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    Posted on August 20th, 2014

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    A Safe And Efficient Alternative For The Workplace

    If you are trying to help develop a city, town, or even a building, there is something you need to know!

    Construction is a very physically demanding job. You cannot be prone to illness/flu or colds. And you need to know how to pack your own weight… as well as other heavy objects weights as well. There is a lot of heavy lifting involved. There are a lot of pallets that would need to be moved, and a lot of deliveries that may be made to your construction site. Do you really think you are going to lift 60 pound drums? Do you really think you are going to carry a 200 pound crate of parts for your trucks, drills or other types of tools? I don’t care how old you are, and I don’t care if you are a famous “strong man” who can pull a truck with your teeth; it is not safe.

    I have one solution for you here today and that would be to get a forklift certificate!!(you can read about how to get one here) What better way to carry heavy items, a distance away without straining yourself? Really, you hop in your little seat and it is just like driving a car… but with two arms out the front that lift things. Honestly, I would much rather bite the bullet, get a certificate and not have to go to countless meetings to the chiropractors or something. It pays for itself.

    It really isn’t all that hard, and doesn’t take all that much time at all. And it will be more than worth it, my friend. And, most companies that do construction would have a forklift anyways, it isn’t like you are going to have to go out and buy one for yourself.

    Really, if I had a job, and I was young and in a cute little relationship, or even had a wife and kids , I would not want to risk my physical health for the simple fact I was too lazy or uneducated about the alternatives. I am giving you a quick and simple solution, that could even open up a few more doors for you down the road. I would rather be safe, and in no pain that completely unsafe and have an injury that I would lose money for if I were to be bed ridden or have to go to a chiropractor. And to tell you the truth, every little boy will think you are the coolest guy on the block driving this robot that picks things up for you.

    When it comes to a job you always want to be safe and efficient. This is the only way I can possibly think of that you can do both. This is a win win situation. Get your certificate today, start training, be safe and faster!!

    Happy Lifting!

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    Posted on August 13th, 2014

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    The Challenge of Working Out in Rural Areas

    There are several areas around Australia that are considered very rural, meaning it may be hard to find certain amenities that are within walking distance, and sometimes are not even in driving distance. One such amenity would be a gym. Gyms are great places to not only get in shape, but to maintain your present health. Working out daily or every other day is not only the best way to stay in shape, but this can also help with your job. Many of these rural areas are home to businesses that require physical labor such as those jobs in the construction area or other similar jobs. In these jobs, being physically fit is not only a necessity in order to do the work, but being physically fit can prevent injuries on the job.

    If you do live in an area that is not near a gym, this does not give you an excuse for not working out. The best option for those who do not have a gym nearby or find that driving to a gym would result in a high expense with all the fuel needed to get there, then home workout equipment is the best option. There are several options in home gym equipment on the market. However, for those who are looking to increase their stamina, work their muscles, and help with heart health, an elliptical machine is one of the best options they can make.

    Why Working Out Helps in the Workplace

    For those who work in a job that requires physical labor, and even those who may not put forth much physical effort, working out is essential for your safety. For example, consider someone who make work at a desk and rarely physically does anything. They are going to find they are more tired, and due to not having as much strength or endurance, they may be easier hurt. For those who work in a physically intensive career, working out is going to ensure that you can do the job. For example, through working out, you can ensure that you are strong enough for the physical demands of your job, which decreases the chances of injuries to the back or joint issues.

    Working out at Home with Ellipticals

    Elliptical machines are a cardio machine that provides a great workout. These are better options than a treadmill since ellipticals do not put as much strain onto the joints, and provide a smoother run. Other health benefits of an elliptical include:

    • Helping to ensure heart health as this is a cardio exercise
    • More endurance during the day as you build this up from working your body more

    The good news is that ellipticals come in various sizes and shapes, thus you can find something that is going to fit into your home easily. There are even those that fold up to be stored when not in use. In addition, at home ellipticals are just as durable as ellipticals that can be found in gyms, plus they can provide just as tough of a workout. With a wide array of prices, you can find an elliptical that is going to fit your budget as well, which is always a plus for a price conscientious person.

    Working out is not something that is out of reach, even if you do live in a rural area. There is no excuse for allowing yourself to get out of shape and not being able to physically perform at your job due to the lack of gyms in the area. With a home gym, such as an elliptical machine, you can workout at your convenience, in your own home, and have a piece of equipment that is an investment into your health. For many rural areas, having workout equipment at your own home is really the only way for a person to enjoy a good workout and reap the health benefits.

