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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety would like to acknowledge the finalists of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021. These awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. Winners will be...
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 your employer 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 is just one part of keeping the...
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...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Medical practitioners undertaking health surveillance are required to have an understanding of the potential adverse health effects of inorganic arsenic and to use their clinical knowledge to advise on health surveillance for workers in the workplace. Source Arsenic is widely distributed in rocks...
Health surveillance
Appointed Medical Practitioners (AMPs) are expected to have a good understanding of the duties of an AMP as outlined in regulation 5.24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (‘the Regulations’). Medical practitioners who wish to become an AMP are required to be adequately trained...
Health surveillance
Working from home can be a temporary arrangement or an ongoing agreement between the employer and the worker which allows workers to perform work at their home. No matter what arrangement has been made, under the Occupational Safety and Health legislation, both the employer and the worker have a...
Office safety
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus

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This information sheet is a brief guide for employers on what to do when you suspect someone in the workplace may be using Methamphetamine (meth).
WorkSafe
Information
30 Jul 2021
This checklist has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working on farms. This checklist will...
WorkSafe
Checklist
19 Jul 2021
An abattoir worker sustained a fatal knife wound while working in the cattle head processing area when a spare hook fell from the processing rail holding the head and struck their knife. The knife...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Jun 2021
An employee suffered a fatal head injury after falling from a colleague’s private boat that was being stored at the workplace. The employee had climbed aboard the boat to have a look at it, when they...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Jun 2021
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will...
WorkSafe
Information
28 May 2021
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2021
This information sheet provides advice to persons in control of a workplace 1 and those involved in inspecting, removing, managing or disposing of asbestos contaminated soils at workplaces. This...
WorkSafe
Information
03 May 2021
This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Mar 2021
In November 2020, two workers were in the process of tree lopping in a truck-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) when the boom-type EWP suffered a major structural failure, with the metal support...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021
In September 2020, a bar attendant at a hotel received an electric shock while attempting to turn off a glass washer that was overflowing. The glass washer was plugged into a general power outlet...
WorkSafe
Alert
03 Mar 2021

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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 Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
Workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica halved to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre effective today and respirable coal dust halved to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre effective October 27, 2021 Media statement Silica Guidance about dusts and other airborne contaminants
WorkSafe
Department News
27 Oct 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
As many businesses prepare to reopen, WA’s plumbing regulator is urging owners and managers of recently unoccupied buildings to ensure that hot and cold water services are thoroughly flushed before use to clear potentially hazardous stagnation. Building and Energy is supporting an advisory note issued by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), which warns that water quality could change if it...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 May 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020

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