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Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue for Australia and will continue to be so for many years, despite the ban on new uses of asbestos in 2003. Asbestos can be classified into two main types, 'friable' or 'non-friable'. Friable...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on asbestos. I’m not sure which WA agency would best help me with my asbestos query. See the 'Asbestos Issues: Who to call' brochure. What products might asbestos be found in? Asbestos cement products such as building materials ('fibro'), fences,...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on alcohol and drugs. Why should there be a policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace? There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to develop a workplace policy on alcohol and other drugs: An employer could be found in breach of the...
Alcohol and drugs
Employers or people in control of workplaces where hazardous substances are used must keep and maintain an up to date hazardous substances register that is readily available to staff. Risk assessments must also be performed on hazardous substances to minimise exposure and protect the health and...
Hazardous substances
Building and Energy protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to noise. How can noise affect your life? Hearing loss caused by noise is insidious and permanent. It can cause isolation at home and socially and decrease efficiency at work. High pitched sounds, such as consonants and women's...
Noise and vibration
This page contains frequently asked questions on noise and vibration.
Noise and vibration
Ototoxic chemicals are chemicals that result in hearing loss Introduction It is well documented that occupational noise exposure is a significant health hazard that leads to permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and we have the National Exposure Standard for Occupational Noise to deal with...
Noise and vibration
This page provides useful links to assist you with the control of risks associated with hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances

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This guide is aimed at those in control and those performing any work under or near to overhead power lines. It is particularly relevant where plant or equipment such as scaffold components, roofing or other building materials, cranes or irrigation equipment are operated or moved under or in the vicinity of overhead power lines.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
Electricians, plumbers, pest control operators, installers of ceiling insulation; roof aerials; solar panels; air-conditioning systems, and other persons entering ceiling spaces or working on roofs...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Jul 2016
This bulletin provides information on the risks and some safe work practices when travelling in remote locations. Identify the hazard Extreme weather conditions, remoteness and vast distances in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Employers and self employed people have general duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the OSH Act) and requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. What...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
29 Jun 2017
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common hazards in the café and restaurant industry. This bulletin may assist retailers identify risks and suggests possible control measures.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
This bulletin sets out duties that could be relevant to people that may work on an owner builder site, which is considered a workplace under the definitions of the Act.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Does your business operate in an area that is subject to cyclones?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
Do you need information on controlling the risks of nanotechnology?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
This information bulletin provides guidance for wearing helmets on construction sites in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Jul 2016
This information bulletin is intended to provide guidance to employers and employees for the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective gloves. Should gloves be worn? The three steps in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
11 Mar 2016

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A national furniture retailer has been fined $30,000 over an incident in which two employees were injured when an elevating work platform toppled over at one of its stores. Super A-Mart Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The incident occurred in August 2011 in the dispatch warehouse of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jul 2014
As of today, the Western Australian state minimum wage has increased by $20.00 to $665.90 per week for full time adult employees. All State award minimum rates have also increased. Don’t get caught out paying incorrect rates of pay! Contact Wageline today and we will email you the award summary for your industry, containing pay rates and other useful information. The updated rates are on the WA...
Labour Relations
Alert
01 Jul 2014
WorkSafe will soon undertake an inspection program to look at safety issues in motor vehicle repair businesses. Throughout the 2014/15 financial year in metropolitan and regional areas, inspectors will look at mechanical repair workplaces, from large chains to small businesses and mechanical workshops in car dealer and vehicle rental premises. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that motor...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2014
WorkSafe will soon undertake an inspection program to look at safety issues in the catering sector. Beginning next week and continuing throughout the 2014/15 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas, the program will look at catering companies of all sizes, from large-scale catering to small operations. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that catering had been identified as a...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jun 2014
A Wattleup vegetable packing and export business has been fined $33,000 (plus almost $1200 in costs) over a lack of machinery guarding that resulted in a worker’s thumb being crushed. North East Equity Pty Ltd – trading as Sumich’s – pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to an employee, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jun 2014
The WA Industrial Relations Commission has granted a $20 per week increase to the State minimum wage and pay rates under WA awards. The increase is effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014. Wageline is currently updating the WA award summaries with the new rates of pay, and these will be published shortly. To be notified of changes in your award, subscribe to Wageline's Award...
Labour Relations
Alert
23 Jun 2014
A Newburn company has been fined $5500 plus costs for failing to identify the presence and location of asbestos at one of its workplaces.
WorkSafe
Media release
22 May 2014
The boom in strata developments and land sales in WA has prompted Consumer Protection to offer advice to off-the-plan buyers of land or property. A new consumer guide, now available online, gives useful information on the pros and cons of buying land or property off-the-plan. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said, while the vast majority of developments are completed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 May 2014
West Perth builder John Joseph Dryka (reg. 3997) has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines of $10,000 and costs of $2,000 for misleading conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011. In proceedings initiated by the Building Services Board and finalised on 31 March 2014, the builder was found to have misled the City of Stirling and an insurer as to the...
Building Commission
Media release
08 May 2014
Consumer Protection has issued a warning about an online retail website which, in too many cases, fails to deliver products or offer refunds. Pronto Online ( www.prontoonline.com.au ), operated by Fergus Patrick Turner of Parmelia, has been the subject of a high number of complaints in recent months related to orders taking an unreasonable length of time to arrive or not being delivered at all...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2014

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