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This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand WA’s Work Health and Safety laws. Duty holder Refers to any person who owes a work health and safety duty under the WHS Act including a person conducting a business or undertaking...
Work health and safety laws
Learn about worker consultation under the work health and safety laws.
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
The WorkSafe Commissioner is the regulator under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2020. The Commissioner is responsible to the Minister for Industrial Relations for the administration of the WHS Act, and any other laws relating to work health and safety administered by the Minister. Functions...
About WorkSafe
Construction work is any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure. WHS (Mines) Regulation 289(2) outlines additional types of...
Construction
Interpretive guidelines Interpretive guidelines describe how the WHS regulator believes key concepts in the WHS Act will operate and provide an indication of how the laws will be enforced. The meaning of 'person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU) ( www.wa.gov.au ) How to determine what is...
Regulator's policies and interpretive guidelines
Australian Standards and Australian/New Zealand Standards (Australian Standards) are developed by an independent organisation called Standards Australia. It prepares and publishes voluntary technical and commercial standards which are sometimes adopted by work health and safety regulations...
Australian Standards
Safe Work Australia (SWA) supports the Commonwealth, state and territory governments by developing WHS guidance material for use by PCBUs and workers. SWA guidance adapted by WorkSafe Health monitoring duties for persons conducting a business or undertaking SWA guides General guide for workplace...
Safe Work Australia guidance
Inductions are an important information sharing session that helps to familiarise people with the locations, equipment, materials, processes and tasks they may encounter while working at or visiting a site for the first time. To achieve the best results, inductions need to be tailored and targeted...
New and young workers
WorkSafe recommends you make your own enquiries about the standard of work conducted by all service providers, including licensed asbestos assessors. While those listed are licensed with either WorkSafe WA or the equivalent regulator in another state or territory at the time of publishing, WorkSafe...
Assess asbestos removal works
Health and safety representative refresher training can only be undertaken with an approved training provider. Training providers are approved by the Work Health and Safety Commission in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . The following training providers are currently approved...
Training

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In August 2022, a worker in a cafe kitchen suffered burns when an aerosol can of cooking oil was inadvertently dropped into a deep fryer of hot oil. The aerosol can had been placed on a trolley next...
WorkSafe
Alert
11 May 2023
This Information sheet - focus on compliance, provides an overview of incident data relating to vehicle rollovers on WA mine sites from 1 January 2017 to 30 May 2022 and identifies four areas of...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Dec 2022
Pursuant to regulation 684 of the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), I have determined on my own initiative to grant an exemption from the requirement to use an...
WorkSafe
Information
28 Mar 2024
McGowan Government delivers progress report on response to Parliamentary Inquiry into sexual harassment of women in the fly-in, fly-out mining industry.
WorkSafe
Reports
29 Nov 2022
This application is for persons seeking to be recognised as a ‘competent person’ under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) to conduct inspections of; r. 235(1B) (b...
WorkSafe
Form – application
28 Nov 2022
This application is for a person seeking to be recognised as a ‘competent person’ to conduct plant design verification under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022. If an applicant has...
WorkSafe
Form – application
28 Nov 2022
Under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022, clearance inspections must be conducted for all licensed asbestos removal work and a clearance certificate in writing must be issued...
WorkSafe
Template
28 Mar 2024
It has come to the attention of WorkSafe that there are potentially several hundred flying foxes in operation across Western Australia. A flying fox is an amusement device consisting of an elevated...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
28 Sep 2022
Persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs), including mine operators, have an obligation to carefully assess the validity of qualifications, supporting documentation and training...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022
WorkSafe Mines Safety has received a number of notifications reporting potentially serious incidents involving breakthroughs into areas or headings that have not been barricaded. Recent incidents...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Sep 2022

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Announcements

The owner of Ultra Tune South Fremantle, Michael Ferguson, has been penalised morethan $6000 for failing to keep a daily record of employees' start and finish times and failing to produce employment records to an industrial inspector. "Record keeping is the bedrock of compliance," Executive Director Private Sector Labour Relations Lorraine Field said today. "Failing to maintain the correct...
Labour Relations
Media release
19 May 2023
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a fire assay company after four workers recorded high levels of lead in their blood and one was hospitalised. Jinning Pty Ltd faces two charges of failing to ensure that biological monitoring was conducted on an employee in a lead-risk job, along with two charges of failing to ensure that counselling and health surveillance were provided to...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 May 2023
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has issued a new General Order which applies to all state system employers and employees. In the event that a special public holiday is proclaimed in Western Australia, the Provisions in Industrial Instruments for Special Days appointed under Section 7 of the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 General Order provides an entitlement for...
Labour Relations
Media release
19 May 2023
The state Farm Employees Award has been updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC). The award variation is effective from 1 July 2023. The changes to this WA award include: new provisions for part time employees, including a requirement for employees and employers to agree in writing on hours of work; an updated definition for the Farm Tradesperson classification;...
Labour Relations
Media release
17 May 2023
In March, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors conducted a proactive compliance campaign in the South-West region of WA. Industrial inspectors visited almost 70 businesses in Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. The campaign focused on inspecting businesses with known high levels of non-compliance, such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 May 2023
The 2023 regional public holiday dates have been published on the Regional dates for the King’s Birthday public holiday page. Some regional areas in WA hold the King’s Birthday public holiday on specific dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. In all other areas of Western Australia, this year’s King’s Birthday public holiday is on Monday 25 September 2023.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Apr 2023
The report on the WorkSafe Commissioner’s independent Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry has been released, with most of its recommendations supported and currently under consideration. The Commissioner has indicated his support for the majority of the recommendations, however two have been noted as they will require further work or consultation if the State Government wishes to progress them...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Apr 2023
With Tropical Cyclone Ilsa about to cross the N-W coast, businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that cyclone contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land had safe systems of work in place and operating when a cyclone approached. “Under workplace safety and...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Apr 2023
During the school holidays many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or other advertising material...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Apr 2023
The owner of the now closed Indian Garden Restaurant in North Perth, Kuldeep Jodha, has been fined $33,850 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a court order to produce employment records. An industrial inspector from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety issued Mr Jodha with two notices to produce employment records in 2020 as part of a proactive...
Labour Relations
Media release
28 Mar 2023

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