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Six Things You Must Do Before Hiring a Nanny in Australia

Service Week March 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

Nanny Looking After Kids Hiring a nanny is more complicated than hiring a new executive. It is bringing a stranger into your home and entrusting your children and your property to them. Some people have had good experiences with their nannies while others can recount harrowing experiences. The difference is in the hiring.

Here are six things you must do before hiring a nanny in Australia:

1. Choose a Reputable Agency

A solid agency which has been in existence for several years is likely to have proper controls and standards on who they accept. Compared with less established agencies, they are more likely to verify references and to do proper checks on the nannies they work with. Although it is not common, criminals may collaborate with unscrupulous agencies to obtain information about unsuspecting members of the public; your nanny could be a spy! It is important to do a little research on local agencies before deciding on one.

2. Conduct a Thorough Interview

The mistake many people make is to rush the process because they ‘need a nanny immediately’. They may skip an interview altogether or ask shallow questions. A face to face interview allows you to learn about attitudes, ethical stands, philosophies and the general life view of a person, to see if their beliefs agree with yours. This is a good chance to portray the situation at your home and to ask whether they would be willing to do the jobs you require help with.

3. Consider the Candidate’s Experience with Children

If you have small children, you need someone who has some experience in handling them. Dealing with children is not easy and it would be wrong to assume that a hire will learn on the job. Candidates who have worked in a daycare or kindergarten would be a good fit for this role.

4.  Ask About Education and Other Skills

Sometimes, children spend more time with their nannies than their parents. As such, children can learn a lot from these helpers. Go for someone with a high school diploma, at least. Other skills such as CPR and first aid are preferable.

5. Do a Background Check

Because of the role a nanny takes in your house, you need to trust them. Even though most agencies do their own checks, it is always good to be certain by doing your own check. A national police check in SA or elsewhere can be done online, often requiring very little time. A background check from Fast Police Checks may determine the safety of your kids.

6. Listen to Your Instincts

Many times you will be right if you trust your guts. If you have an uneasy feeling about someone, don’t hire them.

You can never be too sure about who you are bringing into your house, but conducting due diligence before hiring can prevent you from walking into disaster.

Underwater Construction: Safety Devices You Need

Service Week March 10, 2017 at 4:00 am

Construction Near WaterFor those who work on construction projects beneath the water’s surface, you know it is essential to find the right underwater construction services for the job. For those who undertake this kind of work, the Underwater Construction Corporation says that there are important equipment that needs to be in place in order for any construction to begin.

1 – Blank Flange Lockout

A first must-do in underwater construction work is to create a lockout device to prevent unexpected flows of energy. A lockout device raises the safety level of the underwater environment and prevents the unregulated flow of chemicals or energy into the water.

The lockout devices provide a significant amount of protection to the workers.

2 – Wire ropes and Airlift

A wire rope will support the equipment for underwater construction projects. Choose a wire rope based on the underwater conditions of the site. Typically, you should choose a wire rope that is highly resistant to abrasion, highly flexible, and could carry the weight of your equipment.

An airlift, on the other hand, removes debris, sand, and mud from the construction site. Sometimes called a suction dredge, this is vital in clearing the area to make sure it is safe for everyone.

3 – Taking Measurements

You should be familiar with the sub sea technology structures for construction. These structures include bridges, pipelines, intakes, and dams. All of these aid in completing the final work, but taking measurements of all the structures and of the location where you will put up these sub sea structures is also an important step.

When you list down accurate measurements and give allowances, you are helping to build a more reliable underwater construction area and providing a safer environment for the workers.

For any underwater construction project, it is important to know the safety equipment you need to have in place before any work can take place.

Water Stains On The Ceiling Are Signs You Need To Check The Roof

Service Week February 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

Damaged Ceiling
The formation of water stains on the ceiling indicates roofing problems that need to be resolved immediately. Failure to do so may worsen the issue and with repair cost that could blow through the roof.

The surface of your ceiling may start to show small stains with the passing of time. But if huge water stains suddenly appear, it may indicate a bigger problem with your roof and would need immediate attention. Failing to resolve this speedily could compound the issue and lead to more major problems. Below are some of the telltale water stains that indicate you may have roof problems.

Ceiling Water Stains

Perhaps one of the most telling sign that you have a roof problem is the formation of water stains on your ceiling, as pointed out by Star Tribune. The trouble with this is that water stains rarely form underneath the section of the roof that may have a leak. In fact, it would have been better if the leak is big because there is a chance it will create ceiling stains directly underneath. If the leaks are a wee bit, pinpointing the problematic spot on the roof could be tough.

