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Announcing 'Newsflush (for plumbers and drainers)'

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Welcome to the new-look Foundations! We hope you like the new design - please drop us a line if you'd like to offer any feedback.

We’re pleased to announce a brand-new quarterly e-newsletter, specifically tailored for plumbers and drainers. Newsflush will launch at the end of April, and will keep the trade up-to-date with all the essential news and important regulatory reminders happening in the sector. If you’re a plumber signed up to Foundations, you’ll automatically be signed up to receive Newsflush too.

Plumbers and drainers, Newsflush is your industry newsletter and we want to hear from you. Get in touch with suggestions of topics you’d like to see covered. 

We encourage you to spread the word, and let your contacts in the trade know about Newsflush. Of course, even if you’re not a plumber or drainer, it always pays to keep up with what’s going on within the wider industry - email us to subscribe.

Mark your diaries: Sydney Home Show 26-29 May 2016

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The annual HIA Sydney Home Show is fast approaching, running from Thursday 26 until Sunday 29 May at the Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Whether you’re a visitor or exhibitor, stop by and say hi to the NSW Fair Trading team. We’ll be at stand D39, with our team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have relating to all things home building.

To find out more about the show, visit the Sydney Home Show website.

Loose-fill asbestos in NSW homes

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Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s was installed as insulation. It is a problem that cannot be ignored. Over time, exposure pathways open up and airborne asbestos can move into living areas.

This insulation is particularly problematic because it is raw asbestos which is easy to disturb and fibres can be inhaled. There are also other materials that have a similar appearance to loose-fill asbestos, such as synthetic mineral fibre (batts), cellulose insulation or rockwool.

28 regions in NSW have been identified as being potentially affected by loose-fill asbestos. The NSW Government is providing free sample testing to homeowners of pre 1980s homes in the 28 identified regions.

If a roof space, wall cavity or sub-floor area in a property appears to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation, it is important that you avoid entering the affected area and encourage the homeowner to register for a free sample test.

Visit the loose-fill asbestos insulation section of our website to find out more about this kind of asbestos. You can also read more about working in an affected home on our website.

For more information or advice, contact the Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.


Infinity electrical cable safety recall

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You are probably aware that Infinity cables were recalled nationally after they failed electrical safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. This could cause electrical shock if the cabling is disabled.

If you've installed any recalled Infinity cables in the last 6 years, and haven't yet remediated them or alerted someone to ensure the cables are remediated under the supplier's recall, you could be liable for prosecution and sanctions including fines and potential loss of licence. You could also be held financially liable for property damage or resulting injuries, or worse.

It is important that you act now to take rectification steps, including checking homes and businesses where you may have installed Infinity cables, and take steps to remediate cables under the recall, at the supplier's expense (it's important that you contact the supplier before doing any work).

Ensure that you keep records of each installation you remediate.

Further detailed information on this important matter is available in an updated bulletin on Infinity cables from the ACCC.


Unlicensed builder from Guildford ordered to pay more than $90,000 in fines, costs and compensation

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Last month, an unlicensed builder from Guildford was ordered to pay more than $90,000 in fines, costs and consumer compensation by Parramatta Local Court. Paul Logan (trading as Paul Logan Creations) was convicted of various offences under the Home Building Act and Australian Consumer Law, including unlicensed contracting of residential home building work, contracting without proper insurance and accepting payment without supplying goods and services in time.

Mr Logan has previously used various aliases, and under these had an extensive history of non-compliance with consumer protection law.

Other enforcement action against unlicensed builders and tradespeople so far in 2016 includes:
For further information on licensing requirements, please visit the Fair Trading website.

SafeWork NSW video safety alert: working in extreme heat

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While it’s well-known that UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer, what you may not know is that more than 90% of outdoor Australian workers may be inadequately protected from harmful sun exposure.

This alarming statistic was a finding of the University of Western Australia’s Australian Work Exposures Study, which surveyed 5023 workers aged 18-65.

For more information, check out this video from SafeWork NSW.

UV levels across NSW are high for most of the year. When UV levels are 3 and above, sun protection should be used.

You can check UV levels in your local area using the SunSmart UV Alert available in the daily weather forecast of most newspapers, Cancer Council NSW website or on a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

nbn Fire and Lift Register for buildings

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Are you a project/site manager responsible for a building or development with a monitored fire alarm indicator panel or lift emergency phone service installed in those premises; or are you an electrical tradesperson engaged in the maintenance of these services?

To help prepare for the nbn network, an online register has been set up to identify buildings where these services are installed. Registration will assist the migration of these services from the copper network, if this is needed; and ensure that these services continue to operate.

The building owner/manager, or other authorised representative, should complete the registration process.

However, you can help by alerting owners and managers of the need to register; or by encouraging or assisting those personnel to undertake the registration process. Visit the nbn website to find out more.