The QBCC undertakes proactive and reactive inspections of passive fire elements in buildings, including during construction. In response to industry concerns about defects during construction, the QBCC has produced a short video for persons who work with passive fire protection about best practice methods and helpful reminders.
Defective fire safety installation presents a significant health and life safety risk and should only be undertaken by persons who are appropriately licensed.
Watch out for deteriorated wiring or cracked and brittle Bakelite fittings in older electrical installations
Electrical installations wired prior to 1960 have a greater risk of failure as the equipment is coming to the end of its service life. These installations are likely to contain cable insulation known as VIR (vulcanised Indian rubber) or TRS (tough rubber sheathed). VIR and TRS cable insulation may have deteriorated to the point of exposing live conductors.
All plumbing work within a residence or a related roofed building, unless it is for heating water, is insurable work if over the insurable value of $3,300.
Work of this type valued at $3,300 or less is also insurable work if done under a contract that includes primary insurable work, e.g. a contract that includes the construction of a home valued at over $3,300.
The recently launched online interactive tool allows users to identify if their work is permit work, notifiable work or unregulated work is a useful tool when you’re unsure if the work you are undertaking requires a form 4 or 4A to be lodged.
The tool works by asking the user to respond to five questions using drop-down menus to select the most appropriate answer. Then, depending on your answers, the tool will confirm if the work is notifiable work. It will also indicate if a form 4 or 4A is required or if it is permit work.
The Commissioner for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission has a duty to monitor and promote acceptable standards for the plumbing and drainage trade; an area of focus is notifiable work; the QBCC has now commenced its 2021-2022 notifiable work audit program.