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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
Adjudication The claim A claimant can be a person, body or organisation that presents a payment claim in the event of a payment dispute. The claimant can be: a contractor claiming against a principal; a subcontractor claiming against a contractor; or a supplier of goods claiming against a...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
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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Following two recent incidents where employees have been struck by the closing rear door (tailgate) of front loading rubbish trucks, WorkSafe reminds those involved in the waste management industry...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A 16-year-old school student undergoing a Workplace Structured Learning Program at an engineering workplace had three fingers on his left hand severely crushed (two of these fingers have since been...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A farm worker, employed through a labour hire agent, died of head injuries after he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle ( ATV ), also know as a four wheel motorbike, agricultural ( ag ) bike or...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
By understanding the processes that make drivers tired, they are better able to plan and manage their daily routines to minimise the risk of fatigue. This handbook suggests lifestyle changes and other steps that professional drivers should consider to help them manage their fatigue.
WorkSafe
Alert
21 May 2014
A commercial vehicle driver was fatally injured when the combination he was driving left the road and crashed into trees. The driver was on the first part of a trip when the commercial vehicle...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A recent proactive project conducted by the Manufacturing Branch of WorkSafe WA into the powder coating industry in both metro and regional Western Australia found that in many cases, hazardous...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
An employee received numerous injuries when he was hit by a fork tine carriage which fell off a forklift. The forklift was being used to close a workshop sliding door that had come off its roller...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Two chefs received flash burns to their upper bodies when an aerosol can of cooking oil exploded in a busy café . As a result of the explosion, a large window at the front of the café blew outwards...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Workers were exposed to asbestos-containing material when an employee used a battery-operated drill to attach a loose post to a wall containing asbestos material. The employee drilled a series of...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Items of plant were recently imported into Western Australia and found to contain bonded asbestos gaskets. The plant was imported from New Zealand and Thailand for installation at a major industrial...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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Perth building company Bovilla (2005) Pty Ltd (Bovilla) trading as Dura-Fenz, and its sole director Boyd Michael Lynch have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet their responsibilities under a home building contract. Bovilla (2005) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges at the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 9 September 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $5,...
Building Commission
Media release
02 Oct 2013
A roofing company and its Director have been fined a total of $100,000 (plus more than $2200 in costs) over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a roof. The Mallon Company Pty Ltd – trading as Frontline Roofing - and Director Michael Moore pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 26 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 156.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 155.9 cpl, most Coles Express sites up to 154.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 152...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 19 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 156.9 cpl, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 155.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 154.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 153...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection is issuing a warning to pet buyers after a recent increase in reports of sick puppies; often infected with the potentially fatal parvovirus. Since the start of 2013 there have been 35 enquiries and 12 complaints. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says problems with pet purchases can be tricky. “Buying a pet is exciting but unlike other purchases it’s a living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has reminded private landlords in WA that they must lodge new security bonds with the Bond Administrator to comply with changes to tenancy laws which came into effect in July this year. There is a transition period for existing bonds, which will need to be transferred to the Bond Administrator by 31 December 2014. The reminder comes after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Sep 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Sep 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection will discontinue legal action against a rogue fencing contractor due to him having been declared bankrupt. United Fencing (WA) Pty Ltd, a registered company of sole director James Lee Battah of Harvey, has been the subject of legal action by the Department after consumers in the Bunbury and Mandurah areas reported paying large deposits for fencing work that was never carried...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has launched a series of animatic videos on consumer rights in seven languages at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/myrights Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the My Consumer Rights animatic videos were needed because consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially new and emerging language groups, often lacked understanding about their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013

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