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The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to noise. How can noise affect your life? Hearing loss caused by noise is insidious and permanent. It can cause isolation at home and socially and decrease efficiency at work. High pitched sounds, such as consonants and women's...
Noise and vibration
This page contains frequently asked questions on noise and vibration.
Noise and vibration
Ototoxic chemicals are chemicals that result in hearing loss Introduction It is well documented that occupational noise exposure is a significant health hazard that leads to permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and we have the National Exposure Standard for Occupational Noise to deal with...
Noise and vibration
This page provides useful links to assist you with the control of risks associated with hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances
As part of its function, the Building Commission provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
Building Commission Boards and committees: Building Commission Advisory Committee Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by the Building Commission 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, the Building Commission has delivered the most significant transformation of Western Australian building laws in over 50 years. Architects Act 2004 The Architects Act 2004 provides for the effective registration of architects in WA. It...
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Western Australia’s Building Commission oversees the regulation of building, painting, building surveying and plumbing services. With all these regulatory functions focused within a single agency, our industry and consumers benefit from a more consistent and efficient service. The Building Services...
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This toolkit may be useful in assisting workplaces in identifying, assessing and controlling psychological hazards such as stress and bullying related hazards in their workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Aug 2018
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 imposes a legal duty on employers to do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise risk to employee health and safety. This duty extends to protection from potential harm associated with work related stress.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
26 May 2014
This fact sheet demonstrates how employers can apply this risk management approach to any work environment with the goal of eliminating or minimising potential causes of work related stress as far as reasonably practicable.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
12 Jun 2014
This fact sheet contains information on preventing and managing psychological health for small businesses in relation to their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 198 4.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
An unloaded steel wire rope sling dislodged from the ramshorn hook on the main block of a 150 tonne crawler crane, falling approximately 30m and striking an employee, causing fatal injuries. While...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A mechanical fitter was seriously injured while removing the rear wheel assembly from a Chamberlain Champion R1250 back-steer loader with an air operated impact wrench. Unbeknown to the fitter, the...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A construction worker fell approximately three metres off a balcony at a construction site, sustaining a fractured wrist. Two steel props had been installed to act as edge protection to the balcony...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A self-employed roof plumber died after falling off the roof of a multi-storey apartment building. He had been at the site to repair a leak in the roof. At the time of the incident, he was not using...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A 32-year-old roof carpenter working in Baldivis was hospitalised during June when he was struck in the eye. The roof carpenter was using a nail gun to fix holding down straps to the battens on a...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During recent workplace inspections, WorkSafe Inspectors have discovered several wool presses which have been inadequately guarded. The majority of wool presses inspected have had an emergency stop...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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An unlicensed car dealer operating from a Thornlie home has been fined $10,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court. Atomos Pty Ltd and Director Adam Richard Coe were found guilty on 5 March 2014 of buying and selling 52 motor vehicles over a 17 month period from November 2011, without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Coe was issued with a Conditional Release Order...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2014
A former property manager of a real estate agency has been fined a total of $10,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,220 by the Perth Magistrates Court for misleading and deceptive conduct. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty on 7 March 2014 to 16 charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Fair Trading Act, Real Estate and Business Agents Act (REBA Act) and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2014
A solar company and its Director have been fined a total of $18,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for misleading consumers over their rights relating to warranties and door to door trading. Total Action Pty Ltd, formerly of Balcatta, was fined a total of $15,000 on 4 March 2014 for misleading a consumer regarding the warranty on a product, and for breaching unsolicited trading laws. Charles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2014
Two promoters of rent to buy property schemes in WA have been ordered to pay a total penalty of $29,500 by the Supreme Court for misleading and deceptive conduct in their dealings with prospective buyers and sellers. Patricia Mirawati Susilo and Bryan Artawijaya Susilo, sister and brother of Karawara, were ordered to pay $17,500 and $12,000 respectively on 27 February 2014 after admitting to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 6 March 2014, most BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl; most Coles Express sites up to 162.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 161.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 160.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2014
A Picton scrap metal business has been fined $80,000 (plus $3000 in costs) over an unsafe work environment in which a worker died in 2011. J & P Group Pty Ltd – trading as J & P Metals – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court last week. J & P Group operates a scrap yard at Copplestone Road, Paradise,...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Mar 2014
Lodging bonds late has cost a Pilbara real estate agency more than $10,000 in a fine and court costs. Oresome (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as Crawford Realty of South Hedland, was fined $9,500 and ordered to pay costs of $970 on 28 February 2014 after pleading guilty in the South Hedland Magistrates Court to 21 charges of failing to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator ‘as soon as practicable’ as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2014
WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues relating to manual tasks in WA’s floor covering retail premises. Continuing throughout the remainder of the financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas, the program will look at independently-operated businesses that are not part of larger organisations. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspections would...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 27 February 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl, most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 161.9 cpl, most Caltex sites up to 160.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2014
Consumer Protection has emphasised the accuracy of price and location in real estate advertising remains a crucial element of consumer law and is essential in upholding the integrity of the industry and the reputation of agents. The comment was made after the Supreme Court dismissed the Commissioner for Consumer Protection’s appeal against a Bunbury magistrate’s decision to find a local real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2014

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