What Is Asbestos Soil Contamination?

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos can be very harmful if dispersed into the atmosphere. That is due to the dust and fibers, which when inhaled, can cause fatal diseases such as mesothelioma. Asbestos may occur naturally but most soil contamination is caused through one of two ways: either through buildings made from asbestos materials or contaminated top soil.

Buildings constructed in the 50s to the late 80s contained asbestos materials. Asbestos was very popular during that time period due to its strength, ability to resist heat and fireproofing properties. However, several studies have brought to light the major negative impact of asbestos to people’s health. One such study was performed in a research laboratory in Vienna General Hospital’s Comprehensive Center for Cancer revealing the damaging asbestos effects leading to pleural cancers.

Types Of Asbestos Contamination

Asbestos is divided into two types. There is the friable type which is very dangerous as it has a very high potential of easily contaminating the atmosphere. The other type is the non-friable form that can be harmless if left undisturbed. As long as no one drills, screws or sands onto the non-friable type, there is no cause to worry. However, since it is already present and has the potential of releasing its dust and fibers into the air, the best solution is to have a professional completely remove it. That way, there is no possibility of contamination from accidental disturbance.

The degree of risks from soil contaminated with asbestos greatly depends on the nature of the asbestos, as well as its quantity and use. For starters, it is important to first identify the type of asbestos present in the soil to determine the urgency of removal. As a result, it goes without saying that friable asbestos requires immediate removal and disposal.

Steps In The Management Of Asbestos Contamination In The Soil

The first step in the management of asbestos contaminated soil is identifying the asbestos type through soil testing. It creates a chance to assess the nature of asbestos and develop a plan for proper removal and disposal. What follows is the actual and proper removal and disposal of the contaminated soil.

The next step is to monitor the air for any signs of released dust and fibers. This is mostly important during construction due to the amount of soil moved on the ground. It eliminates the possibility of construction workers from inhaling any loose asbestos dust and fibers.

Methods Of Disposal Of Asbestos Contaminated Soil

Capping or land filling is one of the methods of asbestos disposal from the soil. However, it may be expensive. Therefore, segregation of the deadly material from the contaminated soil is cheaper and just as effective. Segregation allows for people to save lots of money as the contractors remove lesser soil and consume lesser time compared to land filling method. Additionally, the segregation method promotes non-hazardous soil while the treated soils are retained.

All these methods require a professional handling due to the hazardous and delicate nature of asbestos. Besides handling the contaminated soil, an expert will be able to monitor asbestos contamination in the air, as well as provide safety procedures for people to follow to minimize further contamination.

Wade Rogers has twenty years-experience of removing asbestos in homes and industries. He is an employee of the Asbestos Removal Sydney, with whom he has been working diligently over the years. The company has taught him discipline precision and excellence in all tasks involving asbestos. See more details by visiting Asbestos Removal Sydney Wide webpage.

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Benefits Of Joining Power Yoga Classes

With more yoga centers cropping up in different parts of the country, power yoga is increasingly becoming a budget-friendly and viable option for many fitness enthusiasts. The following are some of the many reasons why more and more people are considering joining power yoga classes:

1. Body Detoxification

Power yoga plays a major role in helping the body rid itself of dangerous toxins. It increases internal body heat, killing harmful elements and heightening a state of awareness of the workings of the kidneys, lungs and the liver. Detoxification also increases energy levels, clears up the skin, makes the hair look shinier and balances body hormones.

2. Boosting Blood Circulation

The bloodstream continuously transports oxygen and nutrients to the skin, brain and other vital body organs. When there is poor circulation of blood, various health problems such as heart attacks, insomnia, swelling in the lower extremities, stroke and fluid retention may occur. Many poses keep the heart pumping at a higher rate, which in turn improves the circulation of blood to various parts of the body.

