Code revision update, and what you can contribute

April 1, 2019

TRD code committee sets its sights on new ASTM standard. With the current code revision cycle for tents and temporary structures largely complete, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) code committee is continuing in its efforts to establish an industry standard for tent anchorage.  Members of the International Code Council (ICC) voted on code revision proposals …

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Tips for taking better photos of your projects

Only have a smartphone? That’ll work fine. An estimated 1.2 trillion photos were taken around the globe in 2017. The smartphone, of course, is what’s behind the huge number. According to InfoTrends, a market research firm, 85 percent of all photos are shot with a phone. A good smartphone gives you a simple way to …

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Optimisim and persistence in the face of natural disaster

Meeting planning expert Jeff O’Hara lost his home and his business in Hurricane Katrina. His new book details how entrepreneurs can come back from disaster. In his new memoir Have Fun, Fight Back, and Keep the Party Going: Lessons from a New Orleans Entrepreneur’s Journey to the Inc. 5000 (Greenleaf, December 2018), Jeff O’Hara, president …

How to recognize and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

December 1, 2018

Far too often, the process of making bad and/or unethical choices begins with a simple, almost thoughtless decision. How do I know this? Well, I’ve seen it happen far too often. Harassment is not a sexy subject, and ethics are more than words. “The times they are a changing,” and that’s more than just song …

New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance Program participant, has launched a number of new safety resources, including free game apps to help educate employees on how to prevent injuries that result from manually lifting and moving heavy materials. Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the …

Fringe benefits benefit employees and employers

Use fringe benefits to attract and keep workers while lowering your company’s tax bill. How can small businesses compete for qualified workers? Thanks to U.S. tax laws, every business can afford to offer fringe benefits, and may even be able to benefit themselves in the process. Fringe benefits are often defined as property and/or services …

AMS adopts weather safety statement, identifies successful event safety practices

October 1, 2018

Citing examples of both weather tragedies and proactive weather planning, the council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has adopted a statement regarding weather safety at venues and public gatherings. The statement expounds on the need for successful proactive weather decision practices within the broader weather and venue industries. It lists several recent weather tragedies …

Avoid being sued with a well-written rental contract

How to keep from being sued by making yourself the least appealing target in the group. A client recently asked me what seemed like a simple question: “How can I keep from getting sued? Aside from the obvious answer (which necessarily involves either a fortune or a gravestone), my answer, with some explanation, was: “Make …

Fire marshals’ association and the code development process

Fire marshals are code experts, but they look to the tent industry for information. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of IFAI is an active participant in the code development process, submitting code proposals during the code revision cycle, attending and testifying at public hearings and serving as a resource to fire and code officials. But …

Launching a company-wide health and safety program? Here are some tips.

Beginning or reestablishing a company health and safety program can seem daunting, especially given everything else tent rental business owners and managers have on their plate. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) breaks down the task into nine doable steps: Always set safety and health as the top priority. Tell your workers that making …