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Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s...
Work health and safety legislation reform
In May 2016, the Training Accreditation Council conducted the Strategic Industry Audit into Units of Competency that lead to High Risk Work Licences in Western Australia (the audit). Introduction The audit included: advice that the training and assessment for a High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) are not...
High risk work licence
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. The National Model WHS Act , of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia , will be considered in...
Work health and safety legislation reform
WorkSafe provides specific work-related injury and disease data categorised by industry as well as statistical information covering a range of key statistics specifically for Western Australian workplaces. Key OSH statistics Use this document to research statistics on key occupational safety and...
Incident statistics
The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast held on 6 October 2017. The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. There are six categories for the...
Work Safety Awards
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is coordinating Western Australia’s State-wide Cladding Audit, which is part of an Australia-wide initiative to check the cladding on high-risk buildings following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London. In the early hours of 14 June...
Compliance and audit
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 replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ;...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
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Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that is commonly transmitted through blood to blood contact. It is a virus that can slowly damage the liver over many years and is potentially life threatening. What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B? Many people with Hepatitis B are unaware of their...
Diseases and health
This page lists resources related to working with forklifts. Key information resources Guidance note - Working safely with forklifts Forklift safety Reducing the risk Checklist for forklifts Forklift frequently asked questions Important information for forklift operators in Western Australia...
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Poster
04 Nov 2019
An informative poster outlining the role of a safety and health representative.
WorkSafe
Poster
29 Oct 2019
This directory contains licence holders licensed to perform all restricted asbestos work in accordance with Part 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. Please refer to the Licence...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Oct 2019
This directory contains licence holders licensed to perform all restricted asbestos work in accordance with Part 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. Please refer to the Licence...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Mar 2020
An unrestricted asbestos licence is required in Western Australia for work involving the removal of friable asbestos-containing material. Only an Unrestricted Asbestos licence holder or an employee...
WorkSafe
Form – application
25 Oct 2019
Lifting chains and their associated components (hooks, shackles, links etc) are used widely across a variety of industries to lift and move loads and includes Grade T (8, 80, 800) and Grade V (10,...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Oct 2019
Reversing alarms are commonly fitted to plant and heavy vehicles across a wide range of industries. The noise made by these alarms falls into one of two categories: tonal and broadband. Tonal...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Oct 2019
During a lifeguard training session in July 2019, a new cylinder was to be fitted to an Oxy-Viva set. Two workers were injured when a worker ‘cracked’ a ‘C’ size medical oxygen cylinder. Cracking...
WorkSafe
Alert
01 Oct 2019
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in kitchens and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2019

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Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. 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: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
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
A transport company has been fined $75,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,980 after a worker was seriously injured in their yard in 2013. Marley’s Transport pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court. On January 23, 2013, Marley’s Transport employees were...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Mar 2016
A crane operating business and one of its employees have been ordered to pay a total of $9,877 over an incident in 2013 where an employee received an electric shock. Cranes R Us (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to directing a worker to complete high risk work when they were not licensed to do so and was fined $5,000 plus ordered to pay costs of $688.50. Simon Peter Pratt pleaded guilty to failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Mar 2016
A pearling company has been fined $60,000 by the Broome Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its drift divers who collected pearls off Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome. Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd was charged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 after an investigation sparked by the drowning of...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Oct 2015
An inspection by WorkSafe of the Kings Square construction site has concluded the site is safe for workers and members of the public. WorkSafe inspectors attended the site on October 8, 2015 following a report that a small amount of asbestos was found in a trench near the Horseshoe Bridge. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said he was confident the site was safe for work to continue. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Oct 2015
Consumer Protection has taken action against a training provider offering courses in high risk work who has failed to provide the services which include submitting a licence application for workers who have completed the training. A & J Training and Assessing Pty Ltd, of Mandurah, and its sole Director Andre Edward Bucci , have entered into an enforceable undertaking requiring him to provide...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2015
Consumer Protection is warning home owners not to deal with two travelling conmen operating under various company names, after they ignored door to door trading laws while offering driveway and roof repairs to consumers. The warning follows complaints received from WA householders and relates to Felix Moorehouse and John Pio Murphy who are believed to be involved in the following businesses: Top...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2015
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

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