It’s not just those who work in the construction industry who need to beware of exposure to asbestos. In you are renovating, maintaining or carrying out alterations on a property built before 1990, you need to be aware of the hidden dangers of asbestos.
Despite asbestos use being banned since 2003, about one-third of Australian homes still contain asbestos products. It was used in more than 3,000 common building materials before it was banned, and these can be found in homes and gardens across Queensland.
After a number of serious incidents in the past two months involving hot water heaters, including injuries to home owners, the QBCC Plumbing Investigation Unit has produced a home owners guide to help minimise potential risks associated with hot water heaters.
The QBCC advises that the best way a home owner can mitigate any issues arising with a hot water heater is to contact an appropriately licensed contractor.
Below is a list of issues that could potentially occur, how home owners can identify these to better protect themselves, and who to contact if necessary.
In Australia lead is used in the manufacture of some plumbing products, such as brass fittings. These products are widely used in drinking water systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Lead can be released from some brass plumbing fittings, either as small particles or through dissolving into the drinking water, particularly where the water has been sitting in contact with these brass plumbing products for long periods.
Are you thinking of having painting work done to your home, garage or shed?
We’d like to remind home and property owners that if the value of your painting work is over $3,300 (including labour, materials and GST) an insurance premium must be paid under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme.
The premium amount should be included in the price of your painting work and paid to the QBCC by your QBCC licensed contractor.
If you are a property owner in an unsewered area, you will likely have an on-site sewerage facility (OSSF) installed at your property for the treatment and disposal of wastewater.
OSSFs can include different types of treatment and methods of disposal, such as septic tanks with transpiration trenches, aerobic sand filtration systems with surface irrigation, and aerated wastewater treatment systems with sub-surface irrigation.
Regardless of the type of OSSF on your property, all OSSFs require regular maintenance and it is your responsibility to make sure this is carried out.
If you engage a builder to build an extension on your property, which includes a bathroom, the builder will employ a licensed plumber to perform the plumbing and drainage work.
On completion of the work, the plumber lodges a Form 4 with the QBCC and must provide a copy of the notice to the builder. As the property owner, you may also contact the QBCC to access a copy of the Form 4.