Ritz Safety – Pompano will continue our Grand Opening events with an MSA Open House on Friday, February 13, 2015!
MSA, one of our premiere safety suppliers, will join us Friday, February 13, to continue celebrating the Grand Opening of Ritz Safety’s new Pompano Beach sales and distribution center. This will be another full day of safety training, product demonstrations, free food, and prizes! Make sure to stop by on Friday, and enjoy 10% off all MSA products during the entire week of February 9 – 13. Check out the schedule of events below!
Friday, February 13, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fall Protection Training 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Free lunch! 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Confined Space Training
Ritz Safety – Pompano will be kicking off our Grand Opening celebrations with a two-day event sponsored by 3M. Stop by on Friday or Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2015 to join in the festivities!
First up, it’s the 3M Safety Roadshow, on Friday, February 6. This day will feature interactive instruction on Construction Industry safety, led by 3M-Certified Trainers. Training runs from 1 to 3 pm. Free lunch will be provided from noon – 1 pm, with door prizes and a giveaway at 3:15 pm.
Then, on Saturday, February 7, come back for the 3M Speedglas™ Tailgate. From 11 am to 4 pm, join Ritz Safety and 3M for a unique opportunity to hear about 3M Metal Working Products and Solutions! The days’ activities will include 3M Metal Working Hazards seminars at 11 am and 1 pm, prizes and giveaways, and some of the best local food trucks Pompano Beach has to offer! Click here for more information, and come join us for the Grand Opening kickoff!
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…)
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.
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:
2200 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!
10% off sales are valid on in-store purchases at Pompano Beach location only. Not valid with any other offers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
Our Houston sales and distribution center will enable us to better support our growing customer base in Texas and the surrounding states.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Trainingcurrently 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.