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04 Out and about


06 Go go-karting 08 Branching out 10 Successfully managing projects 14 Brilliant Bonville 18 Product cut 22 Switchboards feel the heat too 24 Getting your orders where and when you want them


28 How to tackle heat stress this summer


34 The sun and you



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Welcome. What a fantastic response to our Traders 500 National trade show! After a whirlwind five-state tour that commenced in Perth back in September and culminated earlier this month in Sydney, it reinforced to me just how far our industry has come over the past few years. The enthusiasm shown for new products and technologies was very apparent as I spoke with customers at our Melbourne event. For example, those of you who have identified the benefits of adding solar to your product and service offering will no doubt be reaping big rewards in the near future as households and industry look for ways of reducing their power costs through alternative power sources. I can’t stress enough how big a focus solar will be so I urge all contractors to ‘get on board’ — now. The theme for this issue of Auslec Solutions is ‘the heat is on’ — a not too subtle reference to the warmer weather we are about to encounter around the country. With our summer months approaching, the importance of adequate hydration — particularly for those working outdoors — becomes paramount. Turn to page 28 to learn how to combat the effects of heat on you and your workers. Auslec brand ambassador Michael Caruso recently helped out at a customer conference in Queensland by tutoring in the finer points of go-karting (now that’s what I call a conference!). Flick over to page 6 to find out what took place. As usual, we bring you loads of new products this issue to help you maximise your time and profit. So if you see something that ‘takes your fancy’, just drop in to your favourite Auslec branch and ask for a demo — it’s all part of the service. In closing, I’d like to wish all our customers and their families a very merry and safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in an Auslec branch soon. All the best, Robin Norris Chief Executive Officer L&H Group

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Meet Sales Manager Kylie McGee

“Unbelievable”, “awesome” and “sensational” — that was the overwhelming feedback from the 2500 L&H customers who recently attended Podium 2010. As the finale to the very popular Connections program, Podium has become a widely anticipated event for contractors around Australia and this year’s line-up has been described as the best yet. Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane rocked along with Aussie music icon Jimmy Barnes, who was brilliantly supported by Jason Singh from Taxiride. The hard-living, hardworking Barnes continues to give 100% each time he goes on stage and the Podium crowds got everything they expected from the ex-Cold Chisel front man. When it came to Sydney’s turn, customers were blown away by American rock legends Guns N’ Roses. Olympic Park at Homebush nearly erupted when lead singer Axl Rose belted out arguably the band’s greatest hit Sweet Child o’ Mine and, in the process, more than likely helped improve the band’s 100 million worldwide record sales. Martin Dench, Group Marketing Manager of L&H Group, said: “Our customers and staff had a ball! They were just absolutely brilliant concerts and a fantastic way for us to show our gratitude and thanks, and to reward our loyal customers.” Celebrity MCs, including Mick Molloy and Mike Goldman, did a great job in entertaining the crowds prior to the main concerts. Dench added: “A hell of a lot of work goes into not only these particular concerts but the whole Connections program. We look forward to welcoming even more customers to Podium 2011.”

and about Traders 500 — it just keeps getting bigger The recent L&H Group Traders 500 trade show was a resounding five-state success. More than 500 contractors each day saw the latest in new product development by over 40 leading electrical and industrial suppliers with some firm relationships being established between contractors, suppliers and L&H Group staff. Two lucky customers from each state were flown to the Homebush round of the V8 Supercars for a chance to win the

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As a qualified electrician, Kylie McGee is in a unique position to know exactly what a customer wants from their wholesaler. Kylie joined L&H Group 16 years ago after she decided to ‘hang up her tools’. Kylie says: “I began at Morayfield, Queensland, as the store person and then ventured into internal sales where I learned the value of customer service and what it really meant. Having been on the ‘other side of the fence’ as a customer myself, I was able to relate well to contractors and be sympathetic to their needs and concerns. This really helped me in my next role within L&H as a sales rep too.” After starting her family, Kylie found herself drawn back to the electrical wholesaling business, this time as Mining Sales Manager, responsible for Mackay, Emerald and the surrounding areas. Kylie adds: “This is such an exciting role for me, not least of all because I deal with people and businesses that literally drive Australia’s biggest exports. In our own way, we’re partly responsible for keeping the country running! There has never been a better time to be involved in the mining industry.” Kylie encourages more women to explore opportunities within traditionally maledominated workforces, stating: “My goal is to be recognised as the number one supplier in the mining and industrial sector by creating a division at both Auslec Emerald and L&H Mackay that provides a level of service formed on strong, long-lasting business relationships — with a woman’s touch, of course!” — it’s easy!

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The very athletic team at L&H Rocklea in Queensland are laying down a challenge — Join our team! With two fun-runs (surely an oxymoron?!) under their collective belts so far in 2010, the guys and girls of the Rocklea branch are focused on their next event for early 2011 where they hope to be joined by some of their regular customers and suppliers. Sam Warren, Inter nal Sales and Chairperson of the Queensland OH&S Committee, said: “In August this year, our team competed in the ‘Bridge to Brisbane’ fun-run along with over 40,000 others. The event raised over $530,000 for various Queensland charities, so not only are we enjoying the physical challenge of the runs, we are helping to make a difference to those

that aren’t quite as fortunate as us.” Fun-runs generally have two distances — 5 km and 10 km — and are as competitive as the individual wants to make them. Matt McLeash from L&H Rocklea quipped: “We all start out with the view that we’ll just take our time and look to finish in a reasonable time — then the competitive juices kick in and we all become Olympic hopefuls!” What better way to start the New Year than by joining the L&H Rocklea team in their athletic pursuits while raising some much needed funds for worthwhile charities? ‘Run’ into the Rocklea branch or give Sam a call on (07) 3848 4433 to join the team — just excuse her if she is a little out of breath!

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There’s no rule that says you can’t have fun and enjoy time with your customers. That’s exactly what happened recently when L&H Group ambassador and V8 Supercar driver Michael Caruso dropped in on the Parmalat Management Procurement conference in Queensland. L&H corporate Account Manager Alistair Woodhead arranged for Caruso to be on hand at Brisbane’s Kingston Park raceway to communicate the finer points of kart racing to the Parmalat group. As a former Australian go-kart champion, Caruso is well credentialed to instruct in the key aspects of racing — teamwork, safety and knowledge, aspects that equally apply in the business world. After a thorough group tutorial on basic driving skills and safety, the Parmalat group broke up into teams where the intricacies of the Kingston Park track were discussed. Caruso explained the correct racing lines, braking and acceleration points along with correct driver etiquette. Alistair mused: “The look on some of the faces when Michael started talking

about fast corners, double apexes and tight hairpins was priceless. You could tell that some people were really excited and just couldn’t wait to get out on the track.” Caruso began his competitive racing career at the tender age of 11, quickly establishing himself as a fierce competitor. After his go-karting success, he graduated to open wheeler racing where, in 2003, he was crowned Australian Formula 3 champion, paving his way for a tilt at the pinnacle of Australian motor sport — V8 Supercars. Armed with their newly acquired racing knowledge, the Parmalat guys hit the track in the aptly named Schumacher Karts. These machines, complete with racing slicks and ventilated hydraulic disc brakes, boast a top speed of 80 km/h and can propel drivers around the 1.1 km International Standard Le Mans Track in blistering times. With each lap of experience, all drivers were posting quicker lap times, and as their confidence grew, so did their excitement. The desire to beat their opposing teams had overtaken the basic human survival mechanism!

