What is Fall Protection Training?
December 6, 2020
Falls from a height are the most common causes of death at work and one of the most serious reasons for injury. When workers are in a hurry or need to perform a quick task, they often become negligent and ignore fall protection measures, which can be catastrophic. A 2012 OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) study about causes of death among workers in the private industrial sector reveals that the main cause of death on construction sites is the lack of adequate protective equipment at work. Climbing and descending stairs is also a key safety issue in many other industries: from utility cleaning and wind turbines, to fixed ladders found on silos and in bulk storage halls. In all these areas, the use of a complete height protection system can have a beneficial effect on workers in the event of a fall.
Current regulations are applied to all jobs where there is a risk of a worker falling from a height, not only on construction sites but also in telecommunications, utilities or in other fields that involve this risk.
Legal regulations are established in a broad sense so that any work at height must be carefully evaluated and avoided as much as possible; if it cannot be avoided, then all due diligence must be done to minimize the risk. Risk minimization also refers to the use of protective equipment to prevent falls or reduce the distance involved, or to an appropriate written procedure and training so that, in carrying out their duties, workers understand and are able to cope in any risky situation that may arise. Protective equipment must be inspected, maintained and repaired, and workers must be properly trained in how to use it properly.
There are fall protection competent person training Colorado companies that provide these important safety courses. Courses may include:
- Basic courses for height safety
- Telecom tower access courses
- Training courses for rope access
- Courses customized and specific to a certain industry (e.g. roofing)
- Rescue courses
These courses are structured in modules, so that they can cover a wide range of industries where mandatory and/ or optional fall protection training is required.
Training is structured on four parts: theory, theoretical testing, practice and practical testing.
- Awareness of the dangers that can occur during working at height
- Collective Protection
- Personal Protection (Standards / Limits)
- Strong impact
- Fall factor
- Calculating the distance required for the correct use of work equipment at height
- Inspection of personal protective equipment
- Questions and answers (free discussion) and legislation
Theoretical testing – an evaluation for assessing theoretical knowledge.
- Presentation of specific personal protective equipment for working at height: complex belt, ropes, retractable devices, anchoring points etc.
- Use of PPE during access and work on the application tower
- Use of retractable systems for horizontal and vertical movement
- Use of retractable systems on both flexible and rigid work supports
- Correct working position
- Presentation of rescue equipment, practical exercises for different types of rescue situations
Practical test: test for the evaluation of practical knowledge, completed with obtaining a certificate.
What Do I Ask A Potential Executive Recruiter?
December 5, 2020
The best, safest and most efficient way to find the most suitable candidate for your top-level job opening is to outsource the task to an experienced and qualified executive recruiter. This means that the first thing that you need to take care of is to find an executive recruiter who has the experience and the industry knowledge to identify and recruit that great employee for you. With so many recruiting agencies around, the task of identifying the best service provider might be hard, so here are a few tips to help you.
Identify Companies Using Various Resources
Some of the best sources of information about local recruiters include your network of industry colleagues and online platforms. Talking to other business owners who have used such recruiting services or even to your own top-level employees who have been recruited by an executive headhunter are great ways to get first-hand information about local companies. You can also obtain information from employment-oriented online platforms and on the websites of executive recruiters.
Questions to Ask Potential Recruiting Partners
You should find out all you can about the recruiter’s relevant experience with companies from your industry segment. The recruiter’s knowledge of your industry and their personal network in your segment are essential for success, so ask the recruiters about their successes and challenges in recruiting executives for companies similar to yours.
The recruitment processes and strategies used by the recruiter are also very important. Ask questions about how the recruiter identifies candidates, about the methods they use for approaching those candidates as well as about the processes used for conducting preliminary interviews and for performing background checks. Ideally, your recruiter should search among active job seekers as well as among passive candidates who are currently employed, but might be interested in new challenges. The verification is also an important part of the recruitment process – the resumes submitted by the candidates should be checked meticulously for any gaps and discrepancies and the candidates’ employment and education history also needs to be verified.
The next important topic to ask your potential recruiter about is the interviewing processes they use with candidates. Ask the executive recruiter how many rounds they will conduct and how they participate in the final decision making. Ideally, your recruiter should assist you all the way to the signing of the contract with your new employee, including the discussions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate.
It is a good idea to ask recruiters about the additional services they provide. Finding the best candidate for your position is the most important deliverable, but not the only one – your recruiter might provide assistance by reviewing the job description that you have provided, preparing detailed, written evaluations of the candidates or status information.
