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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...
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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
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...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
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
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) sought stakeholder views on their experiences with unfair contract terms in standard form contracts being offered to small businesses and how best to protect small businesses against such terms. CAANZ drafted a consultation paper and a fact sheet...
Consultations and reports
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page .
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Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
Online resources
The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) provides advice to the Minister for Commerce and Commissioner for Consumer Protection on the activities and policies of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as they affect consumers; current and emerging consumer issues; research and...
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Small business must provide workers with adequate training, information and instructions to perform and comply with their job role and be aware of their safety responsibilities and requirements. What...
WorkSafe
Information
17 Feb 2015
Strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the Western Australian agricultural sector
WorkSafe
Plans
10 Mar 2015
Serious injury and fatality rates in agricultural workplaces are amongst the highest in Western Australia and WorkSafe is working with the community to bring these numbers down. This new strategy...
WorkSafe
Plans
10 Mar 2015
The hazard identification form can be used to document hazards and risks at your workplace. Use one form to document each hazard. Integrate all identified hazards and their control measures into the...
WorkSafe
Template
06 Feb 2015
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...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Feb 2015
A toolbox safety meeting/pre-start talk is a short succinct meeting that can be used as an avenue to convey timely and important safety information to workers and the work team. The session usually...
WorkSafe
Information
13 Feb 2015
Workplace safety and health consultation is a two-way process involving the business and workers communicating and co-operating with each other in regards to workplace safety and health issues. The...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
For every hazard identified an action plan must be developed and tracked until the hazard is eliminated or adequately controlled. The actions arising from the risk assessment should be recorded on...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
A job safety analysis (JSA) is a written procedure developed to review work steps and their associated hazards in order to put in place correct solutions to eliminate or minimise the risk of those...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
Small business may need to engage an independent contractor to perform tasks on their behalves. There are about 986,000 persons working as independent contractors in Australia (ABS 2013). Engaging...
WorkSafe
Information
02 Feb 2015

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Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today meet with Federal Defence Minister Marise Payne in Perth as part of the campaign to promote Western Australia's naval shipbuilding and heavy engineering capability .
Media release
11 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Scammers are carrying out research into people at various organisations and either hacking computers or impersonating email accounts in a fraud known as a ‘man in the middle’ attack. Consumer Protection and WA Police Major Fraud Squad warn anyone making payments to third parties to be aware of the increased frequency in attempts to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
08 Sep 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has noticed that anytime there is a change in the economic climate there will be some business closures as a result. It is often difficult to spot telltale signs of financial distress but, as consumers, we need to be aware of the risks involved when paying for goods or services in advance; even the purchase of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Aug 2016
Consumer fraud prevention, product safety inspections and price checks are some of things that will be happening when Consumer Protection visits Norseman and Esperance from tomorrow. Senior Regional Officer for the Goldfields Ivo da Silva will be heading from his usual base in Kalgoorlie to Norseman and Esperance 1-3 June 2016. “I’ll be going door to door but unlike a salesperson I’ll be offering...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 May 2016
Consumer Protection has taken legal action to stop a 65-year-old WA man from taking other people’s money and sending it to West African criminals who are pretending to run an investment scheme. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with Peter Melvin Kleinig . The undertaking prevents Mr Kleinig from soliciting or accepting funds for the purpose of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016
A pearling company has been fined $60,000 by the Broome Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its drift divers who collected pearls off Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome. Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd was charged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 after an investigation sparked by the drowning of...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Oct 2015
The WA community has its annual opportunity to nominate deserving candidates for a Consumer Protection Award, from now until the end of November 2015. This is the 12 th year that Consumer Protection will formally recognise those involved in consumer or tenant advocacy. Award categories acknowledging the promotion of product safety in the WA marketplace and journalism that raises awareness of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Sep 2015
Nominations have been called for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2015. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards aimed to publicly acknowledge the excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA. “The Work Safety Awards Western Australia recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management,...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Jun 2015
A director and company behind a business promotion website have been fined $5,400 in total for sending mail-outs that breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Consumer Protection’s case against the ‘Australian Trade Services Register’ (atsregister.com) was heard at the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 May 2015. It involved one criminal charge for sending an invoice or document that did...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 2015

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