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!

Honeywell Open House in Pompano Beach!

The Grand Opening celebration continues at Ritz Safety – Pompano with a Honeywell Open House on Thursday, February 19, 2015!

Join us this Thursday, February 19, as we join with Honeywell to celebrate 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 Thursday, and enjoy 10% off all Honeywell products during the entire week of February 16 – 20. Check out the schedule of events below!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fall Protection and Respiratory Training
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm   – Free lunch!
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       – Ear, Head and Hearing Protection Training
2:15 pm                              – Grand Prize Drawing!  (must be present to win)

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Want to know more about SafetyPlus Web™?  This system was designed, built, and priced (by the way) with small to mid-sized businesses in mind.  Over the next few months our newsletters will be addressing common safety management concerns and provide you with examples of how SafetyPlus Web™ will help you save time, resources, and most importantly, protect your workforce.  From OSHA to DOT to TRAINING and RECORD KEEPING.  SafetyPlus Web™ will be the ONLY system you will ever need to help you slay your regulatory dragons!

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MSA Training and Open House in Pompano Beach!

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

3M Safety Roadshow and Speedglas™ Tailgate!

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!

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!

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).

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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).