The Grenfell Tower fire in London, UK and subsequent safety concerns regarding the use of combustible cladding has highlighted the importance of work required to mitigate fire risk around the world.
On 30 June 2017, the Queensland Government formed the Non-Conforming Building Product Audit Taskforce (the Taskforce) to conduct a targeted investigation into buildings using Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding and other possible combustible products.
We recently wrapped up the Notifiable Work (NW) Communication Campaign, with the aim of increasing the number of Form 4/4As lodged online and raising awareness of the NW scheme, both within the industry and with home owners.
The campaign ran from October 2017 to February 2018 and the results are in:
Bridget Harding has been appointed as the new Manager for the QBCC’s Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, after a very competitive recruitment process. Bridget brings a wealth of investigative experience to the role, having worked as an investigator for plumbing and pools, liquor and gaming, and early childhood education. Her most recent position has been as A/Principal Advisor and Team Leader for the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit.
Bridget will commence as Manager, Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, in the near future.
Esther Blest has resigned as the Assistant Commissioner for the QBCC.
During her time at the QBCC, Esther demonstrated outstanding leadership and helped the organisation transition towards becoming a more risk-based regulator. She was also instrumental in improving the QBCC’s relationships with key stakeholders.
On 8 February 2018, the Service Trades Council (STC) kicked off their regional outreach program for 2018 with an industry forum in Logan.
The forum was opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Other presentations included an overview about the STC, an update from Logan City Council, a quiz about notifiable work and presentations from departmental representatives about the Queensland Building Plan, licensing reviews and other policy matters.
The QBCC has recently identified issues relating to the use of Polyethylene (PE) pipes in potable water systems, primarily related to chemicals such as hydrocarbons or pesticides infiltrating the pipes.
The key issues causing a health and safety concern are current storage methods of PE pipes, and particular installation methods which may increase the risk of permeation of chemicals into the pipes and into drinking water supply.