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ThinkSafe is WorkSafe’s flagship online publication for workplace health and safety in Western Australia. Below is the list of all the editions of the magazine. ThinkSafe magazine : May 2024 ThinkSafe magazine : May 2023 ThinkSafe magazine : July 2022 ThinkSafe magazine : September 2021 ThinkSafe...
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Building and Energy has noticed an increase in the use of unapproved portable gas cooking appliances operating on butane canisters. The commercial use of these appliances, particularly used as table-top gas cooking appliances in indoor restaurant environments, has resulted in gas explosions...
Gas appliances
These information sheets provide information on how human factors can contribute to a sequence of events that lead to a major incident and how the inclusion of human factors can assist major hazard facility operations. Human factors in the HAZOP process This information sheet provides information...
Human factors
These guides describe practical measure that can be taken to prevent or minimise the risk of harm and contribute to the overall state of knowledge regarding hazards, risks and controls. Overviews of the WHS laws Western Australia's Work Health and Safety Act 2020 Overview of Western Australia's...
Guides
These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. WorkSafe policies These policies support the Statement of Regulatory Intent and provide a framework for how decisions by the regulator and...
Work health and safety laws
The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the regulations This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Short video animations...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. How does the WHS Act describe volunteers and volunteer organisations? The WHS Act describes a volunteer as a person who acts on a voluntary basis...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
The regulator can grant a group of people an exemption from complying with a regulation of the Work Health and Safety Regulations. These are referred to as a class exemptions. It is important to read class exemptions closely to see if they apply to you, and if you cannot meet all of the conditions...
Class exemptions
WorkSafe takes a systems based approach to the prevention of inappropriate workplace behaviours, such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment ) and workplace violence/aggression (including sexual assault ). WorkSafe inquiries focus on the systems in place at a workplace to prevent and...
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Nominating for a Consumer Protection Award The frequently asked questions below provide some helpful information about the Consumer Protection Awards such as the essential entry requirements, how to apply for an award and the judging process. When do nominations open and close? Nominations open and...
Consumer Protection Awards

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Consumer Protection's Year in Review 2022-23 outlines the major achievements from the financial year. [scald=11175:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/sites\/default\/files\/...
Consumer Protection
Reports
26 Feb 2024
Building and Energy has noticed an increase in the use of unapproved portable gas cooking appliances operating on butane canisters. The commercial use of these appliances, particularly used as table-top gas cooking appliances in indoor restaurant environments, has resulted in gas explosions injuring consumers. This fact sheet is intended to raise awareness by highlighting the 2016 WA prohibition order and the potential effects on restaurant design and patron safety.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
06 Sep 2023
Water slides are devices that use water to enable people to slide rapidly along a static structure, mainly under gravity. They are widely found in amusement parks and entertainment centres in Western...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
It has come to the attention of WorkSafe that there are potentially several hundred flying foxes in operation across Western Australia. A flying fox is an amusement device consisting of an elevated...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
28 Sep 2022
16 September 2022 Cybersecurity risk warning Consumer Protection WA has warned that a move to enable businesses and organisations to shorten Australian website addresses could be an opportunity for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Sep 2022
This information sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on hazards and risk controls for inflatable amusement devices in accordance with Work Health and Safety legislation. An...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
This information sheet provides general guidance for workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on how to manage the risk of falls at work under the new work health and safety...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jul 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2024 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards: Terms and...
WorkSafe
Information
28 Feb 2024
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

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Buying new furniture can be exciting, but it’s important to install your new item, securely, to prevent it from toppling over and causing serious injury or even death. Furniture, such as chests of drawers, wardrobes, bookcases, cabinets, TV or entertainment units or other tall items, can pose serious risks and potentially tragic outcomes. Young children, especially, can try to climb on, or pull...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2024
Nerve damage, scarring, pain, burns, infections and psychological trauma. No, this isn’t about medical negligence, it’s about injuries received from beauty and cosmetic treatments. How would you feel if a simple trip to get your eyelashes looking lush for an event ends with red, infected eyes and a course of antibiotics, or your first session of laser hair or tattoo removal results in painful...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jul 2024
As a national ban on engineered stone approaches, Consumer Protection is urging affected homeowners to be aware of their rights and avoid signing new contracts to have the product installed. From 1 July 2024, the supply or installation of engineered stone – commonly used to make kitchen and bathroom benchtops – will be banned in all states across Australia to protect workers from the risks of silicosis, an irreversible lung disease.
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jun 2024
On average, more than 30 Australians die each year, and over 6,000 are hospitalised with injuries, from ladder falls. The injuries can be serious and life altering with people suffering fractured limbs, spinal cord damage and severe brain injuries. Sadly, the majority of people killed or injured were men aged over 45 years. Consumer Protection’s Product Safety team are urging people to make...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2024
WA’s energy safety regulator is warning about the dangers of unapproved electrical appliances after issuing $10,000 in infringements to sellers of illegal and potentially hazardous power suppl ies and chargers used for e-bikes , e- scooters, and e-skateboards. Building and Energy electrical inspectors found the appliances were not approved for use in Australia . Two retailers received...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 May 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Main industry participants enter into mediation over leaking pipes in WA homes The Hon John Chaney SC appointed by the parties to mediate an industry-led solution Former Supreme Court Justice and President of the State Administrative Tribunal, the Hon John Chaney SC, has been appointed to oversee the mediation between builders and the manufacturer...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2024
WA’s building and plumbing regulator has announced preliminary findings from its investigation into water leaks in Perth homes from a particular brand of polybutylene pipe. Building and Energy’s investigation focused on identifying the cause of failure of Pro-fit polybutylene pipes made by Iplex Australia. Most water leaks occurred in pipes manufactured between mid-2017 and mid-2022. As part of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Aug 2023
Electric shock risk if power adaptors do not meet Australian safety standards Check for compliance symbol, insulated pins and no exposed metal when in use Buy from reputable retailers and be cautious about overseas or online sales A rise in electric shock reports has prompted a warning from WA’s energy safety regulator about dangerous travel adaptors that are not approved for use in Australia...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jul 2023
43 per cent of button battery products inspected failed to meet product safety standards 19 Infringement Notices issued in WA Button battery emergency department presentations have halved in last two years 43 per cent of inspected products containing button batteries failed to meet product safety standards in Western Australia since mandatory button battery laws came into effect last year. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2023
They come in all shapes and sizes to power many different devices, yet every battery has the potential to become a menace if they end up in your rubbish or recycling bin. Some batteries contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other pollutants that can contaminate water supplies when they enter landfill, while rechargeable lithium-ion batteries become fire hazards if they are damaged or crushed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2023

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