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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 Area and Scope clauses of three key state clerical awards have been updated to expand the coverage of these WA awards to a broader range of clerical employees and their employers. The three awards are: Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award Clerks (Wholesale and Retail...
WA award pay rates and award summaries
The state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award has been updated. These changes commenced on the first full pay period on or after 5 June 2024. The updates to the Shop and Warehouse award ensure the award better reflects contemporary retail trading arrangements and have...
WA award pay rates and award summaries
Managing your high risk work assessor accreditation can include adding a class, renewing, changing your contact details or replacing a lost or stolen licence or accreditation documentation. Add a class Adding a class of high risk work to your assessor accreditation is a similar process to applying...
High risk work licence assessor accreditation
To be granted a WA accreditation based on your interstate accreditation you must submit an application. How to submit your application complete Application for recognition of an interstate assessor accreditation collect all of your supporting documents lodge and pay for your application in one of...
High risk work licence assessor accreditation
Work-related violence and aggression is any incident where a person is threatened, attacked or physically assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. Work-related violence and aggression covers a broad range of actions and behaviours that create a risk to health and safety of workers. These...
Violence and aggression
Harassment is inappropriate and unreasonable behaviour which can involve physical, verbal and visual conduct including: material that is displayed in the workplace, for example, on a noticeboard material put on a computer, sent by email, SMS or put on a website, blog or on social networking verbal...
Violence and aggression
Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety. Repeated behaviour refers to the persistent nature of the behaviour and can involve a range of behaviours over time. Unreasonable behaviour means...
Bullying
Computer use is considered a manual task. Computer work can expose workers to prolonged awkward postures, sustained postures and repetitive movement. To minimise these risks, adequate breaks must be taken, tasks must be rotated, and good workstation design, layout, and adjustable equipment must be...
Manual tasks

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WorkSafe is aware of at least eight known asbestos exposure incidents, which occurred between June 2020 and April 2023. These directly related to asbestos containing flooring materials. These...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Dec 2023
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 that an item...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 2023
The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards will be held at Optus Stadium on 27 October 2023 . Find out about the finalists in this prestigious event in the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards...
WorkSafe
Brochure
23 Oct 2023
Since the introduction of the work health and safety legislation in 2022-23 there has been number of changes to legislation covering the asbestos removal. This Health and safety snapshot : Asbestos...
WorkSafe
Information
17 Nov 2023
Regulation 675UK of the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Mines Regulations) requires information about high risk mining activities at a mine to be notified to the regulator...
WorkSafe
Information
09 Jan 2024
WorkSafe has become aware of risks arising from a lack of maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at workplaces. An AED is a piece of first aid equipment designed to be used by any...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
18 Sep 2023
This information sheet lists the duties of a competent person – inspection and maintenance of plant for the Perth Royal Show.
WorkSafe
Information
13 Sep 2023
Summary of incident There have been multiple fatalities in separate incidents at Western Australian workplaces as a result of crush injuries from falling trailer ramps. The trailer ramps were...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
10 Aug 2023
This information sheet is intended for farmers and their workers, to highlight the importance of storing diesel safely and correctly. It explains the requirements of the Dangerous Goods Safety (...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
If you are an RTO submitting applications for high risk work licences online, on behalf of your students, you will need the applicant to complete this form. Attach the completed form with the...
WorkSafe
Form – application
07 May 2024

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Announcements

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
A crane hire company has been fined $12,000 at a retrial for failing to ensure the required number of people were involved in the use of their crane at a construction site. Halifax Crane Hire Pty Ltd was found guilty of breaching the now-repealed Occupational Safety and Health Regulation dealing with the number of people required to be involved in the use of cranes, and was fined in the Bunbury...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2023
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 22 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on our website. The Christmas – New Year 2023–2024 public holiday information provides state system employers and employees with: information on which dates...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
The public holiday dates for 2024 are available on the Public Holidays in Western Australia page. Western Australia has 11 public holidays throughout the year, and prior to each public holiday, Wageline will publish information on public holiday entitlements for state system employees on the Public holiday pay and entitlements page. The next public holiday is Australia Day on Friday 26 January,...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jan 2024
The festive season is fast approaching and employers can get prepared by checking the pay rates employees must be paid on public holidays and other public holiday employment obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Metal Trades (General) Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Farm Employees Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of farm employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
During November, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors are conducting a proactive compliance campaign in the Mandurah/Rockingham area of WA. The campaign focusses on inspecting businesses in industries with known high levels of non-compliance such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons and retailers. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023

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