Fines for unmarked plumbing products

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Queens Park building company Choi Homes Pty Ltd (Reg. BC13447) and its nominated supervisor Graham Bryers (BP11649) of Seville Grove have been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a fine of $1,000 each to the Building Commissioner for negligence under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

Between March 2014 and February 2015, Choi Homes and Mr Bryers supplied and arranged the installation of 113 non-certified plumbing products imported from China for a 13-unit development in Hamilton Hill. The non-certified plumbing products included various sink mixer taps, shower heads, bath tubs and pop up drains.

The Board found the company had failed to have processes in place to ensure compliance.

In Western Australia, all materials and products used in plumbing installations must comply with the requirements of the WaterMark Certification Scheme. Materials and products that are authorised to be used in plumbing systems are marked with the WaterMark logo.

The company has since replaced and rectified all of the non-WaterMarked plumbing products used in the development at its own cost.

“The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a national safeguard for plumbers and consumers and ensures all parts of a plumbing installation, regardless of whether or not they are made in Australia, perform their desired function under Australian conditions,” said Building Commission Acting Executive Director Moshe Gilovitz.

“Compliance with the scheme is important because material and product failures in plumbing systems can compromise public health and safety and result in property damage, disease, injury and even death.

“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

For further information, view The WaterMark Certification Scheme technical note on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/plumbers-technical-notes or phone 1300 489 099.

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