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This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – 29 March Easter Sunday – 31 March Easter Monday – 1 April Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972, Good...
Public holiday pay
A series of resources including interpretive guidelines, guides, and information sheets were developed to provide support and assistance to onshore and offshore petroleum, pipeline and geothermal energy operators to meet their commitments under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and Work Health...
Safety cases
The harvest season can bring risks to the health and safety of farm workers, families and livelihoods. Higher ambient temperatures, humidity and winds, dry stubble and hot machine parts and exhausts are all factors that can contribute to causing a fire. Developing and adopting a fire safety...
Farm safety – Know the hazards
Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) is a division of the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS). We are responsible for regulating and promoting employer compliance with state employment laws, shaping and implementing labour relations policy and legislative reform...
About Private Sector Labour Relations
The Mines statutory positions register is used to validate an individual’s statutory position examination or certificate under the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022. Statutory positions are appointed by the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to carry out specific...
Statutory positions
Most farms use some form of dangerous goods, either to operate machinery or to control weeds or pests. Dangerous goods are substances that have properties that can be dangerous or hazardous to health if not transported, stored and handled safely. There are seasonal upsurges in the transport of...
Farm safety – Know the hazards
Acoustic incidents happen when workers are exposed to a sudden loud noise through a headset. This can startle workers and possibly cause pain in the ear. Although it is rare, some workers can experience ongoing symptoms. You can minimise the risks from an acoustic incident by: attaching acoustic...
Noise and vibration
Loud music can damage your hearing. Every time you leave a music venue with ringing in your ears, it’s a sign that some hearing damage has occurred. One of the unique features of the music industry is that sound levels loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss are often thought to be needed...
Noise and vibration
Noise from agricultural tools and machinery can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Repeated exposure to noise will lead to permanent damage. The damage can occur gradually over a number of years and remain unnoticed until it is too late. Noise does not have to be painful to be doing damage...
Noise and vibration
The information below is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system . Monday, 4 March 2024 is the Labour Day public holiday in Western Australia. This page provides information on public holiday entitlements for Labour Day 2024 for: award free employees...
Public holiday pay

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Consumer Protection's Year in Review 2022-23 outlines the major achievements from the financial year. [scald=11175:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/sites\/default\/files\/...
Consumer Protection
Reports
26 Feb 2024
These transitional and saving measures apply from the commencement of the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations). Measures that transition or preserve existing...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2024
This presentation is based on content presented at the Nano diesel particulate matter forum in July 2019.
WorkSafe
Information
22 Jan 2024
This guide highlights the importance of integrating human factors (HF) into safety management systems (SMS) to reduce the likelihood and outcome of major incidents. Many operators are already taking...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
19 Jan 2024
This self-assessment tool and the guide to using the tool have been developed to assist petroleum and major hazard facility operators in designing and maintaining safety management systems that...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jan 2024
When hand-held or quick cut concrete or masonry saws are used, potentially violent kickback, push-back or pull-in forces can occur suddenly and be difficult to control. The use of these saws without...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Jan 2024
Guildelines provide more information on the requirements of legislation and details good practice. Alcohol and other drugs at the workplace - guideline Dealing with bullying at work - guideline...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
08 Jan 2024
Significant incident reports suggest practical measures to assist in reducing the risk of incidents reoccuring. 2021 SIR No. 288: Off-highway haul truck tyre blowout in workshop injures workers SIR...
WorkSafe
Reports
22 Dec 2023
In 2023, WorkSafe received reports of two near miss incidents involving overhead bridge cranes. In each case, crane technicians used a scissor lift type of elevating work platform (EWP) to work at...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Dec 2023
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report was republished on 20 April 2018 to make a correction to an...
Labour Relations
Reports
08 Dec 2023

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With Ex-TC Lincoln threatening the N-W coast, businesses in the affected area have been reminded to ensure that cyclone contingency plans have been established and are in operation. The Bureau of Meteorology expects the system to move out to sea, and there is a high chance it will re-intensify as a cyclone and track towards the west Pilbara coast this weekend. Acting WorkSafe Commissioner Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Feb 2024
Wageline has just published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2024. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 29 March Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March Easter Monday – Monday 1 April Visit the Easter 2024 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Feb 2024
WorkSafe has called on employers and workers to consider all the precautions they should take when work is being undertaken in remote areas. Workers who regularly travel to remote areas of the State include tour operators and workers involved in supervising various recreational activities, mining workers such as prospectors and geologists, truck drivers and some farmers. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2024
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2024 is Monday 4 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 2024 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
05 Feb 2024
A transport company has been prosecuted by WorkSafe over an incident that left a worker with serious and permanent leg injuries. Toll Transport Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. The company was also charged with failing to ensure that the movement and speed of vehicles and plant at the...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jan 2024
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) recovered over $500,000 in underpayments for Western Australian workers in 2023. This figure comes from both proactive compliance activities undertaken by PSLR inspectors, and complaints made to PSLR by employees about underpayments under WA awards and state employment laws. A total of 135 proactive inspections took place in 2023,...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2024
The WorkSafe Mines Safety inspectorate has identified a concerning number of notifiable incidents where the site has not been preserved as required by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 section 39(1). What is a notifiable incident? A 'notifiable incident' is: the death of a person, a serious injury or illness , or a dangerous incident . arising out of the conduct of a business or undertaking at...
WorkSafe
Department News
02 Jan 2024
Common causes of injury to workers in mining are missteps and falls when stepping out of large trucks and other plant.  Under the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022, duty holders need to manage the risk of falls at mining workplaces, and this can only be done by considering all the factors which can lead to a potential fall risk. Other than the design of steps, accessibility of grab...
WorkSafe
Department News
02 Jan 2024
The Area and Scope clauses for three key state Clerks Awards have been updated to expand their coverage to a broader range of clerical employees. The main changes to the coverage of the awards are: The Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award is now a broad-based occupational award that applies to all private sector clerical employees who are not covered by another WA award...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
WorkSafe’s prosecution of Fortescue over failing to supply documents and answer questions is to be discontinued, with an Enforceable Undertaking agreed to by both parties. Acting WorkSafe Commissioner Sally North has accepted an undertaking by Fortescue to deliver wide-ranging strategies to address inappropriate workplace behaviours in the mining industry. An Enforceable Undertaking is an...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2023

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