3. Boosting Concentration

Going for classes at least 30 minutes every day improves a person’s mental ability in terms of memory and mental concentration. Additionally, it is more effective in boosting brain power than doing conventional aerobic exercises. This not only brings out self-control but also helps a person carry out his day-to-day activities more successfully.

4. Improvement of Posture and Reduction of Back Pain

Various poses and workouts improve body posture and relieve back pain by aligning the spine and the muscles around it. They also strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve the overall body strength, flexibility, stamina and balance, which make a person look taller and more graceful.

5. Boosting of the Immune System

Power yoga is active in stimulating the four main physiological systems that are linked to the body’s immune system: the digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. Any pose that affects at least one of these four systems positively helps strengthen the immune system.

6. Enhancement of Athletic Performance

It improves the performance of all types of athletes, ranging from footballers to basketball players and from golfers to rugby players. This is because it helps one achieve greater mental focus, core strength and stamina.

7. Weight Loss

Apart from burning extra calories in the body, power yoga also helps build lean muscle mass. In the process, it eliminates excess body weight and helps prevent obesity and other types of weight-related problems.

8. Stress Reduction

Everyone gets anxious or nervous from time to time, which drains energy resources and puts the body in a state of constant stress. The effects of anxiety or nervousness are magnified when the body does not get enough exercise because tension builds in the muscles, breathing remains constricted and the mind gets exhausted from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.

Power yoga classes help an individual access an inner strength that enables him/her to face all sorts of overwhelming fears, challenges and frustrations of everyday life. A few power yoga poses, especially if practiced daily, help regulate breathing and relax the body by gently reducing tension from large muscle groups and increasing the feelings of well-being.

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Asbestos Removal Explained

By Wade Rogers

Many homes and commercial establishments in Australia built before 1980 were built using cement mixed with asbestos externally, either on the roofs, gutters and wall claddings or internally in bathroom fittings as a component of wallpaper or bonding material on floor and wall tiles. Though mostly friable (tightly bound) asbestos was used, with time, extreme weather conditions like heavy rains or strong winds and activities like demolition and renovation may loosen the material on the roofs or gutters, blowing asbestos fibers into the air. When inhaled or swallowed, these particles cause deadly diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma, a cancer that destroys the membranes of the lungs and abdomen.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare gave the number of those having died from mesothelioma as 551 in 2007, up from 416 in 1997. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Cause of Death data shows that 642 people succumbed to mesothelioma in 2010. The statistics are worrying and this should prompt anyone living under an asbestos roof to have it removed.

Removing asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is a delicate andsensitive process, given that it is toxic. The Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos [NOHSC: 2002 (2005)], drawn up by the National Health and Occupational Safety Commission (NHOSC) sets out the framework for the process of removing asbestos or ACM on a small or large scale.

The removal takes place in the stages explained below:

1. Planning

This is done by the removalist to prepare the best and safest methods of work. Each site has a different plan and that is why this stage is crucial. Also, the client is involved in the planning process so they know what exactly is to be done. The nature of the tasks to be done could be laid down clearly in the plan, something done at the discretion of the removalist. The type and quantity of asbestos, whether friable or non- friable and ACM is specified, and where they are located. The time plan and work scheduling is detailed, including what equipment is needed and how electric installations are to be handled. This report is necessary to act as a guide, to be kept for the removalist’s records or reference for later stages after the work is complete or near completion.

2. Removal

Removal Methods

i. Wet method

Here the site to be worked on is saturated in water and the sheets of asbestos removed using a method that least agitates them. It is only used in areas where electric connections do not pose a safety hazard. The water stops the asbestos fibers from floating into the air.

ii. Dry Method

It is generally avoided, except where electronic/electric components cannot be managed properly, or where water can damage them. In some Australian states, the approval of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)Authority must be sought first.

Safety Measures

I. Workers must wear protective clothing, either brand new or previously laundered at launderers approved and authorized to clean clothing contaminated with asbestos.

