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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...
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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...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
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
There are many support services and resources that are available to the public and it is important to remember to contact them should you require personal assistance. Here are a list of legal and mental health help lines. If you are experiencing health problems, please seek medical advice from your...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Several behaviours at work can have an effect on a worker’s health and safety. Mental health can be affected by workplace behaviours such as conflict, bullying, violence and aggression. However, mental health may also be affected by work related stress and exposure to traumatic events at work...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
WorkCover WA provides guidance and assistance to all parties within the workers’ compensation system. The team consists of Advisory Officers who provide guidance and assistance to all parties in relation to their rights and obligations under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981...
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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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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
Wageline frequently receives calls from both employees and employers regarding the issue of deductions from pay and when it is lawful for a deduction to occur. Information on this issue is on the Deductions from pay page.
Labour Relations
Alert
27 Oct 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the wholesale industry has raised serious concerns with the safety of racking. The inspection program – carried out over the 2015/16 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State – looked at a wide range of hazards faced by workers in the wholesale trade. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Oct 2016
A new version of Wageline's Restaurant Tearoom and Catering Workers Award WA Award Summary is now available which contains more detail on pay rates for junior employees. If you have queries about junior rates under this award, please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266.
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Oct 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers to use every means at their disposal to protect workers from falls from height. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today falls had led to a large number of deaths and injuries in workplaces over the past ten years. “Over the past ten years, 28 Western Australian workers have lost their lives as the result of work-related falls, four of these...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Sep 2016
The Wageline Newsletter September 2016 edition has been published today. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other changes to key WA awards critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment laws You can subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter on the Wageline Newsletter page. Wageline's...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Sep 2016
Every year Wageline receives hundreds of calls about the differences in working arrangements between employees and subcontractors. New information has been added to the Employee or Subcontractor page , including a new version of Wageline’s Employee or Subcontractor Checklist which is designed to assist in understanding the key aspects of each type of working arrangement.
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Sep 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in the accommodation industry. The inspection program will continue throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, and will focus on smaller accommodation providers such as caravan parks, motels and backpacker accommodation rather than large hotels. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Sep 2016

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