14 Feb 2020

Quest Safety Product Inc. Successfully Completes PSCI Audit

Removing Barriers to Business for All Customers

Quest Safety Products’ audit report has been posted to the PSCI (Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative) membership page and can be reviewed by all PSCI member companies. 

The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is a group of pharmaceutical companies with a vision to establish and promote responsible business practices that will continuously improve social, health & safety and environmental sustainable outcomes for their supply chains throughout the world. 40 of the top companies in the pharmaceutical industry are members of this initiative.

PSCI’s mission is to establish formal industry guidelines regarding ethics, labor, health & safety, the environment, and management systems, as well as support suppliers to build their capabilities to operate in a manner consistent with those expectations. For additional details on PSCI visit their website or view their introductory video.

How PSCI's Audit Benefits All Quest Customers

Successfully completing PSCI's audit removes a barrier to business for Quest Safety and all its customers and prospects. PSCI's standards were established because of the regions in which they operate and the life-altering work involved in manufacturing pharmaceuticals. PSCI's standards of ethics, labor, health & safety, the environment, and management systems are not exclusive to the pharmaceutical industry. They are standards that customers expect from all suppliers. By participating in the PSCI audit, all of the customers and prospects working with Quest can be assured of our commitment to safe and responsible work practices for our employees, as well as our customers' employees.

PSCI’s Shared Audit Program

PSCI’s shared audit program assesses and cultivates transparency, reduces the duplication of work, and helps their members improve the effectiveness of their supply chains. The audits, performed by PSCI-member companies or third party companies, are designed to assess a supplier's performance against the PSCI Principles. Each audit shared reduces duplication and burden for suppliers and members. But standardizing audits achieves much more than efficiency; it is spreading consistent and good practice right across the sector. Once an audit and any corrective action plans are completed, PSCI and the audited company can share the audit for all member companies to review.

For details on the audit, its process and methodology see the PSCI Audit Guidance document. Members of PSCI can view Quest's audit can find it on PSCI's membership page.

Any company that is not a PSCI member but interested in seeing our audit can contact us directly.

05 Feb 2020

Safety Information Regarding COVID-19

While some of us may eventually be impacted by COVID-19, fortunately, it will probably be by a shortage of goods made in China, not by the actual virus. For those companies that have remote offices or manufacturing locations in China, it is important to be aware of the safety issues involved. 

Check out our Safety Resources for COV-19 page for resources and PPE information such as:

Links to CDC, WHO and OSHA for additional information on 2019-COVID-19

Infographics to Keep You and Your Employees Safe:

  Coronavirus Prevention Practices
  Proper PPE Can Provide a Safe Barrier between You and Coronavirus
  The Difference Between Respirators and Surgical Masks When Dealing with Airborne Exposure to Biohazards
  What to Look for in a Particulate Respirator Face Mask
  NIOSH Fact Sheet: Approval Labels - Key Information to Protect Yourself
  OSHA Fact Sheet: Respiratory Infection Control: Respirators Versus Surgical Masks
  Sequence for Putting On and Removing PPE from the CDC
  How to Don and Doff Particulate Respirators

If there is anything Quest can do to make this situation easier on your business and workers please contact us for assistance.

28 Jan 2020
Pharma worker in face mask and glasses

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is becoming a hot topic. Many US business owners, safety managers, and EHS professionals are wondering if this a safety concern for their workers. Here are links with information to answer some of those questions.

The Who, What, Where, and Why of 2019-nCoV are covered on the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page.

The CDC currently recommends the following:

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

Some of our customers who have locations overseas are requesting the following PPE for their workers:

  • Disposable Face Masks (N95 particulate filter)
  • Surgical Face Masks
  • Protection Chemical Splash/Impact Goggles
  • Surgical or Exam Gloves
  • Protective Coverall Suits
  • Shoe Covers

Contact Quest for Assistance with PPE, Information, or Additional Resources

19 Oct 2018

The HUBZone Contractors National Council presented Sam Yadav, CEO of Quest Safety Products, with the 2018 HUBZone Champion award at the HUBZone Contractors National Council Logo2018 National HUBZone Conference on October 12, 2018, in Washington D.C.

