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The Western Australian work health and safety (WHS) laws came into effect on 31 March 2022. The WHS laws include the: Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations) Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Mines...
Plant design and item of plant registration
Some of WorkSafe’s online notification functions will be temporarily unavailable from 4:30pm on Friday 20 May until 7:30am on Monday 23 May to allow for scheduled maintenance. During this time please call 1800 678 198 to report a serious incident or fatality. If you have complied with the...
Complying with an improvement notice
A person conducting a business or undertaking must not direct or allow a worker to carry out construction work unless the worker has successfully completed general construction induction training and, if the worker completed the training more than 2 years previously, the worker has carried out...
Demolition licence
The Work Health and Safety regulations include a number of Australian Standards that must be used at workplaces in the specified circumstances. Access to these Australian Standards is available for the public to view during business hours, in hard copy form and at no cost, at: Department of Mines,...
Library
A health and safety representative (HSR) is elected by their work group to represent workers in work health and safety (WHS) matters. HSRs have powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. Health and safety representative powers A trained HSR has powers to represent their work group in WHS...
Responsibilities and functions
A health and safety representative (HSR) is elected by their work group under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) to represent workers in work health and safety (WHS) matters. A worker can ask their person conducting the business or undertaking (PCBU) to conduct an election for one or...
Electing a health and safety representative
An elected health and safety representative (HSR) has powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) to issue PINs and stop unsafe work. What is a PIN? A PIN is a written notice a trained HSR can issue to a person, requiring them to address a work health and safety (WHS) issue. An HSR...
Responsibilities and functions
There are two types of licence (Class1 and 2). Each licence is valid for a period of three years and is endorsed with a number of conditions and legislation that relate to the way demolition work is carried out in WA. The following frequently asked questions deal with the different classes of...
Demolition licence
An application for a replacement high risk work licence or accreditation document which has been lost, stolen or destroyed can be lodged using our online portal. You will be required to complete a declaration describing the circumstances in which the original document was lost, stolen or destroyed...
Fees, applications, and notification forms
Your High Risk Work Licence expires every 5 years. You must not carry out high risk work until your licence has been renewed. To renew your High Risk Work Licence – Here’s what you will need to have ready: Your High Risk Work Licence number You will find your High Risk Work Licence number on the...
High risk work licence

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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
This form is to be used to apply for a review of decisions under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 , Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022, Work Health and Safety (Mining) Regulation...
WorkSafe
Form – application
22 Apr 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
Use this application guide to apply for a high risk work licence.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
This guide explains what your duties are for monitoring the health of your workers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (the WHS Act), Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and Work...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
25 Mar 2022
In November 2021 a member of the public sustained a significant head injury when he fell into the pit at a waste transfer facility. The person was pulling a heavy item from his trailer when he fell...
WorkSafe
Alert
14 Mar 2022
In November 2021 a member of the public sustained a significant head injury when he fell into the pit at a waste transfer facility. The person was pulling a heavy item from his trailer when he fell...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 May 2022

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Announcements

The new Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) were gazetted on 11 March 2022 and will commence on the 31 March 2022, bringing the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 into full force and effect. The WHS Regulations replace the current Occupational and Safety Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations). You can access the WHS Regulations on the WA Legislation website: WALW - Work...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Mar 2022
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Dec 2021
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

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