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    Posted on August 11th, 2014

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    Hazards to watch out for in the booming construction industry

    The booming construction industry is great for employment levels around the country, however employees and contractors working in the field should be aware of the common hazards that are present.

    There are clear and apparent hazards that exist on construction sites that contribute to high fatalities and injuries each year. Aside from the many fatalities, we must consider the number of injuries, lost wages, resulting pain and suffering and lost man hours that occur as a result of construction accidents.

    Construction workers should, therefore, be aware of the risks from they are engaged as employees in their areas of work. It is not just the worker who has the responsibility of protection, but employers should also put systems in place to mitigate against all possible accidents that can affect their employees.

    It cannot be overemphasized that workers must comply with safety standards and to know what safety standard signs mean. Take the opportunity to give attention to information on signs posted for your area of work. Here are some common hazards and how to avoid them.

    Here is a list of the 5 most common workplace-injury related situations:

     

    Falling from Heights

    The most common danger on construction sites is falling from high places such as roofs, scaffolding, and ladders. Falls result from slipping and tripping and the shifting of ladders from where they are rooted.

    Fall accidents can be reduced by ensuring that the work area is stable with the help of the use of rolling ladders instead of folding ones. Where the work involves high areas, one can reduce the risk of injuries to falls by attaching himself to a fall protection system that will arrest/prevent the fall.

     

    Being struck by an object

    Another serious risk to a worker is being struck by an object. This may include:

    • Objects being moved overhead or while in suspension.
    • Objects flying as a result of pushing, pulling, prying, grinding and pressurization.
    • Rolling objects, such as in being hit, crushed or run over by a moving vehicle.

    To help prevent such site accidents, workers should constantly scan their work area and check for work hazards. Secure materials being loaded or moved so they do not fall. To add to this, never walk under objects being moved above you. Ensure that helmets, safety glasses, face shields and other relevant personal protective equipment (P.P.E) are used. It is worthwhile to also wear a highly visible reflective vests so you can be seen at all times.

    One of the most common workplace injuries in Australia (and throughout the world) involves falling objects striking a workers lower extremities. To avoid this problem, workers should wear appropriate steel toe work boots. It’s recommended that workers visit a work boot review website to find the best work boots for their individual circumstances.

     

    Electrocution

    Electrocution is an inherent hazard on the construction site and accounts for an average of 7% of construction related deaths each year in Australia. The main worker error is working on “live” or near live wires.

    It is important that you DE-energize or turn off the electrical system or part that you will be working on and be fully aware of the risks of working near electrical equipment. Do not forget your personal protective equipment. Again, a pair of electrical shock rated work boots is very important, and should be included as mandatory P.P.E on a construction site.

     

    Becoming caught in between objects

    Accidents in this category suggest that the worker is crushed, squeezed, pinched, drawn in, or compressed between two objects. Very often a worker’s hand is caught between a moving equipment part resulting in amputation. An accident can also occur from parts of clothing getting caught and the worker being pulled into the moving object.

    If possible, turn off equipment or machinery before working with them. Be sure that you are trained to operate machinery and tools. Adhere to the manufacturers’ instructions in how to operate machinery and tools.

     

    Chemical hazards

    Chemical hazards are ever present dangers on the construction work-sites, and can not be avoided. Workers are often exposed to dust, fumes, gases, mists and vapors which affect the respiratory organs and trigger such problems as asthma, bronchitis, silicosis and skin allergies.

    Much of the effects of this type of hazard can be reduced by wearing appropriate P.P.E. Therefore, your goggles and respirator equipment will definitely be a part of the standard, and lifesaving P.P.E.

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    Posted on July 11th, 2014

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    Best steel toe work boots to meet work safety standards

    Steel toe boots were developed out of Germany by Dr. Klaus Marten following a skiing accident that he endured while in the Bavarian Alps during World War II. Marten found that his military issued boots were uncomfortable to wear on his injured foot. During his recovery, he designed new boots made from softer leather and air-padded soles made of tires. Marten joined old university friend, Dr. Herbert Funck to design a new shoe for comfort and functionality. Marten and Funck went into business in 1947 in Seeshaupt, Germany. Using discarded rubber from the Luftwaffe airfields, the boots were a huge success among women over the age of 40 because of their comfortable soles. 80% of their company sales in the first decade were attributed to middle-aged housewives.

