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Hazards of Winter Weather

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Winter weather creates a variety of hazards that can significantly impact everyday tasks and work activities.

Learning how to prepare for work during the winter, protect workers from the cold and other hazards that can cause illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, is essential to maintaining a safe work environment and completing tasks successfully.

Who is affected by environmental cold?

Environmental cold can affect any worker exposed to cold air temperatures and puts workers at risk of cold stress. As wind speed increases, it causes the cold air temperature to feel even colder, increasing the risk of cold stress to exposed workers.

Risk factors for cold stress include:

-Wetness/dampness, dressing improperly, and exhaustion
-Predisposing health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes
-Poor physical conditioning

What is cold stress?

What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions that are not used to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for “cold stress.” Increased wind speed also causes heat to leave the body more rapidly (wind chill effect). Wetness or dampness, even from body sweat, also facilitates heat loss from the body. Cold stress occurs by driving down the skin temperature, and eventually the internal body temperature. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result.

Types of cold stress include: trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia.

How can cold stress be prevented?

Although OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in cold environments, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, employers have a duty to protect workers from recognized hazards, including cold stress hazards, that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm in the workplace.

Employers should train workers. Training should include:
-How to recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that can lead to cold stress.
-The symptoms of cold stress, how to prevent cold stress, and what to do to help those who are affected.
-How to select proper clothing for cold, wet, and windy conditions.

Employers should:
-Monitor workers physical condition.
-Schedule frequent short breaks in warm dry areas, to allow the body to warm up.
-Schedule work during the warmest part of the day.
-Use the buddy system (work in pairs).
-Provide warm, sweet beverages. Avoid drinks with alcohol.
-Provide engineering controls such as radiant heaters.


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality 2 wants you to be aware about building safety and how to improve indoor air quality.

1. Keep your floors fresh.
Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter (High-efficiency particulate absorption)
Vacuum the walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture, where dust accumulates.
For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.
Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind.
Skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens.
Put a large floor mat at every door. People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. To best protect your family, ask people to remove their shoes when entering your home.
2. Keep a healthy level of humidity.
Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens.
More tips for dehumidifying your home:
• Use an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing.
• Don’t overwater houseplants.
• Vent the clothes dryer to the outside.
• Fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture-loving mold.
• Empty drip pans in your window air conditioner and dehumidifier.
3. Make your home a no-smoking zone.
Probably the single most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals.
4. Test for radon.
Whether you have a new or old home, you could have a radon problem. This colorless, odorless gas significantly raises the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Drafty homes, airtight homes, homes with or without a basement — any home can potentially have a radon problem.
Granite countertops have also been linked to radon. While experts agree that most granite countertops emit some radon, the question is whether they do so at levels that can cause cancer. Testing is easy, inexpensive, and takes only a few minutes. If you discover a radon problem, there are simple ways to reduce levels of the gas that are not too costly.
5. Smell good naturally.
You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes. But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. You won’t find their names on the product labels. Conventional laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and air fresheners in solid, spray, and oil form may all emit such gasses.
In one study, a plug-in air freshener was found to emit 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven regulated as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws. But these chemicals were not included on the label — only the word “fragrance” is required to be listed. But the actual composition of the fragrance is considered a “trade secret.”
Most fragrances are derived from petroleum products, and generally haven’t been tested to see if they have any significant adverse health effects in humans when they are inhaled. (Tests usually focus on whether a fragrance causes skin irritation.) Some that have been tested raise concern. Phthalates are a group of chemicals often used in fragrances and also used to soften plastics. Studies show that phthalates disrupt hormones in animals.
• Look for fragrance-free or naturally-scented laundry products.
• Switch to mild cleaners that don’t include artificial fragrances.
• Stop using aerosol sprays — deodorants, hair sprays, carpet cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners.
• Let in fresh air. Open windows so toxic chemicals don’t build up in your home.
• Use sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in the kitchen.
• Bring nature indoors. Any room is prettier with a fern, spider plant, or aloe vera. It’s also healthier. NASA research shows that indoor plants like these act as living air purifiers — the foliage and roots work in tandem to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials.

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Wind power, can this be our future?

At, we support wind technology by selling hurricane turbine fans.

Wind power is a great way to generate electricity. It can be used in place of other energy sources such as electricity or nuclear power.

Where does wind power come from?

Wind power comes from the sun.  Solar radiation heats every part of the Earth’s surface. Surfaces on the earth, such as sand and water, absorb and release heat at different rates. As we all know, hot air rises, and as it rises, the cold air replaces it, this movement is wind.

