Save Your Vision Month

Save Your Vision Month

March is “Save Your Vision Month,” which hones in on the importance of healthy vision and ways we can protect our eyesight. Along with regular eye exams and other eye safety precautions in our day-to-day lives, safeguarding our eyesight also extends to our work environment. From daily digital device use in the office to chemical, environmental, radiological and/or mechanical eye irritants and hazards, eye safety is critical to preventing work-related eye injuries—ranging from simple eye strain to severe trauma that can cause permanent damage, vision loss, or blindness.

Understanding Protective Eyewear & Potential Eye Hazards in the Workplace:

Eye injuries in the workplace are actually quite common, with roughly 2,000 U.S. workers sustaining job-related eye injuries on any given day (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). Not surprisingly, one of the most important methods of protecting your vision at work is to always wear appropriate protective eyewear, which can lessen the severity or even prevent more than 90 percent of these eye injuries.

Protective eyewear—including safety goggles and glasses, face shields, or full face respirators—should always be utilized when an eye hazard exists. The necessary eye protection depends on the hazards in your workplace and should be compliant with OSHA regulations for eye and face protection. According to OSHA, eye protection is needed when the following potential eye hazards are present:

  • Impact (flying objects, fragments, large chips, and particles.)
    • Calls for use of safety glasses WITH side shields or safety goggles (primary protectors); may require the use of face shields (secondary protectors) in conjunction with safety goggles or glasses during severe exposure to impact hazards
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  • Chemicals (splashes, mists, vapors and fumes from hazardous substances)
    • Calls for use of safety goggles (primary protector) and face shields (secondary protector) when exposed to severe chemical hazards
    • When working with or around chemicals, it also is important to know the location of emergency eyewash stations and how to access them with restricted vision
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  • Heat (high temperatures, splashes of molten metal, or hot sparks)
    • Calls for use of safety glasses or goggles WITH special-purpose lenses and side shields (primary protectors); many heat hazard exposures require the use of a heat-reflective face shields (secondary protectors) in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles
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  • Dust (during operations such as woodworking and buffing)
  • Optical Radiation(laser work and similar operations that create intense concentrations of heat, ultraviolet, infrared, and reflected light radiation)
  • Bloodborne pathogens(hepatitis or HIV) splashes, sprays, splatters, or droplets of blood and/or bodily fluids
Be sure to educate yourself on other forms of PPE mandated when exposed to these potential hazards. Also be sure your protective eyewear is OSHA-compliant and has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to meet their eye protection standards. If an eye injury does occurs, see an ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room immediately, even if the eye injury appears minor. Delaying medical attention can result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

Protecting Your Vision This March & Beyond:

Along with cognizance of potential eye hazards in the workplace and utilizing appropriate protective eyewear, it is important, when possible, to eliminate hazards before starting work. This can be done by utilizing machine guarding, work screens, or other engineering controls when applicable. Outside of the workplace, don’t forget to schedule regular eye examines with an eye doctor, as well as wearing sunglasses while exposed to the sun.

Of all God’s gifts, the ability to see is one of the most precious. It is the sense of sight that saves mankind from living in darkness. It is the sense of sight that permits individuals to communicate with each other and to future generations through literature and art. It enables man to enjoy the magnificence of a sunset and the promise of a rainbow.

Unfortunately, sight is often taken for granted. Few realize how many of our citizens lose their sight every year. Yet many forms of blindness can be cured if discovered soon enough, and many blinded by accident could have kept their sight had they taken only minor eye safety precautions.

Each of us has the responsibility to care for that which is ours. Our eyesight and the eyesight of our children should be paramount on the list of personal responsibilities. Money cannot but it, but a check-up and early care can preserve it.

– Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 4821, 1981

Amerisource:  Your Single Source for Protective Eyewear & More!

Amerisource is proud to be a single source for all of your protective eyewear requirements, including safety goggles, safety glasses (tinted and clear), face shields, full face respirators and more! Contact your local Amerisource representative for more information, or shop online at

DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general information purposes and is not a substitute for review of the current applicable government regulations and standards specific to your location and business activity. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

Winter PPE Sale

Winter PPE Sale


We’re helping you stay warm as the temperatures drop this season with a variety of winter PPE and accessories, including hand and toe warmers, winter gloves and liners, as well as our featured 2-in-1 bomber jacket from OccuNomix, which has a zip-out quilted lining that allows it to be worn as a winter jacket with the lining, or as a windbreaker with the lining removed. Stock up while supplies last!

