Is your team excited about safety? Maybe this will help!

OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recently released a new training tool, in the form of a web-based game. OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool is “an interactive, online, game-based training tool” that helps learn “the core concepts of hazard identification.”

The training tool does not get into details of specific OSHA regulations or what might be covered in an inspection, but instead focuses on good habits for identifying workplace hazards. Employees , business owners, or anyone interested in safety are challenged to look at all areas of a workplace for potential safety concerns.

The OSHA Hazard Identification Training Tool can be accessed here. If you are a business owner, safety coordinator, worker, or just someone interested in safety, it is worth trying out!

Cutting Through the Confusion of Cut Resistance

Workers and employers seeking cut resistant gloves in today’s marketplace have more options than ever before. From traditional leather and knit cut resistant fabrics, to more advanced, lightweight coated options, picking the right glove for the job is a daunting task! Cut resistance levels can add another layer of confusion to the mix, as different measurement standards are used or cited by different manufacturers. With all this complexity, how do you find the glove YOU need? Our friends at DuPont® (makers of Kevlar® brand cut resistant fabric) have put together a useful guide for understanding the ins and outs of cutting-edge cut resistance. The full guide is linked at the bottom of this article.

The first thing to consider in choosing a cut resistant glove is the Cut Level. But, three different standards exist, and they are not interchangeable.

  1. ASTM F1790 (US) and ISO 13997 (International)
    These methods both use a straight-edge blade under load to cut a sample. The sample is cut five times each at three different loads, to determine the required load to cut through the sample at a reference distance of 20mm.
  2. ASTM F1790-05
    This is an updated and more accurate testing method, which improved on the results found using the old ASTM F1790 test. As a result of this more stringent testing, material tested under the new standard will typically achieve a lower cut resistance rating than in previous tests with the old method.
  3. EN 388
    The EN 388 test method uses a circular blade under a fixed load. The blade moves back and forth across the sample until it is cut through. The cut resistance is measured as a ratio of the number of cycles needed to cut through the test sample vs. a reference material.

All test methods assign a Performance Level from 0 – 5 to each glove. These levels give a good general idea of the performance of a glove, but the actual performance values should be used when comparing two products. In addition, ASTM and EN 388 cut levels are NOT interchangeable. See the charts below for details on how the cut levels break down.

ANSI/ISEA Cut Levels (using results from ASTM F1790, ASTM F1790-05 or ISO 13997 tests)

ASTM Cut Level Table

EN 388 Cut Levels

EN 388 Cut Level Table

The Gloves category on our website now allows you to filter results by ANSI or EN cut levels. If you’re looking for more information, or need some help comparing different glove options, contact one of our experienced account representatives. For more information about cut resistance testing, check out this comprehensive guide from DuPont®.

Hydration Still Matters in Winter

It’s easy to remember proper hydration on a hot summer day, but hydration during the cold months is just as important. Check out the chart below for some tips on monitoring and maintaining proper hydration this winter (or any time).


Remember – the body is 60 – 70% water. Even a small drop in hydration can cause serious side effects – from impaired work performance to exhaustion, disorientation or even hypothermia. Water and electrolyte beverages can help maintain and replenish the body’s hydration levels.

Here are 7 tips for handling cold stress and managing dehydration risk factors during the winter. These tips come to us from Sqwincher, a valued Ritz Safety partner, and supplier of a whole range of electrolyte replacement drinks.

  1. Use extreme caution in environments of 32°F or below.
  2. Allow the body to adjust to cold weather gradually.
  3. Cold weather apparel is necessary, but can increase the risk of dehydration. Be sure to wear layers, and monitor yourself for proper hydration.
  4. Thirst and sweat can be misleading in the winter. Use the self-monitoring tips below to check hydration levels regularly.
  5. Be familiar with the symptoms and warning signs of cold stress (see link below).
  6. Prevention is much easier than recovering from a cold stress injury.

How to monitor hydration levels and prepare for cold weather stress (courtesy of Sqwincher).


Thank you for joining in The Fight!

In October, Ritz Safety partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Miami/Ft. Lauderdale branch to help support breast cancer research and early detection. And with YOUR help, we were able to raise $500 to the Komen Foundation!

Thank you for helping Ritz Safety in The Fight against breast cancer. About 1.3 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation has made great strides to aid in early detection and more affordable treatment. For more information, check out Susan G. Komen’s website. Or, do donate directly to Susan G. Komen, you can click here.

Thank you for joining us in The Fight!


Announcing…Ritz Safety Houston!

That’s right, Ritz Safety has opened a new location in Houston, Texas! Our new branch is in the suburb of Pasadena, and is convenient to the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston.

1455 E. Sam Houston Pkwy South, Suite 110 Pasadena, TX 77503

Our Houston sales and distribution center will enable us to better support our growing customer base in Texas and the surrounding states.

Our brand new warehouse space, prior to moving in.
Our brand new warehouse space, prior to moving in.

This new, 7,000 square foot warehouse will help us improve our service and reduce lead times by a full business day (and up to 2 business days in some areas!). Our new transit service map for standard Ground shipping is as follows:

UPS Transit Days

Our new Houston office will be run by General Manager Jonathan Hughes. Jonathan brings a vast knowledge of personal safety equipment, with expertise in the areas of gas detection, confined space and respiratory protection. Additionally, Matt Pipes will be our Houston Warehouse Lead. Matt’s distribution and logistics experience will be a vital asset to our customers in the South Central US.

Newly-Refinished Showroom Space
Newly-Refinished Showroom Space

Whether you are looking for industrial safety solutions in Texas and the surrounding states, or you are a long-time customer of Ritz Safety, Jonathan and Matt stand ready to serve you! Contact our Houston office today to get started, or just stop by!


Give us a call today at 281-241-8715. We look forward to serving you!