Keen to compare their newly established driving talents against Australia’s best, the Parmalat crew convinced Caruso to don a helmet and had him line up in last position on the grid in cart 34; coincidently his V8 Supercar number! What happened next left everyone thinking twice about their new career as a globetrotting race car driver! In a little over a kilometre, the V8 Supercar young gun reeled in every single kart ahead of him to greet the chequered flag. Caruso explained that his racing ability has been honed over many years and that his racing success continues to rely on the work put in not only by his own team but that of suppliers as well. “It’s absolutely critical for teams to know exactly what their purpose is, what each person is responsible for and for the correct resources to be in place so that the desired outcome can be achieved,” he said. “It’s no different in business. It takes many people within an organisation as well as suppliers and service providers to achieve the desired outcome.”

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help decide what size the project is, or even if it’s a project at all, and how much of the method to use.” Maintain project relationships Most projects don’t operate in isolation as they’re affected by activities around them. David advises: “Get out and talk to your fellow project managers. You may just find that there are things happening that are important to your project, but nobody thought to tell you. This will not only reduce the chance of project failure, but can make you more successful. “Communication is also important in projects. When starting a project, think about your stakeholders and develop a communications plan and use it! We’re talking communication — not broadcast — so provide a feedback loop so you can get comments back as well.” Stephen offers similar advice: “It’s important to better understand what other trades do on site, and have good working relationships across all of them. “A big part of successful project management is negotiation and understanding the ‘nuts and bolts’ of what you’re trying to achieve. And make sure your nuts and bolts fit in with everyone else’s. Everyone has their own pressures to meet, so it’s better to cooperate for the successful completion of the overall project. “Honesty is also vital. Be up-front and honest about all issues, but especially when

things can’t or don’t go to plan. In these situations, I suggest presenting options and their consequences to clients and negotiating a mutually satisfactory outcome with them. For example, it’s not uncommon for us to have our installation time severely shortened because of schedule overruns by other trades before us. So, if a client needs to move in, say Monday morning, and we don’t have time to install it during normal business hours, we offer to work through the nights or weekends to help meet their deadline, but the client will have to pay extra for our overtime rates. We usually reach an amicable solution to a problem caused by factors beyond our control, because we talk openly and honestly.” Get project check-ups Project health checks are often seen as something to use in diagnosing problems when things have gone wrong. “But you should use them to get early notice of problems,” David notes. “Most project management methods have a health check that’s tailored to the project life cycle and enables you to get a snapshot of how the project is going. “For a long-term project, you may want to do this at the end of each stage, say every six months or so. In shorter projects, you may need to do it more frequently, but try and arrange it just before major expenditure so if the project closes early it can avoid the expense. “If you find an area of concern with your project, remember to do something about it; it’s no use having the information and then ignoring it. This is where project governance can help you and, as with health problems, early intervention is always better.” Manage risks David provides some valuable guidance about managing risks: “An issue is a risk that has occurred. In projects, we are custodians of resources that are expected to deliver some increased capability to our organisation, so we need to manage the project risks so that we deal with the minimum number of issues. “While doing a project audit, I once saw a risk log with over 200 entries. I wondered how a project with 200 active risks ever got started, but upon looking closely, I saw entries like ‘There’s a risk a meteorite may

Improve project fitness David’s first rule is to have a healthy project manager, stating: “Get and stay healthy — this means all those things like exercise, good food, proper rest and activities outside of work. Not doing any of those? Well, now is the time to start. “Being a project manager also involves a fair bit of stress, so think about how you manage it. I received good advice early in my career when I was being overwhelmed by problems — learn to delegate. As a technical lead, I was used to fixing things myself, but as a project manager, you need to delegate and manage the problems that need to be fixed by others, and get them what they need to be successful. “Now let’s get the project fit. If you’re using a project-management method, then make sure you exercise it during the project. While you may not do all of the steps and activities in detail, a project-management method is a good checklist to make sure you’ve considered all the important things. “I’d like a dollar for every time I’ve heard people say ‘I used the XYZ method, but there were too many documents to produce’ as an excuse for not using a project-management method. The problem is not with the method, it’s with its application. You might consider using a sizing template to give you some parameters to

Successfully managing industrial projects calls for knowledge and a range of skills across a number of facets.


Successfully managing industrial projects



Managing projects is a vital role in industrial and trade sectors. While the size and scope of such projects may vary widely — regular plant MRO, building services installation and construction of major industrial facilities — a common facet in delivering successful projects is good project management. Auslec Solutions recently spoke to some subject-matter experts to obtain guidance on successful project management. We approached The Australian Institute of Project Managers, which kindly gave us permission to publish extracts from an article in its journal The Project Manager, written by David Schrapel, a Principal Consultant and certified PRINCE2 and MSP trainer with Lucid IT. He has been extensively involved in the rescue and termination of troubled projects in Australia and overseas. We also spoke with Stephen Scott, Director of electrical contracting firm DESA, who has been project managing large-scale electrical and data-cabling projects for over 25 years.



Planning General Eisenhower apparently once said: “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” David applies this famous statement to project management: “What this means to a project manager is that blind commitment to a plan when circumstances change is wrong, but planning ahead is very important. “When we develop a plan for our project, we’re making a prediction for the future, taking into account what we know at the time. This includes making allowances for any risks that may occur, including assumptions — which are really risks in disguise. While an estimate may be a very good guess, it’s still a guess, and if circumstances or our scope changes, then the plan may need to change too. “If we have a plan, we have something to base our changes on. A plan must be much more than a schedule. Plans include things like prerequisites, external dependencies, lessons incorporated, monitoring and

Good project management is best described by three words: planning, planning, planning.

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control measures, budgets, tolerances and descriptions of any agreed products to be produced. By having these in place, we have an opportunity to act, rather than react, to what has happened. “Part of planning a project is to include all of the little ‘value-add’ things project managers need to do like reports, meetings, re-planning and that thing called ‘managing’. If you don’t, then it’s going to be done on your time, which will cut into your life plan, and you do want the weekend off, don’t you?”