Pictured left to right: Diana Vass, Sr. Buyer, AstraZeneca; Sam Yadav, CEO of Quest Safety Products, Anna Hakobyan, Government & Commercial Contracts, AstraZeneca

The HUBZone Council consists of small businesses from every socioeconomic class, large businesses, non-profits, and Federal Agencies. The SBA HUBZone Program is unlike any other small business program in that the focus revolves around the development of a community. To the Council, the HUBZone Program is more than just a federal contracting program, it is providing hope to those communities that need it the most.

The 2018 HUBZone Champion award is given to companies that focus on promoting the values and spirit of the HUBZone Program and are involved in community outreach and support. Diana Vass, Sr. Buyer at AstraZeneca led the nomination of Quest for the HUBZone Champion award. Quest and AstraZeneca have been working together to keep AstraZeneca’s workers safe for over 10 years.

Michelle Burnett, Acting Executive Director of the council stated, “The HUBZone Contractors National Council was proud to present Sam Yadav of Quest Safety Products the HUBZone Champion Award at the 2018 National HUBZone Conference.  Reading how Mr. Yadav and the Quest team banded together to secure over 210,000 dollars in supplies and gear for the first respondents during Hurricane Harvey is beyond amazing.

Quest Safety Products moved from Fishers IN to the southside of Indianapolis in January of 2017. That move started nine months earlier with a $750,000 investment that included renovating offices and warehouse space built in the 1950s to meet food-grade clean specifications, moving resources and product, as well as hiring/training additional employees. It also included a year-long process of becoming HUBZone Certified as well as being Certified MBE by the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.

The motivators behind the move to downtown Indianapolis were numerous;

• Strengthening the Indianapolis community through hiring opportunities, promoting from within, and providing internships to nearby students.
• Participating in community outreach and supporting organizations who help others. Some of these efforts include;

o In 2017 Quest donated safety products and assisted Radians, a safety manufacturer and key partner, in donating safety supplies to Indiana Task Force One just after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
o 19 years of sponsoring Indianapolis families through United Christmas Service.
o Flanner House of Indianapolis
o 2018 Evansville Police Department Foundation
o Donating safety equipment and supplies to Indiana Sea Cadet Unit

• Working closer to its key customers.
• Helping our customers achieve their SBA business goals.
• Collaborating with other diversified, small businesses to strengthen each business as well as the community as a whole.

When accepting the award, Sam Yadav, CEO of Quest Safety Products thanked AstraZeneca “for the opportunity to prove ourselves, let us in, share ideas, and give us a platform to succeed. It is the employees of Quest Safety, along with our customers, who show how HUBZones work to make local communities and America stronger.”

Click here to view Quest’s Capability Statement.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact your Quest Territory Manager or email us!

Construction workers caution sign in the snow.

Winter Will Be Here Before We Know It!
Check Out Our Winter Safety Tips Page.

Back when we were kids, winter was great! Building snowmen, snowball fights, possible snow-days off, and holidays around the corner. When you are an adult working outside every day there is a lot more to consider. At Quest, we want to do everything possible to help you protect yourself and your workers.

Our goal is to provide you with articles, videos, checklists, toolbox talk worksheets, and infographics to make your work easier. Winter considerations are more than just making your workers more comfortable outside. We know you want your workers to be comfortable but there are also business considerations at play here also. By implementing smart winter safety practices you also

  • Adhere to OSHA regulations
  • Keep productivity up (who can be productive when dressed like Ralphie’s brother in A Christmas Story?)
  • Reduce sick time and incident reports

Our Winter Safety Page provides you with five weeks of checklists, assessments, infographics, videos,
toolbox talks, and articles to ensure you and your workers stay safe, healthy, and productive this winter.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact your Quest Territory Manager or email us!

