The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-21T11:21:00Z CCC Window Cleaning Expands Team to Meet Increased Demand 2018-01-21T11:21:00Z ccc-window-cleaning-expands-team-to-meet-increased-demand Perth, Australia – Jan. 21, 2018 – Jared Stewart, owner and operator of CCC Window Cleaning Perth, announced that he is expanding his residential window cleaning team beginning Feb. 1, 2018. The company is a member of the Australian Window Cleaning Federation and is the only Perth-approved window cleaning business by TrustedCleaner. The company has seen a significant increase in the number of requests for business, corporate and residential window cleaning services over the past couple of years. The company’s expansion will facilitate quicker delivery of services to a greater number of residential clients. CCC Window Cleaning Perth provides clients with window cleaning, high pressure cleaning, solar panel cleaning, sign cleaning and glass restoration services. The company utilizes advances in low-rise reach and wash technology to ensure enhanced results while dramatically reducing access and safety issues. The water-fed systems’ filtration process removes anions and cations (spotting ions) from the water resulting in film-less, smear-free surfaces. The process is beneficial for windows, louvers, facades, signs, solar panels, and more. “With a team of leading Perth window cleaners focused on 100 percent customer satisfaction with decades of experience from homes to multi-level complexes, it’s not hard to see why CCC is the crystal-clear choice.” said Jared - Owner/Operator. Clean windows and facades make an important statement about the people that live or work in a building. Sparkling windows and buildings add value to the structure and positively affect business opportunities. The company’s team of professionals offer a vast array of building cleaning services from the gutters to the ground to keep homes, businesses and commercial high-rise structures looking near new. Individuals can request a no obligation quick quote online or a free on-site inspection. The expansion of CCC Window Cleaning’s residential window cleaning services provides a crystal-clear solution for hotels, homes, and apartments. Interested individuals can connect with CCC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Practical Asbestos Management Resources For Commercial & Non-Residential Property Sector Launched 2018-01-16T22:42:27Z practical-asbestos-management-resources-for-commercial-amp-non-residential-property-sector-launched MEDIA RELEASE:  17 January 2018 NATIONAL ASBESTOS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FREE PRACTICAL ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PACKAGE FOR COMMERCIAL & NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SECTOR When it comes to asbestos, Go Slow! Asbestos – It’s a NO GO! Visit asbestosawareness.com.au to learn what you need to know!   Although asbestos was banned in commercial and non-residential properties in the 1980s, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) continued to be used in multiple locations throughout an extensive range of properties prior to 31 December 2003, requiring strict regulations for asbestos management in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (WH&S) and the Asbestos Codes of Practice.  However, compliance has sometimes proven challenging for this sector.   If undisturbed, well maintained, and in stable, sealed and good condition, asbestos and ACMs are unlikely to pose health risks. However, risks occur when ACMs are disturbed during maintenance, refurbishment or demolition when microscopic fibres are released and can be inhaled when ACMs are damaged, broken, cut, drilled, sawn, sanded, scraped, waterblasted or if disturbed when using tools - particularly power tools which release a high concentration of fibres.   Preventing exposure to asbestos fibres is the most effective means of preventing asbestos-related diseases. With 13 Australians dying every week from asbestos-related diseases, 12 from malignant mesothelioma, and with another 13 diagnosed with this incurable cancer, it’s vital that all those working in the commercial and non-residential property sector ensure compliance with regulations to minimise exposure of workers, tradespeople and bystanders.   To address the need for improved, safer management of asbestos and ACM in commercial and non-residential property settings, the national Asbestos Awareness Campaign has developed a free, user-friendly asbestos management resource package to help improve regulatory compliance across the sector.   In an Australian first, the Asbestos Management Handbook for Commercial and Non-residential Properties provides property owners, managers, developers and workers with essential, practical, user-friendly guidelines and tools to manage ACMs in line with requirements. The comprehensive Handbook, Asbestos Management Templates and Fact Sheets can be downloaded from https://asbestosawareness.com.au/commercial-properties/commercial-downloads/.     Designed for a broad audience including property owners, agents, managers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, tradespeople and workers, the Asbestos Management Handbook, Templates and Fact Sheets were developed in consultation with stakeholders from the building, property management and government sectors to improve compliance in the commercial and non-residential property sector.   The Handbook includes a comprehensive list of building types including commercial, industrial, government, recreational, agricultural, hospitality, health services and education facilities, religious, transport and tourism structures.  It details the roles and responsibilities for the management of asbestos and ACM,  provides examples of best practice and a comprehensive list and images to demonstrate ACMs commonly found in commercial and non-residential properties.   Importantly, the Handbook provides practical guidance on the steps required to adhere to regulations including how to develop and manage an Asbestos Management Plan, an Asbestos Register, the training requirements for workers, and it defines Asbestos Inspections, Surveys, Risk Assessments and the steps required when asbestos removal is in progress.   John Batty, Managing Consultant, Occupational Hygiene and Hazardous Materials Management specialist for Prensa welcomed the announcement saying, “While there are strict requirements for the management, control and removal of asbestos or ACM, one of the dominant challenges affecting compliance has been the absence of user-friendly resources for people unfamiliar with technical information, with some finding the regulations rather extensive and complex to follow and implement,” he said.   “We know that the greater the exposure to asbestos fibres, the greater the risk of developing life-threatening asbestos-related diseases. In developing this essential, user-friendly information package making the requirements easily accessible, the new Handbook featuring step-by-step procedures complimented by Fact Sheets and Templates is a long-awaited vital resource that will help improve compliance in the sector resulting in improved safe work management procedures and the prevention of avoidable exposure to asbestos fibres by workers and bystanders,” Mr Batty said.   “Over the years we’ve seen a number of incidences where the containment, control and removal of ACM’s in commercial properties has been mismanaged with the health of workers and bystanders unnecessarily put at risk.    “In commercial and non-residential properties where asbestos has been identified by a competent person (such as an occupational hygienist or a licenced asbestos assessor) areas must be itemised in an Asbestos Register and should be removed (where practical) by licensed asbestos removalists or encapsulated and labelled prior to conducting work.   “While property owners and managers are duty bound to develop an Asbestos Register that itemises all known or suspected ACMs, one of the challenges has been a lack of understanding of regulatory requirements, safe work procedures and the inability to identify the many and various types of asbestos and ACM and its potential locations.   “The free Handbook and resource package will be a welcome source providing essential information to assist this sector ensuring ACMs or suspected ACMs are itemised in an Asbestos Register and managed according to regulations,” he said.    Asbestos can be prevalent in commercial and non-residential properties because it was used in the manufacture of an extensive range of building and decorator materials including: mechanical services (fire dampeners, attenuators, exhaust fans, HVAC Ducts, gaskets, filters), fibre cement products and linings (AC sheeting, cladding, roofing, moulded cement products, linings, mastics, fire doors) electrical (switchboards, metre boards, fuses, circuit breakers), floor finishes (adhesives and backing of vinyl, lino, carpet or ceramic tiles, carpet underlay, mastics, concrete flooring), elevators, plumbing (pipes, lagging, sealants), textiles (ropes, fire blankets, cable sheathing, felts), sprayed insulation (fire proofing, thermal protection and sound proofing) and in lift brake pads and mechanisms.    The Handbook presents technical information and regulatory requirements in simple, lay terms. It provides a comprehensive list of the many various property types that may be affected by ACM while the Templates (available in Word and Excel) for developing an Asbestos Register, Asbestos Management Plan, Asbestos Removal Record, Workers Training Records, a Model Asbestos Policy and Model Asbestos Management procedures for Contractors and Builders, has simplified what has previously been considered (by some) to be a highly complex maze of information to navigate.   The sector will also find the Fact Sheets on Roles and Responsibilities for Management of Asbestos and ACM, the procedures for Unexpected Asbestos Finds or Incidents, and the step-by-step application of Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment, all valuable resources when training workers on asbestos safe work management procedures.  The package is complimented by digital promotional tools for websites, social media and posters for on-site promotion.   With the announcement of the Asbestos Management Handbook for Commercial & Non-Residential Properties in a comprehensive resource package; building owners, managers, builders, contractors, tradies and workers now have greater access to practical, essential information.  It will enable them to better understand the various levels of responsibility, implement safe work management procedures and provide them with the tools needed to develop and manage an Asbestos Register and Asbestos Management Plan to manage asbestos safely and effectively.   “While larger companies and organisations may have detailed asbestos management policies and procedures in place, every level of business in this sector can benefit from utilising this resource package, small businesses and community based organisations (councils, charities etc.) that may not have the internal resources to develop their own safe work procedures with the big winners being property owners, managers and tradies,” Mr Batty said.    The national Asbestos Awareness Campaign is Australia’s leader in increasing awareness of the dangers of asbestos and providing extensive practical information and education resources for homeowners, tradespeople, property owners, managers, associations and government organisations.  Australia’s leading National Asbestos Awareness Campaign was developed and has been managed by Insight Communications for the Asbestos Education Committee since 2010 to increase national awareness of the dangers of asbestos and provide extensive practical information and education resources for homeowners, tradespeople, property owners, managers, associations and government organisations.     When it comes to asbestos, Go Slow!  Asbestos – It’s a NO GO! Visit asbestosawareness.com.au – To learn what you need to know!  -ENDS-      INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE: John Batty, Managing Consultant, Occupational Hygiene and Hazardous Materials Management, Prensa     JOURNALIST NOTES The Asbestos Management Handbook for Commercial and Non-residential Properties information resources were developed by Insight Communications in consultation with industry and government stakeholders as part of the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign. The National Asbestos Awareness Campaign is the initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee working in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities.    MANAGMENT OF ASBESTOS IN COMMERCIAL & NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES RESOURCES   The resource package for Asbestos Management for Commercial and Non-Residential Properties was developed in accordance with the Work Health and Safety (WH&S) regulations, the Asbestos Codes of Practice; How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace, How to Safely Remove Asbestos and the Work Health and Safety Consultation Cooperation and Coordination.   The following Handbook, Templates and Fact Sheets aim to provide those industries most affected by asbestos in commercial and non-residential properties with essential information to increase understanding of the responsibilities associated with asbestos management and the requirements for compliance with government regulations.   All components of the package are free and can be downloaded from  https://asbestosawareness.box.com/v/commercial-properties   Asbestos Management Handbook For Commercial & Non-Residential Properties The Handbook is a comprehensive guide providing information on the roles and responsibilities of property owners, managers, contractors, sub-contractors, foreman and workers.  It features easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to develop and implement policies and procedures to assist in identifying and managing asbestos safely and in accordance with regulations.  It includes a list of property types across multiple sectors including government, business (high rise, mid-rise, low rise), industrial, agriculture, recreation, education and more.  The Handbook explains complex information in user-friendly, accessible terms is complemented by Fact Sheets and Templates. The Handbook also features images of asbestos-containing products commonly found in commercial and non-residential properties.    Asbestos Register Template The Asbestos Register is one of the most important documents required to manage asbestos safely.  The Template can be downloaded in Excel enabling users to note the locations and types of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) found in properties, the areas where ACM is suspected but not confirmed, if and when testing has been conducted; and, if ACM has or is to be removed.   Model Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) Guide Template While the Handbook provides instructions and recommendations for developing an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP), this Template is a user-friendly guide that lists the various steps required to meet mandatory requirements.  The Template is pre-prepared in Word and incorporates all the information required to ensure asbestos is managed safely and in accordance with regulations.   Asbestos Removal Record Template The Asbestos Removal Record Template enables users to record the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) found in properties.   Workers Training Requirements & Records Template It is a mandatory requirement that all workers who may come into contact with asbestos must be trained to identify and manage asbestos and ACMs in accordance with regulations, and to ensure they understand the risks and procedures required to manage asbestos safely.  All training of workers must be recorded and maintained for five years after employment has ceased.  The Template can be downloaded in either Excel or Word to assist managers in recording all staff training in accordance with regulations.   Model Asbestos Policy for Contractors & Builders Template The Model Asbestos Policy Template is designed to assist contractors and builders to initiate asbestos safety policies in their workplace.  The Template can be downloaded in Word to enable managers or business owners to incorporate a logo, company name and any additional information they wish to include as part of their Asbestos Policy.   