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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...
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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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
In May 2009, an employee at a service station was injured when she attempted to pump air into tyres of a ‘divided wheel’ (split rim) on a hand trolley using the standard air hose. The employee had...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
An employee was attempting to raise a newly manufactured mining low loader trailer, weighing approximately 80 tonne, to enable a transport trailer to be driven underneath so the new trailer could be...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During the process of a vessel coming alongside a wharf to dock, the vessel’s skipper was unable to stop the forward motion of the vessel while under power due to a fault with the engine hydraulic...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A truck driver lost his life when a plastic kettle melted and set fire to the cab of his prime mover. The driver had stopped at a truck bay, placed the kettle on the passenger’s seat and plugged the...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Do you need assistance to improve the safety of people working with machinery and equipment?
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
A farm worker was seriously injured when his clothing (shirt) became entangled in an exposed rotating shaft of a twin auger. The person was directing fertiliser from the twin augers into compartments...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During the unloading of a bulk dry powder discharge tanker, the tank (a pressure vessel) failed, causing the death of two workers. The tank was connected to a large portable compressor supplying...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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Consumer Protection is urging Western Australians to shop smart when buying gifts online in the lead up to Christmas. “The festive season is a busy time and many consumers will be shopping online to save time and potentially money too,” Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said. “We all need to be smart when shopping online to make sure that we make the right choice. The range of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 December 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 15 cents per litre (cpl) up to 158.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 157.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 156.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 155.9 cpl.. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2013
A company that manufactures plasterboard products has been fined $40,000 (plus more than $1800 in costs) over a serious injury to the arm of an employee. BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd – trading as BGC Plasterboard - pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Monday. In June 2010...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Nov 2013
Home owners and tenants are reminded that pool fences and other safety barriers need to be properly maintained to ensure safety for children this summer. The joint warning from Consumer Protection and the Building Commission comes after a recent Coroner’s Court hearing highlighted a situation where there were delays in repairing a self-closing pool security door at a rental property which may...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2013
Western Australians who do not wish to deal with uninvited door to door sellers are being urged to obtain a Do Not Knock sticker from Consumer Protection and display it on their front door or near the buzzer. A WA sticker has been created following a Federal Court ruling in South Australia which confirmed you don’t need to meet a door-to-door salesperson face-to-face to ask them to leave your...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2013
WorkSafe will soon target aged care facilities as part of a nationwide proactive compliance program focused on hazardous manual tasks. The workplace visits will commence in January, with inspectors visiting random aged care facilities to ensure they are adequately controlling the risks associated with patient handling. Inspectors in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 28 November 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 156.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 155.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites to 154.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 152.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Nov 2013
Consumer Protection has issued an urgent warning about a bullying tree lopper who has been threatening WA consumers and has now been charged with harassment and unconscionable conduct. Sean Robert Weinthal of Wanneroo, who is an employee of West Australian Tree Services, Manageable Tree Services, WA Tree Professionals and also formerly known as Metropolitan Tree Services (deregistered), is facing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Nov 2013
A private landlord has been fined a total of $2,500 by the Geraldton Magistrates Court for failing to deposit two of his tenants’ security bonds and failing to lodge the bond of a third tenant with the Bond Administrator within 14 days of receipt. John Lewis Donohoe of Geraldton, a former real estate agent, had received a $2,100 bond from a tenant in January 2011 and a $2,000 bond from another...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2013
A recent WorkSafe proactive inspection program in the heavy machinery and scaffolding rental and hire industry has revealed both good safety management and some areas of concern. WorkSafe inspectors conducted 35 inspections of hire companies in metropolitan and regional areas of WA across last financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today inspectors found some areas of very good safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2013

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