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MRO for Back-to-School Season

MRO School Season

Back-to-school season is here, and from multiple classrooms to the cafeteria, gymnasium, nurse’s office, and even boiler room, another school year means ensuring you’re stocked with the full range of MRO supplies you need to help maintain your facility, while keeping students and staff safe and equipped for a productive year. Fortunately, Amerisource is a single source for the full range of MRO supply requirements in the academic environment, including:

Classroom/Office Supplies: 

Adhesives, Tapes & Dispensers


Calendars & Planners

Envelopes, Mailers & Shipping Supplies

File Folders

File & Storage Cabinets

Forms, Recordkeeping & Reference Materials


Office Technology

Paper & Printable Media

Staplers & Punches

Writing & Correction Supplies



Air Fresheners & Deodorizers

Bath Tissue, Towels & Dispensers

Cleaning Chemicals, Tools & Equipment

Carpet Upholstery & Fabric Cleaners

Hand Soaps & Sanitizers


Personal Hygiene Items

Trash Liners & Receptacles

Vacuums & Floor Care


Safety Supplies:


Cans, Cabinets & Containment


Fire Protection, Extinguishers & Accessories

First Aid Kits & Health Supplies

Safety Treads

Signs, Flags & Lights

Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Dual Smoke/CO Alarms

Safety Barriers, Tapes & Security


Food Service Items:

Aprons & Apparel

Bags (Paper, Plastic, Cellophane, Freezer, Produce)

Chafing Dishes & Warmer Candles

Cups & Lids (Plastic, Paper, Polycarbonate, Styrofoam)

Disposable Cutlery & Food Trays

Food Service Equipment

Napkins & Dispensers


Along with office, janitorial, safety and food service items, we also offer a wide selection of facility maintenance supplies, lighting, hardware, and outdoor equipment to effectively accommodate virtually any MRO need inside or outside the classroom. At Amerisource, our ultimate commitment is to ensure you’re stocked with the full range of products you need to create a constructive and safe environment for learning—all from a single source that saves you both time and money. For more information, contact your local Amerisource representative, or shop online at

Beat the Heat with Sqwincher Hydration Solutions

Keeping workers safe and performing at their best also means ensuring they stay hydrated on the job, especially in the summer heat. Backed by extensive R&D, Sqwincher’s unique product formulations deliver rehydration in the toughest work conditions. Scientifically formulated for optimal electrolyte replenishment, Sqwincher’s hydration solutions accommodate the unique needs of the industrial worker, including:

Lower Sodium, More Potassium

The average American consumes too much sodium and not enough potassium. More explicitly, the typical daily intake of sodium is 3,400 mg, yet the ideal guideline is no more than 2,300 mg a day with an ideal limit of just 1,500 mg a day for most adults. With recognition that this excess sodium is commonly linked to the salt added to processed foods, beverages and food prepared in restaurants, Sqwincher has lowered their formulation’s sodium (roughly half that of other national brands) while increasing the amount of potassium for optimal electrolyte replenishment. Beyond rehydration, decreasing your sodium intake while increasing your potassium intake can help control your blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Product Variety

Sqwincher Products

With 13 different flavors available, Sqwincher’s product lineup includes a variety of options that accommodate workers’ varying needs and preferences. This includes:

  • Sqwincher Original
    • Provides optimal electrolyte replenishment with lower sodium and more potassium than other national brands
    • Greatest variety of flavors
  • EverLyte
    • Provides optimal electrolyte replenishment with lower sodium and more potassium than other national brands
    • No preservatives and no artificial sweeteners
    • Clear – No added Color / Dyes
    • Low in calories
  • Sqwincher ZERO
    • Provides optimal electrolyte replenishment with lower sodium and more potassium than other national brands
    • ZERO calories, ZERO sugar, and ZERO carbs
    • Contains 100% of daily recommended Vitamin C
  • Sqwincher Sqweeze Freezer Pops
    • A frozen, refreshing alternative to electrolyte replenishment/rehydration on-the-go
    • Just 45 calories per freezer pop; zero calorie options available

Convenient Packaging/Dispensing Solutions

  • Ready-to-Drink
    • Convenient, ready-to-drink bottles (12 oz. or 20 oz.)
    • Available in Sqwincher Original, Sqwincher ZERO, and Sqwincher LITE

sqwincher bottles

  • Powder Packs
    • Powdered mixes added to water to yield anywhere from 1-5 gallons (depending on the selected product/size) of hydration for the entire crew
    • Available in Sqwincher Original, Sqwincher ZERO, and Sqwincher LITE
  • QwikServ
    • Single-serve powder packets added to a bottle of water for on-the-go convenience
    • Available in Sqwincher Original and Sqwincher ZERO

Sqwincher QwikServ

  • Fast Pack
    • Single-serve pouches that dually serve as your cup; just fill with water (yields 6 oz.)
    • Available in Sqwincher Original and Sqwincher ZERO

  • Liquid Concentrates
    • Liquid concentrates available in 32, 64, and 128 oz. bottles that are mixed with water to yield 2.5, 5, and 6 gallons of hydration
    • Available in Sqwincher Original and Sqwincher ZERO concentrates

Sqwincher Liquid Concentrates

From flavor preferences to dietary considerations, Sqwincher offers hydration solutions to meet all of your needs. For more information or to request a free sample, contact your local Amerisource representative today!

Amerisource is a proud distributor of Sqwincher products.