Model Asbestos Management Procedures for Contractors & Builders Template Asbestos Management Procedures are an essential part of an AMP.  The Template is designed to provide contractors and builders with the resources they need to ensure their asbestos management procedures are effective to minimise exposure of asbestos fibres among workers.   C1 Fact Sheet – Unexpected Asbestos, ACM Finds or Incidents Procedures Flow Chart The Flow Chart provides a user-friendly, step-by-step visual guide to managing unexpected asbestos finds in accordance with regulations which can be displayed in the workplace and issued to workers as part of their training.   C2 Fact Sheet – Unexpected Asbestos Finds or Incidents Unexpected asbestos finds pose a threat to workers so it’s vital that they are trained in the steps required to minimise exposure to asbestos fibres.  The C2 Fact Sheet provides guidance and step-by-step procedures for managing unexpected finds or incidents and where possible, what is required to minimise any future risks.   C3 Fact Sheet – Asbestos Management Recommendations and Guidelines The Asbestos Management Recommendations & Guidelines C3 Fact Sheet provides users with user-friendly information for the safe management of asbestos in commercial and non-residential properties which may be issued to workers as part of their training program.   C4 Fact Sheet – Using PPE and RPE Knowing when, why and how to use and lawfully dispose of PPE and RPE is critical to workers who may come in contact with asbestos on the job.  The C4 Fact Sheet provides step-by-step instructions on how to use and dispose of PPE and RPE in accordance with regulations.   C5 Fact Sheet – Roles and Responsibilities for the Management of Asbestos and ACM The C5 Fact Sheet contains a matrix to visually demonstrate the various responsibilities of property owners, contractors, subcontractors and workers when it comes to managing asbestos safely in the workplace.   C6 Fact Sheet – 20 Point Safety Check for Contractors, Subcontractors and Workers This checklist provides 20 key points to assist in managing asbestos safely and may be used as part of asbestos awareness training programs.    JOHN BATTY John Batty is a Managing Consultant for Occupational Hygiene and Hazardous Materials Management with more than 13 years’ experience in occupational hygiene, hazardous materials and environmental management. John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Biology & Biotechnology), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), British Institute of Occupational Hygiene -P402 Certificate in Building Surveys and Bulk Asbestos Sampling.   John commenced his career in the UK where he was introduced to asbestos and the many uses and issues surrounding the material within commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare and residential settings. On his return to Australia John undertook the role of Hazardous Materials and Asbestos Consultant working throughout Australia and abroad with an extensive range of clients including Department of Defence, Power Suppliers, Educational facilities, Railway companies and across the building and property sector.    John has applied his experience and skill to clients undergoing emergency situations where asbestos containing materials had been disturbed due to the lack of effective management procedures with the potential of exposing workers and members of the public to asbestos fibres.  John has worked closely with clients ensuring emergency situations are controlled to the highest degree where possible by providing asbestos audits, unexpected finds protocols, asbestos removal specifications and hygiene services including asbestos air monitoring and clearances during asbestos abatement.      John is committed to increasing asbestos awareness and education within the construction and maintenance sectors. John and Prensa have developed site and job specific asbestos awareness training programs to minimise unexpected asbestos finds and if encountered during works, ensure appropriate best practice management procedures are followed to minimise the risk of asbestos exposure to workers and the public.    PRENSA RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES  Prensa is a multidisciplinary risk management consultancy that specialises in the identification, mitigation and management of hazardous materials across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).  The business is headed by individuals with a wealth of knowledge gained from over 20 years of practical experience in the risk management industry and provides expert consulting services to some of ANZ’s largest property owners and managers.  Prensa’s industry leading experts are often called upon to provide advice and guidance to associations, authorities and government agencies on the interpretation and practical implementation of strategies to manage hazardous materials across commercial, retail and industrial properties.  The business has quality accreditation to ISO9001 and NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited laboratories specialising in asbestos and synthetic mineral fibre identification and fibre counting.  For further information Prensa can be contacted at www.prensa.com.au.   McLaren announces Australian pricing for enhanced Sports Series with Sport Pack and Design Editions for 570GT; more features and increased option choices across the model range 2018-01-11T13:15:16Z mclaren-announces-australian-pricing-for-enhanced-sports-series-with-sport-pack-and-design-editions-for-570gt-more-features-and-increased-option-choices-across-the-model-range p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 17.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333; min-height: 16.0px} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p5 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: #801b80} p.p6 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 20.0px Helvetica; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333} p.p7 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: #0682c1} p.p8 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p9 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; color: #801b80; -webkit-text-stroke: #801b80} p.p10 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 19.0px} p.p11 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 8.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p12 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} li.li2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 13.0px Helvetica; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0682c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} span.s4 {font-kerning: none; color: #801b80; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #000000} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #801b80} span.s6 {font-kerning: none; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #323333} span.s7 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0682c1} span.s8 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #801b80} span.s9 {font-kerning: none; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #000000} span.s10 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #801b80} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} McLaren enhances Sports Series with Sport Pack and Design Editions for 570GT; more features and increased option choices across the model range Upgrades across McLaren Sports Series, available to order now 570GT benefits from carbon-ceramic brake discs as standard and the option of a Sport Pack dynamic handling package 570GT also receives five new Design Edition specification packs, plus an optional driver-controlled variable-tint electrochromic panoramic roof, developed by McLaren Special Operations New features introduced on 570S Spider now available on other Sports Series models McLaren Sports Series models will benefit from greater choice of specification and an upgraded range of options as McLaren introduces new features and enhances its Coupé and GT models to align with the 570S Spider launched last year. The 570GT enjoys the most changes, with carbon-ceramic brake discs now standard-fit and a Sport Pack also