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The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (Regulations) require electrical contractors to certify certain types of electrical installing work carried out in Western Australia. Depending on the type of work one or more of the following may be required: preliminary notice notice of completion...
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Electrical apprentices I am a fourth-year electrical apprentice, am I required to obtain any first aid qualifications when I get my electrician’s licence? No. While there are no legislative requirements for electrical workers to hold any first aid qualifications, it is highly recommended, given you...
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The risk Most pools and spas are fitted with water circulating pumps and cleaning equipment powered by electric motors. Faults can occur in these motors or in the motor’s electrical wiring. This can expose bathers to the risk of electric shock. Signs of electric shock include a tingling sensation,...
Electrical installations
Information on safe working guidelines and effective supervision of electrical apprentices.
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Information on safe working guidelines for electrical workers .
Information for industry
The roof space of your home can be a very dangerous area. There are a number of electrical risks, including: exposed live electrical conductors or wiring; unenclosed joints in conductors; electrical connections where the condition of wiring has deteriorated (often associated with older buildings);...
Electrical installations
Code of Practice Building and Energy has developed this Code of Practice for Persons working on or near energised electrical installations. Code of Practice for Persons working on or near energised electrical installations. Information on the Code Code of Practice for Persons working on or near...
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Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To the Proprietor Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance Residual current devices (RCDs) are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
Preview of main changes 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. Some significant changes include: Definitions Section 1...
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Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is an unsafe practice and too frequently results in burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians and other workers. This is clearly unacceptable. New compliance obligations for licensed electrical workers The...
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THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
Building and Energy's investigation into the cause of the electric shock is summarised in this report.
Building and Energy
Reports
27 Sep 2019
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
Tasks carried out by electricians can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Feb 2020
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2006.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2007.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2008.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2009.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018

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Announcements

Joint statement – Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Building and Energy) and Department of Fire and Emergency Services ​Western Australians are being asked to take simple steps to protect themselves against home fires as more people stay home to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.​ The number of home fires started by lithium-ion batteries continues to rise with 11 fires this...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Apr 2020
A Sorrento electrician has been fined $15,000 for incorrect wiring that caused parts of a Duncraig home to become live with dangerous levels of electricity for 17 days. Rex Percy Hickman (EW162783) did not attend Joondalup Magistrates Court on 6 March 2020 when he was convicted of breaching WA’s electricity licensing regulations and also ordered to pay costs of $766. The court was told that an...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Mar 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
Regional electricity provider Horizon Power was fined $40,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 February 2020 for incorrect work in Kununurra that caused a fire and the telecommunications equipment at various properties to become potentially unsafe. Horizon Power was also ordered to pay $1,516.40 in costs, after earlier pleading guilty to breaching the Electricity Regulations 1947. The court...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Have you ever experienced an electric shock or tingling sensation in your home while touching a metal object like a bathroom tap? It could be a warning sign of a dangerous electrical fault that mustn’t be ignored. You should immediately report this to your electrical network operator, usually Western Power or Horizon Power, for further...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2020
A new public safety campaign is urging Western Australians to take potentially life-saving action by immediately reporting any electric shocks or tingles to their electrical network operator. The three-month campaign, launched today, is a collaboration between the State Government’s Building and Energy team and network operators Western Power and Horizon Power. “The key message is to contact your...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Jan 2020
As WA settles in for a season of Christmas lights, barbecues, new outdoor equipment and DIY projects, Building and Energy is sharing its top tips for a safe summer when using gas, electricity, roof spaces and items attached to building structures. Festive lights Building and Energy A/Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan is encouraging people to ensure their interior and exterior festive lights are...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Dec 2019
Electrical safety inspectors from Building and Energy are investigating an electric shock incident that resulted in the tragic death of a 50-year-old man last night. Emergency services and Western Power also responded to the incident, which occurred at the man’s home in The Vines at approximately 6.30pm yesterday (Monday 9 December 2019) . The man was found unresponsive near an outdoor spa pool...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Dec 2019

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