    Since that time, the steel toe boot has evolved to support workers in the construction, forestry, and logging industries, as well as many industrial jobs. Traditionally, the steel toe boot is made of steel, but can also be made of a composite material or aluminum. Steel toe inserts can conduct heat, cold and even current. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) may require the use of steel toe boots in specific work environments. The best steel toe boots consist of a durable and protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects and compression, and is combined with a mid-sole plate to protect the foot from punctures below. To find the best steel toe work boots for a particular job, always review the shoe ratings on traction, durability and a solid toe surface. It is also important to understand the safety symbols associated with the shoe that you purchase. Here is a listing of the safety symbols:

    • Green Triangle- Class 1 toe cap with puncture resistant sole
    • Yellow Triangle- Class 2 toe cap with puncture resistant sole
    • White Square with Ohm Symbol- Electrical protection
    • Yellow Square with SD- Anti-static protection
    • Red Square with C- Electrically conductive
    • Fir Tree- Chain saw protection

    The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot is rated one of the best steel toe work boots of 2014. This boot is constructed of high quality leather and is available in soft or reinforced steel toe. Noting that Caterpillar has produced heavy equipment for nearly 100 years, it’s no doubt they have first-hand experience of the needs of people who operate their machinery in rugged environments. The 2nd Shift steel toe boots weigh about two pounds, offer good foot support, and are made of Goodyear welt construction for durability and longevity. This boot also has a nylon lining for moisture control and the Climasphere sock liner keeps feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They run about a half to one size larger than the regular shoe size and take a while to break in. Here’s the added bonus: The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot retails between $60.00 and $108.00.

    Quality construction, light weight, great protection, cost effective, and the backing of Caterpillar and Goodyear technology are what make the Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot truly the best steel toe work boots on the market today.

  • Tips

    Posted on June 11th, 2014

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    Explanation of How Water Softeners Work

    Photo by William Herron and reproduced under Creative Commons

    Hard water is a common problem in many homes. In layman’s term, it is the presence of at least 1 grains per gallon (GPG) of dissolved minerals, including magnesium carbonate, calcium, and/or manganese. Why we say at least? Because some homes can have more than 1 GPG. You can have your water tested at your local public health department to measure how hard it is.

    Why is “hard water” a concern to people? To put it simply, hard water is not as efficient or convenient to work with, especially when you are washing clothes, washing the dishes, bathing, shaving, and washing your car. The residue could cause spotting in your dishes, clothes, car, and even your skin.

    The mixture of soap and hard water forms a soap scum that is very difficult to rinse off. It leaves unsightly spots everywhere. If you bathe in hard water, the soap scum can clog your pores, which could lead to skin irritation, or even infection. It can also serve a breeding ground for bacteria that can make your skin itchy.

    Hard water could also cause scaling of pipes and faucets as well as in your bathroom fixtures. If it is heated, the mineral residue forms a scale that plugs the pipes, faucet water heater, and bathroom fixtures, which may result to failure in your plumbing system and in the process, costly repairs.

    Water Softeners 101

    To end all troubles, there are companies that offer water softeners. This product helps soften hard water through an ion exchange process. The softener mineral tank contains soft ions of sodium and potassium attached, which is used to trade places with the hard mineral ions.

    It is very important to have your water tested so you will be able to determine how hard it is before you apply the necessary softener. Before you purchase a water softener, it is also important that you understand the capacity you need. You would not want to for unnecessary capacity. Water softeners include minimal amount of salt for its process. If you are watching your salt intake due to a condition, you can purchase a saltless water softener to be safe. Otherwise, you may keep a separate faucet that dispenses unsoftened water for your drinking and cooking.

    Once your water is softened, you can start reaping the benefits of soap water. For one, your soap and dishwashing liquid use will be reduced in half. That’s because softeners help detergents clean your clothes and dishes better without leaving the unsightly marks of scum in them. You will also help keep your faucets and pipes free from residues that may cause it to falter and call for repairs.

    Read more about the best water softener reviews 2014 by clicking here.