Stephen adds: “Good project management is best described by three words: planning, planning, planning. “Break a project down into smaller manageable parts and work out the relationships between each of the parts. The flow of a project is often driven by outside influences, such as product unavailability or the builder instructing works to be done a different way. So it’s important to anticipate what influences may threaten to derail the plan and pay attention to the links between the smaller parts to deal with them.”

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hit the building’ on the list. While there is a risk that this may happen, it’s not very likely and it’s certainly not going to be managed at a project level! So identify your project risks and have appropriate treatment and monitoring in place to enable you to react appropriately.” Stephen adds that OHS is also part of risk management: “You can’t ignore OHS procedures. If you use safe work method statements (SWMS) in your business, that helps determine actions in part because they’re task-based. You can just take a ‘pro-forma’ statement — they have to be written for each specific task. “For example, if you normally run cabling in buildings with 3 m ceilings, but start work in one with 3.6 m ceilings, you need to organise suitably sized ladders first. In the past, it was common for project managers to organise all the gear and labour first and then think about the safety aspects of the job. But now, risk management is a primary consideration, where project planning is often determined by safety. At times, however, it can be a bit of a ‘chicken-and-egg’ situation — tasks, safety, materials and equipment are all interlinked, so it’s important to consider all of them collectively as they arise.”

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Brilliant Bonville – worth the drive ... and putt Garry Kennedy, Hacker Golf Magazine

have some idea of what you’re in for and the surroundings quite literally take your breath away. You can’t walk Bonville, the mandatory electric buggy is included in the green fee and as I careered my way through the gums, the rainforest and some beautiful gardens I began to think I was in an adult adventure playground. Each hole appears like an isolated challenge separated from the others by lush vegetation. You rarely see other golfers on your travels and your fate is private. Each hole has its own character too and players at all levels are asked serious questions about their ability. If you are honest about your capabilities you will enjoy Bonville, if you’re not you’re in for some misery. I left the downhill par 3, third feeling pretty cocky about an easy, kick-in par and blasted a drive down the par 5, fourth. Suddenly, I was humbled, brought back down to earth with a thud! After making it onto the generous

fairway saddle, I planned to play a fairway wood to short iron distance but I managed only to send the pill into a huge gorge, leaving me no choice but to humbly wedge out, scratching my head. Once I understood what was required I could easily play this hole over and over again, like most of the par 5s at Bonville. My first piece of useful advice is take seriously the helpful ‘cheat sheet’ you are handed by the starter. In my first round I chose to largely ignore it and I paid the price. In other words, beware! The devilish designers have set some traps for you, they’ve even got them in places you can’t see and they do catch first-timers unaware. The real achievement at Bonville is that the tests work for golfers at all levels. The par 3, fifth for example looks like a fairly straight forward 7 or 8 iron where anything left is dead, but for the more accomplished swinger the green has three tiers and hitting to the

Today what I can happily report is that playing Bonville is an amazing experience and one you are unlikely to forget. The setting is absolutely spectacular, surrounded by stands of very tall, incredibly majestic, flooded gums. You stare down generous chutes of sharply undulating fairway usually leading to elevated, well protected greens. The effect is awe-inspiring and you are constantly reminded of how small, and dare I say insignificant, we really are. If you think you’re in for a joyride, the first tee will set you straight. The chute cambers right and will roll you into a creek if you’re not careful. Once you’ve manoeuvred your ball to the left of the fairway you face a short iron to an elevated, well bunkered green which slopes from front right to back left. The good news is the bermuda greens will hold your ball if you get it there and they all run true. As you set off into the forest you now



The marketing men describe Bonville as “The Augusta of Australia” and by any standards that’s a big call! The course was designed by two relative unknowns in Terry Watson and Ted Stirling, and the brief by the owners was to create a course with the feel of Augusta. So as I stood on the first tee I wondered if the reality lived up to the hype and if most people would ever know.


The back nine at Bonville is an adventure you could get addicted to, the adrenalin just surges — this could


be hacker heaven!


right one is a challenge. Interestingly, Augusta National shares this quality. Sure the great course has been lengthened, tightened and Tiger-proofed for the pros but the members play the same track from different tees which reward low handicappers but give golfers of lesser ability a fair go. It’s what we should expect from golf course design and Bonville achieves it beautifully. Too many new courses set up well for great golfers but leave ordinary hackers without a chance. The par 5, seventh hole is another fine example. From tee to green it is 460 metres, the fairway is generously wide and the big hitters can get there in two. But the majority of golfers will lay-up to negotiate the creek running across the fairway about 70 metres from home. You can score well here but you have to think and plan. I really liked the short par 4, ninth hole; it plays uphill 313 metres with fairway bunkers staggered across the fairway. It asks the question — “How much are you prepared to carry?” The further right you go, the easier the approach shot but your ego could bring you undone. Like everything else at Bonville, the bunkers, fairways, greens and surrounds are impeccably manicured and maintained. As I completed the front half I reflected that this was a playground of real quality. Well fasten your seat belts, it just gets better! The back nine is great fun and it starts right off the bat from the tenth tee. Another par 5 and this one is an absolute classic — half cryptic crossword, half golf hole. You have to shoot left from the tee but if your tee shot travels more than 230 metres, it’s wet. Once you’re in position, the second shot needs to carry a pond and stay left of the stony creek running across the fairway and protecting the green. The target is elevated and short or wide is death! The locals call it island hopping, it’s a great adventure. The par 4, twelfth is rated one on the card and it’s a beauty too. You tee off from on high and there is a temptation to try to cut the corner on the right to beat the dog-leg, but once again the lure of the ego drowns many in the hazard. Once you play safe to the left centre of the fairway you still need (at least) a mid iron while another deep creek protects the green on the right. I hope you brought some spare balls! As you carefully navigate your way home, the challenges just keep coming at you. If

you’ve still got a half decent score reaching the fifteenth tee your nerve is about to be stretched even further. The hole is a dog-leg right, measuring 330 metres, with water right and a big fairway bunker left. Aim somewhere in the middle but don’t go too long because again you’ll end up in the creek. Now your next club selection is all important, there’s a creek behind the green and big pond in front. You can’t overpower this baby, you have to trust and swing smooth but if you make and hold the green you will experience great joy. But you’re not done yet! The par 3 seventeenth is only 135 metres but you’re staring across the water to a green bordered by a retaining wall. No ifs, no buts, no easy way out — you either make it or drown — good luck! The home hole is the fifth of Bonville’s great selection of par fives. A well struck drive leaves you with a decision again. The water in front of the green will by now have you humble, or will it? Footnote — this time your fate is no longer private as outside the federation clubhouse there are many watching to see if you’re good enough. The back nine at Bonville is an adventure you could get addicted to, the adrenalin just surges — this could be hacker heaven! The beauty of this place is that it is genuinely unique, even the clubhouse, a magnificent old Queenslander, is stylish, with a hint of luxury but it’s not ostentatious or austere. The award-winning Flooded Gums restaurant also attracts all sorts of sporting celebrities but the main attraction here is the golf. Now it is a long way for many of us to travel just for a game but the Coffs Coast area is one of the best kept golfing secrets in this country. Within half an hour either side of Bonville, there are half a dozen other courses worth checking out. There’s a very old-fashioned 9 holes at both Urunga and Bellingen, the Coffs Harbour Golf Club boasts 27 holes and is well worth a look, as are the 18 holes at Sawtell. Nambucca Heads is just 30 minutes south by car and the island golf course there has a great set of bent grass greens set in an interesting layout. All of this makes the journey worthwhile but Bonville is the reason to come. I don’t know if this compares to Augusta, I suspect it doesn’t matter. I do know it’s one of those courses you just must play and if you’re smart you’ll play at it at least twice.

