VBA urges Covid caution for plumbing and building work

Posted on : Monday, 13 July 2020

In light of the recent upsurge in coronavirus cases in Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is urging Victorians to take extra precautions when using a builder or plumber, to help slow the spread.  


Construction work has been deemed essential, but such trades must still comply with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry.  


This means that:  


  • builders, plumbers and other trades can continue to work in private homes and buildings if the owner or tenant is not self-isolating or in quarantine; 


  • if an owner or tenant has coronavirus, feels unwell with a fever, or has cold or flu-like symptoms, non-urgent work should by postponed; 


  • however, any building or plumbing issues that pose a serious risk to health or safety (blocked or burst pipes or stormwater drains; roof leaks; collapsed balconies, ceilings, or walls; faulty heaters; gas leaks; a lack of hot water; or non-functional smoke alarms) should proceed -  homeowners in such circumstances must inform the tradesperson they are self-isolating, so the trade can take all necessary safety precautions; 


Building practitioners and trades must take precautions to reduce the spread of infection, including:  


  • washing hands more frequently; 


  • adopting physical distancing; 


  • wearing protective equipment; 


  • sanitising their hands before entering a home and frequently while they are there; 


  • staying at least 1.5 metres from other people - or wearing a mask if this is not possible; 


  • working with one person per four square metres of space, whenever possible; 


  • covering their nose and mouth with their upper arm, a flexed elbow or a tissue when coughing and sneezing, then washing their hands afterwards; and 


  • wiping down their tools and equipment with alcohol wipes.  


VBA inspectors will continue to inspect building and plumbing work across the state for compliance.


For further information on the coronavirus, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


To see the VBA's media release, click here.