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    Posted on June 11th, 2014

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    New rural maternity approaches

    Due to a recent storm of controversy concerning the security and lack of health resources, many rural pregnancy care centers face closing in Australia. In tandem with this, some rural hospitals are reducing family doctor prerogatives, including those related to pregnancy care.

    The effects of traveling long distances have been related by the experiences of individual women as influencing the capacity of health care provider supported delivery. Aboriginal mothers are often among those compelled to travel for pregnancy care. They frequently lack the proper health facilities nearby, and might live in low density population areas or in distant communities. They do not have access to online information about pregnancy or online calculators to help them estimate their due times such as can be found here.

    Recommendations for a better strategy

    Although the problems of motherly care in distant and rural regions are old, the question remains: How can family doctors and pregnancy care professionals meet with these ongoing challenges in a successful and advanced way? A better strategy understands the value of the societal and ethnic circumstance in pregnancy care, and supports the keeping and restoration of delivery in rural, aboriginal, and distant communities. Its key recommendations contain details about the function of pregnancy care teams, concerns about exactly what makes up the standard in professional training, employees and the skills that need to be accessible and the need to constantly upgrade the abilities of healthcare professionals.

    Rural in the circumstance of maternal care doesn’t have one definition; it might refer to a distant region or regions of low population density nearer to urban or suburban centers. Given the extensive variation in using the term rural and the places served, many distinct versions of attention are potential. There’s no anticipation that all communities or areas are going to have the ability to support levels or all facets of pregnancy care; the delivery of attention to kids and girls must be fit by the community’s resources and sustainable.

    High quality care close to home comes in distinct types. Registered nurses, and rural family doctors, nurse practitioners, midwives might keep solo practices or work together in collaborative attention training models. Collaborative attention training models make up one approach to ensuring high standards of patient safety and care.

    Nevertheless, as a fresh method of service delivery, pregnancy care teams need dialogue, cooperation, and focus to the basis of creating clear functions for all team members and determining ranges of training. These teams continue to need specialist colleagues’ support in gynecology and obstetrics, anesthesia and surgery. In rural communities, all degrees of attention can be provided for pregnancy and delivery with proper back-up and support from specialist co-workers.

    Each area leading to rural maternity care must concentrate on proper competences for newborn care, and prenatal, intrapartum, but must additionally prepare its members for active involvement in a wide range of related practices. Residents of family medicine must be capable of supporting uncomplicated vaginal birth and increased learning abilities, including cesarean section, must be accessible.

    The chance to revive and modernize skills with continuing instruction, is vital for all health professionals. Reasonable compensation for supply of these services should also be supplied through financing models that are upgraded and support should be accessible for the added costs of rural training. The quality of patient safety and care can be enhanced by this strategy. Successful execution will require the proper resources, teamwork, capital supports and improved skills for family doctors and their co-workers.

  • Health

    Posted on June 1st, 2014

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    Is Dental Health Overlooked In Rural Area In Australia?

    As a field engineer, I often need to travel to rural area for various engineering projects. I have met a lot of nice people through my travels. Unlike people in the city, people living in rural area often smile at strangers and say “Hi”. It’s absolutely wonderful. But I can’t help but notice that many people have yellow teeth when smiling. This indicates poor dental health or at least people in rural area are not brushing their teeth enough.

    Personally, I am very concerned with my dental hygiene as part of keeping the well-being. I started to talk to the locals and see if they are aware of the potential dental health issue. I recommend them to start seeing dentist regularly and brush and rinse mouth after every meal.

    I also shared some of the methods that I apply to maintain good dental health. They are as followed:

    1)Proper brushing.
    I ensure that I use a good tooth brush by this i mean one that has neither extra hard bristles or extra soft bristles . Brushing of teeth removes plaque ,tartar thus preventing cavities, tooth decay and any sort of gum diseases . Dentists recommend that teeth should at least be cleaned twice per year professionally.

    2)Proper toothpaste
    A good toothbrush should be accompanied by a good toothpaste with a well known review as they complement each other. For me, I prefer using Cedel Spearmint toothpaste, Close-up, Euthymol toothpaste, or Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitive teeth. To speed up the removal of yellow teeth or to simply maintain your teeth, I recommend Colgate Optic white. It prevents the stains from reoccurring and is quite affordable. In fact, these toothpastes are all fairly inexpensive compared to the costly professional whitening treatment.

