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Your Business can Benefit from Safety Audits

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Business can Benefit from Safety Audits

No matter what type of business you operate, safety for your employees and customers must always be one of your most important considerations. It is a good idea to have regular safety audits to make sure that there are no dangers to anyone, and that you have the proper safety precautions and procedures in place. You can conduct your own safety audits, as well as bring in a third-party auditing firm to do more in-depth audits. Here is some more information about safety audits, the benefits, and how you can turn these audits into positive experiences. Benefits of Safety Audits There are many ways that your company can benefit from regular safety audits. For instance, they are a great way to learn what you can do to improve the safety of anyone who is on your property. If a customer has made a complaint about something that they think is unsafe, such as a lack of outside lighting, you can solve the problem by adding more lighting in your parking lot so people feel safe when they are going to and from their vehicles at night. You may also hire a parking lot security service to monitor the property. These recommendations will come as a result of the safety audit. Employee Input An in-house safety audit is a great way to get your employees more involved in the business. Ask them if they have any issues about workplace health and safety, and what solutions they offer. These are the people who are working in this environment every day, and they likely know what is wrong, and how to fix things. By listening to them and taking their suggestions into consideration, you are showing that you are an employer who cares about the health and well-being of both your employees and your customers. Third-Party Safety Audits In addition to having in-house safety audits, you should also have third-party audits (from firms such as Australian Quality Control Services) . As a business owner, it is easy to overlook little things, thinking that everything is alright. The auditing agency doesn’t have the same attachment to your business as you do, so their audits are going to be accurate and complete. They will be looking at a number of things, including safe handling of equipment, safety procedures, overall condition of equipment, cleanliness, and more. They will create a list of any problems, and provide you with a number of possible solutions for...

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Supercharge Your Air Conditioner’s Performance With These Service Tips

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Supercharge Your Air Conditioner’s Performance With These Service Tips

Saving money is on every business owner’s mind. One of the best ways to save money is to properly service your air-conditioner. Air-conditioners that are properly serviced can save your business big money on the monthly energy bill, and will last much longer than poorly maintained air conditioners. Yearly maintenance is the key to a long-lasting air-conditioning unit and lower energy bills for your business. Follow these basic tips below to supercharge your business air conditioner’s year round performance. Clean Your Air-Conditioner’s Vents The first thing you want to do is check your business’s air conditioning vents. Blocked vents or vents that are full of dust and debris can drastically limit your air-conditioner’s performance and efficiency. And unfortunately, blocked vents are common in businesses. Employees often block the vent because they are too cold or too hot and do not have access to the air conditioning control unit for adjustments. Air-conditioners can heat up and overwork themselves if they are constantly trying to push air through blocked vents or through excess debris and dust. Clean and free-from-debris air-conditioning ducts can result in a huge performance boost and big energy savings. It is also a good idea to let your employees know how important it is to not block the air-conditioners vents. Check Your Air-Conditioner’s Refrigerant Levels And Fan Performance If you’re brave enough, you can climb on top of your business and check the air-conditioner refrigerant and fan performance yourself. But without the proper tools it can be next to impossible to check refrigerant levels and fan performance. Most business owners just call the landlord or, if they own the building, the local air-conditioner technician to make sure refrigerant levels and fan performance are at optimal levels. Low refrigerant levels are a death sentence for air-conditioners, as the unit may overheat. A fan that has a bad relay or is loose at its bearings can drastically limit airflow. Install Digital Control Units The last tip to supercharge your business air-conditioner’s performance is a digital control unit.  Each air conditioner should have its own digital control unit. Thousands of buildings throughout Australia are still using old, magnetic/mercury air conditioner control units. These old style controllers often cause air conditioners to turn on and off much more frequently than needed. The start-up electricity usage for any commercial/business air conditioner is much more than the normal running usage. Bring your business air conditioners into the modern age with digital control units and a set, year-round heating and cooling plan. Taking the laissez-faire approach to air-conditioning service and maintenance can cost your business thousands in a damaged air conditioner or worse, a completely burned-out air-conditioning unit. Proper maintenance is pennies in comparison to a brand-new business air-conditioner. For the protection of your business’s bottom line and the comfort of your employees, do yourself a favour and contact an air-conditioning service team like Jims Heating & Cooling to schedule your next maintenance appointment....

