How to plan for temporary power for tented events

August 1, 2019

Accurately calculate temporary power for tented events with a basic understanding of how power behaves. As tented events become more complex, they are more likely than ever to require temporary power, because venues often don’t have enough utility power to handle the needs of lighting, HVAC (air conditioning and heat), catering and cooking equipment, and …

Starting up or expanding a business? Here’s what you need to know about taxes.

Tax laws can help or hurt new and expanding businesses. In today’s economy, it’s not unusual for an existing event business to branch out, or for an owner or self-employed professional to start another business in the same or a different field. Few realize, however, that Uncle Sam stands ready to become a partner in …

Celebrating 100 years of head protection

Hard hat manufacturer Bullard celebrates the 100th anniversary of its revolutionary invention.  Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. And worker safety was advanced with a new device—the hard hat. The invention of the hard hat is credited to E. W. Bullard, the son of the founder of …

Working safely in hot weather

July 18, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. …

Climate control for safe tented events

June 1, 2019

Follow these tips to keep tented events cool and safe in warm months. With 18 holes to play in summer’s desert-like heat, golf tournaments are always looking for ways to keep players and spectators cool. One golf association hosts an annual tournament in Palm Desert, Calif., where temperatures can exceed 95 degrees F. This elite …

Workforce strategies in a tough labor market

Fear of the boogeyman can change organizational behavior. Picture this: It’s bedtime and children are getting their goodnight kisses. The parents wish them sweet dreams, leave the room and close the door behind them. With their defenders gone, the children begin their nightly debate: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what exactly are they …

How to patch tent fabric with a heat gun

Follow these steps to make simple repairs to damaged tent tops. The most common types of damage to tent tops that tent rental companies repair on their own are pinholes and simple cuts. Liquid vinyl is appropriate for pinholes—about the size of an eraser head or smaller. The next step up, especially for a repair …

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at the Napier War Memorial Conference Center in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on July 25-27. The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers and workshops, offering a variety of educational, social and professional networking opportunities, including the annual …

OSHA: Keep young workers safe this summer

May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering with worker safety organizations on #MySafeSummerJob, a social media campaign to educate young workers about safety rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions and how to protect themselves on the job. According to OSHA, workers under 25 …

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IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

April 22, 2019

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. …