The Different Types Of Blinds

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Your windows can be enhances via different methods of treatments. One of the first things homeowners turn to are curtains, which do a great job at blocking out the sun. However, window blinds tend to suit modern homes better than curtains. With that said, here is information about the different types of blinds out there.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are excellent choices for tall windows and if you want to cover a sliding glass door. They hand down and they can be adjusted via a string or you can turn a switch. If you open the blinds, then they will hang perpendicular to the window and this will let light into your home.

When closed, light will be prevented from getting into the home. One of the best things about vertical blinds is they are available in various widths and styles. You can find them made with plastic, aluminum and more.

You can also get outdoor blinds that are Venetian style blinds especially designed for outdoor conditions.


These are horizontal slat blinds and they are suspended either by strips of cloth or by a chord. One of the best things about Venetian blinds is you can rotate them to almost 180 degrees. This allows you to let in light whenever you want.

When the slats are closed, nobody can see in. This is why many people have the blinds put in the bathroom or washing room. They come in various materials too, such as plastic, metal and wood to name a few. If you are looking for excellent window covering and something that is stylish, then look no further than Venetian blinds.


These are functional blinds and they are commonly used for home offices. These blinds are usually made with plastic material. They don’t allow any morning light to enter the room, and this is one of the reasons they are so popular.

Roller blinds have an elegant look to them and they are simple, but they are very versatile. They come in various designs and colors. If you want to give your room an elegant look and breathe some life into it, then choose a colorful roller blind to install in it.

Outdoor Blinds

Similar to roller blinds, outdoor blinds attach to your patio to increase the comfort of your outdoor living space all year round, blocking out sun in Summer and rain and Wind in Winter and Autumn.

There are also special zip-track blinds that have track guides which stabilise the blind, providing even more effective cover and protection from the wind in particular.

The material used in patio blinds is usually a special mesh that is durable and provides you with privacy from the outside, with the ability to still see outwards into your own garden.


Roman blinds are also elegant in appearance. They can be drawn via strings. The shade panel looks flat when the blinds covers the window and you can choose roman blinds that come in fabric such as woven fabric and bamboo. These are only a few examples.

Panel Blinds

These blinds are great for large doors and windows. They make for excellent decorative panels and room dividers. They have an appearance that is natural and simple, which is why they are ideal for rooms that have a minimalist design.

If you want an alternative to curtains, then consider window blinds. They are stylish and functional, but they are also easy to clean. Go ahead and start shopping around for blinds today and have a look at our custom blinds that we offer.

5 Outdoor Living Ideas That Are Eco-Friendly

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These days there are hundreds of smart ideas about incorporating more eco-friendly designs and systems into a backyard’s landscape design. We have chosen a couple of the simplest and best things you can do in order to have a more sustainable garden.

Top Tips For Making Your Garden ‘Green’

1. Hard-scape the backyard

Reduce how much natural grass your home has by hard-scaping the backyard. If your current garden is taken up by large patches of grass, then you might want to put in an alternative surface to replace it that doesn’t consume fertilisers and water, like stone pavers, timber decking or concrete.

2. Go Native

A proven way to eco-landscape your garden is to mimic its natural surroundings. A guaranteed way to ensure that your backyard will provide you with long-term benefits is to build a backyard that is compatible with its natural surroundings. A native plants guide is something that can help you select the right plants for your local area.

Since native plants are adapted to their local climate, they are hardy during times when there are conditions such as floods, frost and drought. Remember that ecosystems do vary widely across Australia. Therefore, plants that are native to the tropics of Queensland will not likely survive in Victoria unless you give them a lot of continuous care.

The best thing you can do to ensure you have the appropriate indigenous flora to plant in your backyard is to go to an indigenous plant nursery located close to you. Those nurseries have a tendency to sell a wide range of different native plants that can thrive in your local neighbourhood.

The biggest advantage that native plants offer is that after they have been put into the ground, they are practically ready to flourish without any help, meaning you are creating a beautiful native garden that can thrive long into the future without you having to give it a lot of help.

3. Compost

We have a tendency for going for the easy fix through purchasing fertilisers at a local hardware store. However, it is possible to create nutrient-rich soil yourself through the use of a homemade compost. You just take food scraps that come from the kitchen as well as organic materials from the garden and in no time you will have healthy fertiliser to use in your garden.

Composting is excellent, You get a lot more from your groceries when you eat your vegetables and fruits, reuse the scraps, reduce the waste, and save money all at the same time.

4. Make plant groups according to what their needs are

This is referred to as xeriscaping or zoning, and is a trend that is very popular all over the world right now. Zoning involves grouping plants together according to what their maintenance needs are.

It is a simple idea. Have plants that need a lot of water kept separate from more drought-resistant ones so that your garden can be watered accordingly, and you can give extra attention to the parts of your garden that really need it. This is a great way to reduce the amount of water that use and waste.

5. Choose outdoor lights that are energy-efficient

Replacing the light globes around your house with ones that are more energy-efficient is a common things to do. However, have you ever considered your outdoor lights?

