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Health surveillance in the workplace refers to the health monitoring of employees where there is a risk to health from exposure to certain hazardous substances (listed in Schedule 5.3 of the OSH Regulations 1996) or other hazardous substances where suitable health checks are available. Health...
Hazardous substances
If you have completed the requirements of an improvement notice you must notify the WorkSafe Commissioner forthwith. You can now notify the WorkSafe Commissioner online. You will need: the improvement notice number; the date it was issued; and the inspector name You will find the details on the...
Improvement notice notification
In November 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations started running a campaign to educate nail salon businesses about their employment obligations. This was initiated after a compliance audit earlier in 2018 found that a large proportion of nail and beauty businesses were not paying their employees...
Proactive compliance campaigns
The Private Sector Labour Relations Division undertakes regular proactive compliance campaigns to ensure compliance with state employment laws. Information about current and recent campaigns is provided below. Employment of children in takeaway food businesses - April 2019 The takeaway food...
Proactive compliance campaigns
Sick leave and carer's leave accrues on a weekly basis and can be calculated based on how many weeks an employee has worked: a full time employee accrues 1.461 hours of sick leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee will accrue the relevant...
Sick and carer's leave
Annual leave accrues on a weekly basis and you can calculate how much annual leave an employee has accrued based on how many weeks they have worked - a full time employee accrues 2.923 hours of annual leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee...
Annual leave
WorkSafe would like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the 2018 Work Safety Awards Western Australia. These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. This year our finalist and winners have not only demonstrated their strong...
Work Safety Awards
Legal actions and related activities summarises enforcement actions undertaken by WorkSafe under the occupational safety and health legislation. Traditionally this information has been published as part of the department’s Annual Report . Background The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH...
Enforcement outcomes
The two-month public consultation period for the modernisation of Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws ended on 31 August 2018. A total of 66 submissions provided a range of views on WHS topics. Of the 66 submissions, 17 were requested to be kept confidential. Submissions that were...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres. These child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. If you run or manage a business that is a horse riding or equestrian centre you need to...
When children can work

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This code of practice provides guidance on creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace through: providing an environment that promotes good health and wellbeing the application of a risk...
WorkSafe
Code of practice
02 Apr 2019
In March 2019, a truck mounted concrete pump with boom (TMCPWB) collapsed on to an operator. The injured person had his leg pinned by the boom, causing leg injuries. Possible contributing factors in...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Mar 2019
18 March 2019 Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays 2019 The Easter period is rapidly approaching. If you are working or employing during this period, it is important to understand public holiday...
Labour Relations
Bulletin
18 Mar 2019
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
The department's annual report for 2017-2018 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
19 Dec 2018
The following checklist is a step-by-step approach designed to be used when employees are located at a new workstation or whenever their tasks change. When setting up the position of this furniture...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Dec 2018
People who work in the field of home and community health care face unique challenges in managing work health and safety. An increased demand for services that allow people to stay in their own homes...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Dec 2018
Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
12 Dec 2018
10 December 2018 Wageline Newsletter provides information for employers in the state industrial relations system. For information on what types of businesses are covered by the state system, visit...
Labour Relations
Bulletin
10 Dec 2018
Tremolite asbestos has been identified in the ceramic centre of some Bunsen burner gauze mats in New Zealand and the UK, and preliminary testing has indicated that this may be an issue in gauze mats...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Dec 2018

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Private Sector Labour Relations has now concluded its proactive compliance campaign targeting horse riding schools and equestrian centres. As part of the compliance campaign, horse riding businesses across Western Australia were audited by industrial inspectors to ensure that children were not being employed in contravention of child employment laws. Overall, there was a positive response to the...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2019
In April 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by takeaway food businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 260 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employment laws for this industry. The Children and Community Services Act regulates the employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 May 2019
The annual State Wage Case was heard yesterday in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. The State Wage Case sets the minimum rates of pay for employees covered by the State industrial relations system, including apprentices and trainees, and determines whether there will be any adjustment to rates of pay in State awards. The Commission’s decision will be announced mid-June and...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2019
DMIRS' new online publication for workplace safety and health in WA
WorkSafe
Department News
24 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
Easter has arrived and before the long weekend begins employers should check their employment obligations for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April Visit the Easter 2019 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Apr 2019
Laws restrict when children under 15 can work in takeaway food businesses, and a proactive campaign to improve compliance with these laws has just commenced. As part of the education stage of this campaign, Wageline is providing takeaway food businesses across Western Australia with information about their obligations for employing children. If you own or manage a takeaway food business, you need...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Apr 2019
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April While Easter Saturday is not considered a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline ...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Apr 2019
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2019 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 30 September 2019.
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2019
On 1 October 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) will come into effect. The amendments lower the blood lead removal level thresholds for workers and changes the definition of ‘lead-risk job’. Lead stays in the blood for several months. It is important to take action now to ensure that when the new laws come into effect the blood lead levels of...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Mar 2019

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