Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 that made landfall in August 2017. Unfortunately, natural disasters have lasting effects on those involved. For instance, the loss of roofs, flooding, power, and even life. Hurricane Harvey was the most recent, but not the first. There have been catastrophic storms that have hit the United States in the past, and this will certainly not be the last.
With Hurricane Irma moving closer to land by the minute, how do you prepare?
Hurricane Harvey turned into a Category 4 hurricane and made landfall on August 25, 2017, in Rockport, Texas and caused severe damage and life threatening flooding to much of the Texas coast and Houston. Our thoughts and prayers have been with our staff, their families, their friends, and everyone involved in the devastating natural disaster.
According to OSHA, the foremost method of heat related illness prevention is to create a cooler working environment and minimize employees heat exposure.
Air conditioning is of course the preferred option, whether that is in an office setting, break room, or vehicle interiors. Other options include expanding the ventilation from a main portion of the building using air conditioning duct work, or installing cooling fans in more remote work areas such as outdoor construction sites.
For contractors, construction foremen, and facility managers, it is extremely important to know what your options are regarding employee heat exposure. Here are some serious considerations:
- How many employees are being exposed, and for how long?
- Does the weather play a part in making the heat worse because of little air movement and constant exposure to the sun?
- Is there any form of ventilation in place?
- Would the structure allow for a permanent air conditioning system? If not, what options are there?
Purchasing brand new systems and equipment is not your only option for short term solutions. There are companies that offer commercial quality mobile air conditioners and fan systems for rental, and with a reputable company like Portable Air, units can ideally be delivered within a 2-hour window. This eliminates the worry and concern a project manager might have regarding the down time created by air conditioning system repair, replacement, or installation.
Remote areas of a building can benefit from mobile self-contained a/c systems like Spot Coolers, while outdoor and exposed locations are a perfect fit for rental Misting Fans. These units and many others are stress free, requiring little to no maintenance from on-site staff. Any concerns or issues can be addressed by Portable Air thanks to their 24/7 emergency services.
We know when the human body is exposed to constant levels of high heat, heat stress can become a serious concern. As temperature, humidity, and hours of high heat increase, many may be at risk of experiencing heat stress or heat stroke. This can result in occupational injury due to irritation to the senses, sweat in the eyes, fogging safety glasses, dehydration and light headedness. Illness is also a serious concern. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can exaggerate and worsen symptoms of colds or other health concerns workers must contend with.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, workers that are at the highest risk are outdoor workers, and workers in hot indoor environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, and factory workers. Anyone who is older than 65 years of age, is overweight, or has any type of heart disease or high blood pressure is also at a much higher risk for heat related illness and injury.
Top 8 Recommendations to Reduce Heat Stress:
- Increase Air Flow and Velocity by using adequate air conditioning or mobile cooling solutions such as a spot cooler or misting fan.
- Use heat-Absorbing or Reflective Barriers.
- Reduce Overall Humidity in the workplace with proper air flow or dehumidification and moisture eliminating equipment such as mobile dehumidifiers, vortex fans, and air movers.
- Limit the amount of time workers are in the heat.
- Train all workers and supervisors to recognize the signs, symptoms, and treatments of heat stress.
- Ensure each worker is paired up with someone else so they can monitor each other for signs of heat exhaustion.
- Provide cool, clean water near work areas and encourage employees to stay well hydrated.
- Assess the physical fitness of employees in hot environments. Do not subject anyone with ongoing serious health issues to a high heat work environment.
Many facilities may not have adequate air conditioning installations or may have remote work sites where air conditioning isn’t an option. For those businesses, it is recommended to partner with a temperature control purchase and rental company. For more information on rental a/c units or purchasing a/c units for your facility such as Spot Coolers, Air Scrubbers, Dehumidifiers, Chillers and more contact Portable Air today at www.portableac.com or 1-877-969-2821.
Spot Coolers are a great option when considering portable cooling for your building. Spot Coolers can quickly be set up in any location and for a variety of reasons. Once set up, Spot Coolers do not have to be constantly monitored, making them easy to maintain. Here are 5 reasons why you may want to rent a Spot Cooler for your location
Spot Cooler rentals are ideal for many locations including hospitals, data centers, stores, schools, offices, and banks, just to name a few. They can quickly be set up in an emergency situation, rented for special events, or rented for the scheduled maintenance of a buildings HVAC system. Spot coolers are also an excellent cooling option because they can quickly be set into place, are quiet, and are easy to place in almost any location.
If you live anywhere in the south, you know how hot it gets, especially at the end of spring and during the summer months. If you are planning an event during this time, you will want to consider renting an AC Unit to ensure the comfort of your guests and the success of your event.
It is only the middle of May, and summer hasn’t even begun, yet in Central Florida and Houston, Texas it sure does feel like it! With temperatures reaching the high 80s and low 90s, you could already find yourself staying inside as much as possible to enjoy that wonderful air conditioning that we are all so thankful for this time of year!
Ambient temperature (ABM) refers to the temperature in a specific area. ABM can be the temperature in a specific outdoor area, the temperature around a piece of equipment, or the temperature in a room or building. It a retail store, the ABM will be impacted by the air conditioning equipment used to cool/heat the store, the number of people in the store at one time, the insulation in the store, and the equipment in the store that puts off heat such as overhead lighting, computers, and other equipment.