What is kinetic energy?

Wind has kinetic energy (kinetic energy is the energy of an object in motion). The wind’s kinetic energy is captured and converted to other forms of energy such as mechanical power. Machines like Wind turbines can then help convert the wind’s energy into mechanical power. This mechanical power is then converted into electricity.

What are wind turbines?

Wind turbines have blades that are moved by the wind which are turn connected to a generator to make electricity. Wind turbines can help provide energy which can be exported. A small turbine around 10 kilowatts is enough to provide electricity to 1 home.

Is wind energy efficient?

Wind is a free and will never run out, so it doesn’t matter how much we use, there will always be a supply. Wind is also non-polluting and does not emit greenhouse gases. This is great for power plants, especially in cities like Los Angeles, that have a pollution problem.

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Safety in The Workplace


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The US government has created OSHA to help prevent accidents in the workplace and save people’s lives. Started in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act set standards to help workers throughout the United States, work in a safe environment, and therefore have a longer and healthier life. These standards should be followed by employers, if they are not, employers can by fined and penalized through monetary measures.

Workers should be able to work in an environment that is hazardous free, and employers must take an active role in prevention, doing their best to minimize any dangers in the working areas. OSHA helps businesses create a safe place to work by the following:

  • Take part in OSHA’s voluntary programs that help protect workers.
  • Drafting new safety systems for management.
  • Establishing reporting procedures for employers.
  • Actively inspect the worksite, all companies must follow OSHA Regulations, those that don’t might be fined.
  • Create employees and employers rights and responsibilities.
  • Always be up on the latest innovations and strategies in helping with workplace hazards.
  • Create programs that will train occupational safety personnel.
  • Make sure there is a consultation program for OSHA.
  • Work with state occupational safety and health programs.

OSHA does not cover you if you are one of the following:

  • State’s that have their own workplace health standards for their employees.
  • If you are self-employed
  • Farms that do not employ outside workers
  • If you are a Federal agency that already has their own safety or health criteria.

Occupational safety and health is important because it protects workers from work related injuries, deaths and illnesses. Over 100 million people in the US work force, and these standards help protect them.  Even though these laws are in place, there are still incidents and there is room for improvement.

The company Move Big Air supports these workplace health standards, and sells explosion proof fans, which help make a workplace safer. An explosion proof fan is designed with spark proof construction and minimizes the chance for a spark igniting an explosion in a hazardous area.

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Personal Protection in the Workplace

The explosion proof fan company Big Fans For Sale, wants to tell you about workplace safety.

Workplace safety is an important issue since employees spend a lot of time away from home and many hours of their lives in their work environment. Employers have standards to abide by, put in place through government agencies like OSHA. There are many ways that OSHA and employers can make the work place a safe environment, and one of the ways to help protect employees at work through personal protection. Though a lot of the safety requirements that fall on the employer, but employees have to play a role in help keeping themselves safe too.

How can employees be personally protected?

  • Eye Safety – Employers should provide protective eyeglasses, and “you” as an employee must remember to always use them!
  • Explosion Proof Exhaust Fans – Some employers are required to have spark proof fans in a hazardous area.
  • Protect Your Back – Many people hurt their back and have low back pain because they did not lift a heavy object the proper way. Employers can train workers on how to lift properly; employees must make sure they learn the proper technique on how to lift.
  • First Aid – Employers should provide a first aid protocol, as well as actual first aid equipment. Workers need to learn these first aid techniques.
  • Hand Safety – Workers must have an ergonomically correct working environment, as well as policies to help employees who use their hands in a repetitive sequence.
  • Falling Protection – Employers must train workers who climb ladders, telephone polls, and work where height is an issue, and make sure they have the correct equipment. Employees must learn these procedures, wear the proper equipment, and make sure they are not mentally distracted.
  • Personal Protective Equipment – Employers should provide appropriate protective equipment, depending on the occupation.
  • Respiratory – Employees should be properly equipped and trained if they work in a workplace that requires respiratory protection.  Workers must learn these procedures and are responsible for wearing the proper equipment provided.
  • Showers and Eyewashes – Workers should be trained on the proper procedure on washing. Many hazardous work places provide a way to properly rid yourself of dangerous chemicals.
  • Hearing Safety – Workers should use earplugs or head phones if your work place causes loud noises.

The company Move Big Air supports these workplace health standards, and sells explosion proof fans, which help make a workplace safer. Explosion proof fans are designed with spark proof construction to help prevent explosions in a hazardous area.

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