Cladding review for Mid­land

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

MID­LAND Hos­pi­tal is among 11 WA hos­pi­tals sub­ject to a pri­or­ity review for po­ten­tially flammable cladding in the wake of the 2017 Gren­fell fire dis­as­ter in Lon­don that killed 72 peo­ple.

St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Ho­gan said while the pub­lic and pri­vate hos­pi­tals were de­signed to meet the per­for­mance re­quire­ments of the Build­ing Code of Aus­tralia 2012, a small num­ber of cladding prod­ucts might be non-com­pli­ant un­der the re­vised Build­ing Code of Aus­tralia.

“As part of our fo­cus on safety, we en­gaged ex­ter­nal con­sul­tants to review the build­ing fol­low­ing a num­ber of high-pro­file fires and ad­vi­sory notes pub­lished by the Aus­tralian Build­ing Codes Board,” he said.

“A re­cent re­port from the ex­ter­nal con­sul­tants showed that while a small num­ber of cladding prod­ucts may be non-com­pli­ant, there is min­i­mal risk due to our ro­bust fire safety mea­sures.

“While we are con­fi­dent our fire safety strat­egy min­imises risk, we will be work­ing closely with the De­part­ment of Health to iden­tify if any fur­ther mea­sures need to be im­ple­mented.”

Mr Ho­gan said cur­rent fire safety mea­sures in­cluded in­ter­nal fire walls, an ex­ten­sive sprin­kler sys­tem, fire de­tec­tion and alarm with di­rect con­nec­tion to the lo­cal fire bri­gade, fire and smoke com­part­men­ta­tions and mul­ti­ple exit routes through­out.

De­part­ment of Health as­sess­ments on the 11 hos­pi­tals, which in­clude Fiona Stan­ley, Royal Perth and King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial, are due to be com­pleted by mid-Septem­ber.

The WA health sys­tem has been work­ing with the Build­ing Com­mis­sion as part of a state-wide review of both pri­vate and pub­lic build­ings to iden­tify build­ings where po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous cladding may have been used in con­struc­tion.

Any hos­pi­tal iden­ti­fied as hav­ing non-com­pli­ant cladding ma­te­ri­als will be sub­ject to a pre­lim­i­nary fire risk as­sess­ment and ap­pro­pri­ate fire pre­pared­ness mea­sures will be adopted in the in­terim.

Work is set to start to re­me­di­ate a sec­tion of cladding at Rock­ing­ham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal af­ter alu­minium com­pos­ite pan­els were found to not sat­is­fac­to­rily meet the re­quire­ments of the Build­ing Code of Aus­tralia.

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