Stay safe!


05 Aug 2016
Two hard hats at a worksite with cranes and a sunset in the background.

Safety in the workplace is a goal that all companies strive to reach. One way to ensure safety in a job that involves physical hazards is the use of hard hats. The hard shell alleviates blows directly to the head and helps to prevent a range of head injuries from concussions to brain damage. OSHA 1926.100 stipulates that employers must supply hard hats in work environments where there is a possibility of head injuries from impact, objects, or electrical shock/burns. There are hard hats to fit every job, environment, and personality. The top brands today are MSA, Bullard, 3M, Fibre-Metal, and Honeywell. With so many hard hats on the market, how do you find the right one for your needs?

Types of Hard Hats

ANSI Z89.1-2014 dictates that there are two types of hard hats, Type I and Type II. Type I hard hats are constructed to shield workers from objects and blows that come from above and pummel the top of the helmet, while Type II hard hats are constructed to protect against lateral blows and objects. Evaluate the work environment and the location of potential hazards to determine which type would be most suitable for your site.

Classes of Hard Hats

ANSI Z89.1-2014 also separates hard hats into three different classes: E, G and C, indicating their electrical insulation rating.

Class E (Electrical) Hard Hats

Defined as electrical hard hats, these are designed to reduce exposure to high voltage conductors and offer dielectric protection up to 20,000 volts. This protection does not extend past the head, however, so additional PPE must be worn to protect the rest of the body from electrical hazards.

Class G (General) Hard Hats

These are general hard hats constructed to lessen exposure to low voltage conductors and offer dielectric protection up to 2,200 volts. The same goes for Class G hard hats as Class E hard hats: additional PPE must be worn to protect the worker below the head.

Class C (Conductive) Hard Hats

This class of hard hat differs from the other two classes because they are not designed to provide protection against contact with electrical conductors. These hard hats protect the wearer only from impact blows to the head.
Most hard hats come with an interior sticker indicating the hat’s type, class, and the year it was manufactured.

Hard Hat Suspension and Style

The two most popular styles of hard hat suspension are ratchet and pin lock. A ratchet suspension adjusts with a ratchet at the back of the hard hat, while a pin lock suspension adjusts with pins and holes, also at the back of the hat. The suspension is the backbone of your hard hat, making it an important factor when considering which one to choose.

Hard hats may also be classified another step further by being vented or non-vented. A vented hard hat is one with small slots at the crown of the hat to encourage air flow, while a non-vented hard hat has no slots. A vented hard hat is especially helpful for people working outside in the sun. Overheating is a serious thing; preventing it in any way you can is important.

Additional Features Available

There are hard hats and accessories to fit every job, environment, and personality. Here are some of the ways you can customize your safety, fit, and look.

  • Standard brim or cap style vs Full brim, for additional 360 degree protection from objects, the sun, and rain
  • Logos and Hi-Vis striping
  • Fiberglass for higher temperatures
  • Face shield/visors to protect from flying debris, chemical splashes, radiant heat, infrared radiation, and arc flashes
  • Accessory slots for hearing protection
  • Sweatbands, shades, and liners
  • Personalization: cowboy style hats, sports teams, patriotic, and camo just to name a few
  • Bump Caps: These lightweight helmets look more like industrial baseball caps. They are not ANSI certified and are only provided for workers who might occasionally bump or scrape their heads

Now that you understand the different types, classes and styles of hard hats, let’s talk about a tool that can actually help you select the best hard hat to fit your workplace needs!

Customize Your Very Own Hard Hat!

3M, Honeywell, and MSA offer hard hat customization tools that allow you to choose your hard hat model, color, quantity, suspension and style making it as easy as 1, 2, 3 (no really, it’s a three step process). You are able to preview, save and share your designs. Check it out!

When to Replace Your Hard Hat

Just like other types of PPE, hard hats need to be replaced over time to ensure workers receive maximum protection. Damage—such as dents, cracks, penetrations or fatigue due to rough treatment—is a sign that a hard hat needs to be replaced. Heat and rays from the sun are very harsh on hard hats and can cause them to become brittle over time. It is crucial to inspect your hard hat before each use. Another way to evaluate a hard hat, other than by simply looking at it, is to hold it in both hands and administer force by squeezing it. If creaking or other unusual sounds are heard, it’s probably time to replace your hard hat. Some manufacturers recommend replacing hard hats every 12 months. Industry standards recommend that, at a minimum, hard hats are replaced every five years even if no damage is found.

There you have it; you’re now on your way to selecting the right hard hat for your workplace needs! Remember to think about the two types of hard hats, then take things a step further and consider which class of hat is best suited to the work environment. Be sure to choose the appropriate suspension and style type also. Now that you understand the different options that hard hats have to offer, your responsibility to select the proper one should be a bit easier. Your head is an important part of your body so keep it properly protected!


04 Jul 2016
Using DEET based bug sprays/insect repellents on FR (Flame Resistant) PPE or clothing is very dangerous.

Summer is great, but with it comes mosquitoes and ticks. While many people rely on DEET-based insect repellents, workers in electrical and similarly hazardous environments must look for alternate solutions. People who work in environments that may include flash fires, electrical arcs, or combustible dust are required to wear flame resistant (FR) clothing at all times. Unfortunately DEET and the chemicals that make up FR clothing do not mix well.

DEET, the active ingredient in most popular insect repellents, is highly flammable and should not be used in hazardous environments. This leaves people working in these electrical environments three options; work without insect repellent, use common insect repellent on exposed skin only, or use repellent specifically made for FR clothing. This last option is the safest and best choice. Several manufacturers make non-DEET insect repellent that uses Permethin to repel and kill bugs without endangering the wearer. Permethin is non-flammable and adheres to FR material for up to six weeks in many cases. Contact Quest Safety for more information.

22 Jun 2016
GHS HazCom pictograms. The symbols are used to identify workplace dangers.

In 2009, OSHA began aligning their Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 1994) also known as HazCom, with the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) adopted in 2003 by the United Nations. With HCS 1994, OSHA intent was to give workers knowledge of health, physical, and environmental hazards they may encounter in the workplace. The goal of what became HCS 2012 was to standardize hazardous information to make it easier for workers to understand quickly, especially in emergency situations.

The key changes to HazCom and GHS are hazard classification; standardization of labels with signal words, pictograms, and hazard information; converting previously used Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to a new standardized format, Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  Compliance with the new standard (HCS 2012/29 CFR 1910.1200) began in 2012 with a final deadline of June 2016. At that time all chemical users and producers must adhere to the new regulations.

For additional information see:
OHSA’s Hazard Communication Page
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding the GHS Labeling System
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)
GHS Training: Passing Deadlines Don’t Mean the Work is Over from Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

Bug X 30 Insect Repellent Towelettes at a lake in the woods.

It seems warmer temps are here to stay! While warmer temps are exciting, perhaps not so exciting is the increase in pesky and sometimes dangerous insects the warmer temps bring. The Zika virus is on the rise making insect repellant increasingly important this year. Know the facts! Be Aware to Be Prepared! Check out Quest’s full line of insect repellent option below.

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Construction worker wearing safety glasses, electrical protection gloves, and a hard hat cutting metal.

What glove is right for your application? Safety professionals all over the nation struggle to find the perfect fit in an effort to balance cost, compliance, and comfort. Many times high usage levels and cost can lead to an inexpensive canvas glove. Protective Industrial Products performed an impressive glove study at one of the largest metal producers in the United States that resulted in some pretty interesting findings. What glove is right for your application? It may not be the cost effective canvas you’ve grown accustom to using.