Industry Today

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

BBC Grenfell Tower podcast

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.

New Manager for Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units

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.

STC Forum Recap

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.

Health and safety concerns relating to PE pipes, or ‘blue line poly’

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.  

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