Pinpointing the Problematic Section

If your ceiling is roomy enough to accommodate your size and if you are up to it, you can wiggle your way inside. Usually, ceiling water stains travel along the lumber, trusses or roof panels in your ceiling before finally dripping on the stained area.

It is even possible that the leak may be located some distance away from where ceiling water stains appeared. What you can do is to trace the water trails from the stained spot until you find the source. This could take some time, but with patience and some detective skills, you will be able to locate it.

Determining the Cause

If the stains seem to worsen especially after a downpour, the culprit could be the flashing. This is among the issues pointed out by Real Estate Inspector. You should know that changing step flashing can be complicated because you need to fit it in with the roof and nearby siding.

If you feel this job is beyond you, getting in touch with experts on roofing in Tauranga like Kiwispout NZ LTD  should be your next option. Another possible cause of the leak is damaged sealant strips due to critters getting inside your roof. To prevent these animals from going to the roof, you need to trip branches touching or near your roof.

You need to thoroughly examine your roof at the first sign of water stains forming on the ceiling. Do not wait until it worsens because these nasty stains can cause other problems besides an ugly mark.

If you do not have the time to do it or have no experience with roof problems, you can contact a roofing inspector. They can check the roof for you and make a determination what is causing it, then provide recommendations on how it can be resolved. Remember, the roof plays a major role in your house and giving it proper attention and care should always be paramount.

 

 

Businesses for the Environment

Service Week January 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

Helping the Environment in UtahEven businesses here in Utah need to do their part to help the environment. You don’t have to plan for a big green initiative. You can do several small and easily done things in your business that can reduce your company’s impact on the environment.

Simple Programs

You can start with a waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion program. A first step is to find a strategic location for your garbage collection bins. The strategic location must be in a place where your employees find it easy and convenient to throw any trash or waste such as in the break room.

Next, you can station your trash, recycle, and compost bins next to each other, yet use differing colors for each of the bins. You can also place signs above the bins that can illustrate which items go in which bin. All of this help in making waste segregation easier for people. Once finished, you can notify the whole company, especially the janitorial staff, about the program.

Another Green Step Forward

You can further improve on your waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion with a few simple tricks. For one, you can encourage your employees to use washable dishes, mugs, and silverware. You can reduce the amount of paper your company consumes by printing double-sided and by re-using printed material with mistakes as scratch paper.

A Green Step Even Further

You can go a step even further if your business is a large industrial company. You can hire an environmental services provider that offer remediation and other services. Environmental services can help manage waste and other environmental elements in mining, oil, and other industries.

To find the right environmental services provider, you can look for one that will manage all your environmental projects in the long term. You can also consider the technological and regulatory expertise of the provider. Finally, find a provider that can speak board language as well as optimize EH&S processes.

No matter the size of your business or company, you can greatly impact the environment. You can choose to help it.

Outsource or Maintain an In-House Janitorial Staff?

Service Week January 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

Janitorial Services

Business owners should fully understand the importance of workplace cleanliness, as it plays a major role in the productivity of their workforce. It contributes greatly to the public’s perception, as well. You wouldn’t want prospective clients to be turned off, do you?

As cleanliness and sanitation affect many aspects of your business, you should never take it lightly despite how busy you are. Fortunately, many janitorial services in Dallas, TX are available to provide you with a cost-effective and efficient solution that keeps the workplace safe, healthy, and hazard-free for everyone.

Custodial Staff: Maintaining an In-House Team

Before hiring an in-house custodial team, you should first explore your options. More companies today choose to outsource all sorts of services, from information technology to commercial cleaning.

Convenience is a primary factor. Before you can build your own cleaning staff, you need to complete the hiring process. This will take up a lot of time, though, since you have to conduct individual interviews and perform background checks on each applicant. Even if you have a human resources department, this means more work for them. The greater the additional amount of work, the more resources you spend.

The Outsourced Janitorial Service Advantage

Outsourcing doesn’t only benefit your business in the short run; it also delivers a number of long-term benefits. The biggest of these is the considerably reduced overall cost. Outsourcing cleaning services means eliminating the need for allotting a monthly budget for personnel and materials. You can expect them to have their own cleaning equipment, tools, and other essentials.

Do your part in making sure you choose a firm that’s known not only for delivering top-notch services, but also highly trustworthy and experienced custodial members.

The Battle Against Electrical Hazards at Home

Service Week August 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

Electrical HazardElectricity may be crucial in our daily lives, but it, too, can be a cause of a serious injury or even death. That is why people should always practice caution when handling electrical work. However, as accidents are unpredicatable and anyone can be a victim of electrical shock even right at home, some safety reminders are worth to be taken seriously.

