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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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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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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 .
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The roof space of your home can be a very dangerous area. There are serious electrical hazards in roof spaces and the potential for electric shocks is high. Hazards can include: exposed live electrical conductors or wiring; unenclosed joints in conductors; deteriorated electrical cabling (often...
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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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
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2020 . Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
09 Oct 2020
This application is for: Renewing the inc. ID requirment for Electrical Workers, Electrical Contractors, In-house Installing Work and Gasfitting Permits.
Building and Energy
Form – application
06 Oct 2020
The Guidelines for the safety of buildings near network operator assets are issued under Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 . The risks and potential consequences of an electrical incident...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
18 Aug 2022

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Announcements

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
Western Australia’s building and energy safety regulator is sharing top tips for a safe summer when using gas barbecues and camping appliances, pools, party lights, lithium-ion batteries, roof spaces and items attached to pillars. Gas barbecues “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if they are not correctly used or maintained,” Building and Energy A/...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2021
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
Building and Energy's Electrical Focus Issue 3 is now available online .
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Sep 2020
A Caversham electrician has been fined $10,300 after he failed to install an essential safety system at a Cloverdale house, which could have resulted in electrocution of the occupants. At Perth Magistrates Court, Anthony Michael Kiely (EW133300, EC10793) was also ordered to pay $535 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching WA’s electricity licensing regulations, following a prosecution by...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Aug 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is urging consumers, sellers and importers to check that household electrical equipment is approved for sale in Australia after two retail chains each received $5,000 fines for selling illegal and potentially hazardous lamps. Building and Energy issued the infringement notices after a site inspection revealed some Turkish-style lamps in the stores lacked the required...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Aug 2020
A North Perth electrician has been ordered to pay more than $27,000 in fines and costs for a potentially lethal wiring error that caused two tradesmen to receive electric shocks at a building site near Rockingham. A criminal trial concluded at Perth Magistrates Court on 10 June 2020 when Santo Sgroi (EW105860) was found guilty of breaching WA’s electricity licensing regulations following a...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jul 2020
Clause 3.7.5.5 – Installation of smoke alarms is a new clause that has been introduced to the residential Fire Safety provisions of the 2019 edition of the Building Code of Australia (BCA 2019), Volume Two of the National Construction Code. Clause 3.7.5.5 Installation of smoke alarms Smoke alarms required by 3.7.5.3 and 3.7.5.4 must be installed on or near the ceiling, in accordance with the...
Building and Energy
Department News
02 Jul 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is warning of the potentially fatal dangers of DIY electrical devices after a WA man died while allegedly handling a homemade high-voltage appliance used for wood art. Building and Energy is continuing to investigate the electrocution incident, which occurred in the Great Southern region in March. The electrical device was set up for a technique known as Lichtenberg...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2020

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