AIBS WA Chapter Conference 2015

Date: 15 and 16 October 2015
Time: All day, refer detailed AIBS Conference programme
Venue: Joondalup Resort

The 2015 WA Chapter Conference will focus on health and safety in the built environment for building surveyors in Western Australia, covering a wide range of topics under this banner.

Programme  – Friday, 16 October

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and Opening Address Speakers: Jeffrey Brooks

9:10 AM – 9:20 AM AIBS Progress Report Speakers: Brett Mace

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Swimming Pools – Planking and Meshing

Review swimming pool barriers – and the types of fencing issues that you may encounter , accidents and fatalities, liability, inspection qualifications and the history of pool legislation.

Speakers: Lane Morris

9:40 AM – 10:20 AM Wind-Driven Rain – A Challenge for the Building Industry

This presentation will outline the findings from an investigation of damage to houses in Exmouth during Tropical Cyclone Olwyn earlier this year, and suggest strategies to limit wind-driven rain entering buildings in all regions and the impact on health and safety of occupants.

Speakers: Geoff Boughton

10:20 AM – 10:50 AM Morning Tea

10:50 AM – 11:30 AM New Planning Development Regulations – Paradise Planet or Death Star?

On 19 October 2015 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 will come into force – are you ready? These regulations have been widely touted as the first step towards “instant start” and perhaps private certification for planning and building matters. How do the new regulations work? When will planning approval not be required? How does this interact with the Building Act 2011? And who will be liable if something goes wrong? These are some of the questions that Anne Wood will deal with in her Star Wars themed presentation on the regulations currently hovering over us like an Imperial Space Ship.

Speaker: Anne Wood

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM Safety Surrounding Auxiliary Structures

All homes have ancillary structures. These structures are often constructed after the main home and by people who do not have the correct formal training. Once built, these structures are often neglected. Lack of maintenance, short cuts or inexperience during construction can lead to structures which are unsafe.

This presentation will address the short falls of these types of structures and the consequences of structural failure of both members and connections. It is hoped that this will give an insight into the potential dangers of incorrect member and connection design.

Timber, steel, masonry and concrete structures have unique properties, which engineers exploit, but often can be problematic as structures age. This will be addressed in practical examples.

Speakers: Tristan Salter

12:10 PM – 12:30 PM OSH Liability when engaging contractors : Lessons learned from Cyclone George

Most employers understand that they owe obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA). Employees, directors, officers and managers also owe obligations under the Act. The situation is complicated however when a principal engages a contractor to do a specialised task that the principal is not qualified to do. What are the principal’s safety obligations to the contractor and its employees, and to others who could be affected by the contractor’s actions? The Supreme Court of Western Australia has recently handed down four significant judgments, arising from two separate incidents, which shed light on the way in which a principal can satisfy its obligations in these circumstances. On 18 August 2015, the State Coroner handed down its findings on one of those incidents – the deaths and injuries that occurred when Tropical Cyclone George destroyed a number of improperly-designed dongas on a Fortescue Metals Group mine site – adding further context to those decisions. T

his talk will explore the current state of the law as to a principal’s obligations under the OSH Act when engaging specialist contractors.”

Speaker: Tim Lethbridge

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch

1:45 PM – 2:40 PM Keynote Speaker: Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Life

Learn why time speeds up as you get older and how to pack more into it than you could possibly imagine.

Speakers: Guy Newman

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Development in Building Product Validation

Speakers: Bruce Tosswill

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Implementing AS3959 into a Residential Buildings

Review the options available and comment on the various methods of ensuring compliant construction with AS 3959 including ongoing compliance for the life of the building.

Speakers: Grahame Douglas

4:30 PM – 4:30 PM Close of Conference Proceedings

7:00 PM – 11:30 PM Gala Awards Dinner

Pre-Drinks begin at 7:00PM with dinner starting at 7:30PM.

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