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New rules for CPR signage

New rules for CPR signage

From 1 January 2017, all new CPR signs for swimming pools must comply with Guideline 8, published by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).

Existing signage that complies with the earlier guideline (Guideline 7) is acceptable for use while still readable. However, when CPR signs become illegible, they must be replaced with a sign that is compliant with Guideline 8.

Owners can choose to use the new CPR signs now, as pool safety laws have already been updated to reflect the change to signage. Guideline 7 signs are being phased out from 1 January, 2017.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

If you have ever considered becoming a private certifier or you are already a building certifier and would like to obtain development approval endorsement, you will need to complete a course in issuing development permits for building work.

The next course is scheduled to run in Brisbane over two days on the 18 and 19 August, 2016.

For more information and to register please go to the AssentTECS website.

 

 

Compliance is the only language that matters

QBCC office

A Brisbane plastering company was recently convicted and fined $40,000 for hiring a number of unlicensed workers to perform plastering work valued over $2.5 million.

In Queensland, plastering work is defined as building work that requires a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence.

QBCC compliance officers attended the Brisbane building site, interviewed the site manager and obtained evidence showing a contractual arrangement between the builder and the offender.

Certifiers must satisfy responsibilities with fire authority

Certifier on site

Here, at the QBCC, we have been informed that a number of building certifiers are not satisfying their legislative responsibilities.

All certifiers must supply the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) with prescribed documentation under sections 334 (see sections 334 to 338) of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and section 107 of the Building Act 1975.

It is important that the QFES have accurate and up-to-date records of buildings, both under construction and complete, within their jurisdiction as a referral agency.

Cyclone Testing Station looks for new ways of building in NQ

Lightening hitting land at night

If you’re a licensee who works in cyclone territory, you would be well aware of the devastating impact extreme weather systems can have on homes and work sites.

What you might not know is that James Cook University’s (JCU) Cyclone Testing Station is in the business of researching new and improved ways of building and rebuilding homes in North Queensland.

JCU has plenty of videos online that offer useful information and helpful tips for builders and home owners alike.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

Hands typing on a lap top

If you have ever considered becoming a private certifier or you are already a building certifier and would like to obtain development approval endorsement, you will need to complete a course in issuing development permits for building work.

The next course is scheduled to run in Brisbane over two days on Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, 2016.

For more information please go to the AssentTECS website.

 

Plumbing Inspectors Seminar talks alternative solutions

Plumbers tools

Last month 60 plumbing inspectors from across Queensland descended on the south-east for the second plumbing inspectors’ seminar held by the QBCC.

Key-note speaker Darryl O’Brien from Central Queensland University discussed performance-based alternative solutions under the National Construction Code Plumbing Code of Australia.

Jorgen Gullestrup and Phil Hortz also spoke about the heartfelt work of Mates in Construction and suicide prevention in the plumbing industry. 

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