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Aggression in the workplace can be defined as ‘any incident in which employees and other people are abused, threatened or assaulted at work’. Within this definition, threat means any statement or behaviour that leads a person to believe they are in danger of being physically attacked. This can be...
Violence and aggression
If you have mental health concerns, you could contact one of the following helplines or organisations. Your local General Practitioner may also be of assistance. Agency or Company Telephone Contact Mental Health Emergency Response Line – for a psychiatric emergency assessment and advisory service...
Violence and aggression
Most jobs involve doing some manual tasks. Manual tasks cover many activities, including stacking shelves, working on a conveyor line and entering data into a computer. These include lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying. Some manual tasks are hazardous and may cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSD...
Manual tasks
While hazards in the office may not always be as obvious as those in factories, construction sites or field based work, office workers also face a range of safety and health issues, including poor job design, prolonged sitting, repetitive work, moving heavy items, inadequate lighting and cramped or...
Office safety
This page contains frequently asked questions on office safety. Should I be sitting all day? No. We have known for some time that sedentary lifestyles are not beneficial for our health. Prolonged sitting at work can also adversely affect your health. You should where possible alternate between...
Office safety
One of the objects of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the OSH Act) is to foster cooperation and consultation between employers and employees and associations representing employers and employees.
Consultation, accommodation and volunteers
If an issue about health and safety arises at a workplace, it is required in the first instance that the parties make reasonable efforts to attempt to resolve the matter, under Issue resolution — part 5, division 5, of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act). The parties must discuss the...
About WorkSafe
WorkSafe is working with employers, employees and employee representatives to set up and maintain systems of work so that employees are not exposed to hazards. This page explains how we are setting priorities so that our joint efforts make the greatest possible impact on workplace deaths and lost...
About WorkSafe
The National Licensing Standard requires operators of forklifts to hold a National Licence issued by WorkSafe. Types of forklifts covered by the National Licensing Standard The National Licensing Standard requires operators of the following types of forklifts to hold a National Licence: Forklift...
Forklifts
Working safely in hot conditions provides practical advice for employers and workers on heat illness, related health and safety problems and actions and measures to take to prevent or minimise the likelihood of heat illness.
Environmental factors

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Use this easy-to-follow checklist to rate potential hazards and risks on your property and to help you control and prevent the risk of serious injury or disease.
WorkSafe
Checklist
14 May 2019
On 6 April 2019, a farmer was fatally injured after coming off a quad bike in Myrup near Esperance. The tragedy follows an earlier incident in December 2018 when a 17-year-old youth also died when he...
WorkSafe
Alert
11 Apr 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers engaged in manufacturing glass and glass product and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
02 Apr 2019
This information sheet provides advice for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on the function, content and application of safe work method statements (SWMS). The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), require a SWMS to be prepared for proposed high risk construction work before commencing any activity.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
04 Jul 2023
The following checklist is a step-by-step approach designed to be used when employees are located at a new workstation or whenever their tasks change. When setting up the position of this furniture...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Dec 2018
People who work in the field of home and community health care face unique challenges in managing work health and safety. An increased demand for services that allow people to stay in their own homes...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Dec 2018
Tremolite asbestos has been identified in the ceramic centre of some Bunsen burner gauze mats in New Zealand and the UK, and preliminary testing has indicated that this may be an issue in gauze mats...
WorkSafe
Alert
08 Jan 2024
WorkSafe reminds painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Nov 2018
There are serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Dec 2023
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in fuel retailing and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with occupational...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2018

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