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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
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...
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The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous chemicals’ in the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations). You must work safely with all substances in the workplace. ​Many...
Hazardous chemicals
Noise can damage your hearing if it’s too loud. It can also put you at risk by affecting your concentration or making it hard to hear the sounds you need to hear to work safely, such as instructions or warning signals. Overview Noise at work can be harmful to hearing, but hearing loss is...
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
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building complaints
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, Building and Energy has delivered the most significant transformation of Western Australian building laws in over 50 years. Architects Act 2004 The Architects Act 2004 provides for the effective registration of architects in WA. It...
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Persons wishing to obtain a HRWL must be assessed by a WorkSafe registered HRWL assessor for the class of HRWL required. The assessment is conducted using a nationally approved assessment instrument...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Nov 2019
Criteria for assessing applicants to become Registered WorkSafe Assessors authorised to issue notices of satisfactory assessment for high risk work on the basis of their National Police Clearance...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2014
Regulation 4.1 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations defines a bridge crane as: 'A crane comprising a bridge beam mounted at each end to an end carriage, capable of travelling along...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
04 Dec 2023
The exposure standards listed in this publication represent airborne concentrations of individual chemical substances which, according to current knowledge, should neither impair the health of nor...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
26 May 2014
These National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety Competency Standards for Operation of Loadshifting Equipment and Other Types of Specified Equipment [NOHSC: 7019 (1992)] have been...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
26 May 2014
This guidance note identifies the specific roles of retailers, retail warehouse operators and suppliers in enabling them as employers to fulfil their obligations under the national model regulations...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
26 May 2014
Hydrofluoric acid is very corrosive, highly irritating and poisonous. Hydrofluoric acid burns can be severe and extremely painful, causing extensive damage or even death. Uses Some uses and sources...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
19 Oct 2020
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, silica hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
14 Dec 2022
People often decide to recycle used 205 litre (44 gallon) or smaller drums for other uses. Cutting a drum that has contained flammable or toxic substances is dangerous and has caused serious injuries...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
23 May 2014
Pesticides are often classified as hazardous substances and can harm workers, other people or the environment if not used correctly. Pesticides are regulated by several agencies; refer to the Further...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
15 Nov 2021

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In September 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 150 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employments laws for this industry. The Children and Community...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2018
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers to stay focused on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it’s timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to remain...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Oct 2018
A State Government agency has been fined $100,000 (and ordered to pay costs) over the death of a remand prisoner crushed between a truck and a wall at Hakea Prison in 2015. Department of Justice (Department of Corrective Services at the time of the offence) pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
Wageline answers many enquiries each week about employer obligations relating to termination, and the entitlements owed to employees when employment ends through resignation, dismissal or redundancy. In recent weeks Wageline has had an increase in calls about dismissal and termination. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should visit the termination and dismissal...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Oct 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s child care centres. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include government and private child care centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area because child...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2018
Penalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased from 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010. Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include: Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000. Level 4 penalties...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Oct 2018
Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. As part of the compliance campaign, 50 state system nail and beauty salons had their employment records analysed by industrial inspectors to ensure that employees are being paid correctly and that the mandatory...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2018
This year the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018. Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Visit the Regional Dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page on the Wageline website for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2018
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Sep 2018

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