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Ladder safety The Safety Gate is designed to retrofit current-model Bailey aluminium or fibreglass platform stepladders. With specialised fitted plastic handles, this product enhances safety for the user by providing a fully enclosed work area while working at heights. Sold as a single accessory and weighing 2.5 kg, the device is quick and easy to fit, folds down for immediate access, is simple to use and folds away with the ladder. The Safety Gate fits all Bailey Professional Contractor aluminium and fibreglass stepladders and is also available fitted to new platform stepladders (made to order only).

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Breathalyser The Andatech Stealth AL9000 is small and slim in design and incorporates fuel-cell alcohol sensors to provide the user with maximum precision and accuracy. It is designed for both personal and professional use with the ability to handle rigorous high-volume testing without issue. Indication of this device has been established at a blood alcohol concentration of 0.000 to 0.400% BAC or 0.000 to 4.000‰ or 0.000 to 2.000 mg BAC with an accuracy of ¹0.005% BAC at 0.1% BAC. This breathalyser was certified and complied with Australian standards — AS 3547 Type 2 DOT approval.



The Bernzomatic handheld trigger-start torch is suitable for medium to heavy soldering and brazing. The tool features an ultra-swirl intensity flame for 30% faster soldering time, an adjustable flame-control knob to easily size flame for different applications, instant on/off trigger igniter and a lock button to keep the torch lit for finger-free use. It is pressure-regulated for consistent performance at any job angle, constructed from a cast aluminium body for durability and available in black or silver colour.

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Voltage detector Roof workers kit The First Roof Workers Kit by Protecta provides straightforward fall protection for both the handyman and commercial tradespeople. The kit is designed to ensure users meet the compliance levels required under the law to protect themselves or their workforce when working at height. The kit includes an anchor strap, a full body harness and a 15 m rope lifeline with an integral shock-absorbing lanyard, comprising all the necessary elements of the A, B, C of fall protection to ensure worker safety. The kit is packed in a convenient and rugged carry bucket for easy storage and transportation.

The Cabac Voltage Detector is suitable for use in contact-free voltage testing and detecting of live AC sources and locating burnt-out light bulbs in series circuits. A bright LED and buzzer alarm informs the user that a voltage is present. The product features an ergonomic pen-shaped design for the ease of carrying and storage and also includes a precision screwdriver for replacing two x AAA batteries. The detector has a voltage range of 50 to 1000 VAC with a frequency range of 50 to 500 Hz.

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Apply DEB SPF30+ sunscreen protection to protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV-A (ageing) and UV-B (burning) rays and moisturise the skin. The sunscreen is perfume free and non-greasy, featuring a photo-stable formula with four-hour water resistance. It is suitable for all types of outdoor workers, such as construction and utility crews. The product is available in an assortment of sizes and dispensing systems, beginning with a 150 mL tube to a 1 L cartridge, or for the germ-conscious worker, a 1 L cartridge dispenser.

CRC Thread Lubricant is a general-purpose lubricant that prevents seizing and galling of threads caused by corrosion. The lubricant aids assembly and disassembly, prevents rust and corrosion, and helps reduce costly downtime and breakage. The formula has a smooth texture and fine particle sizing, making it a suitable choice for closely fitted parts that need lubrication. The product is lithium based and safe to use on both ferrous and nonferrous metals; heat ageing will not affect lubricity of the product; it is ideal for use on soft metal applications and will not compromise integrity of soft metals.


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The DBI-Sala Harness Hydration system attaches to the back of the harness for easy user hydration in tough work environments. The system holds 1.5 L of liquid inside a taste-free reservoir. The nylon carrier and insulated drink-tube cover ensure the liquid remains at the right temperature. For convenience, the drink tube can emerge from dual hose ports for access from either shoulder, while the tube clip ensures it stays out of the worker’s way, keeping the no-leak bite valve near the worker’s mouth for hands-free access. A durable cover caps the mouthpiece to keep out dirt and prevent accidental damage.


Ceiling sweep fan Clipsal ceiling sweep fans are quiet and use less energy than air conditioning. Their streamlined design makes them suitable for any style of home and they are available in various formats: three-, four- and five-blade designs; 900 to 1400 mm sizes; stainless steel or powder-coat finishes; IR remote or wall control versions; three-stage or variable fan speed controllers; forward and reverse airflow capabilities; and inbuilt lighting options. A range of accessories is also available, including light fittings, extension down-rods, blade sets and remote control spare parts.

Properly managing heat build-up within switchboards and control cabinets becomes a critical factor during summer, as ambient temperatures in industrial and commercial facilities start to climb.

Start by asking if the application really does require cooling,

While the build-up of heat within electrical cabinets is not necessarily abnormal, if it’s not adequately managed, excessive temperatures within these enclosures can have catastrophic consequences. The good news is that there are solutions to manage temperatures within enclosures.


But, as Paul Savill, Climate Control Product


Manager at Rittal Australia, points out, making the right choice for your specific environment takes some effort. “Start by asking if the application really does require cooling, and if so, how much,” advises Paul. “Next, consider the fundamentals — the surface area of the enclosure, the amount of heat created by the equipment inside and the location of the enclosure. “Once these are known, you can perform some calculations either manually or by using a software tool such as Rittal’s Therm software.” The Therm software enables users to quickly and accurately determine an optimised climate-control solution for their requirements. Users simply enter data relevant to their application and, by completing a series of calculations, the software determines the cooling capacity required. “Heat only flows from hot to cold,”

