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Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue for Australia and will continue to be so for many years, despite the ban on new uses of asbestos in 2003. Asbestos can be classified into two main types, 'friable' or 'non-friable'. Friable...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on asbestos. I’m not sure which WA agency would best help me with my asbestos query. See the 'Asbestos regulators and information sources ' brochure. What products might asbestos be found in? Asbestos cement products such as building materials ('fibro...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on alcohol and drugs. Why should there be a policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace? There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to develop a workplace policy on alcohol and other drugs: An employer could be found in breach of the...
Alcohol and drugs
Employers or people in control of workplaces where hazardous substances are used must keep and maintain an up to date hazardous substances register that is readily available to staff. Risk assessments must also be performed on hazardous substances to minimise exposure and protect the health and...
Hazardous substances
Building and Energy protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Licensing search
The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to noise. How can noise affect your life? Hearing loss caused by noise is insidious and permanent. It can cause isolation at home and socially and decrease efficiency at work. High pitched sounds, such as consonants and women's...
Noise and vibration
This page contains frequently asked questions on noise and vibration.
Noise and vibration
Ototoxic chemicals are chemicals that result in hearing loss Introduction It is well documented that occupational noise exposure is a significant health hazard that leads to permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and we have the National Exposure Standard for Occupational Noise to deal with...
Noise and vibration
This page provides useful links to assist you with the control of risks associated with hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances

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ThinkSafe Sam - the three steps to safety, spot the hazard, solve the problem and make the changes
WorkSafe
Poster
20 Jun 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Machinery
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Kitchens - Poster
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Falls
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
The film New to the Job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers. Running Time: 23:03 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
29 May 2014
This video includes the reflections of Dr Jim McNulty (former Commissioner for Health) concerning asbestos mining operations at Wittenoom which led to serious health problems for workers at the mine...
WorkSafe
Information
29 May 2014
This film will show you how to identify hazardous substances, assess the risk of injury or harm and control the risk Running Time: 12:13 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
21 May 2014
This film will show you how to identify hazardous manual tasks, how to assess risks arising from hazardous manual tasks, and how to control the risk. Running time: 11:32 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
21 May 2014
Falling from one level to another is a major workplace hazard and is the most common cause of death from traumatic injuries in construction. Fall hazards occur in all industries and most fatalities...
WorkSafe
Training material
29 May 2014
The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health criteria for accreditation require each provider of an accredited training course for safety and health representatives to submit an annual report on the delivery of courses for the year ending the preceding 30 June.
WorkSafe
Reports
31 Oct 2019

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WorkSafe has launched the Small Business Safety web page to help small businesses comply with their workplace safety and health obligations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today welcomed WA’s 209,000 small businesses to the website and invited them to complete the page’s simple questionnaire. “Once completed, the questionnaire provides small business owners with a tailored checklist of...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Feb 2015
A Bibra Lake steel fabrication business has been fined $75,000 over an incident in which a contractor was seriously injured when a crane struck a scissor-lift on which he was working. Metwest Steel Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a contractor carrying out work and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee of the contractor, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Feb 2015
A Bunbury electrical contracting business and one of its employees have been fined a total of $44,800 over the 2013 electrocution of an 18-year-old trades assistant in the roof space of a home in East Bunbury. JCW Electrical Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court today. Licensed electrician Dale Francis...
Building and Energy / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
MMG (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as the IGA supermarket in Jurien Bay, has been fined $2,250 in the Perth Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl. The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant in five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days during August 2014. Under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 , it is illegal for...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that people returning to work after the festive break needed to be especially mindful of workplace risks. “Nine Western Australians have lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder that the public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 will close on January 30. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded anyone who intended to submit a public comment on the new laws that they had only three weeks left in which to so do. “Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2015
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year. The program will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this retail sector was being targeted because of the high level of injuries recorded. “Statistics show that...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jan 2015
A warning has been issued on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. 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 conditions and exposure to constant...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2014
A garden fertiliser company has been fined $100,000 over the 2012 death of a labour hire worker at its Jandakot premises. A Richards Pty Ltd – trading as Richgro Garden Products – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of a labour hire worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In January 2008, Richgro...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2014

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