Electric Shock and Its Causes

Electric shock occurs when one is exposed to electricity. At home, exposure to damaged wires and cables as well as broken or exposed plugs and sockets is the common cause of electrical shock incidents. Not wearing protective gear and not using insulated tools when working with electricity can also cause electric shock.

Electrical Injuries

The effect of electric shock depends on different variables, but most of all, on voltage. Children are the most common victims of low voltage shock, which usually causes slight injuries. On the other hand, high-voltage shock often causes burns. More severe cases can lead to internal bleeding, paralysis, brain damage and seizures, spine injuries, and even death.

Avoiding Electric Shock at Home

It may sound easy to avoid electrical shock incidents and injuries, but it isn’t. Just because you do not leave your appliances plugged in all night does not mean you are doing it all good. Below are some dos and don’ts to avoid being a victim of electric shock.

  • Use good insulators like protective tubing with heat shrink technology to wrap around damaged wires and cables.
  • Perform periodic inspection to identify damaged cables and sockets. Replace old electrical wirings with new ones. Remember that even insulated cables are prone to wear and tear after decades.
  •  Use only insulated tools when doing electrical work.
  • Choose and use adaptors wisely. Avoid using cheap or substandard ones. Remember also that you should not overload an adaptor, most especially if it is connected to another adopter.
  • Keep water away from electricity. However, do not hide cables and wires under the carpet.
  • Always use a tester first and de-energize an equipment before working on it.
  • Do not attempt to do electrical work if you are not sure of its ins and outs.

Electric shock can lead to serious injuries and even death. However, you can do steps to make sure your home stays safe against electric hazards.

3 Tips That Will Make Moving a Breeze

Service Week July 15, 2016 at 6:15 am

Woman Holding a Box

Change is never easy for any person no matter how much they are open to it. However, it is inevitable in most cases. A new and promising job has come up, a business opportunity you cannot pass or a great chance to follow your dreams has presented itself but a challenge exists.

To get all this you need to move out of your comfort zone. Leave your familiar hometown with friends you have known for years to a place where nothing is familiar apart from the hope for a better future. Most people take the risk and decide to move and this is where you need the assistance of great moving companies in Salt Lake City. The following tips will make your moving life easy and probably help you settle in faster.

Knowing the number of things, you need to move

Preparation is essential before you move. Understanding the number of things, you must move means that you will be able to get enough boxes and packing items to fit everything. Estimate the items depending on their sizes. The last thing you need is stress over packing.

Be orderly

Moving is only temporary. You need to know where everything is when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that you mark boxes clearly for fragile items and those that are likely to be lost when moving. Furthermore, doing this makes it easy to unpack and rearrange your new house once you arrive. Proper packing makes it easy for the movers to help you settle in.

Keep time when moving

Find out the distance of your new town. It is important to travel at the right time especially when you decide to enlist the services of a moving company. Avoid moving on weekends and holidays when there is a lot of traffic. It is important to arrive at your destination before dark. Let people see you coming in. you may be lucky to make new acquaintances.

Work with a team of professional movers. The extra dollars you pay is worth every penny. Convenience is key.

Capture Spectacular Powder Portraits Like a Pro

Service Week March 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

Powder Photo PictureYou might have heard about Holi powder, the brightly-colored fine powder splashed on runners during fun runs. Originally used for the Holi festival of the Hindus, Chameleon Colors says Holi color powder is now common in pop culture and is used to create blasts of interesting colors in concerts, events, and even in dance clubs. Photographers also utilize the vibrant powder in creating stunning images with eye-popping colors and visually-intriguing effect.

Powder photography may seem difficult to pull off, but with the right techniques and some photography tricks, you can create beautiful and dynamic portraits just like a pro!

Powder photography can get really messy.

Pick a location that can accommodate this type of project. Any location that is easy to clean afterwards (like the garage, a basement room, or even outdoors) should be fine. You may cover the floor with dust sheets for easier cleaning afterwards. Don’t forget to cover your equipment with protective materials as the fine particles of the Holi powder may damage them. Make sure the location is dry, as moisture can make cleaning more tedious.

Powder photography is all about color.

Choose a dark location, or at least set up a dark background using black cloth or cardboard. For the model, however, light-colored clothing (preferably white) is suggested. The dark background and the light clothing will highlight the vibrant and vivid colors of the Holi powder.

To capture the movements of the Holi powder mid-air, set-up trigger-controlled speedlights as back lighting.

Don’t use too many lamps and lights. They may wash away the colors of the Holi powder in the photos. If possible, use natural lighting.

Prepare the Holi powder.

Put them in clear plastic bags so it’s easier to choose the color you will use. Also have tools such as dust pans, scoops, and fans handy.

