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Workers who are required to spend time in quarantine or isolation at PCBU-provided accommodation, particularly when the person is alone, are at a higher risk of stress or anxiety. PCBUs must consider the psychological, social, environmental and physical factors associated with quarantining, which...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The Work Health and Safety Commission has developed codes of practice which focus on different areas where psychosocial as well physical harms may be experienced in a workplace. Violence and aggression at work code of practice The Violence and aggression at work code of practice focuses on the...
Mentally healthy workplaces
Employers, or persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), have a duty under OSH or WHS legislation to eliminate or, if that is not reasonably practicable, minimise the risks, of COVID-19 at the workplace as far as is reasonably practicable. In addition to your obligations under the OSH or...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will be hosting a free webinar on Friday 12 November from 12pm – 1pm. This free webinar is your chance to ask questions about how volunteers and volunteer organisations may or may not be affected by Western Australian’s new WHS laws...
Information sessions and workshops
In 2017, work started on developing modernised work health and safety (WHS) laws in Western Australia which will be based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act (the model WHS Act). Below are historical documents relating to the development of the WHS laws in Western Australia 2017 Call...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
This year 56 submissions were received with 30 companies recognised as finalists. Seven finalists were recognised with a winner’s trophy and four finalists received a certificate of merit. An outline of all finalists is available in the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 booklet . The...
Work Safety Awards
Clean up after cyclones, storms or floods Cyclones, storms and floods can be traumatic events for those involved and there is naturally a sense of urgency around clean up activities. However, the most important part of a recovery operation is the wellbeing of workers, volunteers and the community...
Environmental factors
Workplace health and safety laws require you to ensure the safety of your workers, yourself and any others in the workplace as much as you reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. This page provides information about your obligations under...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Workplace health and safety laws require persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to ensure your safety and the safety of any others in the workplace as much as they reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. A safe and effective vaccine...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials

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This Code applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act where construction work is carried out and where construction work products and equipment are used and stored.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
15 Jul 2022
Report an incident to WorkSafe poster is a quick reference guide to reporting a death, serious injury or illness, or life-threatening dangerous incident.
WorkSafe
Poster
08 Jul 2022
This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to prevent and respond to incidents of workplace gendered violence. Background Exposure to...
WorkSafe
Information
21 Jun 2022
This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to prevent and respond to incidents of workplace gendered violence. Background Exposure to...
WorkSafe
Information
21 Jun 2022
This information sheet provides general guidance for workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on how to manage the risk of falls at work under the new work health and safety...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jul 2022
The person issued with a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN), or their PCBU if they are a worker, can ask the regulator to appoint a WorkSafe inspector to review the PIN using this form. This...
WorkSafe
Form – application
03 Jun 2022
WorkSafe WA has developed a checklist for businesses and workers engaged in food delivery services. This checklist is most applicable for food delivery riders using bicycles, e-bikes, motor scooters...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 May 2022
This information sheet provides health and safety representative (HSR) with information on their powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act).
WorkSafe
Information
05 Apr 2022
This information sheet provides information on the election of health and safety representative (HSR) under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) to represent workers in work health and...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Apr 2022
This information sheet provides elected health and safety representative (HSR) with information on their powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) to issue PINs and stop unsafe work.
WorkSafe
Information
05 Apr 2022

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Announcements

Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
The City of Armadale and the former manager of its landfill facility have been fined a total of $59500 plus costs after a member of the public was seriously injured at the landfill site. The City of Armadale pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not their employee, and also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a Prohibition...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Apr 2018
As of January 1 2018, for the period to March 31 2018, the State has a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017. Mr Munns also holds the title of A/Deputy Director General, Safety Regulation. He moves into the role from his previous role as A/Executive Director, Building...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Jan 2018
Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday 27 August 2017 announced an increase of penalties for workplace safety offences to bring Western Australia into line with other states and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace. Media statement
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Aug 2017
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011 . The development of the Bill...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jul 2017
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
New workplace safety topics and expert presenters feature in the dynamic program of Safe Work October 2014 workshops.
WorkSafe
Event
25 Aug 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
On Friday, 15 August, WorkSafe will move from its home in West Perth to new offices in Cannington. WorkSafe will be open for business as usual on Monday, 17 August, including the licensing centre. For more information call 1300 489 099 or email safety@commerce.wa.gov.au .
WorkSafe
Department News
28 Jul 2014

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