Laser Group Australia director Steve Keil has backed calls for the Point of Sale (POS) regulations around the WaterMark product certification to be updated, keeping in line with the changing industry.
“Currently, the liability of the installation of a certified product lays with the person installing, and if you knowingly purchased the product without certification, then you would be held fully responsible for any damage caused through the product failure,” says Steve.
“But the original regulations were produced at a time where homeowners and plumbers purchased their product through suppliers who specialised in these items and ensured that the product was compliant with legislative requirements. We now have individuals bringing in container loads of product for their projects with the price being the main motivator as well as purchasing online. And nobody is checking whether the product is compliant. In these cases, the responsibility also needs to lay at the POS.”
Steve believes that this also highlights the importance of using a registered plumber for any plumbing work in your home.
“A registered plumber will recognise when the product isn’t compliant with national regulations and the risks associated with the specific products. These risks can have devastating results, not only in your home but also your health.”