II. The workers must wear respirators fitted with a constant air supply

III. The area has to be cordoned off by plastic sheeting, at least 200 nanometers thick.

IV. Waste material must be placed in well labelled wetted containers.

3. Disposal

The waste must be placed in well labelled wetted containers to be disposed of in special areas designated by laws and relevant environmental and health authorities.

Wade Rogers has twenty years-experience of removing asbestos in homes and industries. He is an employee of the Asbestos Removal Sydney, with whom he has been working diligently over the years. The company has taught him discipline precision and excellence in all tasks involving asbestos. See more details by visiting Asbestos Removal Sydney Wide webpage.

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Cautions And Tips On Asbestos Removal

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos was extensively used in numerous building materials before the 1970s. It is today normally found as pipe and duct insulation, attic insulation, floor, wall and ceiling tiles. Today it generally recognized that asbestos does pose some serious health risks and its removal is being encouraged globally.

However, that should not unnecessarily frighten you. If those materials containing asbestos are undamaged, it is best to just leave them alone. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that it is even more hazardous to disturb them. Removal may become necessary when that material containing asbestos is crumbling, damaged or flaking. However, when planning on doing some remodeling which may disrupt that material, removal would be the best option.

Identifying Asbestos Fiber

Perhaps the most common building products that you will come across whenever undertaking renovations in older buildings are fibro sheeting. This was extensively utilized beginning from the early 1950’s after the end of World War II. It gained a great reputation because of its durable nature and is cheap. Consequently, it became extensively employed in the building of less costly style home dwellings.

The most probable variety of fibro that you may come across in an old building is flat sheet variety of fibro, often employed for the outside covering of homes, sheds and garages. The sheeting just got nailed to the framed wooden structure hence making the work of construction cheap and quick. It was no wonder that it was widely used. It can from time to time be seen within the house in places like toilets and backrooms.

Basics Of Asbestos Removal

Removal of asbestos is basically a 2-step process. The first step would be to have the asbestos material tested so as to ascertain if it indeed does contain the harmful asbestos fibro. The second step will be to have it competently removed. In doing this, you should take note of the following:

Get in touch with your state or territory asbestos authority or program for guidance. In Australia, all aspects involving the removal of asbestos fall under Work safe Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

Seek out certified contractors and inspectors who have been trained and licensed in testing and removal of asbestos.

To steer clear of any possible conflict of interest, it is advisable to have the suspect materials being tested by one testing company and the removal being carried out by another different company.

Be ready because in some instances, you may need to temporarily relocate the entire household as the work is being carried out.

Hiring The Right Contractor

It is recommended that you engage a contractor who is licensed by your respective state or territory to carry out removals. They are more likely to be well trained and conversant with all legal requirements regarding removal of hazardous waste materials like asbestos.

Before the commencement of the work, you may want to get a written agreement or contract which clearly spells out all the contractor will do as part of the removal including aspects like premises cleanup and the disposal of the asbestos waste materials.

At the conclusion of the work, obtain some written proof that all legal and environmental procedures were adhered to by the contractor in the approved manner. If feasible, get a follow-up safety test conducted by a licensed government asbestos inspector in accordance with Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The vision of this strategy is the promotion of safe, healthy and productive working lives for all.

As a removal expert with Asbestos Removal Company, Wade Rogers has attained all the mandatory certifications. He will make sure the removal is performed as per the laid down regulations and laws. The Asbestos Removal Company is registered waste removal firm, call us now!

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Management And Control Of Asbestos Soil Contamination

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos is a naturally forming silicate mineral in the soil that is composed of tiny fibres. When it gets disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Breathing these asbestos fibers may cause a variety of health complications. However, it is only when the asbestos fibers are airborne that they pose a health hazard, otherwise when left untouched, asbestos does not necessarily become a health threat.

