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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 regulators and information sources ' brochure. What products might asbestos be found in? Asbestos cement products such as building materials ('fibro...
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...
Licensing search
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 fact sheet provides information on what to do when aggression in the workplace occurs.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
22 May 2014
To prevent and control aggression in the workplace risks, prepare a management plan to identify potential threatening or aggressive incidents at work which may injure or harm the health of employees and others at the workplace.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
This fact sheet outlines the importance when designing a building, vehicle or structure, and when planning the layout of a work site, to give consideration to the hazardous situations that have been identified and the measures that may permanently reduce the risk of aggression in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
11 Jun 2014
Tips for dealing with sources of aggression in schools and crime prevention.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
Do you need an information tool to assist you to control the risks of hazardous substances?
WorkSafe
Template
21 May 2014
These industry guidelines provide practical help to everyone involved in shearing and associated areas to find and fix safety and health problems.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
The document follows the risk management process of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control, and provides examples of safe work practices and the safe design of standing and seated...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
Make a positive difference, become a WorkSafe Inspector.
WorkSafe
Information
29 May 2014
A 60-year-old man died when 200-litre drum he was attempting to cut with an angle grinder exploded. The man had marked a cutting line on the drum and left both bungs secured. When the angle grinder...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
This poster provides information on how to protect your hearing
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014

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Announcements

The Industrial Magistrates Court has ordered a hairdressing salon owner to back pay a former employee $4230.75 in unpaid long service leave and pay in lieu of notice. In March 2014, Mr Ahmad Hamdan, who operated the N Style Hair Studio in Heathridge, sold his hairdressing business and failed to notify a 57-year-old hairdresser that her employment would not continue with the new owners. At that...
Labour Relations
Media release
22 Feb 2016
Construction sites in Perth’s southern suburbs will be the focus of a proactive inspection program later this month. WorkSafe Acting Director Tony Poulton said today the program would involve construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the southern suburbs as far as Mandurah in the last week of February. “The program will be part of a continuing series of...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2016
The state Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $16.80 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2016
Most WA awards require employers to provide pay slips to employees. It is good practice for all employers to issue pay slips, as they enable employees to be fully informed about what they are being paid. Employers should check what specific information the relevant WA award requires them to provide to employees. The Payslips Requirements page details the standard inclusions on a payslip and links...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the current heatwave and the remainder of summer. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Feb 2016
The Public Holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include the 2018 dates for most public holidays. The Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2018 is yet to be proclaimed and the date for this public holiday will be published at a later date.
Labour Relations
Alert
02 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder about the serious health hazards associated with wall chasing work and urged that the work only be performed in accordance with workplace safety and health laws. Construction workers need to be aware of the risks of exposure to dust and carbon monoxide, noise, saw kick-back and serious cuts when chasing walls with hand-held power tools. WorkSafe has issued warnings...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Feb 2016
With the season’s first cyclone approaching the WA coast, businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jan 2016
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in the waste and recycling industry. The program will continue through the financial year, and will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because of its wide range of hazards that could result in serious injuries. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jan 2016
The state Metal Trades (General) Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $17.10 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are displayed in...
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Jan 2016

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