ABCB tightens permissible lead content levels in plumbing products

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has tightened the rules on the allowable lead content in sanitary products that come into contact with drinking water.

ABCB had commissioned Macquarie University to assess lead in plumbing products in 2018 after high-profile cases of lead leaching into drinking water. The review had recommended reducing the allowable levels of lead in sanitary products that come into contact with drinking water.

In last month’s board meeting, the ABCB has now agreed, pending consideration of the NCC’s draft public comment submissions, that:

  • lead content of sanitary products in contact with drinking water is limited to 0.25% in NCC 2022 amendments;
  • the new maximum threshold will take effect from September 1, 2022 with the determination of NCC 2022.

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Read the full ABCB press release

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