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Learn how WorkSafe is planning to achieve the aims and goals of The way forward: Priority two Psychosocial hazards. Regulatory activities and outputs: Raise awareness and seek compliance Compliance strategy Ensure the WHS regulatory framework has a consistent approach to psychosocial hazards,...
How we’ll get there
Learn how WorkSafe is planning to achieve the aims and goals of The way forward: Priority three Respiratory hazards . Regulatory activities and outputs: Raise awareness and seek compliance Compliance strategy Review and develop compliance tools (e.g. policies, procedures, templates, regulatory...
How we’ll get there
The way forward addresses WorkSafe's approach to emerging challenges including our aim, contributing factors, focus areas and new types of work. Aim Emerging challenges are recognised and addressed in a coordinated and collaborative fashion. Contributory factors New technology capabilities can...
About the strategy
Read a brief outline of WorkSafe's vision, goals, role and key priorities. What is WorkSafe's vision for work health and safety? Healthy and safe workplaces in Western Australia. What is our goal? To reduce work-related fatalities by ten percent and reduce the incidence of serious injuries and...
About the strategy
WorkSafe: The way forward is a high-level three-year rolling strategy to guide WorkSafe’s efforts to influence the industry to reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, going beyond day-to-day regulatory activities. The way forward will be implemented during the 2023-24 to 2025-26...
About the strategy
Acoustic incidents happen when workers are exposed to a sudden loud noise through a headset. This can startle workers and possibly cause pain in the ear. Although it is rare, some workers can experience ongoing symptoms. You can minimise the risks from an acoustic incident by: attaching acoustic...
Noise and vibration
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
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

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WorkSafe: The way forward 2023-24 to 2025-26 describes the goals, priority areas and measures of success for health and safety actions undertaken by WorkSafe. It provides an overview of the regulator...
WorkSafe
Plans
25 Mar 2024
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
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
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
WorkSafe Mines Safety recognises that reporting an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment can be a confronting and traumatic experience. This guidance is designed to provide you with...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Jul 2023
This report provides the findings of a Roadshow run by the WorkSafe Group (WorkSafe) of the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to explore existing practices for...
WorkSafe
Reports
04 Dec 2023
If you wish to apply for a new high risk work licence, you will be required to submit this form.
WorkSafe
Form – application
23 May 2024
Use this application form to apply for one or more classes of high risk work to be added to your existing WA licence.
WorkSafe
Form – application
23 May 2024

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Announcements

The department has released a series of translated information on the WHS laws to assist vulnerable worker groups, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations. These information sheets are based on the WHS interpretative guidelines, the information sheets contain simplified wording providing people with guidance on the key concepts they need to understand, with hyperlinks...
WorkSafe
Department News
20 Jul 2022
The Minister for Industrial Relations has approved a series of Work Health and Safety codes of practice which came into effect today. These codes have been adapted for Western Australian work health and safety environments from the Model codes of practice published by Safe Work Australia, developed through consultation with unions and employer organisations. Dr Patricia Todd, Chair of the Work...
WorkSafe
Department News
15 Jul 2022
The new Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) were gazetted on 11 March 2022 and will commence on the 31 March 2022, bringing the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 into full force and effect. The WHS Regulations replace the current Occupational and Safety Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations). You can access the WHS Regulations on the WA Legislation website: WALW - Work...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Mar 2022
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Dec 2021
Two separate incidents in WA resulted in serious leg burns Loose lithium-ion batteries can ignite if they touch coins or keys Safety warning for users of vapes and other portable devices WARNING: Images of burn injuries below. A Perth man has described the horrifying moment that a lithium-ion battery caught fire in his pocket with an “intense white light and heat”, causing agonising burns that...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on the code of practice for workplace behaviour . At the May meeting the Commission endorsed the draft workplace behaviour code of practice and agreed to a three-month public consultation period ending 30 August 2021. The guidance in this draft code of practice should be considered in conjunction with the general duties...
WorkSafe
Department News
31 May 2021
Wednesday 28 April 2021 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Worker's Memorial Day. This day provides us an opportunity not only to raise awareness of safety and health in workplaces but to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness. The International Labour Organisation annually sets a theme for the day. This year's theme is Anticipate, prepare and respond to...
WorkSafe
Event
23 Apr 2021
Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos and Silica Safety and Eradication Agency Industry...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020

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