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Laser technology is increasingly being used in workplaces. Lasers can be hazardous if appropriate controls and safe systems of work are not used. Scope of the problem Laser beams may cause damage to eyes or skin. The risk of eye injury from laser light and heat is particularly of concern as eyes...
Plant and machinery
This page contains frequently asked questions on first aid. First aid is the immediate treatment or care given to someone suffering from an injury or illness. The initial treatment a person receives directly after an injury, accident or when a person becomes ill at work is extremely important in...
First aid
Information on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in the workplace What is Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)? ETS is smoke from burning tobacco products that is present in the general environment and which people can inhale. It is sometimes called second-hand smoke (SHS). ETS is a complex mixture of...
Smoking
Understanding the safety and health needs of your workplace - A guide for migrant workers Available in the following languages: Arabic Bosnian Burmese English Simplified Chinese Swahili Tagalog Vietnamese In Western Australia, the law requires that a high standard of safety must be provided at your...
New and young workers
Gas appliances, after installation, become part of the house and tend to be neglected and forgotten until something goes wrong or they stop working as they should. Like other machines, gas appliances become inefficient, unreliable and may even pose a safety hazard if not serviced regularly. ' For...
Gas appliances
Toolkits Sample presentation: Preventing and managing aggression in the workplace for employees Sample Aggression in the workplace prevention policy Sample Aggression in the workplace risk management toolkit Information for employers Contact list Code of practice: Violence, aggression and bullying...
Aggression
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 places a duty of care on employers and employees. This page explains these requirements and provides key messages for employers, employees, OSH professionals and safety and health representatives to assist in preventing and managing aggression in the...
Aggression
Aggression in the workplace can be defined as ‘any incident in which employees and other people are abused, threatened or assaulted at work’. Within this definition, threat means any statement or behaviour that leads a person to believe they are in danger of being physically attacked. This can be...
Aggression
If you have mental health concerns, you could contact one of the following helplines or organisations. Your local General Practitioner may also be of assistance. Agency or Company Telephone Contact Mental Health Emergency Response Line – for a psychiatric emergency assessment and advisory service...
Aggression
Two types of training should be considered at every workplace where manual tasks are performed and potentially hazardous.- risk management for manual tasks and task specific training. These have been outlined in the Manual Task Code of Practice (2010) . Risk management training Everyone involved in...
Manual tasks

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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
29 Jun 2016
Recently a worker at an aquatic centre was exposed to chlorine gas when he attempted to refill an unlabelled 100 litre chemical storage and dosing drum in a plant room at the facility.
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 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
22 Jul 2016
A local government organisation held a waste collection day in early 2016, for residents to drop off items such as white goods, E-waste, vehicle batteries, engine oil, tyres and paint. Four workers...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
The purpose of this alert is to make builders and concrete pump operators aware of the need to manage risks if they operate or contract the operation of a concrete pump on a construction site...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
What the law says Employers must do all that is practical to ensure that workers are not exposed to hazards in the workplace. This includes providing training, information, supervision and managing...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Apr 2016
Some chemicals can damage your hearing. These are called ototoxic chemicals. Construction workers are also at risk of hearing damage from noise exposure. About one in five construction workers report...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
26 May 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
21 Jan 2016
The WA Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (1996) require that health surveillance, including blood lead level tests, is provided to workers undertaking lead risk work. This report summarises...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Jan 2016

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