continues Paul. “And the surface of an enclosure — the sides, top and bottom — is where the heat will flow from. Although it’s possible to calculate the surface area by adding up the area of all four sides of the enclosure, this may not be exactly where the heat is leaving. For example, if the rear of an enclosure is placed against a wall, the wall will heat up in that spot, creating a smaller temperature difference between the wall and the enclosure — preventing the heat from flowing out of the enclosure. The difference in temperature is what allows the heat to flow, so if there isn’t any difference in temperature, there isn’t any heat flow. “Once the enclosure’s surface area is found, calculate the heat ‘contained’ within it by using the temperature difference between the interior of the enclosure and the surrounding, exterior environment, or by adding up the total heat loss from installed components utilising information found on their respective data sheets. “After completing these steps, the process of selecting the correct solution — if needed — can begin. Cooling options Typical climate-control solutions include filter fans, air-to-air heat exchangers, air

conditioners or air-to-water heat exchangers — each with distinct strengths and benefits. Paul’s tip in selecting the right system: “From an energy-efficiency standpoint, filter fans and air-to-air heat exchangers will use less energy but require an ambient temperature below that of the desired internal enclosure temperature to be effective. If cooling to temperatures below ambient conditions is necessary, an air conditioner or air-to-water heat exchanger is required. “Selecting the right device is an important starting point for minimising energy consumption, but other factors like its placement on the enclosure and relative to its surroundings, along with general maintenance, can also lead to a significant increase in efficiency.” Mounting components When mounting components inside enclosures, it’s important to leave enough space for the climate control to work effectively. “Keep it clear,” advises Paul. “Things like books and spare parts in the enclosure can block airflow, potentially reducing its cooling effectiveness. “Another common problem that can hamper efficiency is not giving climate-control systems enough room to ‘breathe’. Gener-

ally speaking, to prevent this, equipment should be spaced no less than 200 mm away from the incoming air generated by climate control. Likewise, component fans should not blow against the fans of a cooling unit. It’s also advisable to keep at least 200-400 mm between surrounding objects and climate-control devices to ensure adequate airflow. “Unless there is a specific requirement not to, filter fans should normally be placed at the bottom of enclosures, with the corresponding exhaust filter installed at the top of the opposite side. This way, the fans can draw in the cooler air located near the floor and a cross-ventilation is created inside enclosures for increased heat removal. Air conditioners and heat exchangers can be mounted either on the walls or roof of an enclosure.” Maintenance Maintaining climate-control systems over the course of their service life is vital to keeping performance levels up and energy usage down. Paul advises that maintaining filter fans is relatively simple “because it’s usually easy to determine if the filter media is dirty and needs replacement”.

“Regular maintenance is required for air conditioners as well, although the areas of concern may not be quite as apparent. Fans blow across the air-conditioner coils, making it problematic if the coils become blocked or clogged up with contaminants because the airflow is reduced and the air conditioner becomes less efficient — working harder, using more energy, but producing less actual cooling output. “To prevent the condenser coil from becoming clogged, the coil itself can be treated with a protective substance like Rittal’s RiNano coating that prevents dirt, oil and other contaminants from sticking to it; or a filter can be installed to catch environmental particulates before they reach the coil at all. If a filter is used, appropriate cleaning and replacement frequency will be dependent on the environment that the air conditioner operates in. There are three common types of filters, each designed for specific environments: metal filters for oily environments, lint filters, and foam filters for exceptionally dusty environments.” Air-to-water heat exchangers Air-to-water heat exchangers can be used in harsher environments than filter fans

and can cool the components inside an enclosure to temperatures below ambient conditions like air conditioners. They operate in conjunction with a chilled-water supply; and for maximum efficiency, the chilled-water piping should be insulated and not allowed to linger in hot areas. It’s also important the chiller itself isn’t exposed to excessive heat such as near ovens or furnaces.

Energy efficiency “The two most wasteful aspects of industrial air conditioners are bloated energy consumption and the frequent replacement of dirty filter mats which must be disposed of,” notes Paul. “Both of these problems are caused by dirt and other materials in the ambient air that gather on the filter mats and condenser coils, reducing the amount of air that the unit can circulate — making it work harder and harder for lesser and lesser cooling output. “It’s important to determine the correct amount of cooling to prevent energy from being wasted by cooling components to lower than needed temperatures or even by cooling components that might not need it at all — the most energy-efficient cooling device is one that is not needed.”

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A key facet to servicing Australia’s electrical industry well is stock availability. The L&H Group’s extensive network of branches, situated close to high-demand areas around Australia, all carry considerable stock levels of core products to service the needs of customers in their local areas. In 2004, the L&H Group restructured its logistics to improve service levels and efficiencies, bringing it in-house rather than through the third-party logistics company used in the past. And they haven’t looked back since. “We found that service levels improved dramatically and the cost to store and handle the stock halved over time,” recalls Bill Bond, National Distribution Manager of the L&H Group’s distribution centre (DC). “In fact, our stock management is done so well nowadays that our annual stocktake has been made redundant — we don’t need to do it anymore. “The last stock-take was done last year and we only had a $2400 write-up on over $10 million of stock. It’s so good that our external auditors now permit us to operate

without having to conduct a stocktake. We now conduct daily cyclical stocktakes, which enables us to count the entire stock four times a year.” Central to the in-house logistics are the L&H Group distribution centre and the MOVEX management software system. The DC is an 11,000 m2 purpose-built facility in Melbourne with a staff of 40, who work in two shifts to receive and ship goods, replenish stock levels and effect stock moves. The stock management system pre-empts stock levels to ensure all branches have sufficient stock to service their clients. Branches all have prescribed ‘min/max’ levels based on their individual sales history and local demographics. When a stock item reaches the minimum (safety) level, a replenishment order is automatically triggered to ensure stock levels are maintained. The system factors lead and freight times to ensure goods are received in a timely fashion at the branches. Reflecting on the changes he’s seen over the years at the DC, Bill says: “Back

in 2004, we used to send weekly deliveries to each Victorian branch. Now we deliver daily to each of them. In WA, we deliver twice a week to every branch. And when you consider the distances involved over there, you have to admit, it’s quite a logistical feat. “But we don’t just focus on frequency — accuracy is just as important. Our picking errors are only 0.2%, for the thousands of items we handle. That’s just how we do it — customer service is everything to us.” Recently, the DC expanded its stock range to include solar energy products to support the L&H Group’s new solar energy business unit. “Growth markets such as solar energy and mining are geographically diverse and logistically difficult and costly to service well,” adds Bill. “L&H is uniquely positioned to respond promptly to these and other market trends and to service companies in these sectors. Our competitors don’t have a DC operation like ours, so they can’t service the dynamics of the market as well as we do.”

AV test kit The AV-PRO Pocket Toner is a handheld kit that identifies and tests multiple speaker wires and video cables. The kit consists of a main tester unit with low-voltage circuit protection (6-48 V), a bi-gender toner unit with removable coupler and adapters for audio/video installations. The main unit can test up to eight cables at once and display up to five different test results. It beeps when line conditions change. The kit features removable push-on F-type connectors, nickel-plated brass connection fittings, anodised aluminium construction, a push-button power switch with dust seal and auto shut-off that helps extend battery life.

