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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include a performance solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage Performance Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage...
Responsibilities
The Code of Practice (CoP) aims to assist people designated or applying to be designated as an Inspector (Electricity). Code of Practice for Inspectors Electricity Click the link below to access the CoP and related documents Code of Practice for Inspectors Electricity
Inspectors electricity
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
The 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 endorsed by WorkSafe. Safe management of high voltage (HV) installations Information on the Guidelines and supporting...
Information for industry
The code details the requirements for vegetation control work carried out near the live conductors of overhead power lines. Code of Practice for Vegetation worker electrical safety Information on the Code and the online assessment Code of Practice for Vegetation worker electrical safety and the...
Information for industry
Servicing requirements of pre-1980 gas appliances A prohibition order was gazetted in July 2013 banning the sale, hire or use of pre-1980 Natural Gas appliances to the coastal supply area as shown on the ERA website . The prohibition order means that it is an offence to offer for sale, hire,...
Gas appliances
A national recall is being coordinated by a taskforce chaired by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Building and Energy and Consumer Protection are working with the taskforce as the WA regulators. The sub-standard cables, imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation...
Electrical installations
How to apply for a copy of your lost, stolen or damaged gasfitting permit Applying for a copy of your gasfitting permit is now even easier with our new online reprint service. How does it work? To use the new reprint service you will need to know your permit number (which can be found on the front...
Services
How to apply for a copy of your lost or stolen electrical licence, permit or certificate of registration Applying for a copy of your electrical licence, permit or certificate of registration is now even easier with our new online reprint service. How does it work? To use the new reprint service you...
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Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
07 Feb 2020
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2006.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2007.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2008.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2009.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2010.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2012.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2013.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2014.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2015.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018

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The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is an Australian government initiative in partnership with state and territory governments. During the past year the WELS team has been engaged in ‘Project New Build’, working to increase the building industry’s compliance through education, engagement and inspections. For information on this project and other important WELS updates...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Apr 2019
Since its launch in 2016, eNotice has been widely accepted and acknowledged by industry for its efficiencies and overall effectiveness. With over 90% of notices now being completed in eNotice, Building and Energy has made the decision to make lodgement of Preliminary Notices and Notices of Completion using eNotice mandatory. As of 1 July 2019 it will be mandatory to lodge all electrical...
Building and Energy
Department News
17 Apr 2019
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars on important changes coming up in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2019 edition. Spanning nine locations from Esperance to Broome during March, the events are presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy team (formerly the Building Commission). The seminars aim...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Feb 2019
Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jan 2019
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building and Energy
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building and Energy
Alert
18 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Dec 2018
Subcontractors in the building and construction industry will have increased payment protections for Government works projects under changes to be introduced in 2019. The McGowan Labor Government will significantly expand Project Bank Accounts (PBAs). This will come into effect from July 1, 2019. PBAs will apply to a wide range of Government projects where the total value of works exceeds $1.5...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Dec 2018
A former Myaree builder has been fined $10,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly manage and supervise three projects with a combined contract value of almost $2 million. Geoffrey Ian Britton (BP11802, expired) – the nominated supervisor of Avon Dream Pty Ltd (BC14034, expired), trading as Econstruct – accepted the Building Services Board’s allegations, which included...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Dec 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Nov 2018

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