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Strategies and Technologies to Keep Parking Lots and Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice

No standard exists for determining when snow and ice accumulation is severe enough that it will endanger patrons or employees. In most cases, managers and supervisors must use their own judgment to alter work practices based on changes in weather conditions.  Just plowing or shoveling snow cannot prevent slippery conditions for pedestrians, 90% of walkway injuries happen with less than 1 inch of snow.  Just a thin layer of snow is all it takes to make the difference between a sidewalk with traction and a slippery mess. If sidewalks are not cleared properly, liability falls on the property owner.  Facility managers need to understand anti-icing and de-icing technologies and the relative best practices to employ.  To protect yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits, you can:

  1. Monitor the slip factor by checking walkways yourself.
  2. Put up signs. If you know that a certain section of your walkway or parking lot is prone to ice formation, put up a sign that warns patrons or employees of the possible slip factor.
  3. Use best practices in terms of fundamental snow and ice control strategies.

The fundamental snow and ice control strategies in winter maintenance include: Anti-icing, Deicing, Pre-wetting, and Pretreating.

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Ice Slicer the Value Picture: Consider Total Cost of Ownership When Choosing a Deicer

For winter maintenance agencies and contractors, snow and ice control is a vital function of their work providing safe conditions for the public. Using an innovative product that reduce costs, improves safety, and mitigates environmental impacts is increasingly important.

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Iowa County Engineers Association Conference 2017

By Carrie Plasters on 11.1.2017 Events

71st Annual Iowa County Engineers Conference
When:  12/5-12/7
Where: Iowa State University -  1601 Golden Aspen Dr., Ste 110,  Ames, IA 50010
Find out more about the Engineers Association Conference -  https://register.extension.iastate.edu/icea/exhibits
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CalCIMA Education Conference

By Carrie Plasters on 11.1.2017 Events
When:  11/5-11/8
Where: Resort at Squaw Creek,  400 Squaw Creek Rd,  Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Cases for Enhancing Salt Brine with AMP® for better Snow & Ice Control

AMP® is one of EnviroTech’s latest product releases and it brings technical innovation and outstanding product quality to the salt brine additive market. Salt Brine is a great tool for snowfighters, as it can be used for pre-treating, deicing and anti-icing. But salt brine alone has some very detectable performance limitations: 1) salt brine is prone to drying out and being blown from the surface by the wind, 2) the melting point of salt brine is often not low enough to be effective in many storms, and 3) salt brine is among the worst options in terms of the corrosion it will cause. 

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RAM/SWANA Conference & Show

By Carrie Plasters on 10.10.2017 Events
22nd Annual Fall RAM/SWANA Conference & Show
When:  10/16-10/17
Where:  Minneapolis Marriott NW,  7025 Northland Drive North Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55428
Find out more about the   RAM/SWANA Conference & Show -  http://recycleminnesota.org/news-events/ram-swana-annual-conference-show

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By Carrie Plasters on 10.10.2017 Events

GIE+EXPO - Louisville, KY
When:  10/18-10/20
Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209
Find out more about GIE+EXPO -  http://www.gie-expo.com/hotel-travel/louisville
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North Dakota League of Cities Show

By Carrie Plasters on 10.4.2017 Events
North Dakota League of Cities Show
When:  9/28-9/30
Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo, 1635 42nd St S, Fargo, ND 58103, USA
Find out more about North Dakota League of Cities -  http://www.ndlc.org/
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Introducing AMP

The industry’s most innovative salt brine enhancer for deicing / anti-icing:

  Accelerate. Maintain. Protect. 

Greeley, CO:  Today, EnviroTech Services Inc., a leader in deicing products for more than 28 years, has announced the release of a cutting edge new salt brine enhancer that can make roads safer while reducing the costs to accomplish that.  EnviroTech’s new AMP product helps to accelerate ice melt and thereby provides drivers with improved traction on the road, maintaining safety.  AMP not only melts ice faster, but it helps the salt brine stick to the road which maintains this protection for a longer period of time thereby reducing application frequency required which lower costs significantly for large Municipalities and commercial operations.  And studies have shown that the addition of AMP helped to reduce corrosion by 70% compared to salt brine alone.

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AMP Receives PNS Approval

EnviroTech is proud to announce that our new salt brine enhancing product AMP, has received approval from the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association (PNS). PNS members are a collection of transportation agencies throughout the states of Washtington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, as well as British Columbia. The guidelines established by PNS assist users in product selection by requiring that approved products:

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