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OSHA Safe & Sound Week 2020 – August 10-16

This week is Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August and sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). Its aim is to highlight successful safety and health programs as a measure to “proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line.”…

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Utilizing Portacool Evaporative Coolers as PPE to Combat Heat

When we think of traditional personal protective equipment or PPE, we can find a full list of materials that provide safety for workers that quite literally cover them from head to toe. Items such as hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, and shoe covers are common safety gear for many jobs, but when it comes to…

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State-Specific OSHA Regulations

Last week, we focused on Cal/OSHA heat regulations but mentioned a few other U.S. states that also have government regulations in place. Washington is one of those states. In 2008, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) filed a permanent workplace rule to protect employees from outdoor heat exposure. This rule was designed…

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Cal/OSHA Regulations

As employers delve into determining what rules must be followed when it comes to heat safety protection and mitigation for their workers, it can be helpful to look to the most stringent guidelines as a guide. Beyond the national standard and education provided by OSHA, the agency website also notes states that have set their…

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National Focus on Heat Safety – OSHA Regulations

Record-setting high heat temperatures and marked warmth has been on the rise since 2015. Beyond being uncomfortable, extreme heat presents a real danger to workers in a variety of occupations. Less than a decade ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a formidable campaign to raise awareness among employers and employees about the…

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Europe’s Approach to Heat Stress & Worker Safety – Overview

Portacool, LLC is a global company, selling to distributors in more than 56 countries worldwide, including a number of European countries. No stranger to heat, Europe experienced record setting temperatures last year in many of its countries as noted in this New York Times article from July 2019. One area of France even reached 115°F/…

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Cal/OSHA code & compliance rules to address now for outdoor workers

June is National Safety Month, as deemed by the National Safety Council. Nationally, worker safety and health on the job is advocated through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA. In addition to OSHA regulations, further worker protection is provided by individual state regulatory agencies. In California, that agency is the…

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Military – Heat Affects Those Who Sacrifice for Our Country

May is National Military Appreciation Month as declared by Congress back in 1999. It is a time for all of us to observe and honor the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces – both those currently serving and those who have served. Among their sacrifices of comfort, one condition that has begun to disproportionately…

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Built-In Safety – Going Beyond Cooling Power

At Portacool, safety and wellbeing are always top of mind. We create evaporative cooling products that aid in preventing heat stress to help companies and their employees stay cool and safe, including those in our own manufacturing plant. With safety as a top brand focus, it’s only natural that we extend features to protect those…

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OSHA Safe & Sound Week 2019

This week is Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August and sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) to recognize the successes of workplace health and safety programs. Its aim is to offer information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Portacool encourages businesses across the country to…

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