Category Archives: Safety News

Ritz Safety Enters the Pacific Northwest!

Ritz Safety Continues Strategic Growth with Strategic AcquisitionPWS-Acquisition

Ritz Safety is proud to announce the acquisition of Public Works Supply Inc. in Donald, Oregon, effective May 1, 2016!  Public Works Supply has served the Portland area for 25 years, and has come to be known as the regional leader in safety equipment and training.  This marks our second strategic acquisition in the past year, after acquiring Mobile, Alabama based Safety Source Inc. in July of 2015.

Ritz Safety’s purchase of Public Works Supply will continue to position the combined organization as a local, regional, and national supplier to the industrial, agriculture, construction, mining, manufacturing, service, waste, oil and gas, ship building, and other industries who are looking for assistance and consistency in keeping their employees safe.  The acquisition brings the total number of Ritz Safety locations to nine.

We look forward to better serving our customers through our continued growth!

 

Coming Soon…a New Premier Safety Supply Facility in Indianapolis!

Ritz Safety Announces Expansion of Indianapolis Location

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Artist’s Rendering

Due to five straight years of double-digit growth in Indianapolis, Ritz Safety is expanding to a new facility four times the size of our current location! This is the second expansion for Ritz Safety in four years in Indianapolis.

New Indy MapThe new facility, currently being renovated, will be located at the corner of 34th Street and Shadeland Avenue, just 1.1 miles north of the current building. The expansion will allow Ritz Safety to carry additional product lines in Indianapolis, such as safety boots by Timberland, Wolverine and Thorogood as well as expanding on current brands such as Carhartt, DBI/Sala, Honeywell, Global Glove, Scott Safety, 3M and more. We also expect to open a new confined space rental and repair department in Indianapolis, featuring products by MSA and Scott Safety, and rental and calibration services for a select group of gas detection products.

The expanded warehouse space will provide much needed relief for the growing distribution needs of the entire company. Executive Vice President Chris Kimmet said, “Expanding in Indianapolis was a strategic move we thought would be necessary 2-3 years from now. Fortunately for us, our performance in this market and the loyalty of our customers forced us to move much faster than anticipated.”

Our new, 5,000 square foot showroom will be one of the largest PPE showrooms in Central Indiana, featuring interactive product displays, a Boot Wall with 40+ of the hottest brands and styles and hundreds of examples of the latest PPE on display. Our new facility will also feature a large, state-of-the-art training room for in-house product and manufacturer safety sessions.

Check here for updates on our new facility! And, while we are renovating, stop by our current location at 6321 East 30th Street, for moving sale specials!

“Don’t Be That Driver” – National Work Zone Awareness Week

Close your eyes for a second, and picture your desk, complete with the photos of your loved ones, your computer, phone, and everything else necessary to get your job done. Now, envision that same desk located on the shoulder of a busy interstate with cars, trucks and tractor-trailers flying past at highway speeds. Now imagine yourself sitting at that desk and working every day – knowing in your mind that, without warning, you could suddenly be struck by a careless driver or out-of-control vehicle. Just the thought of it makes you cringe, doesn’t it?Desk Side of Road

This is the reality for thousands of people who work in construction traffic zones every day. These are some of the most dangerous jobsites that exist and the workers are always one step away from being injured or killed by traffic.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and traffic fatalities, and the danger only increases when passing through a work zone. Drivers who are distracted by eating, grooming or using a mobile device are more likely to injure or kill themselves or workers on the roads. Shouldn’t we be willing to slow down and pay attention as we drive through their “office?”

The 2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11 – 15, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and specifically driving through work zones. Work zone safety affects everyone, in every industry, so many federal, state and other agencies, as well as Ritz Safety, are encouraging participation in National Work Zone Safety Week.

How can you get involved?

Please join Ritz Safety in promoting work zone safety April 11 – 15. Click here for more information from the US Department of Transportation.

Cut Injuries Costing You?

Have you ever considered the cost of unsafe cutting tools in the workplace? Knife-related employee injuries are all to common, yet often avoidable with proper use of safety cutters. The following information comes from our friends at Slice (original post here).

The Cost of Not Using Safety Knives

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How much does it cost your company if one of your employees suffers a simple knife-related injury on the job?

a. $1,000
b. $10,000
c. $50,000 or more

Factor in medical attention, sick pay, lost work time, fines, delays, and insurance costs. The National Safety Council estimates the average total incurred cost per workers’ comp claim for hand, finger, and wrist injuries is more than $19,000. OSHA says direct and indirect costs for laceration injuries total $36,472.

And those are average costs, so knife-related injuries can easily top $50,000 and beyond.

Yet knives are a standard part of industrial workspace —utility knives, razor blades, box cutters, craft blades and more. Employees use them to cut cable, plastic, paper, tear through packages, open boxes, unpack deliveries, unload stock, trim, slice, and more.

