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The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to noise. How can noise affect your life? Hearing loss caused by noise is insidious and permanent. It can cause isolation at home and socially and decrease efficiency at work. High pitched sounds, such as consonants and women's...
Noise and vibration
This page contains frequently asked questions on noise and vibration.
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
This page provides useful links to assist you with the control of risks associated with hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances
Adjudication The claim A claimant can be a person, body or organisation that presents a payment claim in the event of a payment dispute. The claimant can be: a contractor claiming against a principal; a subcontractor claiming against a contractor; or a supplier of goods claiming against a...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
Making a complaint 1. Process for making a complaint 2. Building complaint resolution guide 3. Notice of complaint 4. Complaint form 5. Previous decisions and links 1. Process for making a complaint Who can make a complaint? A complaint under the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and...
Building service and home building contract complaints
Building Commission Boards and committees: Building Commission Advisory Committee Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by the Building Commission 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, the Building Commission 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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Western Australia’s Building Commission oversees the regulation of building, painting, building surveying and plumbing services. With all these regulatory functions focused within a single agency, our industry and consumers benefit from a more consistent and efficient service. The Building Services...
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This Alert is aimed at owner operators and machinery hire outlets to reinforce the requirement for safe operating procedures when using mini skid steer loaders with attachments.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
The purpose of this alert is to provide information to all parties involved in the supply and use of elevating work platforms (EWP).
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
Recently, new vehicles imported into Australia from China by Great Wall Motors Australia and Chery Automotive Australia were found to contain asbestos gaskets. Asbestos in new products has been...
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Mar 2017
The purpose of this Alert is to provide information to all employers and workers involved in the operation of compacting waste trucks during waste collection.
WorkSafe
Alert
22 May 2014
This safety alert covers design and fabrication quality of transportable vessels that are periodically pressurised to discharge their contents.
WorkSafe
Alert
16 May 2014
The purpose of this alert is to provide information to all parties involved in the design, manufacture and lifting of precast concrete components.
WorkSafe
Alert
16 May 2014
The purpose of this Safety Alert is to highlight the dangers of using angle grinders and/or welders to heat or cut metal tanks.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
The purpose of this alert to highlight the hazards of using emery cloth tape on metalworking lathes. Emery cloth tape is used to achieve a cosmetic finish or to resize a work piece under rotation.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
The purpose of this Alert is to highlight the dangers associated with not keeping plant repaired and maintained as per manufacturer’s specifications and design.
WorkSafe
Alert
16 May 2014
The purpose of this Alert is to highlight the dangers associated with transferring oil from a deep fryer to an oil disposal machine, and to suggest possible control measures to assist industry to manage the risk.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016

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More than twenty suspected fraud victims in Kalgoorlie Boulder are due to receive an intervention visit as part of Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Consumer Protection. The potential romance or investment fraud victims have been identified through money transfers to West Africa. The total recorded monetary loss for the Goldfields-Esperance...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jul 2013
Revolutionary wetsuits designed to protect surfers, swimmers and divers from shark attacks State Government funding helps turn innovative ideas into new business opportunities Department of Commerce is proud to support Western Australian innovation and commercialisation Perth-based company, Shark Mitigation Services (SMS), last week unveiled a range of shark deterrent wetsuits to address the...
Industry Development
Media release
22 Jul 2013
WA consumers have lost a total of $170,000 to scammers so far this year when buying and selling online. Consumer Protection has received 45 reports this year from people who have been scammed by bogus buyers and sellers who operate using legitimate online classified sites such as Gumtree and eBay. Items targeted include cars, caravans, boats, rental accommodation, electronics, pets and concert/...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2013
Accommodation providers are being targeted by scammers who make bookings using a stolen credit card, before cancelling with a sob story and requesting a refund be paid into a bank account. But it’s not just businesses affected by this scam, as Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll explains. “A consumer reported to WA ScamNet that she had been wrongly charged by a hotel in New South...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 18 July 2013, most Caltex Woolworths sites are hiking their ULP price by 18 cents per litre (cpl) up to 163.9 cpl. Most Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 17 cpl up to 162.9 cpl, most BP sites by 15 cpl up to 161.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 161.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2013
A forklift operator who did not hold the appropriate licence has been fined $1000 (plus $1728 in costs) over an incident in which a delivery driver was injured by the forklift the operator was reversing. Gary Alexander Egberts pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of the delivery driver and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jul 2013
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in clothing and footwear retailing outlets throughout the 2013/14 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the clothing and footwear retailing sector was being targeted because of increases in the number of injuries being recorded in the sector. “We were concerned to find that lost time injuries in footwear...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Jul 2013
Consumer Protection and Energy S afety are investigating reports from WA consumers who have been approached by a solar panel company to conduct testing on their units which may not be necessary. The company, based in the eastern states, is charging consumers $330 for ‘anti-islanding testing’ and falsely claiming that this annual test is mandatory under WA law. ‘Anti-islanding testing’ involves...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2013
Consumer Protection today launched a radio program aimed at empowering Indigenous consumers and informing them of their rights when buying and maintaining a car. The first of the eight-part radio series called “My Dardy Car” was broadcast on Noongar Radio in Perth (100.9FM) during a NAIDOC Week event today and was relayed live to Indigenous radio stations in Geraldton (Radio Mama) and Broome (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2013
Consumer Protection is issuing an urgent warning to Western Australian consumers not to deal with so-called 'bitumen bandits' who offer unsolicited work and produce dodgy driveways that are too thin and use inferior quality materials. Reports received today suggest that two white men with English accents, in orange fluorescent vests and driving a white Ute are approaching homeowners in Broome to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2013

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