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These information sheets provide information on how human factors can contribute to a sequence of events that lead to a major incident and how the inclusion of human factors can assist major hazard facility operations. Case study chemical release This case study is based on the fire and a series of...
Human factors
The information below 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...
Public holiday pay
The information below 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...
Public holiday pay
This page helps employers and employees find employment information. The information on this page assumes you have worked out which of the two industrial relations systems which operate in WA covers a particular business or organisation. If not, please read the Guide to who is in the state system...
Guide to who is in the WA state system
Information sheets provide concise information about legislation, safety and work practices and answers to common questions or how to do instructions. Focus on compliance Fire risk from transparent bottles containing clear liquids stored in direct sunlight Major inspection requirements for...
Health and safety information sheets
These guides describe practical measure that can be taken to prevent or minimise the risk of harm and contribute to the overall state of knowledge regarding hazards, risks and controls. Nomination of an operator Guide - A death in the workplace: Information for families Health and safety...
Health and safety guides
To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act , an employee’s employment with their employer must be ‘continuous’. The amount of their long service leave is then determined by their period of continuous employment. There are some paid and unpaid absences that do not break an...
Long service leave
The WHS Act provides for the establishment of the: WorkSafe Commissioner Chief Inspector of Mines Chief Inspector Petroleum Safety Work Health and Safety Commission (WHSC) Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee (MAPAC) Work Health and Safety Tribunal. Work Health and Safety Commission The Work...
About WorkSafe
WHS guidance kits are resources that include short animations which can be used at health and safety meetings or toolbox meetings to raise awareness of responsibilities and duties under the Work Health and Safety laws. Introducing WHS laws Guide to WHS resources – Introducing WHS laws [ Youtube...
Work health and safety laws
These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Statement of Regulatory Intent This Statement from the regulator provides the principles for the regulatory approach that WorkSafe (...
Work health and safety laws

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In 2019, a group of workers were constructing a 10-metre high loading bay scaffold. One of the workers stepped onto a single plank temporarily being used as a working platform to construct the...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jan 2023
Water slides are devices that use water to enable people to slide rapidly along a static structure, mainly under gravity. They are widely found in amusement parks and entertainment centres in Western...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
18 Jan 2023
This case study is based on the fire and a series of explosions that occurred in 2004 at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, Illiopolis, Illinois and shows how human factors can contribute to a...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Jan 2023
This information sheet will assist major hazard facility, petroleum and geothermal energy operations with the inclusion of human factors in bowtie analyses and should: help the reader learn more...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Jan 2023
This information sheet provides guidance to assist major hazard facility, petroleum and geothermal energy operations in improving their ability to incorporate human factors into their investigation...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Jan 2023
As of 1 January 2023, all WA local governments and regional local governments are covered by the state industrial relations system. Local government employers previously operating under the Fair Work...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
03 Jan 2023
Background WorkSafe Mines Safety has noted an increase in the number of incident notifications involving fires caused by transparent bottles containing clear liquids refracting and magnifying...
WorkSafe
Information
20 Dec 2022
Purpose of strategy To continue to drive improvements in the workplace management of hazardous dusts and protect workers from harm. Focus areas Asbestos Found extensively in older WA building...
WorkSafe
Information
21 Dec 2022
Background Inspection and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements are critical for the safe operation of all cranes including registered mobile cranes and tower cranes...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Dec 2022
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
30 Nov 2022

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Media statement from Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Commerce Latest stage of security of payment reforms to protect building and construction subcontractors now in effect McGowan Government retention trust scheme election commitment delivered Increased powers to ensure good commercial behaviour in the building sector The McGowan Government has further improved payment protections for...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2023
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2023 is Monday 6 March. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Labour Day public holiday entitlements 2023 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Labour Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for: award free...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Feb 2023
Work health and safety regulations for the control of psychosocial risks will come into effect on 24 December 2022. These regulations will require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to eliminate psychosocial risks, or to minimise them so far as is reasonably practicable. This new duty places psychosocial hazards on the same footing as other significant hazards such as falls or...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Dec 2022
The owner of cafe Busselton Bean & Gone, Roger Clark, has been fined $7,725 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 Clark with two notices to produce employment records in 2021 as part of a proactive compliance campaign in the...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Dec 2022
If you are planning ahead, you can find the public holidays dates for 2023, 2024 and 2025 on the Public holidays in Western Australia page.
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2023
Western Australia’s laws about when children can work apply during both school terms and in school holidays. Children of compulsory school age are not permitted to work during the hours when the child is required to attend school (or otherwise participate in an educational program of school). There are restrictions on the type of job and working hours for children under 15 years of age. These...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jan 2023
A Perth freight transport company has been fined $40,000 (and ordered to pay $18,996.30 in costs) after the court decided it failed to provide a safe workplace for employees. Centurion Transport Co Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for persons engaged by its contractors, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. In October 2017,...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2022
A construction company and plumbing contractor have been fined a total of $720,000 (and ordered to pay $35,000 in costs) over an incident in which a worker drowned in a trench when a water main burst in 2018. Ryan and Melissa Pty Ltd (trading as Vivian Plumbing and Civil) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of an...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2022
A Kununurra hydraulic repair company has been fined $375,000 and its sole director has been fined $60,000 (and ordered to pay $4456.30 in costs) over an incident that left a 19-year-old worker with serious head injuries. CDM Hydraulics Pty Ltd and director Clinton Douglas Morey pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious injury...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Dec 2022
A company involved in steel importation and land development has been fined a total of $240,000 (and ordered to pay $30,581 in costs) over an incident in which a 19-year-old worker had seven fingers amputated by forklift chains. PT Supplies Group Pty Ltd pleaded guilty after trial to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a worker and was fined $...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Dec 2022

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