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A safety and health committee can be established if any employee requests a committee, or the employer decides to establish one. The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner can direct the appointment of a committee. Each workplace can choose the best committee structure to suit their operation. For...
OSH committees
Safety and health representatives are offered support through WorkSafe's community education officers. The community education officers are available to come to your workplace to give talks on the role of WorkSafe, to explain the obligations of employers and employees under the Act on a range of...
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WorkSafe has a number of checklists to assist you in making your workplace safe. Subby pack The first step Checklist for asbestos management - first step Checklist for chemicals in the workplace Checklist for confined space Checklist for electricity Checklist for evacuation Checklist for forklifts...
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Once WorkSafe has received the election notification form , your details will be entered into our database. We will then send you a registration kit which includes: a letter of confirmation of registration; and an ID card. Terms of office Safety and health representatives are elected for a term of...
Registration
This page contains frequently asked questions about safety and health representatives. How often must I carry out an inspection? Inspections must be carried out every 30 days, or in consultation with your employer. You and your employer should agree on the number and type of inspection to be...
Frequently asked questions
All elected safety and health representatives should attend an accredited introductory training course within 12 months of being elected. This training will help a safety and health representative to understand and exercise their powers effectively. Training equips representatives with the...
Training
An employer or employee can start the process to elect safety and health representatives. The flowchart outlines the process for electing safety and health representatives. Consultation must take place between the employer and delegate(s) on: number of safety representatives to be elected; matters...
Electing a safety and health representative
The functions of a safety and health representative are: To regularly inspect the workplace areas you were elected to represent at agreed times and frequency. To immediately investigate the scene and details of any accident, dangerous incident or risk of serious injury or harm to any person. To...
Responsibilities and functions
Safety and health representatives are elected by co-workers to represent them in consultation about safety and health matters with the employer. Safety and health representatives are important because it makes sense for employers and employees to talk to each other about safety at work. The...
Electing a safety and health representative

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This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the...
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Information
12 Sep 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a farm worker was fatally injured when it appears that a tractor unexpectedly lurched forward while he was working under it. The tractor involved was over...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Aug 2018
Refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, including systems in vehicles, contain refrigerants. With increased costs and environmental damage associated with the use of synthetic chemical...
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Bulletin
06 Mar 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
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Checklist
15 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in machinery and equipment repair and maintenance workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
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Checklist
13 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight workplace sa fety issues in sports and recreation clubs and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and...
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Checklist
26 Jul 2018
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 announcemed the development of a...
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Information
27 Sep 2018
WorkSafe investigated an incident where a worker was exposed to high pressure ammonia refrigerant while working next to a live refrigeration unit. The worker was working from an elevating work...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018
An operator dismounted the reach truck forklift he was driving, while the plant was still moving. He tripped forward towards the ground, breaking his fall by extending both hands out in front. As the...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which an employee was fatally injured. He was struck by a section of pipe at a wastewater treatment plant during pipe modification works. Preliminary...
WorkSafe
Alert
23 May 2018

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