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The Electrical Licensing Board (the Board) has adopted a new 'Fit and Proper' Guideline for Electrical Workers, that will come into effect as of Monday 4 May 2020 . The guideline requires all new applicants for an electrician's, electrical training or restricted electrical licence to provide a...
Services
Industry practitioners would be well aware that the Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. There are now Directions under the Public Health Act and the Emergency Management Act on various topics e.g...
Covid-19 safety information
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Unlicensed electrical testing warning following air-con company’s $15,000 fine – Westbury Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Air Group Australia / CoolBreeze Air Conditioning) Electrician fined for poor supervision at hazardous Nedlands house – Samuel Thomas Alliston Western Power fined for electric...
Disciplinary and prosecution media releases
This page provides information for employers and employees about silica and some of the legal duties relating to protecting workers from developing silicosis. Silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. It is also used in the manufacture of a variety of products including composite stone...
Silica
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, what are the hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral, also known as silicon dioxide. One common type of...
Silica
RCD requirements for new installations built after 1 January 2019 All new installations constructed after 1 January 2019 have to comply with the new edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018 (Wiring Rules). As such, all final sub-circuits including those protecting hard-wired appliances (for example stoves, air-...
Information for industry
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...
Information for industry
Energised installations Are the requirements which must be met prior to working near an energised installation different to those when working on an energised installation? No. The requirements are the same for working on or near an energised installation. Section 5.1 of Building and Energy’s ‘Code...
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Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister...
Building and Energy
Plans
21 Sep 2021
The Electrical Licensing Board (Board) is required to determine the fitness and propriety of applicants for licences and permits under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (ELR). The policy...
Building and Energy
Policies
06 Aug 2021
This policy provides the criteria the Electrical Licensing Board requires to be met before an expired Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanic's Restricted Electrical Licence can be restored to...
Building and Energy
Policies
06 Aug 2021
A guide to obligations and use of the electrical eNotice system.
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
30 Jun 2021
Order 01-2021 issued to all persons carrying out h igh voltage live line working and testing of live working equipment. Preliminary Pursuant to s.18B of the Energy Coordination Act 1994, this Order...
Building and Energy
Reports
15 Apr 2021
A restricted electrical licence authorises the holder of the licence to carry out electrical work (including testing) associated with or for the purpose of the holder’s trade or calling. This...
Building and Energy
Form – application
01 Apr 2021
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2022 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2022 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Mar 2022
On 11 January 2021, the Department received a report of an incident at a mine site where an electronic cigarette (vape) battery spontaneously ignited in a worker’s pocket while he was travelling in a...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
23 Feb 2021
This schedule lists the dates when building related legislation administered by Building and Energy is scheduled to be reviewed and the current status of those reviews
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
12 Feb 2021
Employers are required to ensure that where fitted respirators are required to protect health, these are correctly fitted. Examples of fitted respirators (also called respiratory protective equipment...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jan 2021

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DC isolators are classified as Level 3 electrical equipment and must be certified and registered under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). As of the 29 September 2021, SAA Approvals has cancelled the certifications of certain DC isolators (list below). The registrations of these isolators were also cancelled from that date. Suppliers must not supply or offer for sale these...
Building and Energy
Alert
07 Oct 2021
Risk of electric shock from unprotected live parts of some stage lights Prohibition notices and recalls now in place in WA and Victoria Products include AVE tri-flat RGB LED PAR; AVE PAR 64; CR Lite Slim PAR 56 LED A range of portable theatre lights sold in WA have been recalled after the State’s electrical safety regulator found they could put users at risk of electric shock. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Sep 2021
10-month-old made contact with live parts of a damaged power supply Parents urged to regularly check condition and location of electrical items RCDs do not protect against all electrical faults WA’s Director of Energy Safety is reminding parents to check the condition and location of electrical equipment at their homes after a baby was lucky to escape with only finger burns when he touched live...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Sep 2021
Two separate incidents in WA resulted in serious leg burns Loose lithium-ion batteries can ignite if they touch coins or keys Safety warning for users of vapes and other portable devices WARNING: Images of burn injuries below. A Perth man has described the horrifying moment that a lithium-ion battery caught fire in his pocket with an “intense white light and heat”, causing agonising burns that...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed through Parliament The Bill will improve security of payment across the WA building and construction industry An additional $6.9 million allocated for implementation, training and compliance The McGowan Government's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed State...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Rogue elements in industry exaggerate necessity for extra work and costs Consumers urged to get multiple quotes to avoid paying too much Do research to find licensed tradies offering sound advice and a fair price WA consumers who get quotes from companies that offer both plumbing and electrical services are being urged to get multiple quotes before signing a contract in order to avoid paying too...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
Building and Energy seeking input from property owners with solar systems Focus on safety, compliance and experiences of WA’s solar industry Survey closes on 30 June WA’s electrical safety regulator is seeking feedback from customers who have had solar power systems installed at their properties. Building and Energy’s five-minute survey aims to improve understanding of the community’s experience...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2021
Building and Energy officers providing on-ground support in the Mid West. Residents urged to be cautious when using generators, gas equipment and other portable appliances. Avoid DIY repairs to electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure. WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing key electrical and gas safety advice for people in cyclone-affected areas who may be using portable equipment or...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Consumer Protection intelligence prompts warnings about rogue tree-loppers Home owners are urged to be cautious and know their rights Recent prosecutions and warnings are helping to protect consumers Consumer Protection is urging home owners to carefully choose their tree-loppers following reports of unscrupulous operators offering their services in Perth. During the 2019-20 financial year,...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Mar 2021
Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021

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