Industry Today

Mechanical services licensing framework continues to roll out in Queensland

The QBCC is continuing to work with licensees and industry to rollout the new mechanical services licensing framework. To date, a total of 542 mechanical services licence applications have been lodged, with a total of 180 licences granted. A total of 204 licensees have taken advantage of fee waivers when applying, which were made available via the transitional arrangements for their mechanical services stream.

Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think

Asbestos is not just an old problem relegated to the past. Whether you work in the construction industry or 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. An estimated 4,000 Australians die each year from asbestos-related disease which is double the annual road toll.

Despite asbestos use being banned since 2003, about one-third of Australian homes still contain asbestos products, as it was used in more than 3,000 materials.

Media bites

Working in a 24hour news cycle and with 4.64 million people currently living in Queensland and more than 10 per cent of those residents working in the construction sector, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has been busy providing the good news.

Recently the QBCC revealed manufacturers and product suppliers who make exaggerated and false safety claims about their products have been a main focus of a specialist unit within Queensland’s building regulator.

QBCC crackdown

Fines and prosecutions

An important purpose of the QBCC is to ensure the maintenance of proper building standards and remedies for defective building work. By doing this we promote confidence in the building and construction industry. Between October and December last year, 236 fines were issued and there were 24 prosecutions. The biggest number of fines given out were for failure to rectify, followed by unlicensed contracting.

QBCC Education campaign

From late 2019, the QBCC has been working with major plumbing and hardware retailers such as Bunnings, Mitre 10, Reece and Tradelink to raise awareness about complying with plumbing laws.

Posters advising customers of the importance of using a licensed plumber or drainer, and the need to lodge Form 4s when performing notifiable work have been distributed to retail outlets throughout the state.

Keep an eye out for these posters in your local store.

World Plumbing Day – 11 March 2020

World Plumbing Day is held on 11 March each year to celebrate the vital role that plumbers and drainers play in protecting both the health and safety of the community and the environment.

The introduction of safe plumbing and sanitation services has been widely acknowledged as one of the biggest contributors to human health, with the provision of clean drinking water and safe waste management systems eliminating horrific diseases like cholera in most parts of the world.