Celebrating 100 years of head protection

August 1, 2019

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 …

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 …

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 …

New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

December 1, 2018

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 …

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 …

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 …

State marijuana laws, opioid use and your workplace drug policy

August 1, 2018

What do business owners need to know about changing state marijuana laws and opioid use? With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest in years, employers are struggling to fully staff their companies. If that wasn’t difficult enough, employers who operate in states that have legalized marijuana face additional challenges in finding workers who can …

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Have fun and fix hazards during Safe + Sound week

June 1, 2018

Bring Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 13–19, to your company with fun competition. A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards is a proactive, ongoing process of identifying and controlling sources of potential injuries or illnesses. This means establishing procedures to collect and review information about known or potential hazards in the workplace, investigating the …