About BWS Distributors, Inc. | Safety Supply Store for 50 Years

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Company History

BWS Distributors was formed in 1962 by Ted Barton, Forrest Wright and Thurman Sneed as a construction materials company, supplying the construction industry in Northern California.
In 1970, under the direction of President/CEO Robert Ted Barton Sr., we respond to a growing need by becoming a full-line and service industrial safety supply store and equipment supplier.

BWS Today

Under direction of Robert Ted Barton Jr., BWS continues to be a full-line and service supplier.
With the help of local safety managers as well as employees that utilize our products, we continue to expand and update our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) offerings. In doing so, we can continue to best serve our customers with the best and latest products in today’s industry.
With knowledge and certifications, BWS is able to provide training and expertise in gas detection and SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus). We specialize in gas detection and breathing apparatus, as well as maintain a complete repair facility for the instruments and self-contained breathing apparatus which we distribute.
While we at BWS primarily serve California, we provide equipment and training throughout the United States.

Reach out

If you have a special need or question about safety equipment for your business, give us a call. Prefer and email? Get in touch here

Certified Instructors

BWS Distributors offers training by certified instructors in categories (but not limited to):

  • Confined Space Testing
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Respirator Fit Testing
  • Lockout-tagout (LOTO)
  • Mine Gas Training
  • Accident Prevention
  • Noise Level Monitoring
  • Instructor Surface Mining
  • Instructor Underground Mining
  • Mine Emergency Training
  • Mine Rescue Training

Please feel free to give the staff at BWS a call with questions regarding training at:
Toll Free: 1-800-862-4685
Local: 707-546-2484

Safety Equipment Assistance

BWS Distributors stands ready to assist you in your efforts to provide a safer workplace for your employees, to comply with the requirements of OSHA, and to provide assistance in any of your special or complex safety requirements. Our focus is on keeping your costs to a minimum through the proper utilization of safety


BWS Distributors has a long history of support with many municipalities. We are proud to meet all kinds of safety needs for city and county employees on the job.


OSHA compliance means keeping up with the latest in industrial safety for your team. We have the products, and more importantly, the experience, to guide you in getting the right item for the need.


We have a wide variety of products to serve the agricultural industry. From Muck boots, to spray suits, to hand and eye protection - if you need it, we carry it. 


The safety supply needs of the construction industry have unique requirements that change frequently. To stay compliant, talk with one of our in house experts and let us show you the right items you need now.