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This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page. If you...
Payroll essentials
For help with finding the right rate of pay for a particular employee or job, follow the three steps below. Step 1 - Are you in the state system? Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. The two systems have different employment...
WA pay rates and award summaries
This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page. If you...
Pay rates for apprentices and trainees
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

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This poster provides information on how to protect your hearing
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Display this poster in your workplace to highlight the dangers of hazardous substances.
WorkSafe
Poster
21 May 2014
Would you like a simple message to encourage a safe and healty workplace?
WorkSafe
Poster
22 May 2014
Add your safety reps details to this poster and pin on the notice board.
WorkSafe
Poster
21 May 2014
ThinkSafe Sam - the three steps to safety, spot the hazard, solve the problem and make the changes
WorkSafe
Poster
20 Jun 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Machinery
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Kitchens - Poster
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Falls
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
The film New to the Job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers. Running Time: 23:03 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
29 May 2014
This video includes the reflections of Dr Jim McNulty (former Commissioner for Health) concerning asbestos mining operations at Wittenoom which led to serious health problems for workers at the mine...
WorkSafe
Information
29 May 2014

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Announcements

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
WorkSafe has commenced a proactive inspection program to look at safety in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry. The inspection program will run until the end of the financial year and will include both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe WA Director Joe Attard said today that, although the number of injuries in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry was...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2016
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August 2014, the State Government announced that it intended to craft the best version of the national legislation, adapted and suited to the Western Australian work environment,” Mr McCulloch said. “The Western...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2015

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