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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.

Electricians do not require a QBCC licence to install smoke alarms

There has been some confusion in recent times about whether electricians need a QBCC licence to install smoke alarms.

Electricians involved in building and construction work are responsible for installing a variety of electrical services in all types of buildings, and these services can include smoke alarms.

Therefore, it is important to be aware that electricians do not require a QBCC licence to install smoke alarms in buildings. Electricians are licensed by the Electrical Safety Office.

Reminder for Restricted Water Plumber Electrical licence holders

This is an important reminder for licensees who hold a Restricted Water Plumber – Electrical (RWP-E) licence to only work within the scope of their licence.

In accordance with the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 Act, the holder of a RWP-E Licence cannot install a tempering valve. This work must be performed by a licensed plumber.

Compliance assessable work requires a Form 1 and not a Form 4

Foot prints on construction site

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) would like to remind plumbing and drainage licensees that compliance assessable work requires a Form 1 to be lodged with the relevant local authority.

Notifiable work Form 4s and Form 4As are not to be lodged for compliance assessable work.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner Esther Blest said that compliance assessable work was considered to be more complex and required a compliance permit from local government before starting work.

Get construction sites ready for storm season

Get ready for storm season

Storm season is on its way! We urge all licensed contractors to prepare your building sites for potential severe weather conditions.

We strongly suggest taking precautions on your worksites to avoid the risk of injury, damage and costs associated with storms and cyclones.

It's a good idea to:

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.

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:

On-the-spot fines for offences in electrical exclusion zones

Workplace Health and Safety sign on construction site

On-the-spot fines for breaches of two exclusion-zone requirements in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 are designed to help improve worker safety around overhead or underground electric lines.

The Office of Industrial Relations said that inspectors will be able to issue on-the spot fines for breaches of:

s68(1) – a person conducting a business or undertaking fails to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure no person, plant or thing at a workplace comes within the prescribed exclusion zone of overhead or underground lines, and

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