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The Different Types of Self Storage

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Different Types of Self Storage

Self storage is an economical and practical way of storing things that you do not need immediately or storing things that need to be protected for a long period of time. There are a variety of different storage options available, so you should know the differences between them in order to find the self storage option the best fits your needs. Self storage spaces are defined by two variables: the type of storage that they are designed for and the space that is offered. The Three Main Types of Self Storage Self storage can come in three distinct forms: shed-type storage, indoor storage and vehicle storage. Shed type storage, also known as outdoor storage, has sheet metal ceilings and offers no climate control. While not directly exposed to the elements, the climate outside will have an affect on the items in storage, and thus outdoor storage is not ideal for items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. However, outdoor storage units tend to be the cheapest types of self storage units available. Indoor storage offers climate controlled environments for you to store your items in. This means that you can protect valuables that are susceptible to moisture or heat damage by regulating the temperature inside your unit. Additionally, indoor storage units offer sprinkler systems and pest control to prevent fire and animal-related damage to your items. Indoor storage units are much more expensive than outdoor units because of the offered security and protection. Vehicle storage is usually indoors, and allows for the storage of cars, boats, mobile homes and most other vehicles. Some storage facilities offer vehicle maintenance, which includes changing the oil and other fluids and ensuring that your vehicle is in good working order once you come to pick it up. However, these extra services will often incur an additional charge. Some storage companies offer discounted vehicle storage, which is usually just a protected parking lot, which can be much cheaper and more ideal for short term storage, where exposure to the elements is not a concern. Sizing Differences Besides the type of storage that is offered, self storage units can also be differentiated based on size. Commonly, self storage units range in size from 7.5 square metres to 122 square metres, with varying sizes located in between. 7.5 square metre lockers are only really ideal for small pieces of furniture and some boxes, while a 122 square metre unit can be used to store the contents of a small house, or even vehicles like motorcycles and cars. Check with a local self storage facility like Self Storage Australia to see what they offer, and match the differing sizes to what you have to store to ensure that you meet all your...

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Unique Wedding Venues With A Low Price Tag

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unique Wedding Venues With A Low Price Tag

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is trying to whittle down the guest list, particularly if you have a large guest list. Here are some unique wedding reception venues that can cater for any size party at a great price.  The casual wedding reception – a park picnic A lovely approach for a fine weather wedding reception is to head off to the park with a stack of picnic blankets, some sun umbrellas and a gourmet prepacked hamper for every 4-6 wedding guests. Choose a park with some shady trees and you’ll get some wonderful photos of the guests relaxing in the dappled light. Make sure to let the guests know they’ll be sitting on the ground so that they can plan their outfits accordingly. Things to check: Does your city require bookings for parties over a certain size? It’s also worth checking if there are any restrictions on public drinking if you are looking to make a champagne toast (remember you can always substitute in sparkling apple cider if you want the photo opportunity). The semi-formal wedding – vineyard by night If you live near wine country, many vineyards have rooms that can be hired for functions; although, they may not be explicitly advertised as wedding reception venues. A wine cellar can be set up with sparkling lights for a delicate look playing off the warm wood settings. The vineyard will usually offer wines at a cellar door pricing, which is a substantial saving on the alcohol bill! Things to check: Can guests bring underage children? Can the vineyard cater, or will you need to hire a The formal wedding – the university grounds If you are looking for a more formal wedding, check out the local universities (especially any with a family alumni connection). Many have gorgeous gardens for the wedding and large formal halls, as well as smaller entertaining rooms which can be hired out for the weekend. Things to check: Are there any restriction on the footwear that can be worn in the older rooms; some heritage floors require women not to wear stilettos. The most challenging aspect of the unique wedding is that non traditional wedding venues are often not set up for some of the specific aspects of modern weddings, such as electrical points for videographers and the audio-visual system. Regardless of the venue you choose, your wedding will be unique, as it displays the unique love you have for your...

