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To do this step successfully, you need to understand your work activities. If you are not fully engaged in the day-to-day running of the business, you should discuss this step with your workers. Hazards in the workplace are things that could cause harm, injury or ill health to a person. There are...
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When you are in charge of a small business, it is your legal duty of care to prevent people from being injured or harmed in your workplace. A breach of the duty of care can result in enforcement action by WorkSafe. It is therefore important to ensure your business has safe systems of work . Follow...
Small business
Try this quiz to check whether you have done enough to protect yourself and those within your duty of care. This test covers: General workplace duties Consultation Training and information Monitoring and review Ready to take the test Download now!
Small business
It is easy to believe that incidents at work are unusual. Serious incidents are the sort of things that 'never happen to you or in your workplace', however, unpredicted things can happen. A few measures or basic procedures can prevent an injury or fatality from occurring at your workplace. Safety...
Small business
There are many support services and resources that are available to the public and it is important to remember to contact them should you require personal assistance. Here are a list of legal and mental health help lines. If you are experiencing health problems, please seek medical advice from your...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Several behaviours at work can have an effect on a worker’s health and safety. Mental health can be affected by workplace behaviours such as conflict, bullying, violence and aggression. However, mental health may also be affected by work related stress and exposure to traumatic events at work...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
WorkCover WA provides guidance and assistance to all parties within the workers’ compensation system. The team consists of Advisory Officers who provide guidance and assistance to all parties in relation to their rights and obligations under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Direct discrimination takes place when a person is treated less favourably than another person, in the same or similar circumstances, on one or more of the grounds and in one of the areas of public life covered by the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 . Indirect discrimination happens when an apparently...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
An employee's minimum entitlements and conditions at work can come from registered agreements, awards, work contracts and legislation. There are several agencies that can assist in relation to issues about pay, conditions, contract of employment, termination and workplace rights. The following...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Welcome to the 2017 Safety and Health Workshops. If you are a business owner, employer, manager, supervisor, safety and health representative or an OSH manager, book now for the 2017 Safety and Health Workshops. You will have the opportunity to hear and learn from presenters with a wealth of...
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These six templates help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. All state system employers are legally required to...
Labour Relations
Template
21 Jul 2017
High Risk Work Licences are not intended to provide employers with an indication of the depth and breadth of experience the candidate has in application of the skill in the workplace. Employers have the duty to provide information, instruction and training to, and supervision of, employees to enable the employees to perform their work in such a manner that they are not exposed to hazards.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
17 Oct 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 Nov 2016
Cleaning tasks are common to most workplaces, however tasks such as mopping and vacuuming can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures,...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Oct 2016
A farmer was seriously injured when he tried to extinguish a barley grain fire inside a large grain silo. The farmer had climbed the external silo ladder to access the hatch on the roof approximately...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Oct 2016
This checklist assists in determining whether a worker is a sub-contractor or an employee. It is a guide only and is not intended to provide a definitive assessment of the status of the working...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
04 Jul 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
05 Sep 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces operating...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2016

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Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners.
Labour Relations
Event
03 Mar 2017
Monday 6 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday pay rates. If an employer is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for award free employers is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Feb 2017
An employee has been fined $11,000 (and ordered to pay $1745 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013. Thomas William Lewis pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for the safety of another person and, by that failure, causing the person’s death, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. At the time of the death, Mr Lewis and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Feb 2017
Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates. Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of business are included in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2017
The Wageline Newsletter provides employment information direct to your inbox and helps employers stay informed about critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment law. The Newsletter will also update you on increases to the state minimum wage, WA award rates of pay and other changes to key WA awards. To subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter visit the Wageline Newsletter...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Feb 2017
An employee of an Attadale car dealership has been fined $9500.00 (and ordered to pay $12,052.75 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at the dealership in 2013. Leslie Taylor was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care not to adversely affect another person and, by that failure, causing the death of that person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today. Mr Taylor was...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in airport operations and other support services to air transport. The areas being looked at as part of the program include baggage handling, airport terminal operations, aircraft support services, air passenger transport services and air freight transport services. WorkSafe A/Director Sally North said...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Jan 2017
Wageline receives a number of calls each year about employees cashing out their annual leave or long service leave. It is important as an employer to be aware of the circumstances in which leave can be cashed out and the conditions that need to be met before an employee can cash out their leave. The Annual leave page details when cashing out annual leave is possible . The Long service leave page...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2017
A Welshpool tyre recycling company has been fined $80,000 (and ordered to pay $2013.00 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s fingers were amputated by a tyre shredder. Elan Energy Management Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jan 2017
Currently the Department of Commerce is undertaking a proactive compliance campaign for fruit and vegetable growers in regional Western Australia. This means that selected growers are being required to provide time and wages records to the Department as evidence that correct wages are being paid to employees. Employers in the state industrial relations system are legally required to maintain time...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2017

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