Welcome to the WorkSafe library

The library has an extensive collection of resources relating to occupational health and safety, including occupational medicine, chemical safety, ergonomics, safety management, occupational hygiene, work life and society. The library is a free service open to the general public to visit. Employers, employees, safety and health representatives, safety professionals, students and trainers are welcome.

With over 10,000 books and 16,000 journal articles in the library catalogue, we can assist with locating occupational safety and health information. We have a collection of safety films available for loan. There is also a range of databases which you can use in the library, including Chemwatch and the Building Code of Australia.

Library catalogue

Safety films


Background resources about safety and health laws

Below are historical documents relating to the development of  OSH legislation in Western Australia

1983 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare legislation - A public discussion document - Hon DK Dans MLC 1983

1987 Second reading speech - Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Amendment Bill - Hon Peter Dowding

1999 Liability for health and safety at workplaces - Hon David Malcolm

2002 Review of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 - R Laing

2006 Review of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 - Richard Hooker

Harmonised OSH Laws

2012 Regulation Impact Statement - Harmonised Work Health and Safety Laws

2015 [Archived] FAQ - Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations

2015 Update on Work Health and Safety laws consultation

2016 Public comment - Work Health and Safety regulations

2017 Call for public comment – live electrical work and work in roof spaces


Further information about the development of federal OSH legislation is available from the following sources.

These websites provide information about significant developments in safety worldwide.

Visit or contact the library

Visit the library

The WorkSafe library has an extensive collection of resources relating to occupational safety and health that are available to library visitors but cannot be borrowed. Visitors are welcome anytime during opening hours. Our librarian is happy to help you locate what you need and show you our collection.


9:00am - 4:00pm Monday – Friday Closed public holidays


Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks St (cnr Grose Ave), Cannington WA 6107

Library tours

Library staff can provide small groups with an introduction to library services and resources, including searching the library catalogue. Please contact the Librarian if you wish to arrange a tour.


The Mason Bird Building has a number of visitors bays next to the main entrance.

Travel by train

The Mason Bird Building is located directly opposite the Cannington Railway Station.

Contact the library

Phone 1300 307 877


Enquires may be emailed to the librarian. Every effort will be made to respond to your question promptly, however, complex enquires may take longer.

Share this page:

Last modified: