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This page contains frequently asked questions on alcohol and drugs. Why should there be a policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace? There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to develop a workplace policy on alcohol and other drugs: An employer could be found in breach of the...
Alcohol and drugs
Employers or people in control of workplaces where hazardous substances are used must keep and maintain an up to date hazardous substances register that is readily available to staff. Risk assessments must also be performed on hazardous substances to minimise exposure and protect the health and...
Hazardous substances
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
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
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
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What is the globally harmonised system (GHS) for classifying chemicals?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
09 Dec 2016
Moulds (also called molds , fungi or mildew) are organisms that belong to the fungi kingdom and are neither plants nor animals. They are commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Moulds are an...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Jul 2016
It is common industry practice for electrical contractors to provide temporary electrical supply installations for commercial construction sites. However, regulation 3.65 of the Occupational Safety...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
11 Mar 2016
Assay laboratory employers have a duty of care under the Occupational Safety and Heath Act (1984) to not expose workers or others at the workplace to hazards. Milling or pulverising ore samples for...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Jul 2016
Do you need to register or re-register an item of plant?
WorkSafe
Form – registration
21 May 2014
When undertaking a risk management approach for work-related stress, it may be challenging to identify control measures for the identified psychological risks, this fact sheet provides examples on how to address some of these risk factors.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
12 Jun 2014
This toolkit may be useful in assisting workplaces in identifying, assessing and controlling psychological hazards such as stress and bullying related hazards in their workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Aug 2018
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 imposes a legal duty on employers to do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise risk to employee health and safety. This duty extends to protection from potential harm associated with work related stress.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
26 May 2014
This fact sheet demonstrates how employers can apply this risk management approach to any work environment with the goal of eliminating or minimising potential causes of work related stress as far as reasonably practicable.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
12 Jun 2014
This fact sheet contains information on preventing and managing psychological health for small businesses in relation to their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 198 4.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014

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New regulations that will stop Western Australian retirement village residents from having to pay unfair recurrent charges will come into effect on April 1.
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2014
A former Citizens Advice Bureau worker, the Consumers’ Association of WA, an RAC road safety initiative and a journalist from Channel 7’s Today Tonight show have been named the winners at the Consumer Protection Awards 2014.
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Mar 2014
The 10th annual Consumer Protection Awards will recognise and celebrate community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. The judges carefully considered submissions from 22 nominees to come up with 10 finalists: Rona Okely Award (for individuals) Gavan Forster of the Master Builders Association, WA has been raising awareness of consumer building...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 20 March 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl, most Caltex and BP sites up to 160.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2014
Two overseas backpackers have reported losing money after they responded to a fake website’s offer of accommodation and work as fruit pickers in WA’s South-West. Consumer Protection is investigating the reports and has closed down the website – www.rossovineyard.com.au – which was set up using an ABN from a legitimate business registered in Canning Vale. The victims claim to have transferred $200...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2014
A Mundaring real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been reprimanded and fined a total of $3,750 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to disclose important information about a property for sale and miscalculating their commission. Willmark Pty Ltd, trading as Rundin Property Consultants of Mundaring, was fined $3,000 and real estate sales representative...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 13 March 2014, most BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 161.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 160.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 159.8 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2014
An unlicensed car dealer operating from a Thornlie home has been fined $10,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court. Atomos Pty Ltd and Director Adam Richard Coe were found guilty on 5 March 2014 of buying and selling 52 motor vehicles over a 17 month period from November 2011, without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Coe was issued with a Conditional Release Order...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2014
A former property manager of a real estate agency has been fined a total of $10,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,220 by the Perth Magistrates Court for misleading and deceptive conduct. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty on 7 March 2014 to 16 charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Fair Trading Act, Real Estate and Business Agents Act (REBA Act) and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2014
A solar company and its Director have been fined a total of $18,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for misleading consumers over their rights relating to warranties and door to door trading. Total Action Pty Ltd, formerly of Balcatta, was fined a total of $15,000 on 4 March 2014 for misleading a consumer regarding the warranty on a product, and for breaching unsolicited trading laws. Charles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2014

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