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To do this step successfully, you need to understand your work activities. If you are not fully engaged in the day-to-day running of the business, you should discuss this step with your workers. Hazards in the workplace are things that could cause harm, injury or ill health to a person. There are...
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When you are in charge of a small business, it is your legal duty of care to prevent people from being injured or harmed in your workplace. A breach of the duty of care can result in enforcement action by WorkSafe. It is therefore important to ensure your business has safe systems of work . Follow...
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Try this quiz to check whether you have done enough to protect yourself and those within your duty of care. This test covers: General workplace duties Consultation Training and information Monitoring and review Ready to take the test Download now!
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It is easy to believe that incidents at work are unusual. Serious incidents are the sort of things that 'never happen to you or in your workplace', however, unpredicted things can happen. A few measures or basic procedures can prevent an injury or fatality from occurring at your workplace. Safety...
Small business
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) sought stakeholder views on their experiences with unfair contract terms in standard form contracts being offered to small businesses and how best to protect small businesses against such terms. CAANZ drafted a consultation paper and a fact sheet...
Consultations
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon John R. Quigley LLB JP MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page . Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for...
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Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
Online resources
The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) provides advice to the Minister for Commerce and Commissioner for Consumer Protection on the activities and policies of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as they affect consumers; current and emerging consumer issues; research and...
Committees and boards
Consumer Protection provides advice and information for Western Australian consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants. Read our publication Your guide to Consumer Protection for further information. The information on this website can help you with answer a question about: housing and...
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Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office , you can lodge payments for: tenancy bonds; licence and registration applications; and associations,...
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Serious injury and fatality rates in agricultural workplaces are amongst the highest in Western Australia and WorkSafe is working with the community to bring these numbers down. This new strategy...
WorkSafe
Plans
10 Mar 2015
The hazard identification form can be used to document hazards and risks at your workplace. Use one form to document each hazard. Integrate all identified hazards and their control measures into the...
WorkSafe
Template
06 Feb 2015
Try this quiz to check whether you have done enough to protect yourself and those within your duty of care. This test covers: General workplace duties Consultation Training and information Monitoring...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Feb 2015
A toolbox safety meeting/pre-start talk is a short succinct meeting that can be used as an avenue to convey timely and important safety information to workers and the work team. The session usually...
WorkSafe
Information
13 Feb 2015
Workplace safety and health consultation is a two-way process involving the business and workers communicating and co-operating with each other in regards to workplace safety and health issues. The...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
For every hazard identified an action plan must be developed and tracked until the hazard is eliminated or adequately controlled. The actions arising from the risk assessment should be recorded on...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
A job safety analysis (JSA) is a written procedure developed to review work steps and their associated hazards in order to put in place correct solutions to eliminate or minimise the risk of those...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Feb 2015
Small business may need to engage an independent contractor to perform tasks on their behalves. There are about 986,000 persons working as independent contractors in Australia (ABS 2013). Engaging...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2019
Use this easy-to-follow checklist to rate potential hazards and risks on your agricultural property and to help you control and prevent the risk of serious injury or disease.
WorkSafe
Checklist
18 Jan 2017
Organophosphates (OP) are a group of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides and fungicides) which may be applied to a range of crops, often by spraying. What organophosphate pesticides are used in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
26 Jul 2018

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Removal of some licence application requirements eases the burden on business Criteria to qualify as a ‘small retail shop’ expanded Significant reductions in red tape for Western Australian businesses, as well as further easing of retail trading restrictions. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said changes to the Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 would help the retail, motor...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2014
First time ever 7am opening (Mon-Sat) for all general retail shops for Christmas Later 6pm closure for Saturday shopping Extended trading for Sundays, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia Day Job opportunities for young workers For the first time in WA’s history, all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be allowed to open as early as 7am on weekdays and Saturdays during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014

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