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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...
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The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous chemicals’ in the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations). You must work safely with all substances in the workplace. ​Many...
Hazardous chemicals
Noise can damage your hearing if it’s too loud. It can also put you at risk by affecting your concentration or making it hard to hear the sounds you need to hear to work safely, such as instructions or warning signals. Overview Noise at work can be harmful to hearing, but hearing loss is...
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
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 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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People often decide to recycle used 205 litre (44 gallon) or smaller drums for other uses. Cutting a drum that has contained flammable or toxic substances is dangerous and has caused serious injuries...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
23 May 2014
Pesticides are often classified as hazardous substances and can harm workers, other people or the environment if not used correctly. Pesticides are regulated by several agencies; refer to the Further...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
15 Nov 2021
Urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) is a mixture of urea formaldehyde resin, foaming agent and propellant, which was used to insulate hard to access areas in buildings. How common is UFFI? UFFI...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
05 Jan 2015
A warning has been issued on the dangers of storing and handling flammable liquids, particularly petrol. A serious accident involving a jerrycan full of petrol renewed calls for caution in the...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
23 May 2014
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of synthetic chlorinated organic compounds which has played an important part in many industrial products. What are PCBs? PCBs are very stable chemicals...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
08 Jun 2020
This fact sheet provides information on the legislation covering cyanide in Western Australia as well as safe handling, storage, disposal, health effects, first aid and safety issues relating to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
29 Jun 2017
Fibreglass is a form of synthetic or man-made mineral fibre. Other forms include rockwool and ceramic fibre. This information deals only with fibreglass. What is fibreglass? There are two common...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
23 May 2014
This case study demonstrates a successful application of ANC – a new technology of noise control for low-frequency noise – to a noise problem in an educational building.
WorkSafe
Information
20 May 2014
These guidelines for the safe management of high voltage electrical installations are issued under Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA) by the Director of Energy Safety and are endorsed by...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
26 May 2014
This page contains control ideas for some specific tasks in the meat manufacturing industry. Risk factors and solutions Slaughter floor Removing heads, trimming and washing (beef) Risk factors...
WorkSafe
Information
26 May 2014

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One of the commonly asked questions to Wageline is about the key differences between subcontractors and employees. If a person is engaged as a subcontractor but is legally considered an employee, the person could potentially be owed unpaid entitlements. The Employee or Subcontractor page has information on the differences between an employee and a subcontractor including an Employee or...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Aug 2018
A common misconception amongst employers and employees is that casual employees are not entitled to long service leave. The state long service leave obligations in the Long Service Leave Act apply to most WA businesses, including businesses covered by national modern awards. Under the Long Service Leave Act , full time, part time and casual employees are all entitled to long service leave. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Aug 2018
All businesses which employ children must comply with the laws on where, when and at what age children can be employed. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates employment of children in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jul 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s sports and recreation activity workplaces. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include sports and recreation clubs and large sports and recreation grounds and facilities. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today there had been an increase in the number of long-term...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Jul 2018
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the licence holder had not been trained. In this latest instance, a licence was presented to WorkSafe in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Jul 2018
Wageline continues to be a valuable service for employers and employees in Western Australia. In the last financial year, Wageline had 1.5 million website visits, handled 16,000 calls and responded to nearly 1000 email enquiries from clients. Wageline has both state and national system clients, and helps national system employers and employees understand long service leave entitlements and the...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jul 2018
Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has increased and is...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2018
The 1 July 2018 pay rates are now available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page and the WA award summaries page of the Wageline website. If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline summary, check the new rates in the award on the WA Industrial Relations Commission website when available or contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. The state minimum wage for award...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2018
Today the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The Commission has awarded a $18 per week increase in the state minimum wage for award free employees, lifting it to $726.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by $18 per week...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2018
The Anzac Day public holiday is this Wednesday 25 April 2018. Regardless of whether your business is closed on this public holiday you should check you are meeting your employment obligations for this day. For more information about your public holiday obligations visit the Pay rates for public holidays page . Wageline will be closed on Anzac Day and will reopen on Thursday 26 April at 8.30am.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Apr 2018

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