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The Commerce website will be unavailable for between 10-20 minutes sometime between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Thursday night, 15 December. This is being done to improve the security of network connections. Disruption to people wanting to access the site or use various business systems should be minimal, but we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry Development / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Alert
14 Dec 2016
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
If you are expecting an email from the Department of Commerce and have not received it you should firstly check your spam folder and if it is not in there, make contact by phone to chase it up. Since Friday, 4 March 2016 emails sent from @commerce.wa.gov.au accounts may or may not have been received due to technical issues at our end. If you need to receive emails from the Department of Commerce...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry Development / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
17 Mar 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
Energy Safety is warning the public to be cautious of dealing with Wei Liu, trading as Jackson Northair Services, who may be continuing to carry out illegal electrical work despite being successfully prosecuted in the Perth Magistrates Court. Mr Liu does not hold the required electrical worker’s or electrical contractor’s licence authorising him to carry out electrical work in Western Australia...
EnergySafety
Media release
10 Feb 2016
A product recall has been issued for the Companion COMP243 and Adventuridge 41480 portable camping butane heater. The portable camping heater is designed for outdoor use only and requires a disposable 220G Butane Gas Cartridge for operation. The Companion COMP243 was available in various camping stores from 01.03.2015. The Adventuridge 41480 was available for sale in ALDI Stores from 21.03.2015...
EnergySafety
Alert
19 Nov 2015
A product safety recall has been issued for the 'Jumbuck' 6 burner solid hotplate barbecue, model number BG1507B6 Item number 3171031. Batch numbers are labelled on the side of the unit, numbers are 1516, 1518, 1522, 1525, 1529. The barbecues have been sold nationally at Bunnings Warehouses since June 2015 (Price: $299.00). In isolated cases, the burners may not align correctly with the gas...
EnergySafety
Alert
05 Nov 2015
The AS/NZS 5601 drafts for comment have been released. The following draft amendments are available to download from the Standards Australia website : DR AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Amd 2:2015 Gas Installations - General installations; and DR AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Amd 1:2015 Gas Installations - LP Gas installations in caravans. The public comment period closes on 19 October 2015. Comments can be submitted...
EnergySafety
Department News
18 Aug 2015
The Building Commission, Energy Safety and Consumer Protection are warning the public to be cautious of dealing with Kinross man Hajir Mobin , trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services , who may be continuing to carry out illegal plumbing and gasfitting work despite being successfully prosecuted three times.
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
13 Aug 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
EnergySafety
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA). WorkCover NSW has recently released an electrical safety video...
EnergySafety
Department News
16 Jun 2015
Energy Safety has issued additional safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The first Order pertained to only Long & Crawford Manchester switchgear. Energy Safety has now extended the Order to all HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches. Announcing this today, the Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron...
EnergySafety
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Energy Safety and Consumer Protection have issued a joint public warning to consumers not to buy or use portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety concerns. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron recommends consumers not to buy these types of portable cookers or, if they have already been purchased, discontinue their use immediately. “There is a serious risk of overheating and explosion...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
20 Mar 2015
Energy Safety has imposed new safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches produced by Long & Crawford Manchester must be completely disconnected from the electricity supply before any person may open the switch’s lid. Announcing this today the Director of Energy...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 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...
EnergySafety / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems installed between July 2013 and 10 October 2014. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so electricians can work safely on the electrical installation of a home or...
EnergySafety
Media release
05 Dec 2014
EnergySafety’s report into the pole failure that caused the Parkerville bushfire on January 12, released today, shows the private power pole failed because of rot and termites. The report follows the January 15 finding that the bushfire originated from the failure of a privately owned point-of-attachment pole (PA pole) at 180 Granite Road, Parkerville. When the pole toppled, it caused the...
EnergySafety
Media release
04 Dec 2014
Electrical safety regulator Energy Safety will launch a public awareness campaign next month to alert property owners with overhead power lines about their legal responsibilities.
EnergySafety
Media release
18 Sep 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. Energy Safety advises licensed electrical contractors who know or suspect they have...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Corporate
Media release
27 Aug 2014
Over the next few months Commerce divisions will be relocating, starting with WorkSafe on 15 August. Some phone numbers and addresses will change, so keep an eye on our information page about the coming moves .
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry Development / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
07 Aug 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has publicly released a list of 20 stores in WA which have been identified as selling dangerous unapproved USB plug-in chargers and adapters and warns their customers to carry out an urgent safety check. Product safety and regional officers from Consumer Protection, under the supervision of Energy Safety , have completed a two-week extensive search for...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Jul 2014
Energy Safety has issued a public warning to consumers about the potential dangers of using unapproved 230V AC USB plug-in chargers. The warning follows the recent death of a consumer in NSW in which an unapproved 230V AC plug-in USB charger was implicated. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today these unapproved devices posed a serious risk of electrocution or fire. "Consumers should not...
EnergySafety
Media release
27 Jun 2014
Energy Safety has issued an update on the public warnings about dangerous switches used in some solar systems, issued on May 21 and May 23. The supplier of Gen3 and SPM branded dc isolators has now announced a replacement program to replace all dc isolators with the following model numbers: GEN3DC-25, GEN3DC-32, SPMDCISO25 and SPMDCISO32. The dc isolators are required to be replaced. If you have...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Jun 2014
Energy Safety has issued an update on the public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems, issued on May 21.
EnergySafety
Media release
23 May 2014

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