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This year 77 submissions were received with 36 companies recognised as finalists. Work health and safety invention of the year 199 employees or less Engentus Pty Ltd – TopTorque precision reactionless bolting system Heat Trap Solutions – Water cooled heat stress vests RM Surveys – New observations...
Work Safety Awards
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. While PCBUs are responsible for making decisions regarding health and safety, they don’t always have a full understanding of the finer detail...
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The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) prohibits discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct about WHS. This means that people can raise health and safety issues and concerns at their workplace without fear of discrimination or coercion. What is discrimination? Discrimination is the...
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PCBUs have a duty under the Work Health and Safety Act. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of a PCBU. What is a business or undertaking Whether an organisation is a business or undertaking will depend on...
Your rights and responsibilities
Officers under the Work Health and Safety Act have specific duties. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of an officer under the Work Health and Safety laws. Who is an officer? Having the word ‘officer’ in...
Your rights and responsibilities
Notifiable incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . A 'notifiable incident' means: the death of a person; or a serious injury or illness of a person; or a dangerous incident . Need to report a notifiable incident? Preserve the site...
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The department is holding a series of free information sessions for small to medium mines on the recently released Code of practice: Mine safety management system. This free information session will: inform small-medium mines on establishing and implementing a MSMS promote quarterly status reports...
Information sessions and workshops
Dangerous incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . The regulator must be notified of any incident in relation to a workplace that exposes any person to a serious risk resulting from an immediate or imminent exposure to: an...
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The below information provides a description of activities which Western Australia (WA) Demolition licence holders are permitted to perform. If you are a WA licensee visiting another state under JobPass, you are only allowed to perform the activities listed below. If you need to apply for a WA...
Demolition licence
This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to prevent and respond to incidents of workplace gendered violence. Download this document Information sheet: Gendered violence - Sexual harassment
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A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must do what is ‘reasonably practicable’ to keep workers and other people at the workplace healthy and safe. PCBUs must eliminate risks to health...
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Information
05 Aug 2022
Nominating authorities who are currently authorised under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to appoint adjudicators and review adjudicators in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Register
29 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with welding processes in the workplace. Although this Code focuses on welding processes, it may...
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Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, as a workplace. This...
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Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with spray painting and powder coating.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to label hazardous chemicals that are being manufactured or imported for use, handling or storage in Australia.
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Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This Code provides practical guidance on how to effectively manage risks associated with working with engineered stone and, subsequently, minimise the incidence of respirable crystalline silica...
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Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with managing risks of plant in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance to PCBUs on how to manage health and safety risks associated with removing asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) from workplaces. A PCBU...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
18 Jul 2022
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage risks associated with asbestos, asbestos containing material (ACM) and asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD) at the workplace...
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Code of practice
18 Jul 2022

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A ground and air cargo services company has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8000 in costs) over an incident in which a baggage handler was seriously injured when he fell from a moving baggage tug at Perth Airport. Swissport Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to a worker, and was fined in the...
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Media release
22 Jul 2022
In the 2021/22 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $797,977 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 216 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $514,693 being recovered for employees, with a further $197,367 recovered through ongoing proactive compliance campaigns in...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jul 2022
The department has released a series of translated information on the WHS laws to assist vulnerable worker groups, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations. These information sheets are based on the WHS interpretative guidelines, the information sheets contain simplified wording providing people with guidance on the key concepts they need to understand, with hyperlinks...
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Department News
20 Jul 2022
The Minister for Industrial Relations has approved a series of Work Health and Safety codes of practice which came into effect today. These codes have been adapted for Western Australian work health and safety environments from the Model codes of practice published by Safe Work Australia, developed through consultation with unions and employer organisations. Dr Patricia Todd, Chair of the Work...
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Department News
15 Jul 2022
Today Energy Policy WA (EPWA) officially commences as a business group of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). In 2019, EPWA was established as a sub-department of DMIRS providing policy advice to the Minister for Energy on the supply of secure, reliable, sustainable and affordable energy services to Western Australian households and businesses. DMIRS Director General...
Corporate
Department News
01 Jul 2022
On 23 June 2022, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by $40.90 per week to $887.40 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased with award rates below $887.40 increasing by $40.90...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2022
Wageline now has available the 1July 2022 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022, and has published the new state minimum rates of pay for award free employees. Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries for the July 2022 award summaries Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/minimumpayrates for the new minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2022
A Welshpool engineering company and its director have been fined a total of $460,000 (and ordered to pay $5000 in costs) over the death of a worker who was crushed by a piece of pipe that fell off a semi-trailer that was being unloaded. VDM Engineering Pty Ltd and director David Van De Meeberg pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jun 2022
A Welshpool engineering company and its director have been fined a total of $460,000 (and ordered to pay $5000 in costs) over the death of a worker who was crushed by a piece of pipe that fell off a semi-trailer that was being unloaded. VDM Engineering Pty Ltd and director David Van De Meeberg pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jun 2022
Employers should start the new financial year right by making sure they are keeping the correct employment records. Additional record keeping obligations and pay slip requirements for state system employers commenced on 20 June 2022 Visit the Employment records – employment obligations page for details on record keeping requirements
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Jun 2022

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