Utility tote bag The strong and durable Irwin utility tote bag is designed for tradespeople and professional end users to conveniently carry around all of their tools and accessories. The bag features a wide-open design for quick tool recognition and access, a padded steel rotating handle that folds out to allow full access to the main compartment, three external cargo pockets for safe storage of mobile phones and other on-the-job essentials and a large zippered document pocket.


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The Huski Blaze jacket and Flame pants are arc-rated, flame-retardant and antistatic garments. They are designed to protect against arc-flashes that can cause ordinary workwear to combust and result in severe burns and possible death to personnel. In addition to providing protection, the garments are also comfortable, warm, breathable, durable, waterproof and day/ night compliant, making them suitable for tradespeople who may have to work in wet conditions. The jacket and pants are suitable for individuals working both indoors and outdoors in the electrical industry, oil and gas, or any other environment where antistatic clothing is required. The apparel is compliant to ASTM F1959-06 18.5 cal/cm 2 for arc-rating, EN533:1995/AS2755 for flame-retardancy (including 3M 8935FR) and EN1149-1 for antistatic.


Cross-hatch pliers The ChannelLock cross-hatch serrated jawed plier is constructed from high-carbon steel for reliable performance on the job, electronically coated for rust protection and insulated to 1000 V. The hand tool uses precision machined ‘knife and anvil’ style cutting edges (which is hand honed and induction hardened) to ensure close mating and longer cutting edge life. It has been tested on frayed hemp and piano wire for proof of precision and hardness. The nose is long and slim for use in tight spots.


Airport friendly work boot The Mack Titan work boot is an airportfriendly safety boot with composite (nonsteel) toe cap. It is engineered from water-resistant leather and features an MSR triple-density PU/TPU rubber sole. The outer-sole is resistant to oil, hydrolysis and is heat resistant tested to 300°C. The arch and heel supports are complemented by a built-in ventilation system. The boot is available in black, brown and honey colours, and in full sizes from 4 to 13 and half sizes from 6.5 to 10.5.

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Flexible metal conduit Anaconda’s HCX type flexible metal conduit was specifically developed to provide maximum cable protection in extreme temperatures and harsh environments. The liquid-tight raceway, made from continuously locked galvanised steel, provides heavyduty dust protection, crush resistance and corrosion protection. The conduit is finished with a durable, sunlight-resistant and black thermoplastic rubber covering that offers a smooth appearance for exposed applications. Standard liquid-tight fittings can also be used with this conduit providing easy and flexible installations. The conduit is IP67 rated for protection from dust and the effects of immersion in water to depths of between 15 cm and 1 m.

Flow sensor The SI5 magnetic-inductive flow sensor is designed for high reliability in harsh environments, with both the sensing element and housing made of stainless steel. It is suitable for conductive media from 20 µS/cm and flow rates up to 100 L/min. It can be configured for different process connections using adapters and is also available with EPDM O-ring for drinking water applications. A 4-digit alphanumeric multicolour LED display indicates flow and switch-points. The measuring range covers 3-300 cm/s for liquids and 200-3000 cm/s for gases at temperatures of -25 to 80°C. The unit is unaffected by the orientation of the sensing face with respect to the direction of flow, providing increased flexibility of installation.


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Air ventilation The JetVent Air Mover has been designed to provide an economical ventilation solution for large enclosed spaces in commercial and industrial buildings, such as warehouses, work areas and public recreation facilities. The system has adjustable outlet-nozzle vanes that allow airflow to be redirected to optimise air movement in a particular space. It operates relatively quietly at a maximum of 54 dB(A) at 3 m. Two models are available for mounting - a single high-speed unit for 240 VAC single-phase supply, and a two-speed unit for 415 VAC threephase supply.

Strong and lightweight, the Illuminating Wand is utilised in night or poor visibility conditions to control traffic movements. The wand is available in a range of sizes from 20 to 60 cm long and in various lighting colours. Red and green lights are the most commonly used with steady or programmable flashing. A range of specialty wands is also available, including torches, laser pointers, chirping and magnetic bases for ease of use. All wands are battery operated and offer a solution for traffic control and management in various workplaces and applications.

Cool down this summer with Airmate’s range of high-performance fans. The fans are available as either pedestal or wall-mount types to suit various applications. Both models are equipped with three blades and feature three-speed output, adjustable oscillating or fixed heads and durable allmetal construction, making them suitable for air circulation in factories, warehouses and workshops. The fans are compliant to AS/NZS 3350 and EMC AS/NZS CISPR14 standards.


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How to tackle heat stress this summer



Dehydration Dehydration is a serious risk for people working in hot conditions and every attempt must be made to avoid it. Worker performance can be affected with a fluid deficit of just 1.5 to 2 L (1-2% loss of body weight). It will increase their heart rate while doing the same jobs, lower their resistance to heat and possibly damage their kidneys over the long term. Coupled with the mental confusion and impairment associated with dehydration, worker productivity in hot and humid conditions decreases due to fatigue, while the risk of accidents increases. Heat management Adrian Burton, Marketing Manager at Pryme Australia, advises that there are a number of simple and practical steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of heat stress in the


workplace this summer. These fall under the categories of hazard identification, education and fluid replacement. Below are Adrian’s guidelines in addressing each of these issues. Hazard identification Many factors in addition to workplace air temperature can contribute to heat stress. These include humidity, radiant heat, workload, type of clothing worn, air movement and individuals’ acclimation levels. So a worker with, say, a heavy workload, wearing an encapsulating protective suit, working in an area with high radiant heat and low air movement is in a ‘very-high-risk’ category. If that worker’s fluid intake is insufficient, or if he has a high-sodium diet, poor fitness or is not acclimatised to the environment, then his chances of suffering heat-related problems are greatly increased. Adrian’s tips: ·· Monitor temperatures, humidity and workers’ responses to heat at least hourly. Thermal environment and personal heatstress monitoring equipment is available to provide information and to create a heat index. These monitors can store and display an individual’s temperature data and warns users of temperatures that exceed preset alarm levels.

