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WorkSafe’s Enforcement Policy All provisions of the OSH Act and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 are important in regard to the need to comply, and will be appropriately enforced. The enforcement action that is warranted will depend on the circumstances of the case and the...
About WorkSafe
An inspector has the legal right to enter, at any time, any workplace including aircraft, ships and vehicles, where employees work or are likely to be in the course of their work. This right to enter means that inspectors have unrestricted access to workplaces, excepting where there is a statutory...
Workplace inspections
An instrument of declaration allows jurisdictions normally falling under mine safety legislation to be transferred temporarily to the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 . Current instruments of declaration Under section 4(3) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
This information 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. If you...
Types of employment arrangements
There are restrictions on the type of job and working hours for children under 15 years of age. These laws apply to all Western Australian businesses and all employers in the state and national industrial relations systems. As long as the work does not prevent school attendance, children of any age...
When children can work
This information 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. If you...
Dismissal
This information 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. If you...
Resignation
This information 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. If you...
Redundancy
This information 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. If you...
Dismissal
When an employer offers someone a job, an employment contract is being entered into. This is a legal relationship under which both the employer and the employee have rights and obligations. Generally an employment contract is made between the employer and a new employee when: there is an offer of...
Employment contracts

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Publications

Checklist for managing zoonoses risks in abattoirs.
WorkSafe
Checklist
21 May 2014
Learn more about responding to burn injuries.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
The loss of your partner or relative in a work-related accident is likely to be a traumatic and difficult experience. To help you, this publication has information on what different government...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
27 Jun 2018
This guide provides practical guidance for designers, manufacturers, suppliers, couriers and users of surgical instrument set transport cases, and outlines their obligations when transporting and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
A tool for self employed persons, suppliers, service providers, contractors, and subcontractors in the Australian building and construction industry.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
07 Aug 2014
This guide provides practical guidance for designers, manufacturers, suppliers and users of slashers. OHS legislation requires the control of risk to health and safety, and following this guide is a...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This handbook outlines the legal requirements and provide known industry solutions and strategies to ensure the safe operation of tractors with attached implements on farms.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This bulletin has been produced to raise awareness on occupational safety and health issues relevant to older workers. Employers have a general duty of care to address potential age-related factors...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
You can improve the safety of masonry walls during construction work with good planning and preparation, risk management and (where required) temporary supports.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
23 May 2014
Tips for carers on preventing musculoskeletal injuries from performing manual tasks.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014

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Announcements

The state Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $16.80 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2016
Most WA awards require employers to provide pay slips to employees. It is good practice for all employers to issue pay slips, as they enable employees to be fully informed about what they are being paid. Employers should check what specific information the relevant WA award requires them to provide to employees. The Payslips Requirements page details the standard inclusions on a payslip and links...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the current heatwave and the remainder of summer. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Feb 2016
The Public Holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include the 2018 dates for most public holidays. The Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2018 is yet to be proclaimed and the date for this public holiday will be published at a later date.
Labour Relations
Alert
02 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder about the serious health hazards associated with wall chasing work and urged that the work only be performed in accordance with workplace safety and health laws. Construction workers need to be aware of the risks of exposure to dust and carbon monoxide, noise, saw kick-back and serious cuts when chasing walls with hand-held power tools. WorkSafe has issued warnings...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Feb 2016
With the season’s first cyclone approaching the WA coast, businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jan 2016
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in the waste and recycling industry. The program will continue through the financial year, and will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because of its wide range of hazards that could result in serious injuries. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jan 2016
The state Metal Trades (General) Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $17.10 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are displayed in...
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Jan 2016
WorkSafe has commenced a proactive inspection program to look at safety in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry. The inspection program will run until the end of the financial year and will include both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe WA Director Joe Attard said today that, although the number of injuries in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry was...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2016
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August 2014, the State Government announced that it intended to craft the best version of the national legislation, adapted and suited to the Western Australian work environment,” Mr McCulloch said. “The Western...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2015

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