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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Pay rates for apprentices and trainees
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue for Australia and will continue to be so for many years, despite the ban on new uses of asbestos in 2003. Asbestos can be classified into two main types, 'friable' or 'non-friable'. Friable...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on asbestos. I’m not sure which WA agency would best help me with my asbestos query. See the 'Asbestos Issues: Who to call' brochure. What products might asbestos be found in? Asbestos cement products such as building materials ('fibro'), fences,...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on alcohol and drugs. Why should there be a policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace? There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to develop a workplace policy on alcohol and other drugs: An employer could be found in breach of the...
Alcohol and drugs
Employers or people in control of workplaces where hazardous substances are used must keep and maintain an up to date hazardous substances register that is readily available to staff. Risk assessments must also be performed on hazardous substances to minimise exposure and protect the health and...
Hazardous substances
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
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

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A recent proactive project conducted by the Manufacturing Branch of WorkSafe WA into the powder coating industry in both metro and regional Western Australia found that in many cases, hazardous...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
An employee received numerous injuries when he was hit by a fork tine carriage which fell off a forklift. The forklift was being used to close a workshop sliding door that had come off its roller...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Two chefs received flash burns to their upper bodies when an aerosol can of cooking oil exploded in a busy café . As a result of the explosion, a large window at the front of the café blew outwards...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Workers were exposed to asbestos-containing material when an employee used a battery-operated drill to attach a loose post to a wall containing asbestos material. The employee drilled a series of...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Items of plant were recently imported into Western Australia and found to contain bonded asbestos gaskets. The plant was imported from New Zealand and Thailand for installation at a major industrial...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A worker received third degree burns to 13 percent of his body when using a new drain cleaning product containing 98 per cent sulfuric acid. In an attempt to unblock a public toilet drain, workers...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A workbook to assist people in the agricultural sector to address hazards at the workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
A retired farmer was fatally injured when he was struck and crushed by hay bales falling from a truck being unloaded by a telescopic handler ( telehandler ). The retired farmer drove the truck into a...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
The purpose of this Alert is to provide information to all employers and employees involved in the unloading of multi trailer tip trucks.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
The purpose of this Alert is to inform welding machine operators of the potential for electrodes to contain beryllium, a very toxic metal.
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at the safety standards of lifts in city buildings. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on lifts in non-residential buildings in Perth city. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today that inspectors from the Plant Safety Team will be looking closely at a number of aspects of lift safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Nov 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to the agriculture sector to work safely during harvesting operations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “Western Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry sector has one of the State’s highest rates of work-related injuries,” Mr McCulloch said. ”The sector...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 14 November 2013, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 150.9 cpl. Most BP and Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 149.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 148.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2013
An East Perth real estate agency and property management company has been fined $10,400 for taking too long to lodge security bonds with the Bond Administrator. Wentworth Mutual Investment Management Pty Ltd, trading as Century 21 Wentworth Real Estate, was also ordered to pay costs of $643 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 November 2013. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the court that the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2013
WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Nov 2013
A Perth newsagency owner has been fined $1,000 for selling a sky lantern, in the first conviction of its kind in WA under the Australian Consumer Law. Sky lanterns have been banned from sale across Australia since 2011 due to the fire risk they pose, especially in areas with bush land. In October 2012 a product safety officer from Consumer Protection found one of the sky lanterns on sale at Wing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Nov 2013
Boosting investment in new technologies and innovative industries is the main aim of a review into limited partnership laws in WA. Limited partnerships, where there is at least one general partner in a business with unlimited liability and at least one partner with limited liability, are the common vehicles used to raise investment funds for high-risk ventures. Proposed changes to the laws have...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 7 November 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 151.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 150.9 cpl, most Coles Express and Gull sites up to 149.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 148.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Nov 2013
A Wundowie consumer has reported a home entertainment system he had bought from back of van conmen began to catch fire in his home, sparking a warning from Consumer Protection. The incident comes amid a growing number of reports suggesting a sharp increase in travelling conmen activity in Perth in recent months. The Wundowie man had bought the television projection and surround sound system from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2013
November is Australia’s first national Asbestos Awareness Month, and WorkSafe has added its voice to reminders about the hazards of asbestos. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that WA had a particular interest in reminding workers and the community about the dangers of asbestos. “Unfortunately we have the sad legacy of Wittenoom to remind us of the potential hazards of asbestos,...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2013

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