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These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Statement of Regulatory Intent This Statement from the regulator provides the principles for the regulatory approach that WorkSafe (...
Work health and safety laws
The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the regulations This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Short video animations...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. How does the WHS Act describe volunteers and volunteer organisations? The WHS Act describes a volunteer as a person who acts on a voluntary...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
These publications and videos are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. Introduction to the new work health and safety (WHS) laws Western Australia's Work Health and Safety Act 2020 - guide (dmirs.wa.gov...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
The regulator can grant a group of people an exemption from complying with a regulation of the Work Health and Safety Regulations. These are referred to as a class exemptions. It is important to read class exemptions closely to see if they apply to you, and if you cannot meet all of the conditions...
Class exemptions
Officers under the Work Health and Safety Act have specific duties. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of an officer under the Work Health and Safety laws. Who is an officer? Having the word ‘officer’ in...
Your rights and responsibilities
WorkSafe takes a systems based approach to the prevention of inappropriate workplace behaviours, such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment ) and workplace violence/aggression (including sexual assault ). If a breach is identified, WorkSafe may issue the employer an improvement...
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Nominating for a Consumer Protection Award The frequently asked questions below provide some helpful information about the Consumer Protection Awards such as the essential entry requirements, how to apply for an award and the judging process. When do nominations open and close? Nominations open in...
Consumer Protection Awards
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, what are the hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral, also known as silicon dioxide. One common type of...
Silica
Gary Newcombe May 2021 - Current Gary Newcombe became Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Executive Director for Consumer Protection on Monday 24th May 2021. Gary has 40 years' experience in the Commonwealth and State public sectors and the Western Australian Parliament, primarily in the areas...
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It has come to the attention of WorkSafe that there are potentially several hundred flying foxes in operation across Western Australia. A flying fox is an amusement device consisting of an elevated...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
28 Sep 2022
16 September 2022 Cybersecurity risk warning Consumer Protection WA has warned that a move to enable businesses and organisations to shorten Australian website addresses could be an opportunity for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Sep 2022
This information sheet provides advice for small businesses and workers on hazards and risk controls for inflatable amusement devices in accordance with Work Health and Safety legislation. An...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Aug 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
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2022 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2022 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Mar 2022
On 11 January 2021, the Department received a report of an incident at a mine site where an electronic cigarette (vape) battery spontaneously ignited in a worker’s pocket while he was travelling in a...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
23 Feb 2021
Employers are required to ensure that where fitted respirators are required to protect health, these are correctly fitted. Examples of fitted respirators (also called respiratory protective equipment...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jan 2021
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
It is reasonable for workers to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means workers will have...
WorkSafe
Information
13 Sep 2022

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Critical warning when using rechargeable batteries Number of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries rising sharply Think twice before buying rechargeable devices without original charger Take charge of your safety. That is the message for everyone buying or receiving a lithium-ion powered gift this Christmas. Consumer Protection is warning that lithium-ion battery chargers, and the way they are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2022
Warning for children to avoid riding quad bikes during upcoming summer holidays Over a third of child drowning deaths in 2021-22 occurred in a swimming pool Portable pools, trampolines and gifts containing button batteries are other hazards As the weather heats up, many families are looking forward to spending more time outdoors and around water. Consumer Protection wants to help keep children...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Exploding gunpowder used in a cap gun causes serious hand injury High Wycombe boy is being treated for second degree burns General warning about Halloween novelty items that may pose hazards Consumer Protection is investigating a Halloween-related incident involving exploding gunpowder that has caused a serious injury to a Perth boy’s hand. The 11 year old boy was opening a packet of ring caps to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2022
Toys and novelty items dangerous to young children found to be on sale Discovery follows product safety inspections during the Royal Show Infringement notices to be issued to stallholders and suppliers Several stallholders and their suppliers will be issued with infringement notices of up to $6,600 by Consumer Protection after product safety inspectors found numerous unsafe toys and novelty items...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2022
Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheets are now available. The new FAQs cover digital identity and the WA Relationship Authorisation Manager (WARAM). The My Account FAQ has also been updated. The FAQs provide answers to common questions such as: What is a digital identity and why we need to protect it? What is the WARAM and how can it benefit our customers and their business ? Both new...
Corporate
Department News
29 Sep 2022
The contents of 131 showbags and 20 stall products inspected for safety A total of 34 items failed to meet product safety standards Most items identified did not comply with new button battery rules Product safety inspections of toys and novelty items being sold in showbags and by stallholders at this year’s Perth Royal Show have resulted in 34 items identified that do not comply with product...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Sep 2022
Fire risk from several models of LG home energy storage batteries 450 of the recalled batteries are estimated to have been installed in WA Affected consumers should switch off the battery and contact LG or SolaX WA’s electrical and product safety regulators are alerting consumers about a national recall of some LG-branded home energy storage batteries, which may overheat and ignite. Building...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2022
Electrical tests carried out by assembly line staff, not licensed electricians Public at risk if electrical equipment is supplied without expert testing Company pleaded guilty and has changed its testing practices Following the prosecution of a Perth air-conditioning company, Building and Energy is warning WA manufacturers that testing of electrical equipment above a certain voltage must only be...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 May 2022
Product safety recall for various pool gate latches made by Aristo Glass Products The faulty gate latches may not latch properly and pose a drowning risk for children Consumers are reminded that pool safety is an all-year-round issue Building and Energy is alerting consumers about a recall of several faulty latches that may fail to securely shut swimming pool gates, creating a drowning risk for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2022
Electric shock risks from Spa Quip 800 and 1200 controllers Flexible socket can allow equipment to be plugged in incorrectly A Perth man died after connecting a pump’s electrical plug upside-down Action by Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator has led to the national recall of hazardous spa components involved in the tragic death of a Perth man. Building and Energy prohibited the sale...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Apr 2022

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