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As many West Australians fire up barbecues, plug in Christmas lights and tackle projects around the house this summer, Building and Energy has issued a safety reminder about potential gas and electrical hazards, including in roof spaces. Barbecue safety Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said incorrectly maintained gas barbecues could cause fires, injuries and property damage – but simple checks...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
A product recall has been issued for the Companion portable single and double burner butane gas stoves sold at stores nationally between 11 January and October 2018, AGA certification no. 8704. In some stoves, the gas valve may leak during operation. There is a possibility of a fire or explosion occurring. If you have any of these stoves, cease using the product immediately and return the product...
EnergySafety
Alert
12 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
As of 1 January 2019, c ourtesy renewal reminder notices for licences, permits and registrations will only be sent electronically. The changes will apply to the following licensing authorities: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Director of Energy Safety For information on the renewal process and details on how to update your contact details, visit our Renewal reminder notices...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
05 Dec 2018
Our offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 . Normal services will return on Thursday 3 January 2019 . For urgent enquiries please visit the contact us page . You can still renew your licence on our website at any time.
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
15 Nov 2018
Building and Energy urges electricians working on power transformers to exercise caution after a recent incident where electrical workers were exposed to hazardous asbsestos-containing material (ACM). In January 2018, electrical workers undertaking repairs to a high voltage (HV) power transformer which had failed, disconnected the transformer by unbolting and removing a gland plate from the base...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
An electrician was employed by an electrical contractor engaged by the network operator to carry out work on their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. The electrician was carrying out the replacement of an analogue kWh meter with a new digital kWh meter at a domestic property in Esperance. After installing the new meter, the electrician replaced the SPD to reconnect the supply...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home and business owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the compulsory life-saving switches that protect against electrocution. RCDs instantly stop the electricity supply when they detect a fault, such as when a person receives an electric shock. The rapid response is designed to protect...
EnergySafety
Media release
26 Sep 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018
From 30 June 2018 , DC isolating switches used in solar PV installations must comply with a Level 3 certification under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). This means DC isolating switches must have a valid Certificate of Conformity confirming the product complies with Australian Standard AS 60947.3:2018. The brand and all relevant models must be registered to the responsible...
EnergySafety
Alert
05 Jul 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
A series of controlled burns filmed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services have shown how rapidly fire, smoke and toxic fumes can fill a room and turn deadly. A fire in a modern home has the potential to spread and engulf a room in under five minutes. The vision of the controlled burns demonstrates the need for Western Australians to treat home fire safety as a priority this winter by...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
Residential property owners in WA need to be on the ball when it comes to smoke alarms and the laws governing them. The recent house fire in Thornlie, where two lives were lost, is a tragic and timely reminder of the importance of the alarms as in that case the alarm was found not to be working. Western Australian laws require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms and residual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
The 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) is now available. The new standard has been developed by Standards Australia in collaboration with industry and government. AS/NZS 3000 specifies the electrical installation safety requirements for all premises in Australia and New Zealand. The new edition is a complete revision of the 2007 edition,...
EnergySafety
Alert
26 Jun 2018
Do you have a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater? People with Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heaters in their homes need to get them checked by a qualified gas fitter immediately. Laboratory tests show that under certain conditions the heaters produce too much carbon monoxide. Particularly if homes have poor ventilation and bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen rangehoods are used...
EnergySafety
Alert
01 Jun 2018
Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
EnergySafety
Media release
11 May 2018
Construction Contracts Act videos and fact sheets Building and Energy has undertaken a full redesign of the section of our website which provides information and guidance to industry and the general public in respect of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the CCA). The CCA establishes a process through which construction sector participants can access fast, cost effective dispute resolution...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
09 May 2018
West Australians could be putting their own and their family’s health at risk this winter when they switch on their gas heaters for the first time. Carbon monoxide gas leaking from faulty heaters can be fatal as was the tragic and alarming case of Chase and Tyler Robinson, aged eight and six, who died in 2010 in their home in Shepparton, Victoria. This week, April 30 – May 6 marks the annual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
01 May 2018
Regulation 28 of the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 (the Regulations) requires a registered gasfitter to attach an approved badge or label in an approved place on completion of the gasfitting work. Subregulation 28 (6) provides for the Director of Energy Safety (the Director) to exempt a registered gasfitter from this requirement in a particular case or...
EnergySafety
Department News
16 Apr 2018
Energy Safety is hosting several free information sessions for Western Australian electrical workers and contractors. Presented by Energy Safety staff, these sessions will update you on: the new Wiring Rules; regulations for live electrical work; and supervision of apprentices. If you are involved in the electrical contracting industry in Western Australia, these sessions are for you. Dates and...
EnergySafety
Event
25 Jan 2018
Energy Safety has issued a reminder of the importance of understanding the hazards present in roof spaces and how to avoid them. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, today issued a caution to be mindful during the festive season of the electrical hazards present in roof spaces. “The holiday season is upon us, and while we will be enjoying the usual Christmas and New Year festivities, many will...
EnergySafety
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous Salzer brand switches used in some solar systems installed in Western Australia since August 2016. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of some solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so work can be undertaken on the electrical installation of...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2017

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