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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 the leading causes of…

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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…

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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 can 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,…

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Week 4 of NSM – Impairment on the Job

  In every industry, employees need to be healthy and focused to stay safe at work. Impairment is a major roadblock to workplace safety and the effects are more common than you think. The National Safety Council outlines several impairment risks and how to manage them to make sure you are able to work safely. Lack of…

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It bears repeating – Heat Safety Is Key

The toll heat can take on the body should not be underestimated. It’s important to take precautions to ensure safety in the heat when exercising, entertaining, or working outdoors or in non-air-conditioned areas like the garage. Hydration: The top tip for giving your body the power to beat the heat is to stay hydrated. You need…

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Heat Waves are Serious Business

  Did you know heatwaves are a primary cause of worker heat-related illnesses and fatalities in the state of California? This fact is illustrated in a thorough case study completed in 2006.  The study showed that 84% of the confirmed occupational heat illnesses in 2006 occurred during a July heatwave. Nationally, Weather.com just last week…

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