introduced, allowing buyers to specify a 570GT with the same dynamic settings as the 570S Coupé and Spider. “Sports Series has a strong appeal to Australian customers, this is demonstrated by our VFACTS sales data. Completed with the recently launched 570S Spider, the entire Sport Series with these new product upgrades will strengthen and continue our sales momentum this year.” George Biggs, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive Asia As the most luxurious and refined Sports Series model, the 570GT offers a more relaxed drive than the 570S Coupé; suspension spring rate stiffness is lower and there is a 2% reduction in steering ratio for improved stability at higher speeds. McLaren owners wanting a car tailored towards a GT driving experience have welcomed this blend of attractions, but there have also been requests for the sharper, more precise dynamic behaviour of the 570S Coupé to be available with the GT bodystyle. The 570GT Sport Pack addresses this demand with a combination of component and calibration change: the steering rack, damper actuators and uprights are the same as those fitted to the Coupé and Spider, and the adaptive damping, steering and Electronic Stability Control are the same ‘S’ tune. In combination with the Pirelli P-ZERO™ CORSA tyres that are included with the Sport Pack, the result is a driving experience that is the same as the 570S Coupé and Spider, at an additional cost to 570GT buyers of $13,100. Customers wanting to further personalise their car will enjoy a wider choice of Sports Series options developed by McLaren Special Operations, including for 570GT an electrochromic roof with customer-controlled variable tint. Using an electric current to trigger a change in the opacity of the glass through a range of settings, the electrochromic roof will be particularly beneficial in very hot, sunny conditions. One of three UV-filtering panoramic roof options on 570GT – the others being green tint or dark grey, privacy tint glass – the MSO Defined Electrochromic Panoramic Roof is further evidence of McLaren’s pioneering approach to adapting advanced technologies from other industries to enhance ownership experience. “The McLaren Sports Series is already recognised for bringing the excitement and race-derived technology of a supercar to the luxury sports car market, a reputation that was further enhanced by the recent introduction of the 570S Spider. The changes for 2018 make every model in the range even more compelling; customers attracted by the McLaren blend of lightweight, carbon fibre construction and mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8 engine combining to deliver thrilling performance, can now choose from an even wider range of colours, materials and features. Additionally, with the new 570GT Sport Pack, we have reacted to market requests for a 570GT with the driving dynamics of the 570S Coupé. This optional handling package gives the same chassis setup as the Coupé, while retaining the luxurious features, luggage space and looks of the 570GT.” Jolyon Nash, McLaren Automotive Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing Five new, Design Edition Packs have also been introduced for the 570GT. These combine popular exterior colours with the By McLaren luxury design interior that best complement them, for significantly less financial outlay than if specified separately. The new 570GT Design Editions are: Silica White exterior with Saddle Tan and Carbon Black interior; Pacific Blue with Jet Black and Areia (cream); Blade Silver with Natural Tan and Carbon Black; Fire Black with Jet Black and Areia; and Storm Grey with Jet Black and Almond White. Changes to the content and pricing of option packs across the Sports Series means additional features are more attainable and the new colour and trim choices introduced with the 570S Spider are now available in other models: Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow exterior paint colours and three new By McLaren Designer Interiors can now be ordered for all bodystyles, as can a new lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheel and Liquid Black finish on the brake calipers. Sports Series buyers who specify the optional reversing camera will now all benefit from the camera view being displayed in the centre of the driver TFT instrument cluster. The desirable Track Pack option remains available on the 570S Coupé and can now be specified with an increased choice of six Alcantara® By McLaren Designer Sport Interiors. The 12mm taller rear spoiler introduced last year with the Track Pack is now standard on all Sports Series Coupé models. Customers can digitally visualise, specify and configure their new Sports Series either at McLaren retailers or on the McLaren Automotive website, accessed via www.mclaren.com. Australian market pricing for each Sports Series model starts at: 540C: $350,000 570S Coupé: $395,000 570GT: $415,000 570S Spider: $435,750 *pricing stated in AUD, not inclusive of on-road costs, Notes to Editors: A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press About McLaren Automotive: McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars. The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world. McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. Announced in 2016, the company’s Track22 business plan will see the company invest £1billion in research and development to deliver 15 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least half will be hybrids. 2017 saw the company launch further models in line with Track22 including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille. McLaren Group: The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury high performance and technology and comprises three principal businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies. Further information: Gracia Yap PR Manager – Asia Pacific | McLaren Automotive Limited Phone: +65 6338 3700 Mobile: +65 9109 3698 Email: gracia.yap@mclaren.com Ruth Fletcher, Elizabeth Abbott, Camilla Cox DEC PR for McLaren Automotive Phone : +61 2 8014 5033 Email : mclaren@decpr.com.au Media website: cars.mclaren.press Facebook: www.facebook.com/mclarenautomotive Twitter: www.twitter.com/McLarenAuto You Tube: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv Employers Failing Workers on Sun Exposure Risks 2018-01-03T03:19:46Z employers-failing-workers-on-sun-exposure-risks Most of us know that too much sun exposure can harm our health – but because this harm is not always visible, it’s hard to identify the damage until it’s too late. Over-exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a serious hazard for everyone, but particularly those who work outdoors. So as the southern hemisphere enters the scorching summer months, authorities from both Australia and New Zealand are taking the time to remind employers of their obligations regarding sun exposure risks.  One in Four Outdoor Workers in Australia Provided No Sun Protection.  The Skin & Cancer Foundation of Australia are urging employers to wake up on sun safety, after new research found an ‘unacceptable’ number of organisations are failing to meet their responsibilities in protecting workers from sun exposure. According to the report, nearly two million employees who work outside are not being provided with any form of sun protection by their employers, and are instead being “left to fend for themselves.” The report found that 8 million Australian workers work outside sometimes, mostly, or all of the time. Alarmingly, 57% of these outdoor workers said their employers did not supply sunscreen, 66% did not supply protective clothing and 80% did not provide sunglasses.  Of most concern, was that 28% of outdoor workers were provided no protection at all from their employers. Skin & Cancer Foundation associate professor, Chris Baker, said the number of employees provided with little or no protection was simply “unacceptable”, and that employers needed to wake up.  “It’s hard to know why they don’t see it as their responsibility as clearly there is a duty of care for employers to provide a safe workplace. While the numbers are improving, we still have a long way to go.”  