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This Summary Bulletin relates to the safe provision of heated water in the people’s bathrooms for washing and bathing through the installation of temperature limiting devices. A number of regulations and requirements are in place around the storage and delivery of heated water in a residential setting because of two public health concerns: the risk of scald burns in water delivered too hot and the risk of microbial presence (particularly legionella) in heated water stored at temperatures too low. An analysis of Australian Standards and regulations indicate that temperature limiting device options for use in people’s homes include: thermo-static mixing valve, tempering valve, or a hot water system compliant with AS 3498.
This systematic review identifies colour applications that effectively support safe and independent movement of older people and individuals with vision impairment in their home.
As of May 2016, ‘Slip-resistance classification of new ramp surface materials’ now applies to class 1 buildings in the 2016 edition of the Building Code Of Australia. So for all new ramps in the residential sector, application of finishes to these areas must have documentary evidence to prove the classification. This applies to all finishes and surface types.
This research examines how smoke alarms can be used more effectively in homes to provide early warning of fire needed for residents of all ages and abilities. It draws on recent smoke alarm regulations, advances in smoke alarm devices, and the recommendations of fire authorities and researchers.