These days there are numerous eco-friendly lighting solutions that are available. So whether you are creating mood lighting, illuminating your back and front entrances or lining the walkways and driveway, consider LED or solar powered lights instead of older options.

Supervise Asbestos Removal Certification And Training

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A Statement of Attainment that the Australian Qualifications Framework recognises will be awarded to students deemed to be competent. This is a nationally recognised certification. Pinnacle Safety and Training (RTO 40496) issues the statement. We are an Approved Training Provider of SafeWork NSW for Supervise Asbestos Removal CPCCBC4051A. See below for more information.

National unit of competency- Supervise asbestos removal- CPCCBC4051A

Course Overview

Thousands of Australians have been killed by asbestos-related disease. The UK and Australia have the world’s highest asbestos-related death rates. Asbestos is very toxic. It causes a range of different lung disease that may develop slowly but are deadly in many cases. Although the use of asbestos is completely prohibited now, there is an increasing need for safely disposing asbestos as well as asbestos containing material (ACM).

Supervisors who are nominated are legally required in non-friable as well as friable asbestos removal jobs (see situations below). To be deemed to be a supervisor requires successful completion of the unit.

The unit specifies the outcomes that are required for supervising the removal process of non-friable and friable asbestos containing material (ACM). The unit includes planning the removal process as well as supervising it, including getting the work site and work area prepared, using compliant and safe perth asbestos removal practices, supervising the removal and decontamination processes and maintaining safety procedures.

Central to effecting performing this role is ensuring that the asbestos removal control plan (ARCP) is complied with. This includes documenting and ensuring that the air monitoring that is required as well as other certification and testing processes are performed by licensed asbestos assessors in accordance with legislation.

Course Outline

– Planning for asbestos removal
– Preparing the site for asbestos removal.
– Supervising documentation, compliance and testing in consultation with the asbestos removalist and licensed asbestos assessor.
– Overseeing decontamination and removal processes.
– Supervising and supporting team members.
– When a supervisor is required

Friable Asbestos (any amount)

The licence for class A asbestos removal is for businesses to remove any quantity of friable asbestos (material containing asbestos in powder form or where it can be reduced to powder, pulverised or crumbled through hand pressure when it is dry). License holders of the Class A asbestos removal licence must ensure that a nominated supervisor directly supervise the process of removing the friable asbestos.

For class A asbestos removal, a nominated supervisor must be 18 years old at least and have three years minimum of relevant industry experience. In addition, the nominated supervisor must be certified in CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal and CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos.

Non-Friable Asbestos (more than one individual removing)

When removal work for class B asbestos is being carried out by multiple individuals, the license holder is required to ensure that there is a supervisor who is readily available for the workers who are performing the asbestos removal work.

A supervisor of class B asbestos removal must be 18 years old at least and have one year minimum relevant industry experience. In addition, the supervisor is required to have certification in either CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos or CPCCDE3014A Remove non-friable asbestos.

Will I need to apply to get a supervisor licence after completing this training?

No. You will need either a Class A or B licence (depending on the kind of asbestos removal you are going to be supervising). Completing this unit of competency successfully is the only thing required for you to be deemed a supervisor. It isn’t necessary to have any additional licence.


All the equipment needed for you to undergo training is supplied by us.

Experienced industry experts conduct the training.

Note: No asbestos containing material will be used by Pinnacle Safety and Training during the training program.

Construction Safety: The White Card

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Course Code: CPCCOHS 1001 A

This course is for any workers who do construction including self-employed construction worker, laborers, tradespeople, apprentices and supervisors. Those who take the class learn basic principles about health and safety in the workplaces as well as how to avoid injuries and illness while on the job. It also covers workers compensation.

Here is an overview of what the course covers:

  • A detailed explanation of OHS legislative requirements;
  • Identifying construction hazards and implementing control measures;
  • OHS communications and reporting procedures; and
  • Procedures for preparing OHS incident reports.

What is the White Card?

Safe Work Australia declared a National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry. This declaration resulted in a standardised form of training given to all Australian workers. With a National Code of Practice in place it also ensures that all construction workers are recognised nationally for completing induction training classes.
The Code of Practice is further supported by a unit of competency within CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Integrated Services Training. Training is delivered by RTOs within the Vocational Education and Training programs offered.
As such the White Card Course came about to replace various state systems that utilised Blue, Red or Green cards. The full transition to the National White Card takes place in different states at different times.
The course is part of a unit of competency. It is officially known as CPCCOHS1001A. This is designed to teach workers how to be safe in construction practices. It meets the standard requirements as set forth by the National Code. Once this unit of competency has successfully been completed, construction worker students receive their White Card as well as a Statement of Attainment.
Many states already have legislation and regulations in place requiring the completion of a general safety induction course before they can do any construction work. It is important to know that each state has its own course to take in order to meet the National Code. Since July 2009, most all states have amended their own legislation to ensure that the CPCCOHS1001A course only meets all regulatory requirements.

Asbestos Management Training

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Asbestos exposure can be the cause of a variety of different life-threatening illnesses – it is because of this that proper asbestos awareness and/or removal training is so important.

