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!

Winter PPE Promoted Products

For more information on this special or to place an order, please call +(313)924-0696, email, or fill out the form below!

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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
  • Sqwincher LITE
    • Provides optimal electrolyte replenishment with lower sodium and more potassium than other national brands
    • Naturally-sweetened, no added color, and no preservatives
    • 33% less calories than original Sqwincher
  • 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.

Hearing Protection: Information & Tips to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Hearing Protection

Occupational noise exposure and subsequent hearing loss is a particularly pervasive health hazard in the United States, with roughly 22 million workers reporting exposure to hazardous noise in the workplace every year. Here, we’ll cover the basics on noise-induced hearing loss—what it is, how it happens, and how to prevent it from happening to you via adequate hearing protection.

What is NIHL?

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is hearing impairment resulting from either a one-time exposure to a high intensity sound, or due to chronic, repeated exposure to noise levels at or above 85 dBA. In either circumstance, damage is done to the microscopic hair cells found inside the cochlea, which are responsible for responding to sound vibrations by sending electrical signals to the auditory nerve. When these cells are overstimulated by noise, they die off; and as the number of hair cells decreases, your hearing decreases as well. Hearing damage, whether temporary or permanent, is largely contingent upon the intensity of the noise and the duration of the exposure.

Occupational Noise Exposure & Hearing Conservation Programs:

For workers in general industry that are exposed to sounds levels of 85 dBA or greater as an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA), OSHA requires that the employer have a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) in place, which includes noise monitoring, audiometric testing, employee notification, use of appropriate hearing protection, administration of pertinent training and education, and associated recordkeeping (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95).

How Loud is Too Loud?

In the context of noise, OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 90 dBA for all workers for an 8 hour day. The OSHA standard uses a 5 dBA exchange rate, meaning for every 5 dBA over 90 dBA, the permissible exposure limit is cut in half. For context, here’s the A-weighted sounds levels (dBA, meaning adjusted to the weighting curves approximate to the way the human ear hears) and PELs of some common occupational sounds:

  • Boiler Room: 90 dBA
    • PEL: 8 hours
  • Welding, Cutting Equipment: 95 dBA
    • PEL: 4 hours
  • Bottling Plant: 100 dBA
    • PEL: 2 hours
  • Saw, Cut-off: 105 dBA
    • PEL: 1 hour
  • Stamping Press, Large, Industrial: 110 dBA
    • PEL: 30 minutes
  • Riveter: 115 dBA
    • PEL: 15 minutes or less
Source:  Berger, E., Kladden, C., & Netizel, R. (2015, June 26). Noise Navigator® Sound Level Database, 1.8. 3M Personal Safety Division.

Hearing Protection:

The administration and utilization of hearing protection devices is critical to effective NIHL prevention. More explicitly, OSHA mandates that employers provide hearing protectors to all workers exposed to 8-hour TWA noise levels of 85 dB or above. This ensures that employees have access to protection before hearing loss occurs.

Types of Hearing Protectors:

Hearing protectors themselves come in two primary forms:  ear plugs and ear muffs. The most appropriate shape, size, and type should be comfortable to wear, while also reflecting sufficient noise reduction in the actual working environment. Taking note of the hearing protector’s Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)—manufacturer-provided information indicating the level of noise reduction a hearing protector provides, as exemplified in laboratory conditions—signifies the effectiveness of the device; the higher the NRR, the more noise attenuation (and subsequent protection) offered. Hearing protector fit-testing combined with regular audiometric testing will monitor employees’ hearing over time and ensure adequate hearing protection is being provided.

Selecting the Right Hearing Protector for You:

Of course, adequate protection and proper fit are two of the most important factors for selecting the right hearing protector. Other considerations include:

  • Temperature: For those working in hot environments with protective earmuffs, wearers may frequently be inclined to take them off to wipe sweat from their outer ears, compromising their overall hearing protection. In this case, ear plugs may prove to be more comfortable/effective.
  • Activity Level: If your daily responsibilities require a lot of movement, ear plugs—particularly if not inserted properly—may work themselves loose. With ear plugs coming in a variety of shapes (i.e. bell, bullet, contoured, cylinder, flanged, pool, tapered), materials (i.e. foam, silicone, rubber, plastic) and sizes, it’s important to ensure your selection is both functional and comfortably worn. Alternatively, one might opt for ear muffs with recognition that they are particularly easy to put on/take off, secure, and designed to fit most head sizes.
  • Communication: It’s important to balance adequate hearing protection with your need to communicate effectively in your work environment, which can sometimes be a struggle in particularly noisy environments. One device to consider might be protective earmuffs that are specially designed with built-in environmental microphones or radio systems to enhance communication while ensuring adequate hearing protection is being provided.
  • Compatibility with Other PPE: If your working environment calls for both hard hats and hearing protection, hard hat mounted ear muffs, as implied, can be attached to your hard hat for optimal safety and comfort. If other forms of PPE are required, such as safety glasses, one might opt for behind-the-neck ear muffs or ear plugs to enhance comfort and ensure functionality is not diminished.
  • Styles/Features: A wide range of hearing protection styles and features devices can enhance the functionality, convenience, and/or overall comfort associated with utilizing them. For example:
    • Choosing corded ear plugs as opposed to uncorded may help prevent misplacing them. Ear muffs, in general, are less easily misplaced.
    • Ear plugs made of self-adjusting foam are easily rolled and expand to fit the ear canal, promoting easy insertion and wear.
    • Ear plugs with grip systems promote hygienic insertion and are also ideal for extended wear applications.
    • Reusable ear plugs only need to be replaced every 3-6 months and can be washed with soap and water.

For more information on occupational noise exposure and hearing conservation, see OSHA’s hearing protection requirements here. Or, to see more of the 1,700 sound levels within the Noise Navigator® Sound Level Database, view it here!

Amerisource is proud to help our customers keep their workers safe by providing a wide range of hearing protection by some of the industry’s most trusted brands. Contact your local Amerisource representative for more information, or shop online at or

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