July 28th, 2011
Volumes 1 and 2 Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2012 have now been released by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) through the BCA 2012 public comment draft.
The 2012 draft provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the 2012 edition of the BCA which will be implemented on 1 May 2012.
The code proposes altering the circumstances in which horizontal balustrading is considered acceptable; it is proposed to reduce the threshold height between floor levels from 4 m to 1 m. This effectively bans the use of horizontal balustrades that may facilitate climbing including stainless steel wire above 1m high floor levels.
The draft changes for both Volume1 and 2 of the BCA have been placed on the ABCB website for public comment to give BCA users advance notice of proposals and can be accessed here.
June 6th, 2011
The recent state Government announcement to extend the date for pool or spa owners to register their pools has highlighted the fact that only approximately 35% of pools are not registered. Owners need to ensure their pools are registered.
‘That’s the frightening statistic provided by Queensland based Pool Fence Inspection business ‘The Pool Fence People’, said General Manager Rob Astill. ‘We have been offering a free pool registration service along with an inspection pre-book service now available through our website or via the Complete Pool Directory and that has peaked recently with puzzled pool owners contacting us to find out what do as they are unable to reach the government due to their phones always being busy’.
‘Our statistics indicate that around 35% of the requests for registration we get are not already registered when we check government systems and that means it’s all the more important for pool owners to make sure they are registered now in addition to pre-booking their inspection to ensure they have a compliant pool or spa’.
‘The fact that there has been a sudden spike in registrations with so many pools still not registered says to me that people are not understanding the new laws and the requirements they need to follow’, says Samantha Browne from the Complete Qld Pool Directory. ‘If people want to keep up-to-date or ask questions with all the pool requirements, they can use our website to do so.
November 29th, 2010
Queensland Pool Legislation Changes
Swimming pools should be fun. However, drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged one to four years in Queensland. Supervision of kids and teaching them to swim at a young age can save lives. Effective pool fencing also helps keep kids safe. This is why new pool safety laws have been introduced in Queensland. Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new laws – unless they sell or lease their property before this time.
These new laws have been designed to streamline and unify pool safety legislation by replacing 11 pool safety standards with one. There will also be a wider application of relevant legislation to include areas such as caravan parks, indoor and hotel pools, backpackers, mobile home parks and homestays. The current type of pool closing mechanism will be phased out and there will be a requirement for the latest prescribed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign adopted by the Australian Resuscitation Council to be displayed near each pool.
There are tougher guidelines for purchasers or owners of leased properties, requiring certification to be carried out before a sale achieves settlement or a non-compliance certificate will be issued along with the requirement to certify the pool to the relevant standards within 90 days of settlement, at the purchaser’s expense unless otherwise negotiated during the sale.
A state-based Pool Registry has been created to record a list of regulated pools in Queensland, and pool owners have until February 2011 to check that their pool has been registered. If not, they are required to do so. The pool safety register also includes a list of all licensed pool safety inspectors. The register can be accessed at www.dip.qld.gov.au/poolsafetyregister.
So, make sure that you have all of the relevant and up-to-date information for the neww pool legislation laws ion Queensland. for anyone elsewhere in the country, why not take a look through the legislation anyway – Queensland have done a great job of addressing the serious issue of childhood drownings. There’s something for every pool-owner and parent here. Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines