Codes, Standards & Regulations
  • WorkSafe inspectors focus on scaffolding 24 July 2017

    Builders and contractors are being urged by WorkSafe inspectors to make scaffolding a safety priority on Victorian construction sites after a string of serious injuries and near misses in recent months. WorkSafe has investigated 13 scaffold-related incidents since April and ... Continue Reading

  • Standards Australia seeks market terms 20 July 2017

    Standards Australia is asking global publishers and distributors to provide market terms for the distribution of its technical documents and other content under a Request for Proposal as it prepares for the end of its contract with SAI Global in December 2018. SAI Global ... Continue Reading

  • Kiwi’s a mile ahead on data-thinking 7 July 2017

    Australia should be looking to New Zealand when it comes to the electronic traceability of construction products writes Jeff Patchell. The Australian construction industry is a dinosaur when it comes to the digital world and should be taking a leaf ... Continue Reading

  • Plumber caught using lead solder 2 June 2017

    The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has issued a warning to property owners after a Queensland plumber was caught using lead solder on water pipes. Southeast Queenslanders who have had work done by plumbing-electrical contractor Brett George Hogan (occupational ... Continue Reading

  • Spec: a four-letter word 20 April 2017

    The following article was originally presented nearly 40 years ago at the 1978 American Society of Plumbing Engineers Convention in New Orleans, USA. It has been modified to correct obsolete information and is presented here to reiterate the continued importance ... Continue Reading

  • ABCB publishes consultation RIS 27 March 2017

    The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has published a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation titled ‘Application of Temperature Control Requirements for Heated Water’. The consultation RIS considers whether the current application of the requirements for temperature control when replacing ... Continue Reading

  • ASSE publishes scald awareness white paper 20 March 2017

    ASSE International has published its fourth scald awareness white paper, ‘Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems’, which is now available for free download. The primary goal of the white paper is to address proper and ... Continue Reading

  • Australia adopts International Standard for BIM Data Sharing 15 March 2017

    Standards Australia recently published AS ISO 16739:2017 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries, which is an identical adoption of the international standard ISO 16739. AS ISO 16739 establishes a data schema and ... Continue Reading

  • Pods from Pudong 16 January 2017

    With imports of non-compliant bathroom pods on the rise, it may be time to take another look at the regulations that apply to them. Plumbing Connection turned to IAPMO Oceana’s Glenn Tate to get his take on the subject. Pre-fabricated bathroom ... Continue Reading

  • What is the future for Standards’ development? 24 November 2016

    I took a call last week from a colleague who had recently seen a report in the financial press that the publicly listed SAI Global had accepted a take-over offer from Hong Kong based private equity firm, Baring Asia Private ... Continue Reading