19 Oct 2018
HUBZone Contractors National Council Logo

The HUBZone Contractors National Council presented Sam Yadav, CEO of Quest Safety Products, with the 2018 HUBZone Champion award at the 2018 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 south side 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!

 

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

17 Mar 2016
2016 Indiana Safety Expo.

Learn how to keep your employees safe on the job.
Discover the latest and greatest in PPE and safety equipment.
Win a large duffle bag full of safety products valued at $300.00!

This year’s Indiana Safety Expo is Tuesday, March 22nd at the Indiana Convention Center from 7:30-4:00. Stop by booth 320 to see what is new and popular in the safety industry. We will have patented and patent pending protective apparel designs as well as new hand protection, footwear, SmartCompliance™ first aid program, and more.

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While you’re at the booth enter to win a large duffle bag full of safety products valued at $300.00! Contents include hearing protection, protective eyewear, head protection, respirators and filters. Winner need not be present to win.