Majority of persons who have developed asbestos-related ailments have typically worked in places or jobs where they were constantly exposed to asbestos and ended up breathing in large quantities of asbestos fibres. For instance, construction and farm workers may have in the past been employing unsafe practices.

Among the main disease associated with the exposure to asbestos fibres include:

• Mesothelioma: This is cancer type that affects the human pleura, the lung covering and chest wall lining as well as the diaphragm. It could develop into a serious condition even several decades after being exposed to asbestos fibres.

• Asbestosis: A progressive scar tissue that develops within the lungs impairing breathing.

• Lung cancer: Similar to mesothelioma, it could also develop even several decades consequent to exposure. Persons with asbestosis and smokers are the most susceptible.

• Pleural plaques: These are thickened scar tissue patches on the lung lining.

Governments all over the world are currently implementing various measures to reduce the dangers presented by exposure to asbestos fibres. For example the Department of Health in the State of Western Australia administers the Health (Asbestos) regulations 1992 under the Health Act 1911. These Asbestos Regulations establish the rules for all persons involved in removing and disposing including the sale and re-use of asbestos materials.

Bound Asbestos Vs. Fibrous Asbestos

When in the soils, asbestos poses a huge potential health hazard, particularly when somebody is doing some work with and near those soils. Generally, asbestos soil contamination is found in two forms, fibrous and bound asbestos. The bound type of asbestos is on average low risk because the fibres form part of a bigger block and consequently may not get inhaled. The fibrous asbestos type is the one that is high risk. These are the loose asbestos fibres lying about in the soils and when disturbed they could easily get airborne and inhaled.

Asbestos Contaminated Soils Management

Although the harmful effects of the continued usage of asbestos have been widely documented, there are still products which could still pose a danger as they may contain elements of asbestos. A point of illustration is the US where, despite the majority of asbestos containing products getting proscribed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, sadly older products in their hundreds are still in place. Additionally, some new products may still be containing asbestos such as soil retention enhancers, especially vermiculite.

• The most recommended method of managing soils that are asbestos contaminated is by simply leaving it completely undisturbed.

• In case the soils have got to be moved, then it is important to keep those soils damp to reduce the likelihood of any fibres becoming airborne.

• During the removal, make sure that the site workers are putting on suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Asbestos Removal Company has been handling soils that are contaminated with remarkable success. As a senior site manager, Wade Rogers is well versed with legal requirements. He ensures that the Asbestos Removal Company offers you quality workmanship. Visit our website for more ideas and information about asbestos soil contamination.

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Ensuring Safe Asbestos Roof Removal

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos was widely used in homes and structures from the late 1930s to the 70s, when it became clear that it posed some health hazards and its usage was discouraged and even banned. Originally, it was used due to its awesome fire resistant properties. Being a fibrous mineral, it has great strength and is durable. This makes it good for fireproofing and in providing insulation to structures.

Even if asbestos materials have been used in your house roof and it is still in excellent condition, when left undisturbed, usually they do not any serious risk. The mere presence of asbestos products or materials in your home or in a building is necessarily not hazardous. It becomes dangerous when those materials get damaged over the passage of time and get airborne. Asbestos that has been damaged might release harmful asbestos fibers into the air and hence become a health risk.

Regulations Governing Asbestos

Asbestos is regulated and monitored under an assortment of agencies and laws across the world. In the US for example, this comes under the mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing asbestos removal. The disposal of asbestos materials and waste is overseen by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

Removal of Asbestos Waste Materials

Generally, removal being the most costly solution should be among the last options to be considered unless this is required by respective local or state regulations. Removal poses the biggest risk of fiber being released into the air. However, asbestos removal may become necessary when making some major changes to the entire home that could end up disturbing the asbestos material.

Asbestos roof removal may also become essential in case the asbestos material has gotten extensively damaged and may otherwise be beyond repair. Removal of asbestos bathroom roofs is a complex undertaking and should only be carried out by a contractor having special and appropriate training.

