Code update

July 22, 2015

Factors that would trigger structural reviews of tent installations considered. A proposal to the International Code Council’s (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) involving multistory tents installed for fewer than 180 days shows the continued need for the tent industry to work with code officials at the ICC. The current IBC code for tents and membrane …

OSHA inspection primer

June 1, 2015

What to expect when OSHA inspects. An Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspection may strike fear in the heart of any business owner, but it doesn’t need to. Know what to expect and be prepared. An OSHA compliance officer coming to your door should report to the main office, identify himself or herself, and …

Wind terminology

Frequently asked questions about damaging winds. Straight-line winds are responsible for most thunderstorm damage. These winds can cause as much damage as a tornado. What are damaging winds? Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. …

Safety in cold weather

December 1, 2014

Tips to protect workers on cold job sites. Winter weather may slow tent rental but it rarely stops it. From polar plunges and ice fishing tournaments to holiday markets and the bride who wants a winter wedding, tenting needs continue despite cold climates. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures on tent installation sites may …

Temporary workers and safe job sites

October 1, 2014

Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining safe work environments for temporary workers. In response to a series of reports of temporary workers suffering fatal injuries during the first days on a job, the Office of Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) launched an initiative in 2013 to protect temporary workers through enforcement, …

ICC launches cloud-based code development process

June 1, 2014

Online tool allows anyone to submit code change proposals and enables collaboration. The International Code Council (ICC) has launched a new cloud-based tool, cdpACCESS™, with the goal of increasing participation and collaboration in the ICC’s code development process (cdp). The tool allows anyone to create code change proposals and public comments and store them in …

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Tent safety in severe weather

April 1, 2014

Storm safety and evacuation planning is a matter of common sense, planning, preparation and communication. By Ken Keberle Weather is a way of life in the tent rental and event industry. We are the “rain or shine” people. Tent and structure professionals deliver a finished product when most other people have decided it’s too hot, …

2015 IFC changes to affect the tent industry

December 1, 2013

Q: How will the 2015 IFC changes affect the tent industry? A:The final public hearing for proposed changes to the 2015–IFC (International Fire Code) was held in October. Several proposals had the potential to affect tent manufacturers and renters at every level of the industry. Tom Markel, Bravo Events, Buffalo, N.Y., and William Fitch, P.E., …

Breathe easy

How to keep workers safe from diesel exhaust hazards. Most people are exposed to diesel exhaust from time to time, but for many workers—including loading dock workers, truck drivers and heavy equipment operators—prolonged routine exposure and short–term exposure to high concentrations of Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) can be a very real health concern. DPM is …

Fire prevention

October 1, 2013

Industry experts and the California State Fire Marshal work to update flammability document. The California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) is updating its textile flammability document, Title 19, for the first time since 1993. A change to the pass/fail for the small-scale test was drafted in 1993 and has been used by the industry ever since, …