No sooner does summer arrive in Texas and the news agencies are issuing heat advisories. For most of Portable Air’s customers, the heat is a serious occupational hazard! Avoid excessive risk by setting up cooling stations on your jobsite.
Workers become overheated from two primary sources:
1. The environmental conditions in which they work; and
2. The internal heat generated by physical labor.
The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for outdoor workers, what actions are needed to protect workers, and when those actions are triggered. Depending on the heat index value, the risk for heat-related illness can range from lower to very high to extreme. As the heat index value goes up, more preventative measures are needed to protect workers.
|Heat Index||Risk Level||Protective Measures|
|Less than 91°F||Lower (Caution)||Basic heat safety and planning|
|91°F to 103°F||Moderate||Implement precautions and heighten awareness|
|103°F to 115°F||High||Additional precautions to protect workers|
|Greater than 115°F||Very High to Extreme||Triggers even more aggressive protective measures|
Heat-related illnesses (heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most serious) occur when the body is not able to lose enough heat to balance the heat generated by physical work and external heat sources. Helping your body maintain a stable internal temperature is vital in avoiding a heat-related illness. Once the air temperature gets near or above normal body temperature the blood circulated to your skin can’t lose heat. This causes you to sweat, but that’s not enough to cool your body if the humidity won’t allow the sweat to evaporate.
Surprisingly, OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in hot environments. Nonetheless, under the OSH Act, employers have a duty to protect workers from recognized serious hazards in the workplace, including heat-related hazards.
Creating cooling stations with either spot coolers or misting fans is a very cost-effective way to help prevent heat-related illnesses. When the body becomes overheated and can’t cool itself, cool air and water are essential to alleviate and prevent the worsening of heat-related symptoms.
Cooling stations are not only preventative measures but they can also provide for a quick response in case there is a heat-related emergency on a work site.
Setting up spot coolers and or misting fans has never been easier! Because our units are on wheels, you can control the direction of breeze and mist to provide relief where you need it. Most of our portable products require a common 120V electric circuit. All our portable misting fans allow you to use a standard garden hose connection for easy hookup. Contact us to learn more!
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:
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.
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!
Watch our video overview all about Misting Fans. Perfect for keeping your event space comfortable by cooling 3000 sq. ft. by up to 27 degrees without getting guests wet.
Portable Air’s line of hvac equipment is a great fit for factories, manufacturing plants, or any other industrial complexes where employee comfort and safety while avoiding downtime is key to maintaining manufacturing and processing productivity. No matter how new a building’s hvac or electrical system is, managers and business owners will face failure of this equipment as some point.
The solution comes from renting or owning supplemental or replacement equipment, from single spot cooler portable air conditioners or chilled water air handlers. A professional and reputable company like Portable Air can help with exactly that. Whether it’s a warehouse with temperature sensitive storage, a server room, class room, medical facility, or a full-fledged continuous production assembly line with dozens of workers, modern industry relies heavily on hvac and electricity. If one or both of these fail, business quickly grinds to a halt.
Whenever you have a problem or just a concern with any of your systems, call Portable Air for a free quote and information on a wide range of equipment including DX cooling, air scrubber rentals, portable air conditioner rental, and commercial power generator rentals.
When you are going to be hosting an event outside, vertical, horizontal or other HVAC systems designed for events can be a great option to condition a tented space and cool it down so your guests won't be bothered by hot summer weather. However, for open air locations or smaller venues, sometimes full HVAC systems may not be practical, and for these specific conditions there are other solutions you may wish to consider, like the use of misting fans.
Featuring a 90 degree oscillating head, and a 100 gallon water tank allowing for 4-5 days of continuous use, misting fans can effectively cool down an area of around 3000 square feet and the difference in temperature can be very dramatic. A space can be cooled down by as much as 27 degrees without getting people or surrounding equipment wet.
To learn more and to find out if renting misting fans may be the best choice for cooling down your next event, contact Portable Air today.
Misting fans can provide significant cooling power, quietly dropping the temperature as much as 27 degrees in a space spanning more than 3,000 square feet. Misting fans do not get visitors to your event wet, and the fans create minimal moisture while still having a major impact on the temperature.
Misting fans are not only effective at dropping the temperature in large outdoor spaces, but they can also effect a significant change in temperature while using very little energy. This makes misting fans a very cost effective solution when cooling is necessary.
Misting fans are so effective at what they do, they are used by the military, as well as in the hospitality industry and for major sporting events. When you get large groups of people together and need to make sure that they are able to stay cool, a misting fan is a great solution.
Portable Air has misting fans available for rent, so you can try out the fans at your next event and see for yourself just how well the fans work to make your guests cool and comfortable. Don’t leave your guests suffering from the heat at your next outdoor event; contact Portable Air today about renting a misting fan.
Using a misting fan at your outdoor wedding may be one of the best ways to keep your guests cool and comfortable. Misting fans can be considerably less costly than portable outdoor air conditioners while providing convenient relief from the heat. They can be rented for a reasonable cost and your guests will appreciate that you have gone the extra distance to keep them comfortable. You do not have to worry about wedding attendees getting too wet either, as misting fans tend to provide great cool
When your wedding is outdoors, you don’t want to worry that guests will be too hot in their fine clothes. Excessive heat can make dancing impossi
ble, can spoil the fun, and can cause your guests to go home early. A misting fan ensures that these undesirable outcomes won’t be a problem because everyone is kept comfortable.
Portable AC has misting fans available that you can rent for your outdoor wedding or for your other special event. The fans run quietly, are safe an
d unobtrusive, are cost-effective to rent and run, and will help to make your outdoor wedding a great success. Visit www.portableac.com today to learn more.