Andrew Farr, workplace law partner at PwC, said the careless attitude by many employers to sun protection was concerning, and that employers were potentially opening themselves up to hefty workers’ compensation claims down the road.  “Given Australia’s robust Work Health and Safety standards and laws, I would hope to see more employers realising that it’s their responsibility to ensure that outdoor workers are protected from risk, and that includes sun damage and sunburn” “Ideally, comprehensive sun protection would be provided to outdoor workers. It is important to stay compliant, minimise any liability to your business and do the right thing by your employees and their families. The technical definition of ‘comprehensive sun protection’ differs from state to state, so every employer should know their obligations to staff who work outdoors.” New Zealand Sun Safety WorkSafe New Zealand is also urging employers to make smarter sun safety choices. They’re reminding organisations that New Zealand has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with an alarming 2000 people reported to the New Zealand cancer registry with melanoma every year – around six every day. And it’s proving deadly – each year over 300 New Zealanders die from the deadly skin cancer.  Outdoor workers can be exposed to harmful UV radiation while working, even after as little as 10 minutes. This can increase the risk of developing serious health conditions, such as skin cancer. These are risks both PCBUs and workers have a responsibility to manage. WorkSafe say employers need to consider what higher-level control measures they can use to keep workers out of the sun. This may include re-scheduling outdoor tasks, moving work indoors, or providing shade structures. If that isn’t possible, they’re urging businesses to use lower-level control measures, such as providing protective clothing, hats and eyewear, and SPF 50+ sunscreen. Fore more information, check out WorkSafe NZ’s new protecting workers from solar UV radiation quick guide. Sun Safety Myths - courtesy of WorkSafe NZ Myth 1: When you can’t see or feel the sun, you are safe and can’t get burnt.  False – UV radiation can’t be seen or felt. Sunlight or warmth from the sun is not the same as UV radiation. The radiation from the sun does not provide light that we can see, or heat that we can feel, so your skin can burn even if it feels cool. Myth 2: Wearing PPE is an inconvenience and difficult to enforce with workers. False – Wearing PPE or protective clothing can be an inconvenience if it is not the right fit for the job. However, choosing the right PPE and protective clothing for the job minimises inconvenience and discomfort. Myth 3: Sunscreen provides enough protection on its own. False – sunscreen is limited in the amount of protection it can provide and should not be the only form of sun protection. It must be applied correctly over all exposed areas and reapplied regularly as it wears off (especially after coming into contact with water). Myth 4: I haven’t used sun protection before and it’s too late now to start.  False – sun damage adds up, meaning the more we are exposed, the greater the risk. It is never too late to start protecting skin and eyes against UV radiation. Myth 5: I have developed a gradual sun tan without burning so I am better protected from the sun. False – a suntan is an indicator that the skin is trying to protect itself from UV radiation exposure. It does this by creating more pigment, which provides a very small SPF. While the suntan is present, it provides a very small amount of protection from future sunburn. However, the cell damage caused by this process can be enough to cause skin cancer. Overall, the risk of being harmed outweighs the small and short-lived benefit of the suntan. Work-Related Lung Diseases Making a Resurgence 2017-12-28T06:36:59Z work-related-lung-diseases-making-a-resurgence “Dust diseases arise from one cause only – dust – and it is unacceptable that any cases should be occurring in Australia today.” Australia’s peak body for lung health professionals is demanding a national response after hearing that work-related lung diseases are on the rise. The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) issued an official alert; workers who are regularly exposed to dusts may be at serious risk of developing a lung disease, and workplaces must do more to protect the health of their workers. The alert comes after the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) Congress 2017, where international and national experts discussed the spike of new silicosis cases in relatively young tradespeople across the country. Alarmingly, the TSANZ say silicosis is just one of a number of occupational lung diseases that is making a comeback. Professor Allan Glanville, President of TSANZ, said these lung diseases should be a thing of the past, but that poor workplace controls were allowing their resurgence. “This resurgence in occupational lung diseases should have clinicians, tradespeople and industry on alert. These are diseases we thought had almost been eradicated, but thanks to exposure to high levels of dust and poor control measures they’re resurfacing.” “To make matters worse, the disease progression is much faster than we’ve seen before, and the people affected much younger. We need a national response.” Pneumoconioses (which include silicosis and coal mine lung dust diseases) are progressive, irreversible and sometimes fatal lung diseases caused by prolonged exposure to  crystalline silica, quartz and coal dusts. There is no known treatment or cure, but they can be prevented with proper workplace dust controls. Recently, Queensland committed $25 million to preventing further cases of pneumoconiosis, after the state recorded 25 confirmed case between 2015-17. Associate Professor Deborah Yates warned that cases are unlikely to be limited to that state alone. “To date, there have been 54 cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis described in Queensland. This is 54 too many. And other states are likely to be far from immune from this disease.” TSANZ are calling for a national registry of cases of occupational lung diseases, as well as effective dust control and health surveillance measures. They say an occupational lung registry would allow early notification of cases and appropriate investigation to prevent other people from being affected, as well as accurate information about the prevalence of these diseases. “For over a year now we have been calling for consistent, nationwide action to protect workers from lung diseases caused by workplace exposures. Occupational lung diseases are entirely preventable diseases that should not be occurring in modern Australia. But without mandatory reporting, we don’t even know how many people are affected, or where they are” – Prof Glanville. Buro Jett Fabric is Abrasion Resistant and Colourfast 2017-12-22T12:05:09Z buro-jett-fabric-is-abrasion-resistant-and-colourfast Buro Seating, a leading wholesaler of quality ergonomic seating in Australia and New Zealand, is proud to be one of the first commercial seating suppliers in the region to offer a guarantee on chair fabric. Jett fabric is soon to be available on a selection of Buro chairs. The company is one of the largest suppliers of seating products in Australasia selling an average of 15,000 chairs monthly. Buro provides an extensive selection of commercial seating for all kinds of businesses. Buro Jett fabric is made of 100% polyester and is available in five colours – dark blue, charcoal, black green and red. The tough fabric is abrasion resistant and flame resistant. The fabric colours are long-lasting. Buro Seating LP offers a two-year fabric guarantee against ‘wear-through’ on Buro products used in normal office or home office conditions (to the original purchaser only), provided Buro Jett fabric care guidelines have been adhered to. The chair must also be fully serviceable and free from damage. The guarantee covers the replacement of Jett fabric including re-upholstery costs. The guarantee does not cover any other costs associated with the guarantee claim. If the Buro chair has been used outside Buro-approved user ratings including usage hours per day, and maximum user weight ratings, then the guarantee would be void.  