The Painters Institute has forced the NSW parliament to investigate the NSW Fair Trading painters licensing issue. NIPD continues to be the only industry organisation that advocates to government on behalf of painters in NSW, Working together with the Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation we are standing up for our industry! The government has 30 days to respond. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/lc/qalc.nsf/18101dc36b638302ca257146007ee41a/46bb4f2e9df44bc2ca257ebb001b4986?OpenDocument
To: The Hon. Minister Victor Dominello
Protect NSW Public from Lead Paint and Asbestos
Dear Honourable Minister,
We are writing in regards to the recent changes passed by the NSW parliament in regards to Home Building Regulation. We request you amend the new legislation to include licensing requirements for painting work on home interiors, including work under $5000.
The legislation was passed without sufficient consultation with the industry, and poses an unacceptable risk to the industry, and to the wider community.
Lead paint is found in approximately 25% of homes in New South Wales, and asbestos containing materials are found in many buildings built prior to 1989. These highly toxic materials must be identified and treated by trained and licensed trades people, including painters. Painting of home interiors containing lead paint or asbestos by untrained and unlicensed persons poses significant health risks to children, babies, and adults exposed to lead paint dust and asbestos fibres during preparation.
In addition, Safe Work Australia recently released research that shows that painters are the occupation with the second highest risk of exposure to lead, a carcinogenic substance. Allowing unlicensed and untrained people to work in the industry will only heighten this risk.
Why is this important?
The recent changes means that licensing is longer be required for painting works worth under $5000, and no longer needed on any standalone interior painting work on NSW homes. This decision has grave consequences for the painting industry, and risks the health of the NSW public.
How it will be delivered
By email, by post and by hand delivery at the Minister's Office