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With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home and business owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the compulsory life-saving switches that protect against electrocution. RCDs instantly stop the electricity supply when they detect a fault, such as when a person receives an electric shock. The rapid response is designed to protect...
EnergySafety
Media release
26 Sep 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018
From 30 June 2018 , DC isolating switches used in solar PV installations must comply with a Level 3 certification under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). This means DC isolating switches must have a valid Certificate of Conformity confirming the product complies with Australian Standard AS 60947.3:2018. The brand and all relevant models must be registered to the responsible...
EnergySafety
Alert
05 Jul 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
A series of controlled burns filmed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services have shown how rapidly fire, smoke and toxic fumes can fill a room and turn deadly. A fire in a modern home has the potential to spread and engulf a room in under five minutes. The vision of the controlled burns demonstrates the need for Western Australians to treat home fire safety as a priority this winter by...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
Residential property owners in WA need to be on the ball when it comes to smoke alarms and the laws governing them. The recent house fire in Thornlie, where two lives were lost, is a tragic and timely reminder of the importance of the alarms as in that case the alarm was found not to be working. Western Australian laws require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms and residual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2018
The 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018, Electrical Installations (known as the Wiring Rules) is now available. The new standard has been developed by Standards Australia in collaboration with industry and government. AS/NZS 3000 specifies the electrical installation safety requirements for all premises in Australia and New Zealand. The new edition is a complete revision of the 2007 edition,...
EnergySafety
Alert
26 Jun 2018
Do you have a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater? People with Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heaters in their homes need to get them checked by a qualified gasfitter immediately. Laboratory tests show that under certain conditions the heaters produce too much carbon monoxide. Particularly if homes have poor ventilation and bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen rangehoods are used at...
EnergySafety
Alert
01 Jun 2018
Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
EnergySafety
Media release
11 May 2018
Construction Contracts Act videos and fact sheets Building and Energy has undertaken a full redesign of the section of our website which provides information and guidance to industry and the general public in respect of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the CCA). The CCA establishes a process through which construction sector participants can access fast, cost effective dispute resolution...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
09 May 2018
West Australians could be putting their own and their family’s health at risk this winter when they switch on their gas heaters for the first time. Carbon monoxide gas leaking from faulty heaters can be fatal as was the tragic and alarming case of Chase and Tyler Robinson, aged eight and six, who died in 2010 in their home in Shepparton, Victoria. This week, April 30 – May 6 marks the annual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
01 May 2018
Regulation 28 of the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 (the Regulations) requires a registered gasfitter to attach an approved badge or label in an approved place on completion of the gasfitting work. Subregulation 28 (6) provides for the Director of Energy Safety (the Director) to exempt a registered gasfitter from this requirement in a particular case or...
EnergySafety
Department News
16 Apr 2018
Energy Safety is hosting several free information sessions for Western Australian electrical workers and contractors. Presented by Energy Safety staff, these sessions will update you on: the new Wiring Rules; regulations for live electrical work; and supervision of apprentices. If you are involved in the electrical contracting industry in Western Australia, these sessions are for you. Dates and...
EnergySafety
Event
25 Jan 2018
Energy Safety has issued a reminder of the importance of understanding the hazards present in roof spaces and how to avoid them. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, today issued a caution to be mindful during the festive season of the electrical hazards present in roof spaces. “The holiday season is upon us, and while we will be enjoying the usual Christmas and New Year festivities, many will...
EnergySafety
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous Salzer brand switches used in some solar systems installed in Western Australia since August 2016. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of some solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so work can be undertaken on the electrical installation of...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Western Australians have been encouraged to ensure their Christmas lights are approved, safe and in good working order this holiday season. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan today advised consumers to check their Christmas lights before use to ensure they were safe and being used correctly. “Decorating with Christmas tree and fairy lights is a common tradition during the festive season...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Dec 2017
With a higher than normal fire potential predicted for parts of the State this bushfire season, Energy Safety is urging Western Australians to ensure that gas and electrical installations on their property are safe and in good working order. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, is advising consumers to check their private power poles and power lines and any LP Gas cylinders before the bushfire...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Sep 2017
A product recall has been issued for the Active & Co Portable single burner stove sold at Kmart stores between December 2015 and April 2017, Model Number PL-222, IAPMO Certification No. GMK10262. Due to an issue with the manufacturing of the Active & Co product there have been instances where gas leakage could occur during operation. There is a possibility of a fire or explosion occurring...
EnergySafety
Alert
14 Sep 2017
The 26 th annual WAITTA INCITE Awards were held on the 16 th June 2017. The awards recognise local talent, products and technologies that help industry and government operate more efficiently. Energy Safety won the most effective Government solution award for eNotice, a web-based solution for the gas and electricity industry in WA for lodging work notices. With over 400,000 paper forms completed...
EnergySafety
Department News
03 Jul 2017
A product recall has been issued for the Rinnai Symmetry inbuilt gas log effect space heater, models RDV3610ETR and RDV3611ETR. It has been identified that under some circumstances the mesh guard may separate from the front of the heater and there is also a remote possibility of glass breakage resulting in a risk of injury. Other Rinnai models are not affected. If you have one of the affected...
EnergySafety
Alert
15 May 2017
An Energy Safety review has confirmed that Western Power has met the requirements of an Order issued in September 2009 to make its rural wood distribution poles safe and to develop a sound management plan for their maintenance. Read the rest of the media statement . The report summarising the findings can be found under Audit Reviews .
EnergySafety
Media release
22 Jun 2016
Energy Safety and WorkSafe are investigating the suspected electrocution of an electrician who was working at a property in Yokine yesterday. The man was repairing an air-conditioner in the roof space of the premises. Inspectors travelled to the site soon after and are investigating the circumstances. Energy Safety and WorkSafe thoroughly investigate serious electrical incidents and deaths in WA...
EnergySafety
Media release
16 Mar 2016
Energy Safety has fined seven sole traders and two companies for selling hoverboards which incorporated non-approved battery-chargers. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said inspections of major retail outlets as well as sellers advertising hoverboards for sale on classifieds websites such as Gumtree have been conducted. "I am deeply concerned that all the sellers we investigated for...
EnergySafety
Media release
11 Mar 2016

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