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Building and Energy 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...
Licensing search
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, Building and Energy 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
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, Building and Energy 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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Would you like a simple message to encourage a safe and healty workplace?
WorkSafe
Poster
22 May 2014
Add your safety reps details to this poster and pin on the notice board.
WorkSafe
Poster
21 May 2014
ThinkSafe Sam - the three steps to safety, spot the hazard, solve the problem and make the changes
WorkSafe
Poster
20 Jun 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Machinery
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Kitchens - Poster
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Falls
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
The film New to the Job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers. Running Time: 23:03 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
29 May 2014
This video includes the reflections of Dr Jim McNulty (former Commissioner for Health) concerning asbestos mining operations at Wittenoom which led to serious health problems for workers at the mine...
WorkSafe
Information
29 May 2014
This film will show you how to identify hazardous substances, assess the risk of injury or harm and control the risk Running Time: 12:13 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
21 May 2014
This film will show you how to identify hazardous manual tasks, how to assess risks arising from hazardous manual tasks, and how to control the risk. Running time: 11:32 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
21 May 2014

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Newman business owners are urged to be cautious when employing children aged less than 15 years during school holidays. The Labour Relations Division of the Department of Commerce is currently writing to Newman business operators and liaising with Newman Senior High School to ensure that employers, children and their parents are aware of the children in employment laws. Generally, under the...
Labour Relations
Media release
07 Apr 2015
A former Kalgoorlie business operator was yesterday fined $750 with $374 costs in the Industrial Magistrate's Court for failing to provide time and wages records to an industrial inspector. Ms Hikahe Grootjans, a partner in a business which formerly traded as Kaos Kafé in Kalgoorlie, failed to provide employment records, as required by State employment law, to an industrial inspector. The court...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check Statements of Attainment (SOAs) for tilt-up construction work after being alerted to created copies of the document. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that SOAs were being electronically created. “We’ve recently been made aware that SOAs are being electronically created for workers who have not...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after being alerted to altered and created copies of the documents. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that the licences were being altered to include additional classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “We’ve recently been made aware that some High Risk Work...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has released the Agriculture Action Plan 2014-2016 which is aimed at helping the agriculture sector to keep workplaces safe. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the document was part of WorkSafe’s strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the WA agriculture sector. “Serious injury and fatality rates in the agriculture sector are among the highest...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2015
Check your obligations for public holidays now! This year ANZAC Day, 25 April, falls on a Saturday, which means that employers and employees need to check what public holiday arrangements apply under the relevant WA award, particularly if the business trades on weekends and public holidays. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act if ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a...
Consumer Protection / Labour Relations
Alert
09 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has launched the Small Business Safety web page to help small businesses comply with their workplace safety and health obligations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today welcomed WA’s 209,000 small businesses to the website and invited them to complete the page’s simple questionnaire. “Once completed, the questionnaire provides small business owners with a tailored checklist of...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Feb 2015
A Bibra Lake steel fabrication business has been fined $75,000 over an incident in which a contractor was seriously injured when a crane struck a scissor-lift on which he was working. Metwest Steel Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a contractor carrying out work and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee of the contractor, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Feb 2015
A Bunbury electrical contracting business and one of its employees have been fined a total of $44,800 over the 2013 electrocution of an 18-year-old trades assistant in the roof space of a home in East Bunbury. JCW Electrical Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court today. Licensed electrician Dale Francis...
Building and Energy / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015

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