For user guidelines on individual seating products customers should refer to the website and individual product specification sheets. For detailed terms and conditions customers can refer to the website or talk to a seating specialist. Wear-through is defined as abnormal or accelerated deterioration of the fabric when used under normal conditions. A determination of what is “wear through” is at the discretion of Buro Seating LP. Normal office or home conditions is ‘single-shift’ use being approximately 40 hours per week. The guarantee does not cover spot wear on isolated areas e.g. caused by a metal zip in a pair of jeans, metal studs in a belt, a key ring in a rear pocket, burns, stains, soiling, damage by pets, cuts, improper installation, unreasonable use or fault caused by applications of protective processes by third parties. Buro Jett fabric care guidelines include keeping fabric entirely free of dust and soiling. If fabric becomes soiled it should be cleaned immediately.  The chair must be serviceable and free of damage to the plastic seat, back pan, the seat and back foams.  Damage to the seat or back pan (e.g. cracked or deformed plastic) could lead to fabric damage and this would void any guarantee claim. Seat and back foams damaged through improper use could also damage the fabric also voiding a guarantee claim. The Buro range of office furniture includes executive office chairs, ergonomic office chair and desk chairs. Buro branded chairs are exclusively distributed in Australia by Dal Brands through their extensive dealer network and their website. For more information on Buro Seating products: https://www.buroseating.com/ Case IH receives Good Design Award 2017-12-21T00:55:38Z case-ih-receives-good-design-award Case IH's Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV) turned heads earlier this year when it made its Australian debut at Gunnedah's AgQuip field days. This week's it's been revealed the ACV has also caught the attention of a US leader in architecture and design, which announced it is one of the winners of this year’s prestigious Good Design Awards. Case IH Brand President ​​Andreas Klauser said it was a satisfying way for the company to round out its 175th anniversary and that the technology that inspired the ground-breaking ACV would be employed on new product releases in 2018. Please find attached a media release on the award, and photos of the ACV at AgQuip in August, and for any further inquiries please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 Marc Edward Agency appointed to launch YesTelco Australia 2017-12-18T00:40:32Z marc-edward-agency-appointed-to-launch-yestelco-australia Marc Edward Agency (MEA) broadens service offering and launches Communications division with founding client, YesTelco Australia. MEA today announced the strategic shift to integrate a Communications offering into the business model to provide more effective and efficient solutions for clients. “Over the past year clients have increasingly looked to MEA to provide integrated creative solutions. The team have achieved great success in developing strategic campaigns for clients which extend activations to ensure experiences live on and touch a wider segment of consumers. Our Communications division is a natural business expansion from this work done to date.” says Nigel Hickey, Managing Director. The new MEA Comms division launched with founding client, YesTelco Australia. The telecommunications service provider has appointed MEA as PR and Experiential agency of record for its launch to market in early 2018. YesTelco Australia has appointed MEA as PR and Experiential agency of record, following a competitive pitch. YesTelco Australia CEO, Rob Fleifel, felt that culturally both businesses were a good fit, with each approaching their respective industries with a unique approach and service offering. BMT wins its third National Australian Export Award 2017-12-12T06:04:00Z bmt-wins-its-third-national-australian-export-award Winner of the 55th Australian Export Award, Minerals and Energy category, Blast Movement Technologies (BMT) has been recognised for its export achievements and contribution to Australian mining technology.  BMT, who also the won the Australian Export Award in 2014 and 2015, helps open-pit mines recover more ore through tracking the movement of valuable ore bodies during blasting.  In 2016–17, the company launched three new products, won contracts with mining giants Newmont and Nordgold, opened an office in Ghana, engaged a sales agent to service South America and doubled its operational staff Africa and Nth America.  BMT sold a record 37,000 Blast Movement Monitors in the past financial year to customers in 34 countries, increased exports by 18 per cent, which now comprise 76 per cent of total revenue, and grew the number of new customers by 15 per cent. About BMT Blast Movement Technologies (BMT) helps resource companies significantly increase ore yield and minimize dilution through a unique solution that accurately measures 3-dimensional blast movement. BMT’s blast movement monitoring (BMM) system is designed and manufactured in Brisbane and exported to customers throughout Australia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. BMT works with the top nine gold producers and the top three, Barrick, Newmont and AngloGold Ashanti, have adopted the BMM system as their corporate standard for grade control. The BMM System has been fully implemented in more than 80 mines, in 34 countries, for use in all commodities, including copper, gold, iron ore, nickel, platinum, silver and zinc. Find out more at www.bmt.com.au Image caption: Mr Lyle Bruce, Chairman of the BMT Board, accepts the Minerals and Energy 55th National Australian Export Award. hipages growth booming as Aussies seek out trusted tradies 2017-12-11T22:25:43Z hipages-growth-booming-as-aussies-seek-out-trusted-tradies 37% YoY revenue growth FY17 revenue of $37 million achieved Generated more than $2 billion worth of jobs for Aussie tradespeople in past year News Corp increases investment 12 December 2017, Sydney, Australia – hipages, Australia’s number one place to hire a trusted tradesperson, today announced 37 per cent year-on-year growth based on FY17 results, totaling $37 million in annual revenue. Two million Australians have used hipages to date, with over 110,000 jobs posted by customers per month, generating $2.4 billion worth of work among Australia’s qualified trades community in the past 12 months. The business also reports a 5 per cent increase in investment from News Corp, taking News Corp’s stake in hipages to 30 per cent. As at the end of November 2017, hipages experienced notable annual growth across the business, cementing a continued demand for trustworthy tradespeople in Australia. Growth statistics for the past 12 months include: 38 per cent increase in tradespeople connected to the platform, totaling over 110,000 registered tradespeople across all trade categories such as plumbing, building, painting, tiling, electrical work, handyman work, garden maintenance, air conditioning, concreting and other home repair jobs; Two million Australian consumers have used hipages to date, with 700,000 jobs posted through the app; 126 per cent year-on-year increase in app downloads, with over 540,000 downloads to date; 19 per cent increase in trade job requests via the platform with almost 1.2 million jobs logged, resulting in $2.4 billion worth of job value in the past 12 months. To support the continued growth of hipages, staff headcount has increased by 36 per cent in the past year, today totalling 160 employees in Sydney. This investment in talent includes the recent appointment of Stuart Tucker to the role of Chief Customer Officer, who joined hipages from CBA where he held a senior brand, sponsorships and marketing role. The business has also appointed Jonathan Harrison to the role of VP, Product, and Jim Matheson to the role of VP, Growth & Marketing. This newly diversified work stream allows the business to focus heavily on both future product development and growth. hipages CEO & co-founder David Vitek said: “Over 70 million jobs are completed each year in the home improvement industry.