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A Western Australian employee covered by a WA award or industrial agreement requiring superannuation contributions to be paid into a fund is entitled to ‘choice of fund’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) ( the IR Act ). Other employees eligible for superannuation may be entitled to...
Choice of superannuation fund
This page contains frequently asked questions on forklifts. Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck? Yes. Regulation 4.44 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 states that an employer must ensure that the operator of the forklift uses the seat belt...
Forklifts
Did you know? The most common metal guillotine injuries are crushed or amputated fingers. Most of these accidents are not caused by the blade of the guillotine, but by the clamps that hold the sheet of metal being cut. Other injuries are from fingers jamming under the sheet of metal being cut, and...
Plant and machinery
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...
Bereavement leave
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...
Parental leave
Chemicals, just like any other hazard, need to be managed. The information on this page will assist you in achieving this. What should I do to manage chemical hazards? Employers and self employed people have a legal responsibility to obtain adequate information about hazardous substances used in...
Hazardous chemicals
It is mandatory for employers to release employees who are members of the Reserve to undertake defence service, including defence service training. It is an offence under the federal Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act for an employer to dismiss or otherwise disadvantage an employee for...
Defence reserve service
Employers are required to continue to pay employees their normal wages or salary when they are summonsed to attend court as a juror or witness. There are significant penalties that apply if an employer refuses to pay or acts in a detrimental way to an employee undertaking jury duty. Employers can...
Jury service
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...
Personal leave
Employees should be trained to follow the safety procedures that are in place to reduce the risk of aggression in the workplace. There should be prior consultation with all relevant parties regarding the training delivered. This information should also be included in induction training for new...
Violence and aggression

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Western Australian companies in the manufacturing industry have agreed to share their experiences in practical noise control management, to enable more workplaces achieve the 85 dB(A) exposure...
WorkSafe
Information
16 May 2014
Tables 1-3 of this document comprise a ready-reckoner that provides a simple way of working out a worker’s LAeq,8h (eight-hour equivalent continuous sound pressure level) if you know the noise level...
WorkSafe
Information
20 May 2014
Several Western Australian companies in the construction industry have agreed to share their experiences in practical noise control management, to enable more workplaces achieve the 85 dB(A) exposure...
WorkSafe
Information
16 May 2014
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

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WorkSafe has serious concerns with safety in the waste recycling industry after several recent serious incidents. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today that WorkSafe would continue to focus on the industry in an effort to improve safety standards and prevent further serious incidents. “Recent months have been quite disastrous for the waste recycling industry, with two deaths...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2016
When faced with the loss of a family or household member, one of the first considerations is often how much leave an employee can take and whether they will be paid for their period of absence. The question that is often asked by both employees and employers is whether bereavement leave covers all employees and what relationships and situations are covered. Bereavement leave is a minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “In this latest instance, a licence was presented to a Canning...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2016
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin 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...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined $85,000 (and ordered to pay $2488.50 in costs) over the death of a worker in September 2013. Resource Recovery Solutions pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Resource Recovery Solutions specialises in recycling waste from...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
Many WA awards require employers to provide payslips to their employees. It is good business practice to provide a payslip as this may help to avoid confusion and disputes if queries arise. The Payslip requirements page provides further information and provides a payslip template to help employers provide payslips to their employees.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has introduced a new system that allows the reporting of workplace hazards and incidents and work-related injuries and diseases online. The system allows reports to be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, removing the need to make a telephone call during business hours. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today the online service would add a new level of convenience...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Nov 2016
Notice of termination is an issue about which both employers and employees regularly contact Wageline. There are minimum notice periods required for full time and part time employees based on how long the employee has been employed and the employee's age. Employers commonly ask if a terminated employee must work for all of their notice period. The employer can choose whether they require notice...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Nov 2016
Wageline has launched new versions of the popular record keeping templates for state system employers. These six templates are designed to help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. A payslip template is also available for providing employees with details on their pay each pay period. A common record keeping...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in powder coating and abrasive blasting in workplaces has found a noticeable improvement in safety practices. The program was conducted over the 2015/16 financial year in metropolitan and regional workplaces where powder coating and abrasive blasting activities were taking place, following on from an earlier inspection program looking at...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Nov 2016

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