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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, Building and Energy 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, Building and Energy 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...
Our legislation
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 guide is to help workers identify and deal with bullying in the workplace - Chinese
WorkSafe
Guidance note
22 May 2014
This guide is to help workers identify and deal with bullying in the workplace - Malay
WorkSafe
Guidance note
22 May 2014
This guide is aimed at those in control and those performing any work under or near to overhead power lines. It is particularly relevant where plant or equipment such as scaffold components, roofing or other building materials, cranes or irrigation equipment are operated or moved under or in the vicinity of overhead power lines.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
Electricians, plumbers, pest control operators, installers of ceiling insulation; roof aerials; solar panels; air-conditioning systems, and other persons entering ceiling spaces or working on roofs...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Jul 2016
This bulletin provides information on the risks and some safe work practices when travelling in remote locations. Identify the hazard Extreme weather conditions, remoteness and vast distances in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Employers and self employed people have general duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the OSH Act) and requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. What...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
29 Jun 2017
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common hazards in the café and restaurant industry. This bulletin may assist retailers identify risks and suggests possible control measures.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
This bulletin sets out duties that could be relevant to people that may work on an owner builder site, which is considered a workplace under the definitions of the Act.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Does your business operate in an area that is subject to cyclones?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
Do you need information on controlling the risks of nanotechnology?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014

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After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
An Applecross bakery has been fined $9000 (plus more than $900 in costs) over an incident in which an employee’s arm was broken when it was trapped in a dough mixer. Newform Holdings Pty Ltd – trading as La Crust Bakery – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In August 2012, a baker employed by Newform Holdings...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Sep 2014
The Building Commission will be running two information sessions to assist future builders to understand the process of becoming registered in Western Australia.
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Location: Ground floor Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington Session 1: Thursday 20 November 2014 Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm Cost: Free Session in January to be announced The detailed...
Building Commission
Event
17 Oct 2014
Electrical safety regulator Energy Safety will launch a public awareness campaign next month to alert property owners with overhead power lines about their legal responsibilities.
EnergySafety
Media release
18 Sep 2014
A go-kart hire company and its sole director have been fined a total of $30,250 (plus more than $1500 in costs) over an incident in which a 13-year-old girl’s hair was caught around the rear axle of a go-kart. Australian Racecare Pty Ltd – trading as Wanneroo Kart Hire – pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined $21,000 in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
City of Stirling has been fined $20,000 (plus more than $2600 in costs) after a member of the public died after being struck by a bobcat on a landscaping site in November 2011. City of Stirling was convicted of failing to ensure that a contractor provided and maintained a safe work environment, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. In November 2011, the City commissioned Total...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Aug 2014
WorkSafe has charged Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its employees. The prosecution arises from an incident on April 14, 2012 in which 22-year-old pearl diver Jarrod Hampton died. Paspaley Pearls has been charged under Section 19(1) and 19A(3) of the Oc cupational Safety and Health Act 1984 . The maximum penalty for this offence...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Jul 2014
On Friday, 15 August, WorkSafe will move from its home in West Perth to new offices in Cannington. WorkSafe will be open for business as usual on Monday, 17 August, including the licensing centre. For more information call 1300 489 099 or email safety@commerce.wa.gov.au .
WorkSafe
Department News
28 Jul 2014

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