A Breakdown On Hi-Vis Safety Apparel: Performance Classes & Types

High Visibility Safety Apparel

As with other forms of PPE, high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) aims to protect workers by providing conspicuity (clear/prominent visibility) in a variety of work environments, reducing the risk of worker injury or fatality. For workers exposed to moving vehicles, construction equipment, and/or low-light conditions where visibility is a concern, proper HVSA improves workers’ safety by effectively mitigating the struck-by hazards inherent to these work environments.

High-Visibility Safety Apparel

High-visibility safety apparel may consist of three parts:  background material, retroreflective material, and combined-performance material. The background material is highly conspicuous and fluorescent in color; the retroreflective material reflects light back to the source when light shines on the material; while combined-performance material is a combination of retroreflective and fluorescent material that can be counted toward the minimum area requirements for background material.

ANSI/ISEA 107-2015:  HVSA Performance Classes & Types

The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories (ANSI/ISEA 107-2015) establishes 4 Performance Classes of HVSA:  Performance Class 1, Performance Class 2, Performance Class 3, and Performance Class E. A garment’s Performance Class is contingent upon both its design attributes and the amount of high-visibility materials incorporated, with Performance Class 1 requiring the least amount of high-visibility materials (thus providing the lowest level of conspicuity) and Performance Class 3 requiring the most amount of high-visibility materials (through a full range of movement), thus offering the highest level of worker visibility.

In addition to Performance Classes, there are 3 Types of HVSA that allude to the exposure risk of certain work activities/environments, as well the corresponding protection level required. Types of HVSA include:  Type O (Off-road), Type R (Roadway), and Type P (Public Safety). It is important to note that types and classes are co-dependent, meaning high-visibility apparel is designated with both a Type and Performance Class. Specifically, Performance Class 1 apparel is explicitly Type O. Performance Class 2 apparel may be either Type R or Type P, and Performance Class 3 apparel may also be either Type R or Type P.

Performance Classes 1, 2, 3 & E

Performance Class 1 (Type O)

As referenced, Performance Class 1 apparel provides the minimal amount of required material to differentiate the worker from his or her non-complex, off-road work environment. For a garment to qualify as Performance Class 1, it must be fluorescent lime, fluorescent orange, or fluorescent red in color, while also featuring at least 155 square inches of retroreflective or combined-performance material.

Performance Class 2 (Type R or P) 

Performance Class 2 apparel provides additional coverage in the context of visibility when compared to Performance Class 1 apparel. This class of apparel is considered the minimum level of protection for workers exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control zones.

Performance Class 3 (Type R or P)

Enhanced with additional high-visibility materials beyond Class 2, Performance Class 3 apparel offers the highest conspicuity through a full range of movement and is to be worn in complex work environments posing the highest risks to worker safety, such as working at night, on or near roadway traffic, without a physical barrier, or in highly congested areas. A primary distinction between Performance Class 2 and 3 apparel is that Performance Class 3 vests/shirts must have either long or short sleeves. However, one may pair a Class 2 [sleeveless] safety vest with Class E (see below) shorts or trousers to achieve the overall classification of a Performance Class 3 ensemble.

Class E

Performance Class E includes pants, bibs, overalls, shorts, and gaiters that, worn alone, do not qualify as meeting the requirements of other Performance Classes; however, when worn in conjunction with a Performance Class 2 or 3 garment, collectively comprise a Performance Class 3 ensemble.

Garment Types

Type O (Off-road) – Performance Class 1

Type O HVSA is for workers in off-road occupational environments which pose struck-by hazards from moving vehicles, equipment, or machinery, but does not include exposure to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control zones. Examples of occupational activities for Type O HVSA may include:

  • Parking lot attendants
  • Workers retrieving shopping carts from a parking area
  • Warehouse workers exposed to equipment traffic
  • Oil and gas extraction workers
  • Refinery workers
  • Mine workers
Type R (Roadway) – Performance Class 2 or 3

Type R HVSA is federally mandated high-visibility PPE for workers in occupational environments which include exposure to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary control zones. Examples of occupational activities for Type R HVSA include:

  • Roadway construction/maintenance workers
  • Survey crews
  • Utility workers
  • Flagging crews
  • Railway workers
  • Airport crews
  • Forestry workers
  • School crossing guards
  • Towing operators
Type P (Public Safety) – Performance Class 2 or 3

Type P HVSA offers additional options to fire, police, and EMS personnel who are exposed to struck-by hazards in roadway or off-road work environments and have other potential hazards that may require access to special equipment. Along with fire, police, and EMS personnel, other examples of occupational activities for Type P HVSA may include:

  • Accident site investigators
  • Road closure personnel

Amerisource:  Your Single Source for HVSA & More!

Selecting the appropriate high-visibility safety apparel is critical to keeping workers safe, and Amerisource is proud to be a single source for all of your HVSA Performance Class and Type requirements, including high-visibility t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, safety vests (lime, orange), specialty vests, and more! Contact your local Amerisource representative for more information, or shop online at

DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general information purposes and is not a substitute for review of the current applicable government regulations and standards specific to your location and business activity. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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