Safety and health representative

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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...
Need assistance?
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...
Forms and policies and templates
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? Elected safety and health representatives can inspect the workplace or any part of it at agreed times with the employer or, where they have not done so in the preceding...
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
All electrical accidents that occur in Western Australia must be reported. The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 require that all electrical accidents, irrespective of their seriousness, must be immediately reported to: the employer (if relevant); and the relevant network operator. If the...
Reporting an electrical accident

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The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
The following checklist is a step-by-step approach designed to be used when employees are located at a new workstation or whenever their tasks change. When setting up the position of this furniture...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Dec 2018
People who work in the field of home and community health care face unique challenges in managing work health and safety. An increased demand for services that allow people to stay in their own homes...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Dec 2018
Tremolite asbestos has been identified in the ceramic centre of some Bunsen burner gauze mats in New Zealand and the UK, and preliminary testing has indicated that this may be an issue in gauze mats...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Dec 2018
WorkSafe reminds painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Nov 2018
There are serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to...
WorkSafe
Alert
07 Feb 2020
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in fuel retailing and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with occupational...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2018
The positioning of furniture and equipment at a workstation directly impacts your posture. This self-assessment checklist has been produced to assist in setting up your workstation.
WorkSafe
Checklist
23 Oct 2018
Employees standing near traffic along roadways, roundabouts and in parking areas while holding or ‘flapping’ advertising billboards can be exposed to a hazard from moving vehicles. Employees often do...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Oct 2018
Home and community care service workers are at risk of exposure to work-related violence when working alone in a client’s home. Risks may arise from actions of the client, their carer or others at...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Oct 2018

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