ACT Health buildings – Phase two cladding assessment

ANU Medical School (Building 4), Buildings 12 and 20 at the Canberra Hospital, the Belconnen Community Health Centre and the Health Protection Services building in Holder

ACT Health has recently undertaken Phase Two of an ongoing cladding assessment to look at whether our buildings have external panels made from Polyethylene Aluminium Composite materials.

The Phase Two cladding assessment has included an internal desktop audit looking at all facilities built prior to 2008 and reassessed buildings that were part of the initial assessment, to confirm material specifications.

This is in line with other ACT Government Directorates who are also conducting ongoing assessments of buildings across the Territory - such as schools and government housing.

Through the internal Phase Two assessment, the ANU Medical School (Building 4), Buildings 12 and 20 at the Canberra Hospital, the Belconnen Community Health Centre and the Health Protection Services building in Holder have been identified as having some Polyethylene Aluminium Composite Panels (PE ACPs) installed as part of their façade cladding.

ACT Health is taking a proactive approach to these ongoing investigations, with the safety of staff and patients our number one priority.

The affected buildings pose no immediate risk to patients, staff or visitors. Our buildings have well established emergency management protocols, procedures and fire systems to protect building occupants. We also undertake emergency training and planning with our staff so that they are equipped to assist in emergency situations.

The Whole of Government Working Group leading the management of ACPs is developing a common risk assessment tool to confirm the suitability of use of PE ACP on all building types across the ACT Government. This risk assessment tool, together with expert fire engineer advice, will identify the risks of the PE ACP cladding and inform the required remediation works.

It is important to emphasise that these buildings were constructed in accordance with the building regulations and standards at the time, as is the case with all ACT Health buildings.

At this point, there is no impact to health services in the affected buildings.

Additional details are available in the fact sheet:

ACT Health Factsheet - Phase two cladding assessment

Published date: 

Thursday, October 26, 2017