The last set of questions that you should ask refers to your own role as a client. Make it easy for your recruiter to ask for additional information about your needs and requirement as an employer – there might be important issues that you have overlooked or that need clarifications.
Do Dog Diapers Make Sense?
October 20, 2020
Diapers…for dogs? Yes, you read correctly. Many owners choose diapers for puppies or for older dogs with various health problems. They can save you a lot of scrubbing down floors and carpets and prevent your house from smelling of dog pee.
What You Need to Know about the Toilet Habits of Dogs
Dogs cannot be litter trained, like cats, when nature calls, they need to go outside, sniff around and find a good spot to do their business. It is in the nature of a dog to raise a leg next to a tree and it will not change no matter how many behavioral classes you take them to.
As a dog owner, you need to make time in your schedule to take your dogs out at least twice per day to relieve themselves. Once they are grown up, they learn how to let you know that they need to go out. However, small puppies, just like babies, will simply let themselves go wherever they may be.
Understand Why Your Dog Pees Inside the House
When we are talking about adult dogs, accidents inside the house are due to various reasons, and they all need investigating. For instance, you may have woken up too late and the dog just couldn’t hold it in any longer.
Also, since dogs have a sense of smell that is 40 stronger than that of humans, even the faintest smell of old pee, improperly cleaned, will lead them to believe that they can use that spot again.
Finally, older dogs may get incontinent, or suffer from other ailments, such as arthritis, which prevents them to walk properly and go out for their toilet. At any rate, if you note several instances when dogs pee or defecate inside the house, take them to the vet and find out what is wrong with them.
Until you find a solution to the health issue, you should put diapers on your dog.
Dog Diapers Make Sense for Females in Heat
Another reason to use diapers is when your female dog is in heat. During those days, the dog will leave blood trails around the house and spend a lot of time licking itself. A diaper will solve this problem in a convenient manner.
However, please note that dog diapers are not an efficient solution if you want to prevent your female dog from getting pregnant. A few moments left unsupervised around a male and…you may as well prepare for the coming litter of puppies.
How Do You Use Diapers for Dogs?
Dog diapers have became more and more popular, and companies invested a lot in R&D to design products that fit various breeds of dogs comfortably and are easy to put on and take off.
They are available in a full range of sizes, from X-Small to X-Large to fit any breed of dog, from Chihuahua to Rottweiler. As for types of dog diapers, you can choose between the disposable and reusable (washable) versions.
A Few Precautions to Keep in Mind
Dogs have sensitive skin, just like babies. Thus, they may develop diaper rash. Please make sure that the dog diaper fits well, but is comfortable (not too tight) around the hind legs. At the same time, you should use baby wipes and baby oil to clean the dog when removing a wet diaper.
Last but not least, it takes a little time to learn how to put on dog diapers correctly, but don’t give up. Both you and your dog will be better off once you start using them.
How Long Does it Take to Sell a Business?
September 19, 2020
Most people who sell their business do not expect this to be easy, but many are surprised at how hard it can actually be and how long it sometimes takes to get a good price, in a good time.
However, it is important not to let fears lead you at the time of sale. Most of the frustrations and challenges in the experiences of sellers can be easily avoided with some helpful information. There are a lot of challenges you have to go through in the process of selling a business; below, you can read about those that you must avoid, because they have a significant impact, both for selling the business and for your peace of mind.
- Insufficient preparation
Lack of training is by far the most common mistake that small business owners make. Just as you have improved your house a little before you put it on sale, it is just as important to analyze and fine-tune certain aspects of your business before putting it on the list of selling businesses. Financial documentation, profitability, issues related to renting space, employees and other issues will not only influence the stability, but will also affect the price of your business, on the market.
- Distrusting the professionals
You may be an expert in running your business, but not in selling it, unless you are also a broker, a lawyer etc. Therefore, do not hesitate to take advantage of the experience business brokers provide.
- Leaving all tasks in the care of the professionals you hire for this job
On the other hand, be aware that once you hire a broker, your job is not over! Even if the broker will work hard to promote your business to potential buyers, there is no one has better motivated to sell it than you, or with more knowledge about it than you have. So, make sure to have a conversation with your broker about how you could promote the business too without following in his footsteps, so that you two do not work on the same things.
As a salesperson, you want to present your business in the best possible light, but that does not mean you have to exaggerate. Misrepresentations will influence prospective buyers, when they review the current financial statements, but will also become the basis for legal actions, after the sale.
- Failure to set post-sale terms
Many homeowners are so focused on selling their businesses that they completely neglect the transition process that will take place after closing. Some buyers will insist that the seller stay with them for a few months, while others prefer to end the collaboration once the purchase has been made. Either option is good, as long as the buyer and seller have discussed everything on the transition process and reached a consensus.
