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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 offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Portacool encourages businesses across the country…

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Kicking-Off National Safety Month

Did you know that June is National Safety Month? We scratched the surface of what National Safety Month means to us in our previous blog, but we want to dive a little deeper into the impact of safety at our own facilities. Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and…

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Week 1 of NSM – Hazard Recognition

Hazards are everywhere, but sometimes it’s difficult to spot them. Oftentimes the more accustomed you are to your environment, the more blind you can become to the dangers that surround you. So how can you train yourself to spot hazards? Below are a few tips from the National Safety Council. Spotting hazards is all about anticipation.…

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Week 2 of NSM – Slips, Trips and Falls

While seemingly harmless, slips, trips and falls are some of the most common hazards that we face in the workplace, and they ca n have some serious consequences. Most fall hazards overlooked because they aren’t taken seriously or workers aren’t sure what to say. We’ve all been in a situation where our coworkers are doing…

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Week 3 of NSM – Focus on Fatigue

In today’s world, there are a lot of distractions that keep us from getting rest. Busy schedules fill every minute of the day and cut into our sleep time. Technology, in the form of TV or cellphones, keeps our brains wired and alert when it’s time to settle down. When our lives get busier, sleep…

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