Tradie Talk

Reduce the risk of electric shock when installing pools and spas

If you are installing or constructing a swimming pool or spa you should be aware of the risks associated with electrical bonding of concrete steel reinforcing.

Where electrical equipment associated with swimming pools and spas, such as a pool pump, is in contact with the pool or spa water, a hazardous voltage may appear if there is equipment failure.

In a swimming pool or spa, even a very low voltage and minor electric shock can present a serious risk due to muscle spasms and potential drowning.

Communication Campaigns and Festive Season Office Closure

Festive season decorations

In December, we launched a property maintenance awareness campaign aimed at educating home owners about their responsibilities when it comes to property maintenance.

In some instances there are specific lawful requirements for property owners to maintain their property. For example, the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 requires the owner of premises to take all reasonable steps to ensure all plumbing and drainage on the premises is kept in good condition and operates properly.

Fire protection licensing review

Under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 a number of licence classes and subclasses exist for fire protection work. There are also four grades of licence for a majority of these licence classes, resulting in over 90 different licence types that can be issued for fire protection work. The current fire protection licensing framework accounts for approximately 33 percent of all licence types that may be issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

New variation allowed when installing solar water heater collection panels

Solar collector panels can be orientated within 90 degrees of north, due to a recent amendment made to the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. The amendment is referred to as the Standard Plumbing and Drainage (Solar Heated Water Systems) Amendment Regulation 2017

Certifiers need to maintain vigilance when assessing the suitability of building systems

QBCC inspector writing in folder

The QBCC has recently addressed concerns about fire-rated wall systems, in particular, a national manufacturer who referred to their system as having CodeMark when the system had no current CodeMark accreditation.

Following the QBCC’s intervention, the manufacturer voluntarily removed the CodeMark reference and logo from their publications.

Ensure you meet your administrative requirements when re-roofing

Roof of house

QBCC Inspectors have identified an issue with re-roofing work, with contractors failing to ensure payment of Home Warranty Scheme premiums and failing to obtain a valid Building Approval.

QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, has reminded contractors that they must comply with relevant standards and building codes.

Mr Bassett said the issues relating to re-roofing work had become evident during proactive inspections of construction work by QBCC Technical Standards Unit officers.


No complacency when it comes to electrical safety

Electrical risks in ceiling spaces

The recent electrical shock of a plumber in the Cairns area is a reminder to all plumbers and contractors about the need to be vigilant when it comes to electrical safety.

In this instance, the plumber was about to enter the ceiling space of a property after he had removed a section of the roof.

He dropped a tool into the ceiling space and while trying to retrieve it, appears to have come into contact with exposed electrical wires.