If you take these aspects into account and work with an experienced business broker, you have the chances to sell your business in 6 months; otherwise it might take longer than 12 months.
The Beauty of Channel Letter Signs
July 23, 2020
Channel letters are among the most attractive types of signage – the custom-made letters manufactured from metal or plastic can be used outdoors, on the exterior of commercial buildings as well as indoors, to highlight specific areas and to provide information to customers. The beauty of using channel letters lies not only in their aesthetic appeal – they can efficiently fulfill all the roles of signage, including informative, establishing and consolidating brand image. Here are some further benefits of using the solution.
The materials used for the channel of this type of lettering include plastic or metal, usually aluminum because it is rust proof. Whatever material solution is chosen, your channel letters will do your business long-lasting service and will be able to withstand almost any weather, from heat and cold to rain, snow and wind.
The materials used for making channel letter signs are all resistant to the elements as well as to impact, they maintain the texture of their surface as well as their color without requiring any special maintenance. Your channel lettering will need some cleaning, ideally done regularly and if you use illuminated signage, your LED lights or neon will need to be replaced eventually, but the types of lights used for channel letters is very long-lived, so you can rely on your lights for thousands of hours of operation.
You can use channel letters without illumination, but for more impact, you can also choose channel letters that are lit with energy-efficient lighting, such as LED lights. The light sources can be installed either to the front of the letters or to the back, behind the letters so that the light that they emit hits the back of the letters and create a halo effect. The LEDs used with channel letters are very efficient and they emit a very bright light, suitable for making your lettering visible even during the day and even when the sun’s rays hit the letters directly. LEDs are also very economical, their low energy needs make sure that your illuminated channel letters will be cheap to operate and friendly on the natural environment as well.
According to a sign company Denver CO professional, channel letters are suitable for executing any design; any shape and any color can be used, even textures and special illumination solutions are available. Being custom-made, to the client’s exact specifications, channel letters can feature corporate logos as well as text in a unique, attractive way that grabs attention like no other signage solution. The three-dimensional nature of these signs add even aesthetic appeal and it also multiplies the design solutions that you can use with your channel letter signage, such the combination of various styles for an eclectic and distinctive appearance.
An Efficient, High-Visibility Advertising Tool
Whether you have a small, local shop or you run a franchise business, your channel letter signage will promote your business in a very efficient way. The letters are great for impressing your customers with your professionalism, to inspire trust and to create a lasting memory.
What Does A Water Damage Restoration Company Do?
July 22, 2020
If your home or your commercial building has been severely damaged by a flood, by excessive rain, by a burst pipe or by some other process that has led to the penetration of water into building parts where there is no place for excess moisture or ponding water, the best way to act is by hiring a water damage restoration company to extract the moisture from your building and to help you mitigate the damage. Here is how your Denver water damage restoration companies will handle your building damaged by water.
Ensuring Safety and Damage Assessment
The first thing that your water damage restoration team will check after they arrive is whether the area that has been affected by the water damage is safe to enter. They will disconnect the electricity and the gas supply to eliminate the risk of electrical shock and gas explosions, then they will enter into the damaged area to assess the damage. In that phase, you can ask all your questions about how the damage restoration will be handled.
Water Removal and Drying
The next step in the damage restoration process is the emptying of the room and the extraction of the water. You team will install high-capacity pumps that remove as much of the excess water as possible. When the work of the pumps is complete, the damage restoration team will take care of the drying process. They can use strong ventilators and other devices to extract any lingering water from the air, from the walls and the floor as well as from any items that could not be removed from the room.
The phase that follows the extraction of ponding water and moisture is the cleaning of the room. This is an important phase, no matter what caused the leak, and it has special importance in the case of water damage caused by flooding. Flood water usually contains lots of harmful chemicals and contaminants that can cause very serious illnesses, therefore everything that has come into contact with flood water needs to be cleaned with professional methods.
The cleaning after the water has been removed should involve the cleaning of the walls, too. Plaster, drywall and insulation absorb water very quickly. The materials are also thick, so leaving them to dry out on their own might take very long – the process might not be complete for years and poses the risk of the appearance of mold and mildew in the building. The best way to prevent the issue is by removing the plaster, the drywalls and the insulation that has been affected by the water damage, then to restore the walls when their water content has been reduced to the minimum. Some, not all, Denver water damage restoration companies are also licensed building restoration companies that you can hire for restoring your walls and floors – if you can, hire a water damage restoration company that provides such services as well. If there is no such company available in your area, contact a building restoration company for the process.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay for General Liability Insurance For My Business?