[1] “Home improvement is a booming nationwide sector and Australians need peace of mind when hiring a tradesperson via a digital platform – they need to feel confident and comfortable that they’ve booked a tradesperson who is highly qualified and professional. And that’s where our service differentiates from the rest. We’re dedicated to helping registered tradespeople build their businesses, as well as committed to connecting more Aussie homeowners with trustworthy, qualified tradespeople,” said Vitek. The business attributes part of its continued success to the growing home improvement market in Australia. Renovating is the highest housing-related priority for nearly one third (32 per cent) of Australian homeowners considering a house-related activity in the next five years[2]. In addition, three quarters (76 per cent) of Australian homeowners are currently on their home renovating journey, up 12 per cent since 2015. In the past year, Australians spent $140 billion on service providers in the home improvement market[3]. Recent CoreLogic figures suggest that spending on home renovations is particularly strong in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne[4], which is also reflected in hipages data, with both cities achieving the highest number of jobs posted per month. The top five types of job requests posted to hipages in the past year included Handyman, Fencing Expert, Electrician, Plumber and Painter. “We’re extremely happy with our solid growth results year-on-year, and have significantly added staff headcount in tandem to maintain our premium level of service. Coupled with continued product and service innovations, it’s all combining to set us up for further growth and expansion,” continued Vitek. The multi-faceted growth experienced by hipages follows NewsCorp Australia’s initial 25 per cent acquisition of the business in late 2015. In this time, the business has invested heavily in product development, including significant innovations in the platform for consumers and tradespeople, talent and marketing. The business has also been recognised by some of the country’s most prestigious innovation and technology awards, including SmartCompany’s 2017 Smart50 Awards, as well as The Australian Financial Review’s 2016 Fast 100 Awards and 2016 Most Innovative Companies Awards. #ENDS# For more information and interview requests, please contact: DEC PR Luisa, Jennifer, Summer or Duyen at hipages@decpr.com.au, (02) 8014 5033 hipages Guillaume Papillon, PR & Communications manager at guillaumepapillon@hipagesgroup.com.au, 0405 074 109. [1] Australian market only, marketing spend and jobs/year are management estimates from collated sources. Sources: ABS, PWC, IBIS. Service providers: building and home improvement industries [2] 2017 Westpac Group Head of Home Ownership Report: https://www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/media/media-releases/2017/18-april-1/ [3]Australian market only, marketing spend and jobs/year are management estimates from collated sources. Sources: ABS, PWC, IBIS. Service providers: building and home improvement industries [4] https://www.smartpropertyinvestment.com.au/opinion/15901-housing-famine-resulting-in-home-renovation-boom Senate Inquiry Urges Crackdown on Asbestos Imports 2017-12-11T02:29:08Z senate-inquiry-urges-crackdown-on-asbestos-imports “Mums and dads need to know if they are giving their children asbestos crayons to chew on.” Tougher penalties, mandatory due-diligence systems, and a special Border Force unit – these are just some of changes the Australian government are considering in order to crackdown on illegal asbestos entering the country. The Federal Senate Economics References Committee has handed down its interim report, in which it makes 26 recommendations to curb the threat of imported asbestos products. The committee heard that despite an all encompassing ban on asbestos in Australia since 2003, the deadly material continues to find its way into the country, mostly from China. In the six months between July 2016 and January 2017, more than 4,600 consignments were identified as being high-risk. Of the 290 tested, nine were found to contain asbestos. Queensland senator Chris Ketter said these findings were only the tip of the iceberg. “It’s not just building products – asbestos has been found in jewellery and even children’s toys, including crayons.” Mr. Ketter also said a much greater onus needed to be placed on importers. “There has to be a fear of prosecutions and penalties.’’ Worryingly, the most common form of asbestos – chrysotile – is not even categorised as asbestos in China. The report calls for Australia to push for an international ban, and for provisions to be included in free trade agreements. Key recommendations include: • Special due-diligence systems and recall insurance become mandatory for importers of high-      risk products • Increase maximum fines and prioritise the prosecution of illegal asbestos importation cases. • Importers of asbestos-containing materials to bear the cost of removal. • mandate and fund asbestos awareness training for a “wide range of occupations” in construction • The creation of a specialist unit within Australian Border Force to manage illegal asbestos importation. • That importers of asbestos materials to bear the cost of removal and disposal.  The report also recommends that all states and territories introduce chain of responsibility laws for the building and construction industry, similar to those currently in place for the transport industry. Asbestos in Australia The commonplace use of asbestos as a building material in the 1950s and ’60s has left Australia with the world’s highest rate of asbestos-related diseases. More than 10,000 people have already died and another 15,000 fatalities are expected over the next 40 years. Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing it in can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma – with symptoms usually occurring 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. Removing asbestos is a dangerous procedure and anyone who removes it is required to be appropriately trained and to hold the relevant license. NSW Safety Blitz to Target Falls from Heights 2017-12-11T02:18:36Z nsw-safety-blitz-to-target-falls-from-heights NSW has launched a year-long blitz to crack down on dodgy construction sites which put workers at risk. Inspectors will be targeting businesses who don’t take the proper precautions in order to protect against the risk of falls from heights.  The number of falls from heights reported to SafeWork NSW has more than tripled in the last five years – most of which have come from the construction industry. Better Regulation minister Matt Kean said falls were the number one killer on the state’s construction sites. “This year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured. Today I’m issuing a warning to employers across the state about the importance of having proper safety measures in place to protect your workers.” Mr. Kean also said inspectors would be taking advantage of the state’s tough new laws that came into force November 1st. The new laws allow inspectors to issue on the spot fines of up to $3,600 to businesses who are non-compliant. “I can assure the community that we will do everything in our power to make sure every NSW construction worker is safe and sound this Christmas.”     Big Fines Proposed as NSW Cracks Down on Dangerous Cladding 2017-12-11T02:10:00Z big-fines-proposed-as-nsw-cracks-down-on-dangerous-cladding Companies who use banned building products in NSW, including dangerous cladding, could be hit with fines of more than a million dollars under new laws. The proposed legislation also includes fines of up to $220,000 for individuals who breach bans. The Building Products (Safety) Bill 2017 would compel builders, building product suppliers, manufacturers and importers to produce their records to the Commissioner of Fair Trading, so dangerous products could be identified. The new laws also give local councils greater powers to rectify to problems found in buildings.  The move comes after combustible cladding was blamed for the fire that engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower in June, killing 80 people. In Australia, it’s estimated up to 10,000 skyscrapers contain the highly flammable combustible cladding, and that just one square metre of the material would contain the equivalent of five litres of petrol. In September, Senator Kim Carr said it was more “good luck than good management that no one has been burned to death.” Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said the Grenfell Tower tragedy was a horrific reminder of the need to do everything possible to keep NSW residents living in high-rise buildings safe. “These new laws will make it easier for us to inspect and to pinpoint exactly where unsafe cladding is on high-rise residential buildings across this state.” Mr. Kean said Fire and Rescue NSW had inspected around half of the 1000 buildings identified in a state government audit in July as potentially containing highly flammable cladding. Of those, it is believed “fewer than 100” contain non-compliant cladding, and further work is currently underway to determine whether those buildings are safe. Greens MP David Shoebridge said despite that, not one NSW property has had its cladding removed since the Grenfell Tower disaster. “Five months on and the minister and this government can’t point to a single property that’s been made safer.” Drone Technology Setting Sky-High Service Standards for Electricians in Australia 2017-12-06T08:23:02Z drone-technology-setting-sky-high-service-standards-for-electricians-in-australia MELBOURNE, Australia, December 5, 2017 -- (Press Release) You know electricians at Mr. Electric Australia really mean it, when they say, “Sky is the limit”. Drones have opened new doors to safer, faster and more accurate service delivery for electricians as Mr. Electric adopts this new technology as part of their regular site inspections and maintenance before carrying out actual electrical installations or electrical repair work at commercial and residential sites.  “The basic idea of this technology is to help us get a clear picture of what we are getting ourselves into before starting the actual work,” says Jerome Beekman, Franchiser and owner of Mr. Electric Australia. “You can think of a camera mounted drone as more of an assistant getting us aerial images without having to climb up the ladder to inspect damaged wiring in the roof or fused bulbs high up on the poles.”  While transitioning to a new technology takes time as you train your staff to implement something that is very different from conventional practices, for Mr. Electric, the integration of drone technology into their few recent site inspections already seems promising. “For us the foremost benefit has been worker’s safety. We no longer need to put our workers at risk of falling from high elevation sites during a site inspection, because now the drone can do it for us,” Jerome points out. “This also means lower worker insurance costs, which in turns means savings for the business and eventually, savings for the customers. The benefits don’t end there. For time consuming jobs such as carrying out a complete roof inspection before a solar panel installation, the drone can do the job much faster and with a lot more precision than done manually. Drones are not the only technology that Mr. Electric Australia has adopted to live up to its mission of delivering exceptional service to their customers. Mr. Electric has also been one of the early adopters of i4Tradies, a cloud-based Customer Experience Management SaaS platform to enhance field service delivery and improve customer service. “Be its workers’ safety, cost-effectiveness for our business and our customers or efficiency and effectiveness in terms of service delivery, our goal has been to bring constant improvement in the job,” says Jerome. i4Tradies is a step in the same direction, while the addition of the drone technology into our current workflows naturally complements the Customer Experience platform we have been using. i4Tradies founder, Logan Nathan, also seems positive. “I think it’s great to see Tradies adopting technology to improve service delivery. i4Tradies already supports visual description of jobs by taking images for job recording and maintaining history,” explains Logan. “With the ability of drones to capture and share images in real-time, we believe this will further enhance Mr. Electric’s ability to accurately analyse job sites and return with a well thought out plan to carry out the work. It’s only a matter of time when drones will fully integrate with their workflows, in a way that will provide long term benefits.” About i4Tradies i4Tradies is an innovative SaaS platform that seamlessly integrates Trades Business Owners, On-the-road Workers with their Facilitators/Managers & Consumers to Manage their respective Trades Business Needs. Website: www.i4tradies.com.au Phone: 1800 i4Tradies About Mr. Electric Established in 1994, Mr. Electric® is a global franchise organisation providing electrical installation and repair services. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. Website: www.mr.electric.com.au Phone: 1300 381 550 Santa Ditches ‘Unsafe’ Chimney Entry in Favour of Front Door 2017-12-06T03:51:25Z santa-ditches-unsafe-chimney-entry-in-favour-of-front-door "Knock Knock, it’s Santa.” Parents can expect a knock at the door sometime on Christmas Eve, after Santa confirmed he’s succumbed to OHS pressure and has ditched the long-standing chimney-entry tradition. The jolly fat man will now be required to knock on the door and wait to be let in – but only after he’s done a thorough risk assessment on each house. The change forms part of a wider health and safety initiative, designed to bring Santa in line with modern safety standards. The North Pole confirmed the policy change in a statement this morning, and said it was more good luck than good management that Santa hadn’t been seriously injured already.  “This is 2017, and we can no longer allow our greatest asset to free-fall down a chimney. Parents just need to be aware that at some point during the night they will have to get out of their beds to let Santa in. He will be easy to spot, because he’ll be wearing a high-vis vest.” Santa has been entering through the chimney for as long as people can remember, and the sudden move has left people wondering whether Christmas will be the same without it. Concerned parent, John Hamilton, said letting Santa in the front door was a bit like “seeing how the sausage was made.” Brand new OHS manager, Toby Stickler, is the mastermind behind the new policy. Mr. Stickler, who got into health and safety after discovering he didn’t have the people skills to be an undertaker­­­­, appears to have other big changes in store for the North Pole operation.  “I really don’t care how long they’ve been doing things this way, there are some serious safety concerns here. Flying reindeer, excessive manual handling – not to mention some of the strictest time constraints on a job I’ve ever seen – it’s a disaster waiting to happen,” he said. So what does Santa think of the new policy? Well he’s far from impressed. Speaking exclusively to myosh, Santa said he felt “hamstrung” by bureaucratic red tape, and that these “pencil pushers” didn’t understand how things worked out in the field.  “I couldn’t believe it when I read the health and safety bulletin. A risk assessment on each house!? You’ve got to be joking. Every second counts,” he said. “There’s two billion children in the world, and only 24 hours in the day. You do the math.” Santa also said he’s being forced to take mandatory breaks every 8 hours, as part of the North Pole’s new fatigue management strategy. The breaks will no doubt put further strain on Santa’s promise to deliver everything in one night. However, it seems not everyone is against the changes, with Mrs. Claus agreeing that her husband needs to know his limits, especially in old age. “He definitely has a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. But he’s getting on a bit and I just want him home safe and sound in time for dinner – which is not easy to keep warm,” she laughed. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, myosh have sent Santa a copy of their globally recognised health and safety software. It will streamline the North Pole’s health and safety systems and make sure Santa has more time to do what we need him to do – deliver presents. Have a safe and merry Christmas.