The Summit Center launches SafeGuard Protective Apparel

BiteStephen R. Anderson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of The Summit Center, has announced the organization’s first for-profit product venture with the launch of Safeguard Protective Apparel. SafeGuard’s first product offering, a protective jacket featuring sleeves reinforced with surgical steel mesh, is designed to protect against human bites.

The Summit Center staff members developed the idea for the product working with product innovation experts from World Wide Protective Products LLC, headquartered in Hamburg, NY. “Some of the individuals we serve in our educational and adult programs exhibit challenging behaviors including biting and scratching our staff members,” Dr. Anderson said. “For years, we have used sporting equipment to protect our staff because there was nothing more suitable designed specifically for this purpose. Such equipment is very conspicuous, especially in community settings.”

The SafeGuard jacket resembles a typical, zip front track jacket but is made from Worldwide Protective Products’ ATA composite fiber knit which is cut-, bite- and scratch-resistant. In addition, the forearms are reinforced with surgical steel mesh to prevent skin-breaking injuries and related exposure risks. “The design is very inconspicuous and offers a high level of protection,” Anderson explained.

Summit will be the exclusive distributor for the jacket and responsible for all sales and marketing activities. “Initially our marketing efforts will target human service and health care providers, but the jacket may be well suited to other industries,” Anderson said.

The price for the jacket ranges from $489 to $515, depending on size, and is available on the SafeGuard website:

Profits from product sales will augment funding for The Summit Center’s educational, behavioral health, adult and community programs and services which are funded by NYS Department of Education and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. “As reimbursement rates continue to stagnate, we see this business venture as an opportunity to generate revenue not tied to government funding,” Anderson said.

Known for its ability to custom-design personal protective equipment, World Wide Protective Products is a US manufacturer specializing in cut- and abrasion-resistant gloves, sleeves, and garments. Products are developed and manufactured in the US at production facilities in Hamburg, NY, Wilkesboro, NC, and North Attleboro, MA. Other industries served include automotive and steel manufacturing, pulp and paper, utilities, glass handling, metal fabrication, food processing and food service.