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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!

 

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

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.

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!