·· Help workers who are exposed to heat adjust to it by assigning them lighter workloads and longer rest periods for the first 5-7 days of intense heat. ·· Provide general ventilation and spot cooling at points of high heat production. Good airflow increases evaporation and cooling of the skin, whereas stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor airflow can induce heat-related illnesses. ·· Alternate work and rest periods, with longer rest periods in cooler areas. Shorter, but frequent work-rest cycles are best. Schedule heavy work for cooler parts of the day. ·· Wear appropriate protective clothing and change if it gets saturated. Lightweight, loosefitting and light-coloured clothing is best. ·· Effective heat management may also involve behavioural safety. Individuals with problems associated with weight management, illnesses, medications, diet or alcohol intake can be predisposed to heat stress-related problems. Workers should be advised to avoid alcoholic beverages, get adequate sleep and maintain a low-sodium diet and regular exercise. Education The establishment of an education program to build awareness of good workplace practices relating to heat is an important step for employers to take to help reduce heat-related problems and injuries. Recognition of the signs of the various types of heat-stress conditions by fellow workers can also help ensure affected workers are treated immediately and therefore stop the deterioration of their health into potentially life-threatening situations. It’s important to ensure all workers know who is trained to render first aid. Supervisors should also be able to detect early signs of heat-related illnesses and permit workers to interrupt their work if they become uncomfortable. The education program should cover: ·· Heat cramps – Symptom: Painful muscle spasms, usually those muscles most used in performing the work; occurs most often after vigorous exercise and profuse sweating. – Treatment: Resting in a cool area and fluid replacement often eases cramps. ·· Heat exhaustion – Symptom: Heavy sweating; weakness;

Heat stress Our bodies have only limited capacity to adjust to extremes of temperature and humidity. When these limits are exceeded, heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat syncope (fainting) and heat stroke can occur. Heat stroke is the most serious of these conditions and can be fatal. As the levels of heat stress conditions rise, mental functions slow down, the ability to handle machinery is impaired and accident rates rise. The heat-affected worker can no longer be the best judge of his or her own condition. A grim reminder of the effects of heat stress was the death of a young roofinsulation installer in Queensland last summer. He died from suspected heatstroke, after working in a roof space on a 42°C day, where the inside-roof temperature was estimated to be 60°C. Commenting on the death, WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said: “Workplace safety laws require employers to provide working environments where workers are not exposed to hazards and this includes, as far as is practicable, protecting employees from extremes in temperature.”

Don’t expose yourself or your workers to the dangers of heat stress this summer. Read about the steps you can take to keep safe in a hot workplace.


With summer here, many of you will find yourselves working in hot conditions. While Aussies are generally resilient to summer heat and can put up with a lot of discomfort, don’t be fooled into thinking you can just ‘tough it out’. The consequences of heat stress are severe. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to avoid it.



·· Warning signs – Dry mouth; infrequent and dark, strongsmelling urine; flushed skin; muscle

illness or accident than it

does to recover from one.

Real-life example Highlighting the importance of properly tackling heat stress, Adrian recalls an email his company, Pryme Australia (distributor of Sqwincher products in Australia), received a few years ago from a complete stranger — Shane O’Meara — thanking them for saving his life. Shane’s email stated: “Sqwincher saved my life. I work in one of the hottest industries — mining in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. I got a call-out to a derailment of an iron-ore train about 100 km out from the Tom Price mine. I became very ill out there and went down very quickly, vomiting with nothing in my system. I’ve had a pacemaker since 40 years of age and recognised this was not going to help me in this case of heat exhaustion. My workmates all thought I was not going to make it. “But I was lucky to have one single Sqwincher ‘Qwik Stik’ in my work bag and within minutes of taking the sachet, I was back up and able to carry on. An incident report has been done and the company has ordered more of your product and it is now part of the policy for working alone in remote situations. I personally want to thank you, for your product really did save my life.” Adrian’s final tip: “It costs much less to prevent a heat-related illness or accident than it does to recover from one.”

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Safety boot The Charge safety boot from Mack Boots features an improved PU inner-sole for added comfort and a steel toecap with the added benefit of a toe bumper for extra protection. With a long-wearing PU-TPU sole and lightweight structure, the boot is heat resistant to 160°C. The boot is constructed from high-quality KIP leathers and Nubuck suede, is available in black, claret and honey colours, and in full sizes from 4 to 13 and in half sizes from 6.5 to 10.5.

The Inspector I20-UV Flex vision sensor is designed to inspect the edges of highly light-absorbing, deep blue solar wafers in industrial environments. It enables visual inspection from anywhere in the process, providing high-resolution images of edge performance for solar wafers. A robust design and IP67-rated metal housing make the sensor suitable for use in tough environments. The unit provides the following optical choices: dome for glossy and reflective surfaces, colour filters for multicoloured objects and ideal illumination for high absorbing solar wafers.

Summer work shirt Just in time for summer, DNC has released the 3982 HiVis Work Shirt with CSR-1303 reflective tape and underarm vents for additional cooling. These vents afford the wearer considerable air circulation, which in turn results in a much cooler garment that is suitable for Australia’s hot summer conditions. The shirt is crafted from durable 190 gsm cotton-drill trade-weight fabric that features UPF 50+ sun protection, antistatic properties and electrical protection, making it suitable for wearing in most industrial situations.

Clamp meters The Fluke 373, 374, 35, 376 and 381 iFlex clamp meters are the latest state-of-the-art additions to Fluke’s family of clamp meters, expanding the measurement range of the product family. The clamp meters are designed for use in a number of measurement situations, especially where flexibility and safety are critical to the user. The instruments are suitable for use with bundled wires and large or awkward conductors, and provide improved wire access in tight cabinets and other enclosures.

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Fluid replacement Dehydration occurs when the amount of water in your body falls below normal levels, leading to an imbalance of electrolytes. Don’t wait for feelings of thirst before seeking fluids — once you feel thirst coming, you’re already dehydrated. Loss of body fluids means the loss of water plus electrolytes, which can be simple inorganic salts of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium or complex organic molecules. These minerals are lost from the body through perspiration or other forms of dehydration. Intake of plain water replaces part of that loss; whereas intake of electrolyte drinks replaces fluids plus the lost simple inorganic salts, all of which keep the body functioning properly. Dehydration depletes muscle cells of electrolytes, which weakens them, preventing them from functioning normally. Water is absorbed slowly from the stomach and cannot be retained in the extra-cellular cavity where dehydration has occurred. Correctly balanced electrolyte-replacement drinks, such as Sqwincher, restore electrolytes to the muscle cells within seconds of drinking, speeding up rehydration. Ideally, the fluid selected should also contain energy (carbohydrates) to ensure a continuous supply of fuel is available to working muscles in order to delay physical fatigue. Dehydration checklist:

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cramps; slower reactions; poor coordination; difficulty concentrating; exhaustion; headaches; irritability. ·· What to do – Prevention: Drink 2-3 cups of balanced electrolyte replacement before starting work; have small regular drinks throughout the day; avoid soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk and alcohol before, during and immediately after work; drink two cups of electrolyte replacement within 30 minutes of finishing work. – Treatment: Sit in cool shady place; remove outer garments; have a large drink immediately, followed by regular small drinks until symptoms disappear; maintain fluid intake throughout rest of day. – Recommendations: Regularly drink fluid that is low in sodium and contains no more than 8% energy, at a rate of 0.5 to 1 L per hour, especially on hot summer days; ensure fluid is readily available and close to where work is performed.



dizziness; pale and clammy skin; steady or elevated pulse; normal or slightly raised temperature; possible fainting and vomiting. – Treatment: Get victim out of sun, lie down in cool environment, loosen clothes, and provide water and electrolyte fluids. ·· Heat syncope – Symptom: Brief fainting; blurred vision; nauseated feeling; tiredness and vomiting. – Treatment: Lie down in a cool environment, provide fluids. ·· Heatstroke – Symptom: Hot and dry skin; red face; high body temperature; possible unconsciousness. – Treatment: Get victim to hospital immediately; cool victim to reduce body temperature; do not give fluids.