July 21, 2020
General liability insurance is a type of mandatory insurance policy for businesses that provides coverage for general claims related to bodily injuries and property damage resulting from your business operations, your products and services, but not for the injuries sustained by your employees, for the auto damage sustained by your commercial fleet, for punitive damages or intentional damage. According to statistical data, the median cost of general liability insurance policies is around $42 per month, but how much your business will have to pay for your general liability insurance is determined by many factors. Here are some of the most important ones.
Typical Industry Risks
The risks typically involved by your business activity is among the most important factors that will determine the costs of your policy – the businesses in high-risk industries are usually required to pay more for their policies. For example, the activities of a construction business involve more risks than the activities of an IT consultant, therefore the insurance premiums will be higher for the construction business. The businesses that use chemicals and carry out their activities on someone else’s property, such as cleaning companies or landscaping businesses are also considered to be higher risks than computer businesses or other businesses that do all their work from their offices.
The higher the limit that the general liability insurance Colorado policy covers for, the higher the costs. The most common policy limits are around 1-2 million, that is the limit that most small businesses consider sufficient.
Tips for Reducing Insurance Costs
There are several methods that you can use to reduce the costs related to your general liability insurance:
- Purchasing multiple policies in a bundle – many insurance carriers provide substantial discounts to businesses that purchase multiple policies from them. Businesses are required by the law to have several different types of insurance, such as workers compensation insurance, auto insurance and others – if you decide to buy all of them from the same insurer, you can benefit from substantial cost savings;
- Make an upfront payment – most businesses pay for their insurance policies monthly, even though that is not the most economical solution. Making one upfront payment to cover your insurance costs for 6 months or for a year will allow you to benefit from substantial discounts;
- Risk management – enhanced risk management procedures will not only make your operations safer, they will also be good for your budget. Many insurance companies are willing to offer discounts to businesses that can prove that they are taking steps to reduce the risks related to their operations through active measures. Enrolling your employees into safety and risk management training programs, investing into the enhanced safety of your premises, the usage of work safety checklists and regular safety audits can all give you discounts. If you have such measures in place already or if you are planning to implement some, contact your insurance carrier to find out whether they offer such discounts or, if you are looking for a new insurer, check out their policies for handling such enhanced safety procedures.
Taking a Close Look at the Advantages of Training to Be a Diesel Mechanic
June 26, 2020
One of the most exciting fields to work in when it comes to the hi-tech industries of today is the diesel mechanic field. While you can become a diesel mechanic just by learning about the various diesel systems and how they work, being a certified mechanic has a lot more perks, and the education and learning process required is not all that long.
What Can Being a Diesel Mechanic Do for You?
So, what does it really mean to be a diesel mechanic? What are the benefits and opportunities that will open up to you if you become one? And how much can you really earn? Let’s take a look at all these details below:
- The first and most exciting reason why you might want to consider becoming a diesel mechanic is that you’ll be working with some of the most powerful and impressive contraptions that work on four wheels. Diesel engines produce greater torque than a regular internal combustion engine, and they are frequently used to power large vehicles and high powered locomotives.
- Unlike being just a regular auto mechanic, becoming a diesel mechanic is a more specialized job and can often pay better. By learning how to fix a diesel engine, you can find gigs that regular auto mechanics will pass on and get a better chance at a higher paycheck. The pay that even an entry level diesel mechanic can earn usually starts around $15 per hour, and it can go up to $22 to $35 per hour, if you manage to increase your skill level and experience after a few years.
- Becoming a certified diesel mechanic is a relatively fast process. Although nothing beats experience, the process of finishing diesel mechanic trade school and getting your ASE certification to become a fully certified diesel mechanic will only take about a year and a half. Then, as long as you feel ready for it, you can already begin your practice and get to work on fixing diesel engines.
- You get to develop your technical skills and knowledge. Even if you don’t want to make a career out of being a diesel mechanic, it can be a great stepping stone towards learning more about complex engines and improving on your technical abilities. For instance, it can be a good launching ramp for learning to fix larger and more complex engines, such as those used to power large airplanes and boats.
- One of the most exciting career paths for someone who becomes a diesel engine mechanic is in the field that researches new technology and new developments in the interest of improving the performance and efficiency of existing diesel engine models. As a certified diesel mechanic, that line of work will also open up to you along with many others.
