Since its founding by Merv Litzow in 1992, Safeguard Technology, headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, has been dedicated to the design, development, and manufacture of superior safety products for the prevention of slips and falls. Litzow, who has an extensive background in the chemical industry, has translated his unique knowledge and experience into the development of a top-notch safety product line.

Throughout the years, Safeguard has consistently been on the cutting edge of anti-slip technology: from its industry-leading Hi-Traction Safety Covers to its innovative Hi-Traction Glo Series in five new photoluminescent colors. Safeguard’s initial product line utilized either an 18-gauge stainless steel base or an 18-gauge G90 galvanized steel base, for which it was awarded two patents. In an effort to provide a low-cost, light-weight alternative to steel products, Safeguard introduced Pultruded FRP (fiberglass) in 1998, followed by vinyl with self-adhesive backing in 2002.

Safeguard® Hi-Traction Safety Covers are designed to outperform all other products in the industry with their overall effectiveness, ease of installation and lifetime durability.

In 1996, a major product development program culminated in the introduction of Hi-Traction Safety Covers that provide an additional safety feature — “glow-in-the-dark” properties. The Hi-Traction Glo Covers, with five new colors introduced in 2010, illuminate the edges of walkways and stairs, providing a safe egress during power outages and emergency evacuations.

Safeguard’s other industry-leading product innovations include Pipe and Cable Covers and Descriptive Markings or PPE (personal protective equipment) symbols that are available on Safeguard’s entire product line.

In 2010, Safeguard highlighted its Direct Gritting capabilities to customer-supplied prefabricated parts, and introduced Safety Track® anti-slip tapes in a variety of grit levels and colors. Also in 2010, Safeguard started its Quick Ship standard inventory program, which is comprised of Safeguard® Hi-Traction anti-slip Step Covers in the most popular sizes, grits, and colors. Quick Ship standard inventory can be shipped within 48 hours to help distributors and consumers with their immediate anti-slip needs.

Safeguard® Covers are utilized worldwide and have been considered to be the first choice for application in the offshore oil and gas industry.

For product questions, contact Safeguard Technology Customer Service at 1-800-989-1695 or visit

Safeguard Technology, leading innovator of anti-slip solutions, offers Direct Gritting to prefabricated parts. With Direct Gritting, customers supply their parts (or an engineered drawing for fabrication) and Safeguard applies it’s Hi-Traction anti-slip surface directly to the specified area. Direct Gritting helps reduce installation time, weight and cost. It is a desirable alternative when aesthetics are important or when mechanical fasteners are not an option (either structurally or due to unsightly screw heads).

Direct Gritting is available in all of Safeguard’s standard and premium colors, as well as Photoluminescent “Glow-in-the-Dark” and custom color matches. With Direct Gritting, customers can combine colors for a two-tone configuration; incorporate custom messaging, logos and PPE (personal protective equipment) symbols; and choose from a variety of grit levels to meet their application requirements.

Direct Gritting is ideal for industrial and transportation applications and can be applied to many surfaces, including:

  • Work truck steps
  • Bus trim parts
  • Bus ramps
  • Ladder rungs
  • Metal stair treads
  • Diamond plate

Safeguard has been successfully providing Direct Gritting services since its inception in 1992. Safeguard manufactures a full-line of superior safety products, including prefabricated anti-slip safety covers for steps, walkways and ladder rungs. Customizable levels of coarseness, sizes, and colors, glow-in-the-dark features, as well as safety messages and logo designs, are available on all Safeguard products.

Find out more about Safeguard’s Direct Gritting.

Video 1 (3:03)

  • Introduction: President Merv Litzow discussing how Safeguard Technology started in 1992
  • Addressing Slips-and-Falls
  • Step Covers
  • Installation
  • Ladder Rung Covers
  • Grades or Coarseness

Video 2 (3:11)

  • Trials & Tribulations
  • Slips-and-Falls Statistics
  • Walkway Covers
  • Reducing Insurance & Workers’ compensation costs
  • Product Innovations
  • The future of Safeguard
  • Detailed Installation

Video 3 (1:13)

  • Conclusion

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Safeguard Technology, Inc., the company known in the industry for its innovations in Antislip Covers, is presenting a new addition. Standard PPE Symbols and current job market descriptive markings “Use Handrail, Escape Route, Wear Safety Goggles” will provide the safest surroundings where slips and falls are a concern. Pictured below are a few samples of what will be available through Safeguard Technology. The ultimate goal is to Provide Safety Underfoot in any type of environment in any part of the world.

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