    3)Flossing
    This method removes decaying food that remains stuck between the teeth. This method is cost effective for me, considering my busy schedule , I usually do it after a meal or before brushing my teeth. The food that remains stuck between the teeth can irritate the gums and once you try removing with items such as toothpicks the gum tissues can easily be irritated and lead to bleeding. Some remains of food can also lead to cavities especially if they are acidic thus flossing is essential.

    4)Tongue cleaning
    Lack of tongue cleaning is mostly the cause of bad breathe . To avoid this I usually ensure that I clean my tongue daily a I brush, this removes the bad breathe causing bacteria coating and the remains of decaying food. Proper tongue cleaning can also remove bacteria that leads to tooth decay and cavities.

    5)Types of food consumed
    Apart from cleaning the teeth the type of food consumed also determines the dental hygiene of an individual. My work requires one to have strong bones and muscles, thus I usually consume food items that can help in that and lucky enough the teeth also require such food intakes. These are foods rich in vitamin B such as cereals and foods rich in vitamin C like fruits and vegetables. Others are dairy food products,animal food products like beef and the most important water as it cleans the mouth and saliva and also because it contains fluoride which is an essential mineral to the teeth. I avoid sugary foods as well as the acidic ones like vinegar.

    Above are 5 tips for those who would like to improve their dental health. As for me, I’ll continue to talk to others and urge them to pay attention to dental health.

  • Careers

    Posted on May 30th, 2014

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    Engineering in the Rural Setting, Important and Ubiquitous as Before

    The concept of mining towns have not changed in the last hundred or two hundred years. These are towns which spring up around the area of a mining site. The mining site in question is one which is a bit far off from established roads or larger towns. In the old days, the towns themselves sprung up almost overnight and the towns just naturally grow around to support the miners.

    Nowadays, the mining town is totally different. With regulations and safety, and advances in engineering and corporate responsibility, mining towns are usually communities which are wholly-owned by the mining corporation. There may be rules on home ownership but these are no longer make-do camps, but real homes and towns with churches, exchanges and Australian Rules football pitches.

    Engineering in This Century

    The notion that engineering is a shrinking science is not true. In an industrialized world, and especially in an increasingly post-industrialized technological base, engineering is even more important that before. The proof of this is actually a simple piece of equipment which will soon invade the homes. No, it is not the tablet or the smartphone, but the 3D printer.

    In the last five years the cost of a 3D printer has plummeted to the level where it is almost affordable for home use. So far, a mid-size boutique bakery or cake shop should be able to afford such a printer. The only thing remaining is to have the engineering mindset to run the thing. Imagine a chocolate sculpture with parts created from different types of chocolate. These could be customized on demand, or a mold could be created for each individual design. But all of these would have to be done by the chocolatier. With a 3D printer, one capable of using chocolate, a design could be created on the PC and then run through the printer to make it.

    Engineering When You’re Not in the City

    Engineering in the rural setting is no longer an isolated job. Mining corporations have found ways to make the community spring up which would fully support the workers. For the home, engineering is creeping in in ways which are subtle but with a massive impact.

    Engineering itself remains something which is held in awe by a lot of people. These are the same people who are afraid of math. Or maybe it is the fear of math which makes engineering such a daunting idea. Much like binary options trading, where the math is safe and logical, but because it is in financial terminologies, ordinary people have a hard time to grasp the concept.

    Trading is easy. You have something, someone else has something you want, assuming that person is willing to exchange what he has for what you have, you can barter or trade and that would be it. If math were that easy to understand, the world would be full of engineers. Binary options trading is also like that. There is a current position and you just have to bet that this will get better or worse. If you have any idea about how the economy works, that should be easy.

    Math and engineering is not for everyone. Engineering is an applied science which draws heavily on math. The same is true for everything else in this world, but in engineering math is at the forefront and always visible.

  • Tips

    Posted on May 27th, 2014

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    Fireproof Your Workplace

    An employer has many responsibilities towards his employees. One of these responsibilities is to make sure that his employees find themselves in an environment that is safe and healthy, and an environment which is not dangerous or hazardous to the employees health. In this regard, protecting the employee is in effect to the benefit of the employer, not only because you need your employees fit to do their jobs, but because if they get hurt in the workplace, the employer is opening himself to legal action which could be very costly.

