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The Tenacious Blog

Industry Insights from Experts & Everymen

Smoke signals are passé, newspapers are for packing glassware, and landlines are as popular as phone booths now. To get the skinny on safety, you gotta read The Tenacious Blog for the latest news and info on industry topics, trends, regulations, and more.

19 Apr 19

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Chill-Its Phase Change Cooling Vests

St. Paul, Minn. (April 19, 2019) — Ergodyne is changing the game when it comes to keeping workers cool in the heat with the launch of their new Lightweight Phase Change Cooling Vest. Designed to be 30-60% lighter weight than other cooling vests on the market, this vest maintains temperature of 59 degrees F (15C) for up to two hours when activated. Read More

12 Apr 19

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SHAX Tent Additions

St. Paul, Minn. (April 12, 2019) — Ergodyne has announced the addition of three new item to its SHAX® line of portable work shelters. The SHAX® line features a number of pop-up tents and accessories designed to go up quickly and easily to provide shade and shelter at a jobsite. Read More

3 Apr 19

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Chill-Its 6690 Cooling Arm Sleeves + Chill-Its 5151 and 5152 Water Bottles

St. Paul, Minn. (April 4, 2019) — Ergodyne continues to expand its line of heat-beating Chill-Its® products. Innovative cooling arm sleeves and two new thirst-crushing water bottles are the newest additions to the Chill-Its® lineup. Read More

9 Apr 18

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Hi Vis Summer Products

St. Paul, Minn. (April 5, 2018) – As outdoor work increases with the temperature, Ergodyne has announced a new addition to its GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel Line to help workers be seen and stay cool. Read More

28 Mar 18

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SHAX Tent Kit

St. Paul, Minn. (March 29, 2018) – Besides being a workplace best practice, providing crews with shade is the law in some states. State regulations in California dictate that employers must provide shade to 100% of employees on break once the temperature hits 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Read More

28 Feb 18

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Squids 3775 Bottle Holder

St Paul, Minn. (March 1, 2018) – With the buildup to the fast-approaching construction season comes a renewed awareness of the hazards faced by construction crews, along with interest in the education, training and technology needed to help mitigate them. Read More

15 Feb 18

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Chill-Its New Colors

St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 15, 2018) – As a historic winter continues to keep much of North America locked in a deep freeze, the opposite extremes of summer may seem like a welcome respite to many. But for those making their living in the elements (and high-temperature indoor environments), the summer heat offers no break from on-the-job hazards, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting 39 deaths and over 4,000 injuries related to heat stress in 2016. Read More

31 Aug 17

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ASSE Awards

St. Paul, Minn. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Voters at the annual Safety 2017 tradeshow tapped the Chill-Its® 6685 Dry Evaporative Cooling Vest (in the category of Heat Stress) and Skullerz® Baldr Safety Glasses (in the category of Eye/Face Protection – Plano Safety Spectacles) as two of its top new products. Read More

15 Jun 17

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Heat Stress Tool Box Talks Shade

In 2014, OSHA kicked off an annual campaign to train and educate workers about heat stress management called Water. Rest. Shade. The following post will focus on shade.

Share this Toolbox Talk PDF (Topic: Water) with your crew to educate them on the importance of periodically seeking shelter from the sun during the workday. Read More

14 Jun 17

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Heat Stress

St. Paul, Minn. (June 14, 2017) – July 22, 2016, was a hot day in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. By late afternoon, the heat index had spiked to about 110 degrees. That was right around the time 23-year-old landscaper Tyler Halsey – whose shift had begun nine-and-a-half hours earlier at 7 – succumbed to heat stress. He was hospitalized with a core body temperature of more than 108 degrees and died the next day. Read More