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Maintenance Tips For Digital Platform Scales

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tips For Digital Platform Scales

Platform scales are to weighing scales whose weighing surfaces are much larger than those found on standard weighing benches. The typical platform scale will have its weight indicators separated from the weighing platform or surface. This makes it possible for the weight indicators to stand out of the platform’s way. Thus, the indicators can be mounted on a pillar or wall. In order to get accurate readings, here are a few maintenance tips for your digital platform scale. Protect The Scale Against Moisture And Dust You should never let moisture and dust accumulate on your platform scale if you hope to use it for a long time to come. Accumulation of moisture is particularly more dangerous because the digital platform scale runs on electricity. This means that you should be extra careful when wet-cleaning the platform scale. You should ensure that you leave the platform as dry as possible after you’re done cleaning. A large number of platform scale manufacturers indicate the dust and moisture resistance of their products as a two-digit number such as 47, whereby the first digit represents the dust resistance and the second one represents resistance to moisture.   Digital scales should also be stored in a moisture- and dust-free environment when not being used for extended periods of time. Maintain the Platform’s Weighing Accuracy A digital platform scale is designed to give great precision. There are a number of factors that can interfere with the accurate and precise nature of these platforms including extreme temperature conditions. Platform scales are initially calibrated to give accurate weights in the location where you intend to use them. If the platform is moved to a different location, you will have it recalibrated periodically in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions for it to give correct weight measurements. Some digital platform scales have the ability to undertake internal calibration automatically at any given time. Maintain Platform Scale Accessories A large number of electric platform scales cannot function in the absence of important accessories such as bumpers, ramps, and indicator columns. It is therefore important for you to ensure that the mentioned scale accessories are always in good working condition. You should be particularly concerned with the positioning or location of these accessories. Their position should not be such that they impede proper functioning of the digital scale. You should also ensure that bumpers are level and that the indicator is firmly held by its columns. Talk to companies like South East Queensland Scales to learn more about how to use these scales properly, as well as acquiring all the necessary...

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4 Types Of Grid Resistors

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Types Of Grid Resistors

Resistor grids are used in a number of electrical appliances. A grid resistor performs several functions in appliances, including lowering of the current voltage levels within the electric circuit, reducing the flow of current and even terminating the transmission lines whenever necessary. Here is a quick look at the various types of resistors. Carbon Composition Resistors Carbon composition resistors were at one time the most commonly-used type of resistor. These resistors are preferred for their affordability and the great degree of reliability that they provide. A carbon composition resistor uses solid block materials made of an insulated ceramic, binding materials and carbon powder. The resistors are able to offer resistance by alternating the ratio of filter materials to that of carbon. The major disadvantage of carbon composition resistors is that they’re easily affected by harsh weather elements such as excess humidity. Carbon Film Resistors A carbon film resistor has a thin layer of carbon that rests on an insulating rod. The insulating rod is cut from a narrow and long resistance path. Carbon film resistors are better than their carbon composition counterparts because they have higher power ratings, meaning that they can offer greater resistance.  They are also more stable than the carbon composition resistors. Thick Film Resistors This type of resistor is commonly mounted on household surfaces. They’re made through a screen printing process, which uses composite glass and a conductive ceramic, both suspended in a liquid. This liquid is later eliminated from the mixture through exposure to extreme temperatures. This leaves the ceramic and glass composite intact. Wire Wound Resistors A wire wound resistor is the most powerful and most precise type of resistor available. Wire wound resistors are made of a high resistance wire wrapped around a ceramic bobbin. In most wire wound resistors, the high resistance wire used is an alloy of Nickel and Chromium. These resistors are able to offer resistance when the length and diameter of the electric wire changes or when a different alloy is used. Changing the wrap pattern of the high resistance wire also achieves the same effect. On the downside however, wire wound resistors are disadvantageous in the sense that they are often affected by high capacitance and inductance, which makes them unsuitable for use in applications that require high frequencies.   It is important for you to understand the different types of grid resistors so that you’re able to make the best choice when the time comes to buy...