Along with the general training requirements outlined as your primary duty of care (to provide information, instruction and training) in the Work Health and Safety Act (, there are also specific training requirements necessary before any asbestos work can be conducted.

asbestos training course

Asbestos Awareness Training

If your employees are expected to come into contact with asbestos during their work (either during asbestos removal or indirectly during any other work), as a business, employer or any other PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking), you are legally obliged to ensure that both you and your workers take part in (and complete) an Asbestos Awareness Training course.


Even if you are not a company specifically dealing with asbestos removal (or any other work that is specifically related to asbestos), you are still expected to provide adequate asbestos training if naturally occurring asbestos or loose fill asbestos insulation is likely to be found at the site of work. It is crucial that both you and your employees are able to identify asbestos and effectively manage the many risks and hazards that are associated with it.


Asbestos Removal Training And Licences


The Work Health Safety Regulation 2011 specifies the different licences required for asbestos removals Sydney NSW as well as asbestos assessor work. The three relevant types of licenses are:


  1. Class A Asbestos Removal Licence

This allows a licence holder to remove both friable and non-friable asbestos, as well as ACD (Asbestos Contaminated Dust).


  1. Class B Asbestos Removal Licence

This allows a licence holder to remove only non-friable asbestos and the ACD that is associated with the removal of non-friable asbestos.

The above two licence types (Class A and Class B) are designed to protect workers who run the greatest risk of asbestos exposure, as well as to ensure that the asbestos removal procedures are carried out effectively, efficiently and safely for all those involved (workers and building occupants alike).


  1. Asbestos Assessor Licence

In order for an assessor to conduct air monitoring, clearance inspections and to dispatch clearance certificates for Class A asbestos removal work (friable asbestos removal), an individual is required to hold this licence. This licence exists to maintain a level consistency in the results of the various tests carried out by asbestos assessors, as well as to improve the accuracy of these results.

The Importance of Keeping Records

It is of the utmost importance that training records are kept while a worker is carrying out the work on asbestos. Records should be kept both during the work, as well as for the next five years after the job has been completed. These records should also be made available and accessible at the area of the asbestos removal.

Registered Training Organisations

There are several organisations and online sites that offer a variety of different asbestos training programmes. When you decide to undergo any kind of asbestos training and to apply for any kind of asbestos-related licence, be sure to check that the organisation you receive your training from is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has been registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Forklift Driving Course: FL003656732

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This forklift class provides excellent instruction from the most basic to advanced topics. Neither prior experience or a 40 hour log book are required for admission. During the first two days. students receive instruction in both theory and practical training. Day Three is reserved for the assessment phase. Our students set the industry standard for passing rates, which is why the demand for our class is so high. To keep up, we hold classes two times each week.


What Is Included In The Best Value Forklift Course

  • Complete training in the theory behind how forklifts work.
  • Practical experience in forklift driving and maneuvering.
  • Hands-on forklift driving using log books.
  • Experience driving a wide range of forklift types.
  • Class size is 8 or fewer students.
  • All materials are provided to enrolled students.
  • Access to equipment and other resources for training.
  • Accurate assessment of theoretical knowledge.
  • Hands-on assessment of forklift skills.

A nationally recognized LF Forklift License will be issued when students complete the course successfully.

Classes are held twice a week: Monday through Wednesday and Wednesday through Friday.

Each course consists of two days of training with the third day set aside for assessment. Students will be assigned a number on the day that they sit the Practical Exam. Students with lower numbers will finish before students with higher numbers. Times and dates are available in the course outline below.

How To Book A Class

Use the Online Booking below to sign up for classes. Once the online booking has been completed, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing all course materials.

Take Note: Because the forklift training classes are so popular, they do book quickly. To avoid disappointment, book your class today.

Forklift Class Outline

Classes begin on Mondays and Wednesdays and run for three consecutive days, i.e., M-W or W-F.

Day One: Classes run from 8 am through 4 pm. Classroom Theory and Knowledge is covered first, followed by Practical Log Book Driving.

Day Two: Classes run from 8 am through 4 pm. Students complete the Practical Log Book Driving portion of the course.

Day Three: The course meets at 7:30 am. Students take their Theory Assessment followed by their Practical Assessments.

The Course Prerequisites

All trainees must meet the following qualifications:

* Must be 18 years of age or older.

* Must be proficient in English.

* Must be able to take and finish a short answer written exam. (Some students may qualify for the oral option. However, arrangements for the oral exam must be made when booking the class.

* Must be able to pass an exam in basic maths.

* Must successfully pass the practical portion of the forklift driving examination.

* Must provide for the purposes of license processing a minimum of 100 points of ID.

* Must possess appropriate levels of numeracy, literacy, and language.

* Must understand the steps to take once the course has been successfully completed.

What Happens After Completing The Course?

Within 60 days of successful completion of the practical assessment, an application must be submitted in person to the Work Health & Safety at Australia Post. Prior to the submission of this application, no work may be performed in the relevant HRW class. Australia Post will give you a receipt and an AS1. These documents allow you to legally perform work until you receive your official HRW License in the post.