Independent WA audit of Yuanda building products announced

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Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced that the Building Commission will carry out an independent audit of the use of Yuanda products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children’s Hospital.

The Commissioner said the initial focus was to ensure the safety of the Perth Children’s Hospital site and that any risks to public safety are managed.

“The audit will check that the building has been completed in accordance with the plans and specifications, so the public can be confident it is suitable and safe to be used,” Mr Gow said.

“We will also be checking whether the building laws have been complied with and how the building standards have been applied.

“This is only the first step in a wide-ranging investigation. In association with our WorkSafe colleagues and other agencies, we will work to determine where other products supplied by Yuanda have been used across the State and that those buildings are suitable and safe to be used.”

Mr Gow said the relevant regulators are also working to identify how this product containing asbestos was able to enter the country, and would take action against builders or importers if required.

“If during the investigation there is any evidence of inappropriate or improper conduct, it will be dealt with accordingly by the relevant regulator,” he said.

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Media contact: Phone 6251 1335 or 0466 409 828, or email bcmedia@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
15 Jul 2016

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