    One potential hazard in the workplace is of course fire. It is essential for the employer to fireproof the workplace, failing which, he could easily be sued for countless sums of money, in the event of an employee getting hurt this way. Further, it is consistent with legislation to ensure that the workplace is fireproof. Apart from this consequence, fires in the workplace are also devastating because of all the damage that they can cause to business premises. A fire can completely ruin a business and cost the employer unspeakable sums. Be smart, protect your workplace against fire hazards. The first step in preventing fires is to make sure that your workplace is clean.

    Clean? You are probably wondering what the connection could be between this and fire hazards. The answer is simple. The more garbage you have in a building the more likely a fire can start. This is so because stuff that goes in the dumpster is flammable. And anybody could potentially toss a match or half lit cigarette in the trash to ignite all that flammable paper! You need to make sure your business has a reliable garbage disposal and that you empty out trash regularly. Don’t tempt fate! Staying on the topic of cleanliness, another potential fire hazard are the molecules of dust floating around in space. You need to make sure that your workplace is fresh and clean or it is going to be more susceptible to workplace fires. If you have a production plant and you work with dangerous fluids then you are even more at risk. In this instance you need to have safe methods of handling dangerous liquids and you need to have safe storage for the liquids.

    You need to also make sure that your building is electrically safe. Have a qualified person look at all electrical outlets and wires to make sure that your building could not be the victim of electrical faults. These can be the cause of the most devastating fires. It is a good idea to have a safety code in place in your workplace. It is an even better idea to have regular meetings and to appoint a safety monitor from amongst staff. This will be a responsible and respected member of staff who will monitor the work environment and make a note of any potential fire hazards. These matters will then be reported on at meetings, and the members at the meeting can discuss steps and procedures to attend to the problem and ensure that the transgressions noted are not repeated.

  • Moving Tips

    Posted on May 27th, 2014

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    Moving Interstate for Work? 5 Tips for Making Your Next House Move a Smooth One

    Photo by Michael Coghlan and reproduced under Creative Commons

    When work takes you another city, or another state for that matter, it will take some time to get used to the new surroundings. But before you even start a new chapter in a new state, first you have to pack your things and move to a new home away from home.

    1. Make sure any work-related documents and things are taken care of. Since you are moving to another state for work, it is important that pertinent documents and other things related to your work are checked and packed ahead of the others. You do not want to go to work on your first day lacking the important things that you have left behind. Make a list of what you need for your work and pack them separately in a box.
    2. Make a checklist. It is always easier to pack if you have a checklist of the things that need to be packed. As you go along, tick each item off the list to see what else needs to be put into boxes. Better yet, make a detailed list, grouping each item into categories and packing them in boxes accordingly. This will make it easier for you to unpack.
    3. Hire a removals company. If you are moving furniture and other bulky belongings, search for a reliable removals company that offers interstate operations. It will take your mind off transporting your belongings by yourself. Discuss the logistics of your move with the company and enter into a contract only if you are satisfied with the services that they offer.
    4. Notify friends and family. Let friends and family know your new address and number in case they need to contact you. It will also be easier for your correspondence and bills to reach you on time if you notify concerned parties of your new address.
    5. Shop for new household things. To make your move a lot easier, you can just shop for furniture and other household items when you get to your destination. This way you won’t have to lug them anymore, and if they are not too pricey, buying new ones is the better option.
  • Home

    Posted on May 25th, 2014

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    Tips for Using Home Remedies for Minor Health Illness

    *It is important to know that is recommended you speak to your doctor, before trying any of the remedies mentioned within this writing. *

    It is amazing how far people have turned away from the use of home remedies to counteract minor health illnesses. Before pharmaceutical drugs swarmed the market, majority of the medicines were home remedies that seemed to work better, taste better, and cost less. As a child, there were a number of different ways to cure minor illnesses and aches with items that you kept in your cabinet. It’s amazing what the power of lemons, honey, herbal teas, and even salt could do for some of the minor pains and aches that you have experienced.

    Now that times have changed, it is important to reiterate some tips for using home remedies for minor health illness. And for majority of the remedies, you probably already have the ingredients. This is great for those that have a small budget or simply would like a simpler, healthier option without all the side effects. If you are on the search for healthy alternatives, try some of these options.

    Honey: Besides being an alternative sweetener, the natural antiseptic properties found in honey can be used to treat burns, sore throats, scrapes, and cuts.

    Baking Soda: Baking soda is great for irritable situations, like chicken pox, rashes, and other itchy skin conditions.

    Salt: If there was no inhaler available for an asthma attack, you could use salt, which acts as an antihistamine. Another great use is for the common sore throat. By mixing the salt in water and gargling, you can relieve your sore throat, clear your lungs of mucus and phlegm, and stop a dry cough. Another option is being used in place of an antiseptic.

    Vinegar: Whenever you have a sunburn or an insect bite, vinegar can be applied to soothe your skin. It is excellent, when mixed into a cleaning solution to remove mold and kill bacteria. When combined with honey and warmed, it can treat headaches and arthritis. It has also been used to eliminate hiccups. It can also soothe the function and digestion of your gastro intestinal tract.

    Lemon: The earth’s healing fruit can generate a compress, which will relieve sore throats and fever.

    Ginger: Ginger is great for calming your digestive system and settling an upset stomach. Ginger can also treat sinus infection and pain, cold or flu symptoms, chest congestion, and arthritis pain. Home Remedy Help has a good post on how to use ginger tea to treat chest congestion.

    Chamomile: If there are any congestion or aches, the chamomile tea will help sweat it out. Another great alternative is for sleepless nights. With its soothing and relaxing characteristics, it can help promote sleep. It is a great addition for rashes and itchy skin as well.

    Although these are home remedies, it is important that they be administered with proper supervision. Failure to have the proper supervision and not consulting your doctor can be very harmful to your health. Another great tip is to have these items on hand, in case there is ever an emergency in the future.

  • Safety, Tips

    Posted on May 25th, 2014

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    Safety Does Count – Get A White Card!

    If there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed about this site by now it’s that we’ve a deep and abiding belief that safety matters. Engineering’s not a field for the class clown- there’s too much that can go wrong on even the simplest of jobs to let poorly trained individuals, bad equipment or simply people playing the fool risk lives and limbs. It’s always nice to see that belief backed up by legislation, which is why we’re spending a little time today looking at the White Card here in Australia.

    A White Card, taking the short version, is an indication that a worker in construction or any related field has had their safety induction courses and have been accredited as receiving their occupational health and safety training. It’s a replacement to the older ‘green card’. There are registered training organisations all over Australia. You can click here for more construction training information if you’d like more white card course details.

    It’s a legally enforced requirement, so everyone hoping to work in any of the interrelated industries around construction need to have the card. It’s not an industry to mess around in- construction sites are dangerous. Engineers who will be working on site in the construction industry will need to comply with this requirement too, and it’s more or less a requisite that anyone in the field undergoes the training and certification. Even apprentices and trainees will need to comply- the fines are incredibly steep, heading into the region of $11000, and both non-compliant employers and employees will face severe consequences.

    If the law doesn’t find you, lady luck just might. Human-imposed penalties aside, there is nothing stupider then working on a site as dangerous as an active construction site without adequate safety training. Not only are you likely to cause yourself damage and risk your own life, you will be severely imperilling the life and health of those you’re working with. In short, it’s incredibly stupid to try and worm your way around this piece of the law- which is, after all, only there to try to keep you safe and in full knowledge of your rights as a worker in a dangerous industry. Take paint-spraying as an example. It seems an innocuous branch of the construction industry, but the toxic hazards of overspray and the dangers posed by the equipment can all still be severe- imagine having a chunk of the spraying machinery landing on an exposed limb. For this reason, safety is not just about being smart but also about using the right equipment with the best safety rating such as the best airless paint sprayer for which more info on using these items here.

    Obtaining a white card is pretty simple, too. Find a [registered] trainer. There are online courses too, to enable greater flexibility, though if you can do it face-to-face it may be easier for you- but what could be easier than that? If you pass successfully, you’ll be given a so-called ‘statement of activity’ which will enable you to work onsite for up to 30 days, during which time you’ll be issued your final certification. Once it’s done, you’re free to work wherever you wish in the Australian territories. The cost will come in under $100, which is a small price to pay for peace of mind, legal compliance and the knowledge that you won’t be a danger to yourself or others. When selecting your training provider, be sure to take a moment to be sure they’re accredited for the area you want to work in [for example, you can find the accredited providers for Queensland here]

    Getting your white card is a simple process, and there are even refresher courses available to help you stay on top of developments in the industry. Legal compliance is easy- so if you’re planning to work as an Engineer, do the right thing and make sure you’re accredited.

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