Plumbing

Using a nominated representative on myQBCC

You can now nominate someone to lodge and search for Form 4/4As for notifiable plumbing and drainage work on your behalf. This person is your ‘nominated representative’.

Your nominated representative does not require a QBCC licence number, but they do need to have a myQBCC account. As the licensee, you must also give your nominated representative the appropriate permissions under your licence details to lodge Form 4s on your behalf.

Health and safety concerns relating to PE pipes, or ‘blue line poly’

The QBCC has recently identified issues relating to the use of Polyethylene (PE) pipes in potable water systems, primarily related to chemicals such as hydrocarbons or pesticides infiltrating the pipes. 

The key issues causing a health and safety concern are current storage methods of PE pipes, and particular installation methods which may increase the risk of permeation of chemicals into the pipes and into drinking water supply.  

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.

STC goes to Bundaberg

The Service Trades Council (STC) travelled to Bundaberg in August to meet with local licensees and hear directly from them about issues impacting the services trades in the region.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that Bundaberg’s regional industry forum provided the STC members with new insights into local issues.

STC members, Stephen Jennison and Bradley Hodgkinson, also delivered a well-received presentation on hot water system installations and legionella.

Maintenance of hot water systems

Hot water system

A joint investigation by the QBCC and Queensland Health has revealed that home owners are often not aware that hot water systems need to be serviced regularly.

Plumbers should remind home owners that it is generally recommended for hot water systems to be serviced by an appropriately licensed individual. Where the source water for the system is not a potable, reticulated source, the system may need to be serviced more frequently.

Service Trades Council and QBCC visit Townsville

Service Trades Council Forum in Townsville

On 15 June 2017, the Service Trades Council (STC) visited Townsville and held a forum for local members of the plumbing, drainage, fire protection and mechanical services industries.

About 25 industry members attended the forum, which included topics such as the Non-Conforming Building Products Bill, supervision of apprentices, hot water system compliance, working near electrical lines and an update from Ian Savage of Townsville City Council.

While the STC was in the area, officers from the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit also attended to conduct compliance activities.

Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar

Plumbing inspectors conference June 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors’ Queensland in conjunction with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) hosted the bi-annual Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar.

The seminar provides a valuable opportunity for plumbing inspectors from across Queensland to get updates on important industry matters, such as legislative changes, Legionella management, compliance of on-site sewerage facilities and QBCC’s compliance activities.

Hot water heater replacement compliance

Hot water heater

Hot water heater replacements have a high rate of non-compliance, with up to 40 percent of installations failing to meet required standards. While many defects are minor, such as a lack of an appropriate point of discharge for the overflow, this large number of non-compliant installations is a major concern.

The QBCC has started tackling this issue by asking local governments from across Queensland to identify some of the main issues of non-compliance that their plumbing inspectors find during inspections.

Some of the key defects identified include:

New Notifiable Work system: uploading attachments

An exciting part of the QBCC’s new and improved solution for submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) is your ability to upload attachments to your submission in myQBCC, the QBCC’s online customer portal.

Types of Attachments

When submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A), the Category(ies) of work you have completed will impact the information displayed on the Attachments screen. To make it easy for you, below is a guide to Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) attachments:

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