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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. Hearing high pitched sounds, such as consonants and...
Noise and vibration

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Tips for carers on preventing musculoskeletal injuries from performing manual tasks.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This handbook aims to assist franchisors develop an effective health and safety system and help franchisees understand how to implement this system in their workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This guide assists people importing, supplying, handling and laying tiles and decorative stacked stone, loose natural stone or pebbles.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
Information about selecting and using dust masks in construction work.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This is a guide for employers on occupational safety and health issues relevant to casual workers, in particular short-term transient workers.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This guide is to help casual workers understand the safety and health needs of their workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
This guide covers the design, manufacture, supply and safe use of a front end loader (FEL), and its ancillary attachments, on a tractor. It also covers used front end loaders, and their attachments for resale.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This document seeks to improve health and safety outcomes in Australian workplaces by offering businesses and employees practical guidance on managing risks related to forklifts.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
WA’s occupational safety and health legislation requires that all workplace hazards are identified, the risks assessed and controls put in place. Dusts, fumes and fibres can be a particular problem...
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014
This is a joint publication the Department of Commerce, the Department of Mines and Petroleum, and the Department of Health providing information on cracker dust (also known as quarry fines).
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014

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Announcements

Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
An O’Connor labour hire company has been fined $20,000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) for failing to ensure the safety of workers it supplied to a waste recycling company. Eastlink Enterprise Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for its labour hire workers and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In 2013, Eastlink had supplied its...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A forklift operator has been fined $7200 (and ordered to pay costs of $800) over the death of a truck driver who died as the result of a fall while washing his truck at Harvey Fresh in 2014. Gypsum Metallica Rongonvi Hoff-Higgins pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another person and thereby causing his death, and was fined in the Harvey Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns. WorkSafe conducted an initial inspection program over the 2014/15 financial year, prompted by a high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013. That program resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning to Pokémon Go players to stay clear of construction sites. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today reports had been received that players had been accessing construction sites to pursue Pokémon characters. “We’ve recently received information that Pokémon Go players have been illegally accessing sites to chase the virtual characters that pop up there,” Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program examining the management of occupational safety and health risks in community-based disability and aged care assistance services. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today inspectors would focus on systems to manage risks associated with community care. “These risks include people handling, slips, trip and falls and injuries associated with...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the waste recycling industry has raised some areas of concern. The inspection program – carried out over the second half of the 2015/16 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State – looked at a wide range of hazards faced by workers in waste recycling. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Aug 2016
On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Wageline will be temporarily unavailable between 10.00am and 10.30am.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Aug 2016
The Shire of Waroona has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8336.30 in costs) over the August 2013 death of a man at its Buller Road refuse site. The Shire pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today. The man who died was the uncle of the manager of the refuse site. He was not...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jul 2016
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at commercial property owners and property managers has revealed a generally low level of knowledge about workplace safety responsibilities. The program was conducted throughout most of the 2015/16 financial year, and focused on the owners and property managers of small to medium sized shopping centres. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Jul 2016

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