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Building A Small Golf Course? Use These Tips To Ensure Success

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building A Small Golf Course? Use These Tips To Ensure Success

As an administrator who is overseeing the construction of a new golf course, you know that preparing to open your course requires plenty of work. If the space you intend to use is small, the level of planning can become even more complex, as you need to squeeze in a variety of objectives while still conforming to the natural space itself. Read through this helpful list of tips to ensure that you make the most of what you have, even if your location is small. Work With The Natural Land Itself Ultimately, choosing the right land is the best step you can take when opening a small golf course. If you haven’t yet selected your land, focus on looking for an area that will need as little alteration as possible. Wide, open meadows and fields with slight natural inclines in a variety of places work best. Land with naturally sculpted meadows and fields will need less earth removal and placement than hilly, mountainous regions where the soil contains plenty of rock.  If you don’t have access to the ideal land, you may have to go with what you have. Expect to pay higher amounts for rock and stump removal, tilling of the course and preparation in areas of Australia where flat, fertile land is rare. Additionally, you may need to have turf brought in for a course in such an area. Investing in the help of an environmental planner before you purchase can be an ideal way to make the best of any area, as he or she will be able to evaluate each land parcel on a variety of levels. Use Sand Pits Resourcefully Sand pits are a valued part of any golf course. They beautify the landscape and provide an additional challenge for your patrons. PGA-supported events like the President’s Cup make use of them, and many a golfer has spent time chipping away at a ball that’s landed inside of them. Many small golf courses skip sand bunkers altogether, as the area needed to create difficult slopes is quite large. This doesn’t always have to be the case. Although you may not be able to create very large sand pits when placing your new course, you can choose to install several small bunkers at a variety of different holes. Installing a bunker or sand pit can be complex and expensive, but taking the time to hire equipment and experts who can handle installation will result in happier members later on. Simply size down your installation to 5 or 10 square feet to minimise your required bunker space. Tip: You’ll need to find spots that are fairly flat–small and steep bunkers are not only difficult to play, but can also be very frustrating to maintain. The sharper the slope, the greater the risk of your sand washing down when it rains, resulting in the need for manual re-grooming each time. Use Grassy Hills And Hollows For Difficulty Small areas with numerous rises or hills aren’t always an issue, although they can seem difficult to groom. If you don’t have the space for even small bunkers, consider using natural grassy hollows and knolls to increase difficulty without the use of sand. These can simply be shaped and then covered in turf, providing obstacles for golfers. Unlike sand, these can...

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Four Accessories That Can Protect Your Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids When Exercising

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Accessories That Can Protect Your Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids When Exercising

Your hearing aids can come off when you’re playing a contact sport, or they can stop working intermittently if it starts to rain when you’re out jogging, but you don’t have to give up your active lifestyle. There are several accessories available that can enable you to stay in a game of rugby or in your aqua aerobics class without worrying about your hearing aids. Here’s an overview of your options: Wind And Weather Protectors If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may benefit from purchasing a set of wind and weather protectors. These small microphone filters act as a buffer against dust, wind and light moisture. They are inexpensive and simply slip over the microphone in each hearing aid, but they do need to be replaced every couple of months. Sport Clips If you enjoy contact sports, using specially designed clips to keep your behind-the-ear hearing aids in place can prevent damage from knocks and spare you costly repairs. Sport clips wrap around your ear and attach to the ear hook section of your hearing aids. They can be attached to a necklace, which will ensure that they won’t land in the mud or get stood on if they do fall out after a particularly hard knock. Sleeves Elasticated nylon sleeves fit over your hearing aids and are secured with either a clip or tie cord. They’re ideal for keeping sand, dust and moisture out of your hearing aids and have the added benefit of being acoustically transparent. This means they don’t impede sound waves, so your hearing will not be dulled when you use them. They come in a variety of sizes and colours, and you can also have them custom-made to match your team stripe or any other theme you like. Sweatbands Sweatbands are similar to hearing aid sleeves but are made from an absorbent material that soaks up moisture. They are ideal for use during high-intensity exercise that causes you to perspire or for use during light rain showers. They can’t be used for underwater protection and do cause some muffling of sound, but they are washable. Signs Of Damage You may be wondering how you can tell if dirt or moisture is interfering with your behind-the-ear hearing aids, so here are four common signs of damage: Moisture droplets in the earmold tubes Sounds seem muffled You can’t hear loud noises Sound fades in and out Your audiologist or hearing nurse can help you decide on the best accessories for your lifestyle, so make them aware of the type of exercise you enjoy and ask if they have any sample products they can show you. For more information, contact Vivid...

