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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
Computer use is considered a manual task. Computer work can expose workers to prolonged awkward postures, sustained postures and repetitive movement. To minimise these risks, adequate breaks must be taken, tasks must be rotated, and good workstation design, layout, and adjustable equipment must be...
Manual tasks
Injuries from performing manual tasks at work are a significant burden for the Western Australian Mining Industry. Reducing the extent and severity of such injuries is beneficial to all industry stakeholders. It is imperative that the risk management process be effectively implemented at the...
Manual tasks
Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 – Management of risk of fall Regulations 79 – Specific requirements to minimise risk of fall...
Working at height
Our collection of powerpoint presentations are available to use in your workplace or to revisit a workshop you attended. Mining Applying Professor Quinlan's Ten pathways to death and disaster in WA's mining industry WorkSafe Mines Safety and Professor Michael Quinlan, author of Ten Pathways to...
Toolbox presentations
The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) prescribe that an application for an asbestos removal licence must include the nomination of at least one supervisor (WHS Regulation 498). The supervisor(s) must be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide evidence of...
Manage your existing asbestos removal licence

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Publications

Significant incident reports suggest practical measures to assist in reducing the risk of incidents reoccuring. 2021 SIR No. 288: Off-highway haul truck tyre blowout in workshop injures workers SIR...
WorkSafe
Reports
22 Dec 2023
In 2023, WorkSafe received reports of two near miss incidents involving overhead bridge cranes. In each case, crane technicians used a scissor lift type of elevating work platform (EWP) to work at...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
20 Dec 2023
WorkSafe is aware of several recent incidents that resulted in people being exposed to asbestos where workers have conducted repairs on fire doors containing friable asbestos. Historically, fire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Dec 2023
During Safe Work Month 2023, WorkSafe held three forums which brought together experts on occupational health and hygiene, psychosocial hazards and agriculture. Below are the PowerPoint presentations...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Nov 2023
Under the work health and safety (WHS) legislation, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and the person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that the risk in...
WorkSafe
Information
10 Nov 2023
Breathe easy: Occupational health and hygiene forum was held during Safe Work Month 2023. This forum brought together a range of industry experts to discuss topics around air quality, silica,...
WorkSafe
Information
10 Nov 2023
Under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations), a design verifier is a person who confirms that the design of an item of plant was produced in accordance with...
WorkSafe
Information
09 Nov 2023
Pursuant to regulation 684 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Mines Regulations), I have determined on my own initiative to grant an exemption from the requirement that an...
WorkSafe
Information
06 Nov 2023
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

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Announcements

The WorkSafe Mines Safety inspectorate has identified a concerning number of notifiable incidents where the site has not been preserved as required by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 section 39(1). What is a notifiable incident? A 'notifiable incident' is: the death of a person, a serious injury or illness , or a dangerous incident . arising out of the conduct of a business or undertaking at...
WorkSafe
Department News
02 Jan 2024
Common causes of injury to workers in mining are missteps and falls when stepping out of large trucks and other plant.  Under the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022, duty holders need to manage the risk of falls at mining workplaces, and this can only be done by considering all the factors which can lead to a potential fall risk. Other than the design of steps, accessibility of grab...
WorkSafe
Department News
02 Jan 2024
Supervising electrician did not check apprentice’s wiring work Transposed conductors caused earthed metal objects to become live Potential for serious or even fatal injuries A Bridgetown home owner was lucky to avoid serious injury after receiving multiple electric shocks from a dangerous wiring error that a Manjimup electrician failed to detect. Licensed electrical worker Nicola Terrigno (...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Nov 2023
Explosion and injury risks from portable gas appliances with butane canisters Banned in restaurants, including tabletop cooking, and indoors All portable gas cooking appliances must be approved for use in Western Australia Diners and restaurant owners are reminded that portable gas appliances powered by butane canisters cannot be used for commercial purposes, such as tabletop cooking experiences...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Oct 2023
The Work Health and Safety Regulations Amendment Regulation (no.2) 2023 came into effect on 10 August 2023 and provide for minor corrections and technical refinements. These amendments include: Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations The requirement for a high risk work licence for earthmoving machinery used as a crane will be removed for machinery that has a safe rated working load of three...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Aug 2023
Updated guidance on management of high-voltage electrical installations Publication issued by Building & Energy and endorsed by WorkSafe Revised version aligns with current regulations including new WHS Act Owners and managers of premises with high-voltage electrical installations can now access updated guidance from WA’s energy and workplace safety regulators. Facilities such as large...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Apr 2023
WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting crane businesses and operators to audit registered mobile cranes. Initial visits have revealed that some owners and operators are not conducting major inspections of their cranes. A major inspection must be carried out by a competent person, and requires: an examination of all critical components of the crane, if necessary by stripping down the crane and...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Mar 2023
Businesses and undertakings must notify the regulator of certain incidents that arise out of the conduct of a business or undertaking at a workplace. The Interpretive guidelines - Incident notification will help you decide when and how to notify a work-related death, injury, illness or dangerous incident (further notification requirements apply to mines and petroleum and geothermal operations –...
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Feb 2023
Work health and safety regulations for the control of psychosocial risks will come into effect on 24 December 2022. These regulations will require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to eliminate psychosocial risks, or to minimise them so far as is reasonably practicable. This new duty places psychosocial hazards on the same footing as other significant hazards such as falls or...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Dec 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

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