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Edible Garden signs distribution deal with Heartland Growers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Edible Garden, a hydroponic herb and produce subsidiary of Terra Tech Corp, has signed a distribution deal with Indianapolis-based Heartland Growers.

The move seeks to expand Edible Gardens’ presence in the Midwest, with Heartland cultivating, packaging and shipping its full line of produce in the region.

"With more than 30y acres of greenhouse space, Heartland operates a significant footprint for us to launch our product throughout the Midwest," said Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech Corp. "They are one of the largest flower cultivators in the U.S., and their ability to farm as well as manage the logistics associated with servicing retail is unsurpassed in our opinion. This is an important market for us to penetrate, and Heartland gives us the capacity to scale quickly without raising additional capital to construct a new facility."

According to the company, Heartland was chosen for its eco-conscious practices, which include water and methane gas recycling, avoiding harmful pesticides, using energy-efficient equipment and more. 

"Consumers are beginning to demand locally grown produce out of the concern for the environment as well as the safety of the food they feed their families. Shopping locally also gives consumers a way to prioritize and support businesses in their local community," said Austin Kirtley, VP sales and marketing. "We are excited about our partnership with Edible Garden and believe strongly in their model of creating a national brand of sustainably farmed produce cultivated by a network of local farmers."

Terra Tech will remain in charge of marketing and sales functions.

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IKEA brings electric vehicle charging stations to Frisco, Texas

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IKEA has installed three Blink electric vehicle charging stations at its Frisco, Texas, store location, marking the tenth IKEA store in the United States to expand the service.

Drivers using the service can simply tap their Blink InCard, plug the charger into the station and shop at IKEA while they wait.

At the moment, installation is under way at seven other IKEA locations, with a current planned total of 55.

“We are thrilled at how these electric vehicle charging stations further the sustainability of IKEA Frisco, and now are available to the public,” said Robby Wierman, store manager. “We appreciate the support of CarCharging and Oncor — our partners in helping facilitate and promote the use of EVs in North Texas.”

The proliferation of the charging stations is part of a partnership between IKEA and Car Charging Group, a provider of EV charging services with more than 13,430 stations in 35 states and three countries.

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Employees must be trained to use fire extinguishers

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You may have fire extinguishers around your workplace, used to control or extinguish fires that are small or have just begun. But did you know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prohibits employees from using this tool unless they’ve had training?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act: “Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage firefighting.”

In other words, workers must be trained to:

• Recognize when to use a portable fire extinguisher.

• Correctly operate the fire extinguisher.

Organizations are required to provide this training when employees are first hired and annually thereafter. Employers are also advised to establish a policy clarifying who is qualified to use fire extinguishers, the situations when they can and should be used, and the proper procedures for their use.

 

Exemptions from training

There are a couple of important exemptions to OSHA’s training requirements.

These include:

• When the employer has established and implemented a written fire-safety policy that requires the immediate and total evacuation of all employees upon the sounding of a fire alarm and that includes an emergency-action plan and a fire-prevention plan that meet OSHA’s requirements.

• When the company has an emergency-action plan that designates certain employees to be the only ones to use the available portable fire extinguishers and that requires all other workers to immediately evacuate the affected area after the fire alarm sounds.

In these cases, only OSHA’s fire extinguisher inspection, maintenance and testing provisions apply.

According to a July 1991 OSHA Interpretation Letter, employers do not have to start and extinguish fires to simulate emergency fire conditions during employee training. “Hands-on training does not necessarily mean ‘live fire’ demonstration,” the letter states. “As a minimum, hands-on training should include the actual discharging of fire extinguishers appropriate for the type of fires expected, unracking of standpipe hoses, and test-sounding of fire alarm boxes.”

 

Responding to a fire

Before trying to control a fire with a portable extinguisher, the worker who discovers the fire should activate the alarm, enabling others to evacuate to a safe area, OSHA advised. The fire department should be called at this time.

General procedures for responding to a small, incipient-stage fire are as follows:

• Identify a safe evacuation path before approaching the fire.

• Do not allow the fire, heat or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.

• Use the PASS technique from a safe distance: PULL the pin; AIM low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire; SQUEEZE the handle, to release the extinguishing agent; SWEEP from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out.

• Evacuate if the extinguisher runs out of fluid and the fire is not out.

• Evacuate if the fire progresses beyond the incipient stage.

If your facility has a sprinkler system, evacuate, letting the sprinklers run, advised OSHA.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM. Follow him on Twitter @SHRMRoy.

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