Engaging a Removal Contractor

• Confirm with the relevant authorities in your area such as the board that manages air pollution and the local work safety agency. Verify the reputation of the remover with your Better Business Bureau if the remover has previously had any violations relating to safety. You may also check out if they might have had any legal actions claims filed against them.

• Before the removal work commences, obtain a written contract that specifies the work schedule and plan plus strategies for cleaning up. Included should be how the remover intends to apply the applicable state, local and federal regulations.

• Additionally, get in touch your local and state health departments, your regional EPA office, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regional office to know what the laws and regulations indicate regarding hiring of removal contractors.

• As the work is going on, insist that the removal contractor is continually applying sufficient water or a suitable wetting agent onto the material to minimize asbestos dust getting airborne. Ensure that the contractor is not breaking the removed asbestos materials into small pieces as this may release into the air harmful asbestos fibers.

• Upon the completion of the removal job, make sure the contractor does clean the bathroom work area using wet rags, mops and sponges. A standard house vacuum cleaner should never be utilized.

As a removal expert with Asbestos Removal Company, Wade Rogers has attained all the mandatory certifications. He will make sure the removal is performed as per the laid down regulations and laws. The Asbestos Removal Company is registered waste removal firm, call us now!

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Steps In Asbestos Roof Removal

By Wade Rogers

Removing asbestos is a thoroughly regulated process, evidenced by the number of statutes and codes that lay down methods of removing it from any site, whether large or small. Examples of the regulations are The Queensland Code of Practice (2011) on How to remove Asbestos and Safe Work Australia Code of Practice. These are in place because the compound is highly toxic and could cause mesothelioma, an aggravated form of cancer that attacks the lining in lungs and the abdomen.

Roofs pose a risk not only to the external environment but also to those inside the premises because in cases where asbestos is bonded with cement, it ay chip and pass through poorly installed or fake ceilings and settle on surfaces inside the home/warehouse/office. Whenever it is being removed from any site, including roofs, care has to be taken as explained in the steps below:

1. Pre-Assessment Of The Site (Roof) And Analyzing The Material

The essence of this is to establish whether the asbestos-containing cement used to make the roof is friable or non- friable. Friable asbestos is that which chips into near invisible dust particles that float in the air and when inhaled, cause mesothelioma. Non friable asbestos is however bonded together and poses less danger to the environment. It is important to note that asbestos is only lethal when inhaled or swallowed.

There is a very high probability of finding Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) on a roof, it being slightly horizontal. The gutter of the roof is another zone to mark, as the debris from the roof most likely gathers and settles on it. Popcorn ceilings on houses built before 1980 are highly likely to contain traces of asbestos. Seeing this risk, it is necessary that a licensed removalist, holding a class A license does the assessment. (A class A license holder can remove more than 10 square meters of asbestos, both friable and non-friable, and a large scale area of suspected ACM, while a class B holder, can only remove up-to 10 square meters of friable and non- friable asbestos and inspect/remove only up to 10 square meters of suspected Asbestos Containing Material.)

After the inspection, as required by WorkSafe British Columbia, samples are collected to be inspected in the lab. The inspector then prepares a detailed report of the activity and results, including the plan and dimensions of the roof. They also report on the associated risks and possible tasks to be performed. This report will be presented to the home owner who will request qualified removers, and then the actual removal begins.

2. Removal Process

The workers get to doing the actual removal, wearing protective gear, from overalls to respirators with stable air supply. Before the work starts, the whole area has to be enclosed with a brand new plastic sheet and notice of undergoing work placed strategically for all around to see. The roof will be cut out through means that least agitate the structure, meaning no drills, therefore cutting section by section has to be the way, after wetting the area to clump loose particles together. A negative air pressure unit, which lets air in, but does not allow it to flow out must be used.

3. Disposal

All material removed from the roof must be labeled accurately, and thereafter disposed of in designated areas, as recommended by such laws as the New South Wales Work Health and Safety Regulation (2011).

