Category Archives: How-To

Online Safety Training from NSC

Are you compliant with all driver training requirements for your employees? The National Safety Council now offers online Defensive Driving and other compliance courses, to enable employers to train workers quickly, easily, and at the employee’s pace.

NSC online training courses integrate full-motion video, animation, interactive user exercises and real-world situations to provide a comprehensive, technically-sound solution for employers needing compliant safety training.

Check out the NSC online safety training catalog for current offerings!

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).


5 Reasons Why First Aid Training is Important

This is part 1 of a 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa Area. In this series, Donna will walk us through the importance of first aid training and give some great tips for how to get started training your workforce to perform life-saving first aid.


The human body is susceptible to injury, illness and trauma. We never know when an injury may happen to us, the people we care about or those who are around us. It is always good to have some basic knowledge to take care of critical situations, to keep it from going from bad to worse, or to assist until medical help arrives. Administering first aid to victims in the event of accidents, mishaps and illnesses during office and school hours is encouraged. One must know the basic principles of first aid and this knowledge is gained by taking a First Aid class to become certified.

Listed below are the 5 top reasons why first aid training is so important.

  1. Increases safety: Prevention is the basis of first aid training. We teach that it is better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well being among people. It prompts them to be more alert and safe in their surroundings. Awareness and the desire to be accident free makes you practice safe habits, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.
  2. Helps save lives: If a person who is trained to give first aid responds to a casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives can be saved. It is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person but a trained person is more reliable, confident and composed while in trauma situations.
  3. Helps relieve pain: Minor injuries require a simple solution such as applying an ice pack or a quick rub. A trip to the emergency room can be avoided if a First Aid trained person attends to the victim.  The certified person can reduce and temporarily relieve the pain by performing simple procedures.
  4. Makes people more secure: Knowing that you can save your own life if needed or take care of the people you know during an emergency helps you relax and be more confident. This sense of security promotes a healthy and safe environment. The presence of trained people provides reassurance to the others.
  5. Prevents the situation from becoming worse: A trained person would know how to keep the situation from escalating. Many emergencies are progressive in nature so it is important to manage the initial signs and symptoms. A first aid certified person will provide temporary treatment which will keep the condition of the victim from deteriorating, till professional help arrives.

Knowledge of first aid instills confidence among people, their families, their colleagues and associates. Basic first aid skills are very helpful in dealing with trauma situations.

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 a variety of first aid training classes.

Tune in for part 2 of this series, to hear about the most common types of workplace injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent them.

When It’s Life or Death, CPR Makes all the Difference!

In part 3 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area), you’ll hear about a life that was saved by the quick action of a coworker trained in CPR.  Donna also shares some quick facts that demonstrate how important CPR is, and how quickly you and your workers can learn it.

First, check out this amazing story of a young lady who nearly died after a cardiac arrest, and was saved in large part from the quick thinking and acting of Gonzaga University staff!

Facts about CPR:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. Most occur in persons with underlying heart disease, though sometimes these underlying diseases are unknown until the cardiac arrest episode.
  • CPR doubles a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.
  • 75% of all cardiac arrests occur in people’s homes.
  • The typical victim of cardiac arrest is a man in his early 60’s and a woman in her late 60’s.
  • Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men than in women.
  • In sudden cardiac arrest the heart goes from a normal heartbeat to a quivering rhythm called ventricular fibrillation in about 2/3rds of all cardiac events. V FIB is fatal unless an electrical shock called defibrillation is administered with an AED. CPR extends the window of time in which defibrillation is effective by keeping vital organs supplied with oxygen.
  • CPR provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart to keep these organs alive until defibrillation shocks the heart into a normal rhythm.
  • If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation is provided within 10 minutes of collapse, the person has a 60% chance of survival.  CPR can hold off the life-threatening effects of cardiac arrest for up to 6 minutes, giving emergency crews ample time to arrive on scene and begin defibrillation.

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 a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

Tune in for the conclusion of this series to start your organization’s Emergency Action Plan!

Start Your Emergency Action Plan Today!

In the conclusion to our 4-part series, Donna Wishart discusses how to get started with an Emergency Action Plan for your facility or jobsite.  This essential step will put you the right path towards a safer workplace and a more informed staff.

Emergencies can strike without warning and effect your company’s ability to maintain production.  When an emergency hits, your response could mean the difference between life and death.

Survival can depend upon your readiness. No matter what type of business you are in, an effective Emergency Action Plan will help to ensure your employees can survive the worst possible emergency.

Your emergency response plan needs to be not only current but effective. It cannot be a policy on paper only. Your plan needs to include proper equipment and adequate training as well as proper maintenance of both.

Things to Consider

  • What are your human resources?  How many employees do you have?
  • What type of facility do you have – warehouse, office, outdoor jobsite?
  • What type of work is conducted in your workplace?
  • What medical dangers might be present?
  • Do you have an Emergency Response Team?
  • How close are your local EMS locations, and how quickly can they respond?
  • What first aid supplies do you currently have, and what new supplies might you need?
  • Do you offer regular training to first responders?  Is the training geared toward the specific hazards present in your workplace?

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 a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

To take the next step, and begin your Emergency Action Plan, contact Wishart Safety or your local Ritz Safety representative!

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

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!