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This information has been developed and compiled to assist small business manage safety and health in the workplace. Workplace safety forms Compliance tool for hazardous substances Hazard identification form Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Quick safety quiz for small business Safety Action Plan Toolbox...
Small business
This page contains frequently asked questions relating to small business. Why it is important to have good OSH practice in the small business sector? The small business sector is an important contributor to the Western Australia economy. This sector creates jobs and provides products and services...
Small business
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Contacting your employer or employee group may assist you in gathering information and provide direction in relation to your circumstance. Employer group - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) CCI will give you access to a team of business specialists who can provide up‑to‑...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Are there signs of unhealthy workplace behaviour in your workplace, where staff are not getting on or they feel they have been treated unfairly? While each of us are human and act respectfully most of the time, there are occasions when behaviours can get out of hand and the mental health of those...
Bullying
WorkSafe congratulates the four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia that were announced at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast on 31 October 2014. These awards recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovation in Western...
Work Safety Awards
You should allocate regular times to review how well your safety action plan is working and update it when necessary. In addition, when there is new equipment or procedures, the risk assessment may need to be revised if something new introduces new risks. A good way to do this is to talk to your...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
Once the hazards have been identified and their associated risks assessed, the next step is to consider: If the hazards can be removed altogether, and if not How the risks can be controlled so as to minimise harm? The strategy recommending how to control risks in the order of effectiveness is...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
Once the hazards have been identified, the risk need to be assessed. This include determining: Who will be affected and how? How severe is the harm likely to be? (extreme, high, moderate, and low). How likely is it to happen? (very likely, likely, moderate, unlikely and rare). Remember that your...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
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...
Follow these four basic steps to get started

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Recently a worker at an aquatic centre was exposed to chlorine gas when he attempted to refill an unlabelled 100 litre chemical storage and dosing drum in a plant room at the facility. The storage...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 Jul 2016
These fact sheets outline the minimum rates of pay for award free employees in the state industrial relations system. The first contains the rates for adult and junior employees who are not...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2016
A local government organisation held a waste collection day in early 2016, for residents to drop off items such as white goods, E-waste, vehicle batteries, engine oil, tyres and paint. Four workers...
WorkSafe
Alert
24 Jun 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
This publication is a summary of the Food Industry (Food Manufacturing or Processing) Award. This WA Award Summary applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers businesses...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017
This publication is a summary of the Fruit Growing and Fruit Packing Industry Award. This WA Award Summary applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers businesses which...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017
This publication is a summary of the Landscape Gardening Industry Award. This WA Award Summary applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers businesses which operate as:...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017
This publication is a summary of the Motel, Hostel, Service Flats and Boarding House Workers Award. This information applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017
This publication is a summary of the Dental Technicians and Attendant / Receptionists Award. This WA Award Summary applies to businesses in the state industrial relations system. It covers businesses...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
28 Feb 2017

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Announcements

WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined $85,000 (and ordered to pay $2488.50 in costs) over the death of a worker in September 2013. Resource Recovery Solutions pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Resource Recovery Solutions specialises in recycling waste from...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
Many WA awards require employers to provide payslips to their employees. It is good business practice to provide a payslip as this may help to avoid confusion and disputes if queries arise. The Payslip requirements page provides further information and provides a payslip template to help employers provide payslips to their employees.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has introduced a new system that allows the reporting of workplace hazards and incidents and work-related injuries and diseases online. The system allows reports to be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, removing the need to make a telephone call during business hours. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today the online service would add a new level of convenience...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Nov 2016
Notice of termination is an issue about which both employers and employees regularly contact Wageline. There are minimum notice periods required for full time and part time employees based on how long the employee has been employed and the employee's age. Employers commonly ask if a terminated employee must work for all of their notice period. The employer can choose whether they require notice...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Nov 2016
Wageline has launched new versions of the popular record keeping templates for state system employers. These six templates are designed to help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. A payslip template is also available for providing employees with details on their pay each pay period. A common record keeping...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in powder coating and abrasive blasting in workplaces has found a noticeable improvement in safety practices. The program was conducted over the 2015/16 financial year in metropolitan and regional workplaces where powder coating and abrasive blasting activities were taking place, following on from an earlier inspection program looking at...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Nov 2016
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at the safe movement of vehicles in manufacturing and wholesale workplaces has confirmed previous concerns in those industries. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2015/16 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on moving vehicles and their interaction with people at the targeted workplaces. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2016
State system employees are entitled to unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards (NES) and also additional unpaid parental leave entitlements from the state Minimum Conditions of Employment Act . For further information visit the Parental Leave page . A common question Wageline receives from employers and employees is - "Can an employee take parental leave at the same time as...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Nov 2016
The five winners of the prestigious 2016 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Juniper, Buckby Contracting Pty Ltd, St Stephen’s School, Tony Cannons and Ryan Knight are the winners of the Award categories. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Oct 2016

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