Work and Fun – Both in One
Probably the greatest thing about becoming a diesel mechanic is the exciting and virtually never-ending process of learning through practical results. As you discover new, unexpected malfunctions and challenges, your skill will grow and you will become more knowledgeable. This process will keep continuing throughout the years of experience you gather, helping you climb the ladder to becoming a better, more skilled and more accomplished diesel mechanic and expert with each passing year.
What Differentiates an Oral Surgeon from a General Dentist?
May 16, 2020
General dentists and oral surgeons are the two types of doctors that you can turn to for the treatment of your dental problems. While they are both dental specialists, they do not commonly treat the same types of affections and they do not perform the same types of treatments – here is what they do.
What General Dentists Do
General dentists are the doctors to turn to for primary dental care – if one of your teeth develops a cavity or starts aching, if you need professional dental cleaning or you are looking for advice about dental care, it is a general dentist that you should contact.
The affections most commonly treated by general dentists include cavities, minor root infections, dental plaque and broken tooth, while the most common treatments include the application of fillings, bondings and veneers, dental cleaning and whitening and the application of dental crowns and bridges.
Any visit to a general dentist starts with a discussion of your dental problem, followed by a detailed inspection performed by the specialist to reveal all dental issues and by the actual treatment. Your general dentist will make treatment recommendations or, if the problem is beyond their competence, the doctor will refer you to an oral surgeon.
General dentists are the doctors to turn to if your child has a dental problem as well – most general dentists treat children as well and they can make recommendations about dental realignment solutions or refer you to the right orthodontist as well.
What Oral Surgeons Do
If your dental problem requires more specialized treatment, such as extraction or other types of surgical interventions or if you need a dental implant, your general dentist will recommend you to turn to an oral surgeon Buffalo Grove offers. Oral surgeons, also called maxillofacial surgeons, are trained and qualified to perform surgical interventions that involve the oral cavity and the jaw area – they usually complete the medical training that dentists do, then they follow further specialization courses and they also complete a full residency in maxillofacial surgery.
The most common procedures that they perform include the extractions of wisdom teeth and other teeth, the treatment of temporomandibular affections, the application of dental implants, the removal of clogged salivary glands and other growths in the oral cavity and various surgical interventions for the correction of facial or jaw problems. Oral surgeons are the specialists to turn to for the diagnosis and the treatment of pathological conditions, such as tumors or cancer – if any biopsy or imaging investigation is needed, the situation is best handled by a specialized maxillofacial surgeon.
When looking for an oral surgeon, it is a good idea to turn to the specialist you have been referred to by your general dentist. Oral surgery being a huge discipline, oral surgeons usually specialize in certain areas – for example, a surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery might not be an expert in dental implants. As general dentists usually cooperate closely with multiple oral surgeons, your dentist will surely know which surgeon you should turn to with the affection that you have.
Can a Handyman Use a Storage Unit as a Shop?
April 6, 2020
Storage units are used quite frequently in this day and age. If you have something to remove from your home, or you’re moving to a new house, then using storage units near me can be a great idea. Also, when you want to stash away valuables and precious supplies that you can’t do without, it can be a good idea to rent a storage unit and keep it close to your home, so you can access it without difficulty.
When it comes to running a business from a storage unit, you might think that it’s a good idea, since it helps you get rid of expensive rental costs and manage your entire business in a more convenient and quick manner. Unfortunately not all types of businesses can be run from a storage unit, since there are requirements and necessities that simply cannot be met without having an office or a commercial building that will house certain, large equipment or tools. However, as a handyman you’ll find you don’t have to deal with this problem.
A handyman can easily run their business from a storage unit, because the basics of what they need can be kept there without difficulty. Your tools and materials can be stored securely in your storage unit, and you can keep only the most essential tools in your car or pickup truck. Once you need something for a new project or job, you can easily drive to the storage company’s HQ, take what you need, and be on your way.
Instead of renting an office space, which can be excessively expensive, you can reduce the costs of running and marketing your business by managing everything remotely and on the go. Online marketing can serve as your main source of traffic and leads, and you can communicate with prospects on social media to help them solve basic problems and provide them with information about your business.
Once a client calls you, setting up an appointment is all but unnecessary at first. You can provide them with your estimate and see if they are interested, then you can simply get your tools from your storage unit and get to work.
A storage unit can also act as a temporary headquarters, in case you need to accept an order of supplies or store common spare parts to ensure that you don’t have to wait for them and that your future projects go smoothly. It can even help you ensure that sensitive tools, such as measuring devices and power sources, can be kept in good condition, through the quality metallic materials used for the walls by most storage providers and through features like climate controlled storage, which you can buy at an additional cost.