Essential services and consumer advice
Martin Sawyers, Chief Executive for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) said, “Throughout the lockdown period, all of the PGDB staff will be available and operating remotely. The Board will continue to provide all of its services. We are effectively business as usual.”
“Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying services will remain operational on an essential services basis. For our industry, essential services means work related to critical infrastructure, or services immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work.”
Under this definition the services must be needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work, and this need must be immediate.
Examples of the type of work that would come under this definition include:
Examples of things that would not be included in that definition are:
“The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that can wait for another day and pose no immediate threat to health and safety”, Martin said.
“If you do require a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer for essential services, ensure that you stay safe and do not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people.”
“Always ask to sight a NZ Practising Licence before any work begins or search the public register of registered and licensed tradespeople at www.pgdb.co.nz.”
“Remember to keep a physical distance during repairs — 2m is the recommendation — and no handshakes. Ask for bank transfer payment wherever possible rather than accepting cash or using an Eftpos machine.”