Although Holi powder is non-toxic and easy to wash, it is still important to use them with proper care and caution.

Orient the model and make sure he’s aware of what’s going to happen. Make sure everyone’s ready before splashing the Holi powder. Never throw powder at the model’s face without his permission. Always keep your mouth closed while throwing Holi powder mid-air.

Experiment and enjoy!

Try StyleCaster.com’s different poses and go with different angles in splashing Holi powder. Play around with the speedlights and the camera settings to achieve a variety of effects in the photos.

Holi color powder is all about festivities, celebrations, and fun. Just like the exciting energy and upbeat vibe these colored powders give in street parties, musical events, and dance clubs, powder photography should also be fun. You’ll be surprised how dynamic your photos will be!

5 Practical Means to Cut Concrete Structures

Service Week February 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

Concrete Cutting in UtahCompleting an engineering project with ease can be very challenging for construction companies who do not have all right services and technology needed for the job.  When dealing with construction service providers, one aspect that we should look closely is its concrete cutting service capabilities.

Concrete cutting, in essence, hastens the amount of time needed and increase efficiency. This is particularly true if the service company that you are dealing with is well equipped with modern and state of the art concrete cutting tools and machines.  Check to see if they have quality tools like electric saws, hydraulic saws, pneumatic saws, as well as gas-powered saws.

A highly reliable construction company is likewise capable of offering various concrete cutting methods.

So wherever you are, whether you are dealing with concrete cutting service in Sandy Utah or in Arizona, be sure to ask your local service provider if they offer any of the following methods of concrete cutting:

Diamond Sawing Method

Diamond is among the most widely used means of concrete cutting. Construction service companies make use of this method because diamond saws are far more precise and more efficient than all the others. It can swiftly cut through most metals with ease. Unlike other methods, this concrete cutting method also produces little vibration.

Flat Sawing Method

Otherwise known as slab sawing, this type of concrete cutting method is highly effective for cutting through horizontal concrete structures as floors, roads, and pavements. This method employs diamond blade mounted on a cart that operators push to go on with the cutting process. Cutting to extract broken pipes, wiring, and build plumbing trenches are among the many uses of flat sawing method.

Concrete Wall Sawing

Concrete wall sawing method makes use of circular blades placed on track-mounted machine to cut through walls. The track-mounted set-up allows the blades to climb up the walls and cut all the way to as much as 36 inches in thickness.

Core Drilling Method

Core drilling is another type of concrete cutting that is highly essential in speeding up the whole process of construction and demolition job. This method is used to set-up holes and opening intended fir wires, cables, pipes, and vents. Core drilling requires highly trained service operators as this involves high precision cutting that only well-trained individuals can perform.

Wire Sawing Method

This type of concrete cutting is very common for larger scale construction projects. The method entails the use of complex hydraulic-powered machines to get through and cut massive concrete structures. For large scale concrete cutting tasks that are way too difficult for most cutting methods, wire sawing has always been the most practical option in order to get the job done.

With this knowledge and the help of concrete cutting pros, getting the job done will be a piece of cake.

3 Effective Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Introverted Employees

Service Week January 26, 2016 at 1:16 am

Employees in PerthAs a good manager, you must have an eye for introversion. Chances are, one out of your three employees is an introvert. Now, why does this matter? Well, you can’t effectively bring out the best in your talents if your approach is overly extroversion-centric.

Introverts are not antisocial; they just prefer less stimulation from the environment to get their energy. These individuals are great listeners and make sound observations, but require extended quiet times produce invaluable ideas.

As you ponder how to get quality output consistently from the introverted employees you have in mind, here are some of the little changes you could make to level up their performance profoundly:

Build More Walls

Partitioning is a simple way to promote some privacy for your introverted team members. Distancing themselves, in a way, from the rest of the company can give them more ‘alone’ time to dive deep into their tasks and get their thoughts uninterrupted.

Experienced builders of office workstations in Perth can offer you fantastic ideas to make the workplace more comfortable for introverts — while improving its overall design.

Embrace Digitised Communication

Introverted individuals would rather talk to you privately when it’s really necessary. So, rather than requiring them to move out of their workstation, your introvert employees may prefer digital interactions better.

This might not even have to spend anything that much on this one. A simple chat service is enough to make your office a happier place for introverts.

Be Specifically Clear at Everything

As they would rather handle tasks with little to no intervention or supervision, it’s better to give your introverted employees detailed instructions. The structure allows them to better understand your expectations, thus helping them meet goals.

Every person has some introverted tendencies. While it’s quite a stretch to turn your entire office introvert-friendly, keeping a healthy balance is both beneficial to your introverted and extroverted talents.