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The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning Systems

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning Systems

If you have decided to have an air conditioning system installed in your home, you have a few different options to choose from. One of the more popular styles with many homeowners is the ducted air conditioning system. In addition to providing cool air throughout your home, this type of air conditioning system also helps to control humidity, ensuring that there is not too much or not enough humidity in the air. Other benefits of ducted air conditioning systems include: Cool Up To 10 Zones This type of air conditioning system allows you to set up zones. For instance, there may be rooms that you don’t need to have air conditioning in. Other systems will cool every room, and you will spend money on your energy bills cooling rooms that don’t need it. You can choose the zones you want to have cooled when you have a ducted air conditioning system, and you can have as many as 10 zones. In addition to the ability to pick cooling zones, you will also have even distribution of air in these zones. Appearance With ducted air conditioning, the unit is installed either beneath the floor or in the roof. This means that there is no ugly indoor unit to worry about, and nothing to take up space where you need it. There will be grills in the ceiling or floor, which can actually look quite attractive. Noise Control One of the biggest complaints that people have about their air conditioning is that it is noisy. This is not a problem when you have ducted air conditioning. This is one of the quietest types of air conditioning, because the motor is either in the ceiling or in the floor. Cost Efficiency In addition to being one of the cheaper types of air conditioning systems to install in your home, there are other ways you can save money by having ducted air conditioning. For instance, in order to be able to come home after work and enjoy cool air inside your home, you will have to keep the air conditioning on all day while you are out. This is a waste of money, because you are cooling the air and no one is even around to benefit from it. With a ducted system, you can set timers, so it will come on a half an hour to an hour before you get home from work. Your home will be nice and cool, but it won’t cost nearly as much. For more information, contact an air conditioning specialist, such as ACSIS AirConditioning...

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How To Travel Around Australia Cheaply

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Travel Around Australia Cheaply

The great Australian dream is to travel around this vast country. From the famous landmarks like Uluru and Margaret River, Kathmandu and the Great Ocean Road, Australians want to see it all. But to travel at least 14500 kilometres is not going to be cheap — you will need to consider costs like fuel, vehicle maintenance, accommodation, and living expenses along the way. However there are ways you can travel around Australia on a budget. Here are some options for cheap accommodation during your travels. Borrow A Caravan Bringing your own accommodation with you is the perfect way to save costs when traveling around Australia. Caravans are the easiest form of bring-your-own accommodation however they are also the most expensive to purchase. If you know someone who has a caravan, see if you can borrow it for your trip. You may also be able to rent a caravan for the duration of your trip. Caravans are great as they have just about everything included: a bed, fridge, oven, stove, plumbing, and some models have a toilet and shower too. Keep in mind that towing a caravan can chew up your fuel consumption, so while you will be saving on accommodation expenses, your fuel expenses will increase. Get A Camper Trailer Bringing a camper trailer with you can be a cheaper accommodation option than a caravan, as they are lighter to tow, and camper trailers are cheaper to buy. If you are planning on traveling through the outback, make sure you search for off-road camper trailers for sale as the roads out there can be quite rough. A dealer like Outback Campers will be able to make recommendations based on your route. Camper trailers are great if you are traveling with your family, as they are more roomy than a caravan. You will have to pack essentials like cooking equipment and bedding. You will also need to spend time setting the camper up and packing it away each time you arrive and leave a destination. However by the time you have gone right around Australia you will be a professional at setting up your camper trailer. Hire A Camper Van Camper vans are excellent solutions for singles or couples when traveling around Australia. You drive in the front, and your bed is in the back; it can be very compact, but if you need to travel on a budget it can work out. You can rent camper vans for reasonable daily rates, or you can purchase your own. You could also alter an existing van into a camper van by adding bedding to the back of the van, along with any other items you desire to travel with. If you can bring your own accommodation when traveling around Australia, you will save lots of money by not having to rent accommodation at each destination along your trip. Whether you take a caravan, camper trailer or camper van, you will be sure to enjoy your trip at your own...

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