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Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
High risk work licence
This information has been developed and compiled to assist small business manage safety and health in the workplace. Workplace safety forms Compliance tool for hazardous substances Hazard identification form Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Quick safety quiz for small business Safety Action Plan Toolbox...
Small business
This page contains frequently asked questions relating to small business. Why it is important to have good OSH practice in the small business sector? The small business sector is an important contributor to the Western Australia economy. This sector creates jobs and provides products and services...
Small business
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Contacting your employer or employee group may assist you in gathering information and provide direction in relation to your circumstance. Employer group - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) CCI will give you access to a team of business specialists who can provide up‑to‑...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Are there signs of unhealthy workplace behaviour in your workplace, where staff are not getting on or they feel they have been treated unfairly? While each of us are human and act respectfully most of the time, there are occasions when behaviours can get out of hand and the mental health of those...
Bullying
WorkSafe congratulates the four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia that were announced at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast on 31 October 2014. These awards recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovation in Western...
Work Safety Awards
You should allocate regular times to review how well your safety action plan is working and update it when necessary. In addition, when there is new equipment or procedures, the risk assessment may need to be revised if something new introduces new risks. A good way to do this is to talk to your...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
Once the hazards have been identified and their associated risks assessed, the next step is to consider: If the hazards can be removed altogether, and if not How the risks can be controlled so as to minimise harm? The strategy recommending how to control risks in the order of effectiveness is...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
Once the hazards have been identified, the risk need to be assessed. This include determining: Who will be affected and how? How severe is the harm likely to be? (extreme, high, moderate, and low). How likely is it to happen? (very likely, likely, moderate, unlikely and rare). Remember that your...
Follow these four basic steps to get started

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At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
EnergySafety and WorkSafe are calling for public comment on proposals to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 to prohibit work on...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
The public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia Discussion paper ended on 31 August 2016. The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) is...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
2018 Safety alert 01/2018 - Worker seriously injured by flammable liquid fire Safety alert 02/2018 - Vehicle hoist service and maintenance Safety alert 03/2018 - Worker fatally injured during plant...
WorkSafe
Alert
13 Aug 2018
Hot work includes activities such as grinding, welding, thermal or oxygen cutting or heating, and other related heat or spark producing operations. Undertaking hot work in an area where flammable...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
16 Jun 2017
WorkSafe is seeing ongoing non-compliance with wall chasing work, such as: Use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on-tool, exposing workers to toxic carbon monoxide;...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
13 Jun 2017
Recently WorkSafe became aware that a number of empty sea containers had come into Fremantle port contaminated with raw chrysotile (white asbestos). The friable asbestos was present within the sea...
WorkSafe
Alert
30 May 2017

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WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look for the presence of asbestos in plant and machinery. The program will look at a wide range of imported plant, from rail carriages to quad bikes and many other types of machinery to see if they contain any asbestos. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today asbestos had recently been found in the friction plates of rail carriages...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2018
Determining whether a worker is a subcontractor or employee can be complex. It is important to get this right because it can be costly for a business if you get it wrong. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their own independent business. This means they have control over the fees they charge, their own working hours, and they can perform work for more than one...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2018
As of January 1 2018, for the period to March 31 2018, the State has a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017. Mr Munns also holds the title of A/Deputy Director General, Safety Regulation. He moves into the role from his previous role as A/Executive Director, Building...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Jan 2018
The public holiday dates have been released for the year 2020. The Public holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include these dates. For the dates of previous years public holidays visit the Previous years public holiday dates page .
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jan 2018
Employers have been reminded to ensure they are aware of all the special rules that apply when employing young people during the school holidays. Director of Labour Relations Private Sector Lorraine Field said today it was crucial that potential employers of young people understood the restrictions that are in place. “The Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money,”...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Dec 2017
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new online kit to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch warned today that almost a quarter (23.5 per cent) of all lost time injuries suffered each year were caused by slips and trips. “The number of slips and trips that...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 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
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards in some specific WA store-based retail outlets. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year, and will focus on various retail workplaces including firewood suppliers, musical instrument stores, pharmacies and selected franchise retail outlets throughout WA. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Dec 2017
Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
A Greenwood medical practitioner has been fined $6280 (and ordered to pay costs of $1067) for failing to comply with a court order to supply an employee's records to an industrial inspector. Dr Patrick Allan Nugawela was found guilty of failing to comply with an order of the Industrial Magistrate's Court to produce records to an industrial inspector, and was fined in the Industrial Magistrate's...
Labour Relations
Media release
16 Nov 2017

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