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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Changes with significant effect
This page lists resources related to working with forklifts. Key information resources Guidance note - Working safely with forklifts Forklift safety Reducing the risk Checklist for forklifts Forklift frequently asked questions Important information for forklift operators in Western Australia...
Forklifts
'Cancer' is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. The term cancer covers a range of different diseases. There are a number of well-known sets of circumstances which have demonstrated the link between some occupational exposures and some types of cancer. The...
Diseases and health
Before selecting a licenced asbestos removalist, you may wish to confirm that the material to be removed contains asbestos. Only a competent person who has appropriate training, knowledge and experience can identify asbestos containing material (ACM) and determine if the ACM is friable or non-...
Asbestos licensing
To obtain a High Risk Work Licence you will need to be trained by a Registered Training Organisation and assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor. This directory lists assessors who are affiliated with a Registered Training Organisation. At the completion of your training and assessment your...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
In Western Australia certain demolition work must be carried out by a WorkSafe demolition licence holder. There are three types of demolition licence , please ensure you select the right type of licence holder for the work to be carried out. Find a demolition licence holder Search this directory to...
Demolition licence
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
Listed below are the licencing fees for asbestos, demolition, high risk work and high risk work assessors . These fees are current as of 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017. Please note: No GST is payable on fees. Asbestos Application for restricted asbestos licence : $794 Application for renewal of...
Application forms
The Director-General and Corporate Executive are dedicated to maintaining the safety and health of all people associated and affected by our department including employees, contractors, visitors and members of community. In line with our occupational safety and health (OSH) management plan, the...
Other policies and plans
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

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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
2017 Safety alert 01/2017 - Raw asbestos found in empty sea containers Safety alert 02/2017 - Asbestos found in imported friction wear plates in rail carriages 2016 Safety alert 01/2016 - Concrete...
WorkSafe
Alert
07 Mar 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
Oil or fat may need to be drained from free standing or bench-top fryers for filtering, cleaning or disposal. Risk factors associated with draining deep fryers include: burns from either hot oil or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
31 May 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. This fact sheet offers essential information to assist employers...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
29 Jun 2017
Wageline's Record keeping obligations fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Record keeping requirements page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
10 Apr 2017

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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
Over the festive season Wageline's opening hours will be: Monday 25 December Closed Tuesday 26 December Closed Wednesday 27 December 10am - 4.30pm Thursday 28 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday 29 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday 1 January Closed Tuesday 2 January 8.30am - 4.30pm Call Wageline on 1300 655 2666. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Dec 2017
It's that time of year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and most businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Though it is a time for employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Dec 2017
The Christmas/ New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2018 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2017
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent last week to approximately 10,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas / New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
The festive season has arrived! In preparation for the Christmas/ New Year period many businesses often employ extra staff as Christmas casuals to manage the increase in retail trading hours and customers over this time. Employers need to be aware of their obligations when hiring employees in this type of employment arrangement. A casual employee is someone who works irregular hours each week...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017

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