Safeguard Reflects on More than 15 Years of Anti-Slip Innovations

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

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