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3. Key points
- Incorporated associations are required to provide a safe and healthy working environment for employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors.
- There are a range of specific obligations for all parties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Regulations (the OSH Laws).
- WorkSafe is a division of the Department of Commerce that administers the OSH Laws.
- Inspectors appointed by WorkSafe have broad powers, including entering and inspecting workplaces.
- The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner must be notified of all work related injuries involving fatal and some serious injuries, and certain diseases.
- Incorporated associations that engage workers must have workers' compensation insurance.
- Workers’ compensation is regulated by legislation and administered by WorkCover, a State Government statutory authority.
- Volunteers are not covered by workers' compensation insurance.
- If a worker is injured while at work, the employer and worker are required to complete and submit prescribed documentation.