Wade Rogers is a fully qualified site inspector working with Asbestos Removal Company at http://asbestosremovalsydneywide.com.au/asbestos-roof-removal-sydney/. The company has an excellent reputation for removing asbestos and their thorough methods. He advises all home owners and establishments built before 1980 to get their roofs checked for asbestos and remove.

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Asbestos Soil Contamination And Safe Removal

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos might be found in the soil on any kind of property. For instance, it could be present since buildings which contained asbestos materials were not pulled down and disposed of appropriately or because asbestos-contaminated soils were used as fill material or as top soil. When in the soil, asbestos is a health risk if the fibres become airborne such that they get inhaled, especially for prolonged periods.

Extended exposure to asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. There are specific legal requirements prohibiting just anybody from storing, supplying, selling, transporting, using and even re-using asbestos-contaminated soils which are deemed to contain any visible quantities of asbestos.

Inspecting Contaminated Soil

If any asbestos-contaminated soil is meant to be stored, transported, supplied, sold or even used it has to be first inspected by an authorized and competent person. This is the control and management person who must make sure that any discernible asbestos-containing material or ACM is eliminated as is rationally practicable.

Once the competent person has determined that the soil does not contain visible asbestos it may be employed for the intended use. In case ACM is evident in the same soil at some later stage, it must once again be inspected and all detectable asbestos eliminated. At this stage, this task is the obligation of that individual with control and management of the soil. This is a duty that is not applicable to transporters who are licensed to dispose ACM as asbestos waste.

From time to time it might be more financially reasonable to simply remove and get rid of the soil as asbestos waste rather than follow the process of inspection and clearance which might otherwise be obligatory.

Who Can Inspect The Soil?

A competent individual ought to inspect the concerned soil to find out the possible quantity of contamination and subsequently verify that all visible ACM has indeed been eliminated as is practically possible.

The scope of the soil inspection necessary is dependent on several factors such as background information on the site and the soil, the possible quantity of asbestos contamination and the probable contamination source. A competent inspecting individual must prepare a written statement in relation to the inspection and results which is then given to the soil recipient.

Writing for the Master Builders Australia website in September 2013, Richard Calver, in a paper titled Updated Research Paper On Asbestos Soil Contamination guides contractors on the way to comply with the pertinent provisions laid down in each Territory and State’s environment protection laws vis-à-vis the amendment to the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999, which came into effect from May 2013.

Transporting The Contaminated Soil

Soils that are asbestos contaminated must be dampened prior to being packaged for purposes of transportation. This checks the possibility of fibres becoming airborne. The soil should be vigilantly transferred into an appropriate container, sealed and then suitably labeled as asbestos-material.

Vehicles owners and operators transporting waste asbestos materials from a commercial or industrial source must be holding an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) permit for waste transport.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) operating under the mandate of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 stipulates that it is also illegal to recycle, re-use, or illegally dump products made of asbestos.

Wade has been using Australia Removal Services for transporting waste products. He knows that the services offered by this firm are in accordance with laid down regulations. Australia Removal Services subscribes to all EPA requirements. Asbestos Removal Sydney offer professional removal services, vist us at www.asbestosremovalsydneywide.com.au/asbestos-removal-sydney/.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Electrical Disconnects

There is so much to learn about the vast array of electrical components that are used in our everyday lives. One of the systems that is critical in electrical circuits is the disconnect switch. A disconnect switch is used to interrupt the power running to an electrical circuit or group of circuits. Disconnects provide safety in a wide variety of settings in which they are used. In commercial and residential applications disconnects are used to de-energize the circuit in order for it to be worked on safely. In order to be one hundred percent effective it must be installed and maintained properly. It also requires that safety procedures are followed and proper education is provided for those in charge of operating it.