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Safety fencing Suitable for either industrial or commercial applications, the durable, modular range of safety fencing is fully compliant with Australian Safety standards. With a complete accessory range including light-curtain protectors, spreader bars, mounting brackets and stainless steel pushbutton stations, the safety fencing can be configured for use in almost any situation. Manufactured in its standard form using mild steel, there is the option to substitute to stainless steel if required and specified.

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Downlight cover The retrofittable downlight cover is manufactured from fire-retardant fibreglass and intumescent materials and fits a wide variety of downlights including the Clipsal CDL series. In accordance with the 200 mm insulation clearance regulations, the downlight cover occupies a surface area of 150 x 150 mm and is totally self-supporting, allowing it to be simply placed over the downlight to help prevent lamp contact with insulation fibres and other material. For new installations, the cover is simply rolled through the downlight opening below the ceiling and then automatically folds out into shape.

Work pants The DNC Cool-Breeze Cargo Pants are constructed from 265 gsm middleweight cotton to provide the wearer a durable but cooler alternative for hot summer conditions. Fashioned in cargo style for a comfort fit, the pants have, in addition to the normal side and rear pockets, a large flap pocket on one leg, and a tool and mobile pocket on the other. To aid in keeping the wearer cool, twin airflow eyelets have been added between the legs to enable air circulation.

The Stirling lace-up safety boot from Mack Boots features a seven-hole laceup system and steel toecap with added rubber bump cap, providing extended boot life. Made from full-grain, water-resistant leather uppers and lightweight BMX rubber nitrile sole, Stirling is a comfortable and robust boot. Resistant to hydrolysis, oil and heat to 300째C, the boot is AS/NZ S2210.3.2000 compliant. It is available in black, moondance and honey colours, and in full sizes from 4 to 13 and half sizes from 6.5 to 10.5.


Lace-up safety boot

The Kipor portable generator family includes open-frame models ranging in size from 2.2 to 5.5 kVA and digital inverter models ranging in size from 1 to 2.6 kVA. The open-frame generating sets combine rugged design with ease of operation for reliable and dependable starting and running. Each generator features an automatic voltage regulator system for consistent, clean and non-fluctuating power, independent outlet switching and voltage, and engine-hour meters that help protect the end equipment and operating environment where portable power is required. The strong open-frame makes the units suitable for emergency power, construction, rural, agricultural and industrial applications.


Portable generators

Safemate Anti-Slip produces anti-slip materials that provide durable and sanitary non-slip surfaces for walkways, stairs and floors for deployment in a wide range of industries. The products are designed to comply with relevant regulatory standards throughout the world to deliver effective non-slip solutions to hazards caused by slippery walkways, floors and stairs. The non-slip solutions have been developed to meet the challenges of workplaces exposed to dirt, moisture, chemical and organic waste, heavy traffic and high-impact zones.


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With summer now here, our thoughts naturally turn to outdoor activities like the beach, barbeques and backyard cricket. Most of us understand how harmful the sun can be, so we cover up and use sunscreen in these activities. But it seems that sun protection in the workplace is often neglected, especially by people that move between indoor and outdoor activities. Workers should understand that, even if they’re working in the sun for just a short period, they’re still at risk. Australian workers’ neglect for personal sun protection is not merely opinion - it’s backed up by hard facts. It’s estimated that over 1200 Australians die each year from this almost totally preventable disease. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries, Australia has the highest skin cancer-incidence rate in the world. They also state that Australians are four times more likely to develop skin cancer than any other form of cancer. Additionally, a Medical Journal of Australia report said that two-in-three Australians will be diagnosed with skin

cancer before they reach 70 years. “These are disturbing statistics that shouldn’t be ignored,” says Jason Rigley, National Marketing Manager of Deb Australia. “While they should make Australians think seriously about their sun protection, it seems the message is still not being heard by all. “Employers, also, must understand that they have a legal liability under the OHS Act to provide protection to employees from injury caused by exposure to the sun. “And it’s not just exposure to direct sunlight that can cause harm. UV rays can still damage skin on cloudy days. Surfaces like concrete and water can amplify this effect by reflecting the sun’s rays. Therefore, it’s important to use sunscreen all year round, even when it may not appear to be sunny outside.” Jason recommends all companies have an effective sun safety program for their workplace that includes educating workers about the importance of sun protection. “If they already have one,” he adds, “go over it again with a view to improving it.” Here are some tips from Jason for inclusion in a sun safety program this summer:

· · Wear sun-protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible; · · Wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears; · · Wear sunglasses; · · Apply SPF30+ broad-spectrum, waterresistant sunscreen at least every two hours; and · · Look for shade where possible. WorkSafe WA recently issued a bulletin ( warning of the dangers of heat stress this summer. It identified the following key risk factors in workplaces: air temperature, radiant heat from the sun or other sources, air movement, intensity and duration of work, protective clothing, worker fitness and the use of medications that can affect the body’s ability to manage heat. To reduce the risk of heat stress, the bulletin recommended increasing air movement with fans and installing shade cloth to reduce radiant heat from the sun, rescheduling work to cooler parts of day or year, training workers to recognise symptoms of heat stress and know appropriate first-aid procedures, and keeping well hydrated.









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Surge protection

The Magnetic-inductive flow sensor/meter measures flow rate, totalising and temperature indication. It is suitable for conductive media from 20 ÂľS/cm flow rate, up to 100 L/min. Different process connections such as an EPDM O-ring for drinking-water applications are possible using various adapters. A 4-digit alphanumeric LED display identifies units of measurement, while a high protection rating and robust compact housing protects it in the field. The conductive medium flowing through a pipe in a magnetic field generates a voltage which is proportional to the flow rate. Analog, binary and pulse outputs are presented to process the measured data.


A29 Providing surge protection for all types of applications including wind power, photovoltaic (PV), telecommunications and industrial plants, the Cirprotec range of lightning, surge and overvoltage protection includes DIN-style surge diverters, high-capacity (kA) surge diverters for main switchboards as well as data and communications surge diverters for I/O and control applications. All products in the range are developed and tested using the CPT laboratory, dedicated to the technology of surge generation.

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