The Solar and Heat Pump (SHP) endorsement is required on plumbers’ licences to install, replace, test, repair and maintain solar and heat pump hot water systems. To obtain a SHP endorsement you are required to undertake a non-accredited course required for all plumbers' who wish to gain an endorsement on their plumbing licence.
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.
Compliance assessable work is considered to be more complex and requires a compliance permit from local government before starting work.
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 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.
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