In commercial use, disconnects are used for power distribution. Disconnect manages the distribution of power throughout the plant. If one area of the planet needs more electricity, disconnects allow the flow of electricity to be switched. This enables one area to have use of more electricity than another area. If a section of the plant needs maintenance, disconnects allow power to be shut down in that section and remain on in other areas. Disconnects are used for safety as well. If the power is needed to be shut down in the entire plant all at once disconnects are locked out. This also saves them from accidentally being turned on before the area is secure and ready.

Lockout systems are important because they prevent the system from being turned on without being ready. There are different times in which disconnects are used. One is in need of maintenance and one is in need of emergency. The lockout is so important in that reintroducing power or electricity into the circuit before the system is ready can be incredibly dangerous. In residential uses a lockout could be something as simple as a piece of tape holding the switch in the off position. For safety it is important that the person that turns disconnects off is the one to restart it. This leaves one person in charge of the electricity which provides an extra level of safety to the situation.

Although in residential uses disconnects are often manually controlled as in an on and off switch commercial uses may choose to operate disconnects with a key. This way it helps to confirm that the user is meaning to deactivate the switch. In some systems once the power is disconnected the system needs to completely restart once the switch is connected again.

There are many different disconnects available for sale for a number of different residential and commercial uses. Make sure when you purchase disconnects that you choose one that is rated for the application you will be using it for. Choosing disconnects that are over powered or under powered poses a safety risk. It is best to purchase exactly what you need to meet your requirements.

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The New Teacher’s Guide To Designing A Yoga Lesson Plan

Teaching yoga can be a rewarding career path or a great way to make extra money on the side. Planning your first few sessions can be nerve-wracking, but it does not have to be difficult. These simple steps make designing a yoga lesson plan easy and fun.

Choose Your Style

Before you jump into the details, decide on the type of class you want to provide. Choose your yoga style first followed by the students you want to cater to. A beginner’s class, prenatal course or weight loss program will each have their own needs. Make a list of class-based considerations to keep in mind while you plan.

Ambiance is dependent on your personal energy, music, your tone of voice and the pacing you choose. It is often easiest to match the class energy and activities to your personal energy. For instance, if you are an upbeat person, high-energy classes could be your key to success, while a calmer tone goes hand-in-hand with guided meditation.

Tailoring to Skill Level

Skill level plays a major role in the pacing, mood and planning of any lesson plan. A beginner’s lesson will demand a slower pace and more time spent on explanation. Less demanding or simplified poses are necessary, and you may have to spend a few lessons helping your students master the basics.

Advanced classes will flow more easily from pose-to-pose. You can expand your options by making simple poses more demanding. Beginning and ending each class on the same few poses can impart a sense of consistency to your lessons.

Beginnings and Ends

Most classes should begin with a brief overview of the day’s goals and a gentle warm-up. Warm-ups range from 5 to 10 minutes and should be tailored to your style. They help ground your students and put them in the right mindset. This is the perfect time to teach a breathing technique or a mantra.

Regardless of your teaching style, the last 10 to 15 minutes should be devoted to a “cool down” period. Choose gentle poses, lead a guided meditation or teach a gentle stretch. Closing the lesson with the Savasana pose will give your students time to ground themselves and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Planning the Middle

Many instructors find designing a yoga lesson plan easier when they plan around music. It helps with pacing as well as setting the scene for your students. Warm-ups and cool-downs beg unobtrusive music. You can continue the gentle music or pick up the pace for a high-intensity class. Make the transition between tempos as gentle as possible.

A good rule of thumb is to begin with gentle poses, lead into standing poses and end on deep stretches and floor poses. The rule is not absolute, and varying it can make things interesting. You can also build a whole lesson up to learning a difficult pose. Do not forget to practice your own lesson plan to make sure it flows.

Planning is vital for a successful yoga class, and the more thought you put into it, the more successful you will be. Do not be afraid to browse books, DVDs or online videos for inspiration or take a variety of classes with different teachers to see what you could be doing.

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