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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 injury…

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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 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 something…

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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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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 Sleep. According…

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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, just last week shared…

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CAL/OSHA Code & Compliance Rules 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 Division…

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Tips to Avoid Heat Stress This Summer

At Portacool, we often focus on industrial cooling and heat safety relative to work environments. We also think enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer when you are at home though. Just as it is important to protect yourself from the sun and hot weather while you are working…

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How to Prevent Heat Stress on Pets This Summer

Heat safety is high on the list of worries for individuals and businesses around the world each summer. Hot weather is hard on humans, sure, but it’s also hard on their pets. The question of how to prevent heat stress on pets without penning them up inside is one many Portacool customers struggled with –…

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