out!

The Epidemic Scare

Just how contagious is Ebola? Listening to many news reports, you might think it is more contagious than most viruses, but the truth might surprise you. According to the CDC:

Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low.

The CDC goes on to say that the United States public health systems are well prepared to deal with isolated instances of Ebola. Various studies have been conducted on Ebola, and most experts agree a typical patient will only infect 1-2 other individuals with the virus.  Compared to other viral diseases, such as Influenza, that is a fairly low number.

So why has the outbreak of Ebola sparked such a scare? Unlike other infectious diseases like Influenza, the death rate for those infected with Ebola is very high (reports vary anywhere from 50% to 90%). The question remains then, how serious is the threat of Ebola, and how can a workplace protect against it?

How is it Spread?

Ebola is spread through blood and other body fluids. In addition, a person is not contagious until they have begun to exhibit symptoms. Normal precautions should be followed when around someone who has signs of sickness, including proper hand-washing and avoiding contact with body fluids. In the workplace, it is important to have PPE such as disposable gloves and masks available, so that workers don’t put themselves at risk while trying to help others.

Steps to Take

The CDC offers some helpful information about minimizing risks and recognizing signs of Ebola. Here are their tips for staying safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 100.4°F/ 38.0°C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
    • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

For more tips from the CDC, check out this webpage. It is frequently updated as the CDC tracks the spread of Ebola in the US.

In the final part of our 3-part series, we discuss how to safely put on and take off PPE to avoid contamination. Check it out here!

Avoid Contamination When Removing PPE

With all the news coverage of the Ebola scare in recent weeks, many workplaces and individuals are wondering how and if they should prepare for this new threat. In part three of a 3-part series, we talk about how to put on and take off personal protective equipment to avoid contamination. These tips are important for any workers who deal with hazardous materials – from bloodborne pathogens to industrial solvents. Your PPE is designed to protect you before, during and after exposure, if used properly.

Proper PPE removal is crucial to avoid contamination. Even with the best gear, a worker can easily become contaminated if they are not careful to remove items safely. And, while the Ebola news has many worrying about these issues right now, the risk of contamination exists in many workplaces. Keep your workers safe by making sure they follow proper donning and doffing techniques.

Ongoing Risk of Exposure

Workers who deal with hazardous chemicals, high levels of heat or molten materials, or health hazards such as bloodborne pathogens certainly realize they are at risk while in the presence of the hazard. But the natural tendency is to relax once the initial danger is no longer present. It is during the removal of safety equipment, when the actual hazard is no longer obvious, that workers may let down their guard, and accidentally expose themselves to risk.

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The most important thing to remember when removing PPE is to avoid touching contaminated surfaces with bare skin. Gloves, coveralls, hard hats, masks and goggles should all be treated as contaminated, and should be removed from the inside-out whenever possible. In the case of disposable gloves and coveralls, this allows the contaminated surface to be folded in on itself for safe disposal.

For more information, check out this poster from the CDC, detailing the proper way to wear PPE to avoid medical contamination, and two methods for safely removing gear.

Class 2, Class 3, Non-ANSI…What Kind of Hi-Vis Gear Do YOU Need?

With so many different options for high-visibility apparel, how do you know if you’ve got the right gear? Check out our handy guide to the ANSI/SEA 107-2010 for quick and simple definitions of Class 1 (or Non-ANSI), Class 2 and Class 3.

Use this guide to determine what level of hi-vis gear is required in YOUR workplace:

Ritz Safety carries a wide variety of Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 safety apparel. We’ve got the gear to fit your compliance requirements and jobsite needs.