If knives are everywhere in the workplace, so is the potential for injury. Cutting injuries send more than 1,000,000 workers to the hospital every year. According to a study on reducing knife injuries conducted by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, 51% of knife injuries were finger related, 33% were hand related, and 5% were arm related. That’s a massive 89% on the upper limbs!

Preventing Lacerations

You can dramatically reduce knife-related accidents and injuries in your workplace, improve the safety of your employees, and protect your company’s bottom line by implementing Safety Knife Programs and implementing Safety Knives and Safety Box Cutters to reduce lacerations.

We’ve put together a free paper on The Top 3 Things You Can Do NOW to Reduce Cutting Injuries. Download it now by clicking on the below link.

This post was provided by Slice, one of Ritz Safety’s key partners in providing cutting-edge safety equipment. Distributed in 30+ countries, Slice cutting tools are used by more than half the Fortune 1000 to reduce injuries and lower costs by replacing dangerous metal blades with patented Slice ceramic-blades. With tens of millions of units sold world-wide, Slice is making cutting better, safer and more exciting by integrating new technology and visionary functionality and design.

Ritz Safety Purchases Safety Source Inc

On July 1, 2015, Ritz Safety purchased the assets and business of Safety Source Incorporated, based in Mobile, AL. Safety Source’s operations include two sales and distribution centers providingindustry-leading safety solutions, products and services. Safety Source Inc. is a regional leader in the industrial safety supplies industry, with a rich history of serving the Gulf Coast for over 20 years.SSI Logo

Ritz Safety’s purchase of Safety Source Inc. will continue to position the combined organization as a local, regional, and national supplier to the industrial, agriculture, construction, mining, manufacturing, service, waste, oil and gas, ship building, and other industries who are looking for assistance and consistency in keeping their employees safe. The two Safety Source Inc. facilities will continue to operate under the Safety Source name during the transition. The acquisition brings the total number of Ritz Safety sales and distribution centers to eight.

Fall Protection Tops OSHA Fines for 2014

According to recent report by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN), fall protection violations topped OSHA’s reported workplace violations for 2014, resulting in nearly $20 million in fines levied against employers. (Top OSHA Violations…)

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The construction industry accounted for the vast majority of fall protection fines, gathering $17 million among specialty trade contractors alone. Other industries, from heavy and civil engineering to real estate saw large quantities of fines levied as well.

Fall protection is serious business.  Proper adherence to OSHA rules and regulations can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury for your workers. Click here for more information on OSHA’s fall protection standards. 

Not sure if your jobsite is in compliance with the relevant regulations? Ritz Safety can schedule a jobsite safety audit to help you stay safe and avoid costly violations. Contact us today to request a safety audit at your location!

GRAND OPENING of our New Pompano Building

Ritz Safety – Pompano has moved to a brand-new building! Our new facility, just down the road from our old building, features increased warehouse and showroom space, including the largest selection of Timberland PRO footwear in Florida. Our new address is:

Pompano-Storefront-20152200 W. Copans Rd.
Pompano Beach, FL  33069
(954) 971-3176

Come celebrate our GRAND OPENING during the month of February, with four special sales, and four exclusive events! Each week we will feature a different supplier, with 10% off sales and exclusive on site training and demonstration days. Check out the calendar of events and list below for more details!

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10% off sales are valid on in-store purchases at Pompano Beach location only. Not valid with any other offers.

Friday, February 6 – 3M Safety Roadshow (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
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  • Construction industry safety classes from 1 – 3 pm
  • Interactive instruction led by 3M-Certified Trainers
  • Free lunch from noon – 1 pm
  • Door prizes all day. Grand prize drawing at 3:15 pm (must be present to win)

Saturday, February 7 – 3M Speedglas Tailgate (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)
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  • 3M Metal Working Hazards Seminar at 11 am and 1 pm
  • Hands-on product demos, including 3M Speedglas Helmets
  • Contests, prizes and food trucks!

Friday, February 13 – MSA on site (11:00 am – 2:30 pm)
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  • Interactive instruction led by MSA-Certified Trainers
    • Fall Protection Training from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Confined Space Training from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Free lunch from noon – 1 pm
  • Door prizes all day. Grand prize drawing at 2:30 pm (must be present to win)

Thursday, February 19 – Honeywell Open House (11:00 am – 2:15 pm)
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  • Honeywell product demonstrations
  • Training seminars led by Honeywell-certified trainers
    • Fall Protection and Respiratory Training from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Ear, Head and Hearing Protection Training from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Free lunch from noon – 1 pm
  • Door prizes all day. Grand prize drawing at 2:15 pm (must be present to win)

Tuesday, February 24 – Timberland PRO on site (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
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  • Timberland PRO “Store Within A Store” featuring latest styles in nearly every size
  • Work boot specialists on site all day
  • Free lunch from noon – 1 pm
  • Door prizes all day. Grand prize drawing at 3:15 pm (must be present to win)

Come visit our new building in Pompano Beach, Florida during the month of February for incredible savings, valuable training, and some free lunch!

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!

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!

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

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!