Is Your Workplace GHS Compliant?

OSHA’s updated Hazard Communication Standard rule changes go into effect on June 1, 2016.  Will your workplace be compliant with the new GHS labeling standards by then?

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international standard for communicating the hazards present in chemicals.  Effective June 1, all workplace labeling must be replaced by GHS pictograms, and employees must be trained to recognize the new communication standards.

There is still time to make your workplace compliant!  Contact us today for help with the transition, or you can purchase GHS compliant labels and new SDS booklets on our website.

Time is running out – make sure your workplace is in compliance today!

More information on the new Hazard Communication Standard:
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
Background on the switch to GHS
GHS Fact Sheet

No Rental Job is Too Big

Spring is the prime time for many manufacturers to schedule maintenance and plant shutdowns, and Ritz Safety stands ready to meet these unique needs through our Ritz Rents team.

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Ritz Safety Mobile recently delivered over 200 rental items to a single customer, to support an extended plant shutdown. Inspecting, maintaining and shipping out such a large order is just a normal part of life during the Spring for our extraordinary team in Mobile, led by Rental and Service Manager, Andrew Davis. Davis said “Taking advantage of good weather windows is critical to keeping down times to a minimum. That’s why Spring is the most desirable time for plant maintenance, refits and expansions.”

Ritz Safety rents equipment suited to any need, including confined space entry, fall protection and rescue, gas detection, SCBAs and escape breathing apparatus, respiratory protection and ventilation. And all items are calibrated and safety checked prior to rental by factory-trained service technicians.

Contact us for more information about our rental equipment, or to schedule a rental!

Dayton-based Ritz Safety acquires Slate Rock Safety

Dayton, Ohio based Ritz Safety LLC is excited to announce the acquisition of Slate Rock Safety. Slate Rock Safety occupies a unique role in the safety market, as an industry-leading ecommerce retailer and distributor of flame resistant work apparel and other personal protective equipment, serving local customers in the Cleveland area and a wide variety of national accounts across the country. This marks the third strategic acquisition in the past year for Ritz Safety, after acquiring Mobile, Alabama based Safety Source Inc. in July of 2015 and Portland, Oregon based Public Works Supply Inc. on May 1, 2016.

Ken Fisher, President of Ritz Safety, said “Continuing our nationwide expansion and offering additional safety related products and services, equipment rental and repair, and training was a strategic initiative for Ritz Safety. We are excited with our Midwest expansion and the added e-commerce capability Slate Rock Safety brings to Ritz Safety and its 5000+ customers.  Our customers expect multiple sales channels to meet their safety needs and Ritz Safety is working hard to deliver those solutions on the web, with outside and inside sales experts, and with customer friendly retail store fronts.” Ritz Safety is further expanding its Midwest footprint with a new, state-of-the-art facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The recently renovated building provides four times the warehouse and showroom space of the previous Indianapolis facility, and will offer one of the largest PPE showrooms in Central Indiana. Ritz Safety’s new Indianapolis branch is located at 3330 Shadeland Avenue.

Ritz Safety began in 1983 as a family-owned business in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Over the past 10 years, Ritz Safety has grown into a respected, international distributor with over 150 employees nationwide.  Ritz Safety maintains corporate offices in Dayton, Ohio and operates ten retail/wholesale distribution centers, in Pompano Beach, Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida; Medina, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Mobile, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada and Portland, Oregon.  Ritz Safety services over 5,000 national and international customers monthly, and stocks over 25,000 safety products.  For more information, please visit www.ritzsafety.com

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

Ritz Safety Announces Expansion of Indianapolis Location

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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.

Gas Cans – Knowing What to Use

Fuel, whether it is gasoline or diesel, likely runs many aspects of your business. If not stored properly, that same fuel can be a serious safety and compliance concern. Is your fuel stored and transported in FM and DOT/UN approved containers?

If you answered “no,” or you’re not sure, take a look at the guide below, which was created by Justrite, one of our partners in safety. This guide will help you find the right container for your business, so you can stay safe and compliant!

Justrite Tech Talk – Containers

Looking for the right gas can for your application? Check out the range of cans we carry, or call us at 1-800-451-3077 to speak to a safety expert today!

Calculate the Heat Index Quickly with OSHA’s Heat Safety app

With the Summer heat upon us, now is the time to ensure your work force has access to proper heat relief gear. But how do you assess the risk level from day to day? How do you account for changing temperatures and conditions through the course of a work day?

Thankfully, OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool is here to help! Available on Android and iPhone, the Heat Safety Tool provides a quick calculation of the Heat Index, the relative Risk Level, and even provides a list of precautions that should be taken under current weather conditions.

Keep your employees safe this Summer with Heat Relief products from Ritz Safety, and the Heat Safety Tool from OSHA. Click one of the links below to download the app.

Heat Safety Tool – Android

Heat Safety Tool – iPhone

National Work Zone Awareness Week

~A quick message from our VP, Bill Whiston~

Humor me for a second… Close your eyes and picture your desk. Now picture your desk located on the side of a busy interstate with cars, trucks and tractor-trailers flying past. Now picture yourself sitting at that desk and working every day – knowing in your mind that, without warning, you could suddenly be “wiped out” by a careless driver or out of control vehicle. Just the thought of it makes you cringe, doesn’t it?

I could never work like that, yet this is the reality of thousands of people who work in construction traffic zones every day. These are some of the most dangerous jobs that exists and these workers are always one step away from being killed by traffic. Take another minute and think about their lives and their families, then consider how selfish we are, as drivers, if we aren’t doing our part to protect these people.

The Hi-Viz vests, cones and lights are to help us see them, but slowing down and doing our part to protect these workers (and ourselves) is up to us. They are only asking us for a very simple favor – slow down, stop doing whatever is distracting us and pay full attention as we drive through their “office”.

PLEASE feel free to share this with others and think about it each and every time you approach a work zone!

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