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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Changes with significant effect
This page lists resources related to working with forklifts. Key information resources Guidance note - Working safely with forklifts Forklift safety Reducing the risk Checklist for forklifts Forklift frequently asked questions Important information for forklift operators in Western Australia...
Forklifts
'Cancer' is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. The term cancer covers a range of different diseases. There are a number of well-known sets of circumstances which have demonstrated the link between some occupational exposures and some types of cancer. The...
Diseases and health
Before selecting a licenced asbestos removalist, you may wish to confirm that the material to be removed contains asbestos. Only a competent person who has appropriate training, knowledge and experience can identify asbestos containing material (ACM) and determine if the ACM is friable or non-...
Asbestos licensing
To obtain a High Risk Work Licence you will need to be trained by a Registered Training Organisation and assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor. This directory lists assessors who are affiliated with a Registered Training Organisation. At the completion of your training and assessment your...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
In Western Australia certain demolition work must be carried out by a WorkSafe demolition licence holder. There are three types of demolition licence , please ensure you select the right type of licence holder for the work to be carried out. Find a demolition licence holder Search this directory to...
Demolition licence
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
Listed below are the licencing fees for asbestos, demolition, high risk work and high risk work assessors . These fees are current as of 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2019. Please note: No GST is payable on fees. Asbestos Application for restricted asbestos licence : $833.70 Application for renewal of...
Application forms
Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
High risk work licence
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...
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Appointed Medical Practitioners should use this form when supervising health surveillance on workers working with inorganic chromium and return the completed form to Occupational Physician, WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Form – notification
14 Dec 2017
In 2017/18, WorkSafe WA is conducting a proactive inspection campaign focusing on other store based retailing outlets, with a view to improving safety within the industry. The campaign will involve...
WorkSafe
Checklist
27 Nov 2017
Asbestos has recently been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages. The new rail carriages were purchased between 2007 and 2014 and were imported from China. They...
WorkSafe
Alert
16 Nov 2017
The Coverage of the State industrial relations system information paper provides background information for the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. Detail about the...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Feb 2018
In 2014, the former Western Australian Government released a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (known as the “Green Bill” ) for public comment. 50 submissions were received...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Oct 2017
Industry profiles contains statistical information that relates specifically to Western Australian workplaces, categorised by industry.
WorkSafe
Statistics
14 Nov 2017
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017
If there is bullying or conflict at your workplace, use the following four step process. Remember support is always available eg talk to a friend, your doctor or an counseller, or an advocate. Step 1...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Nov 2017
In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 2017
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
06 Oct 2017

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A transport company has been fined a total of $58,000 (and ordered to pay $5542 in costs) after a worker’s hand was crushed between two containers being moved using a forklift. Mineral Trans (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined $55,000 in the Esperance Magistrates Court on Friday...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Mar 2018
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report outlines the issues arising out of a consideration of the Terms of Reference, stakeholder meetings and submissions to the Review, together with a set of proposed recommendations, for discussion and submissions, and particular issues for which further submissions...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Mar 2018
Easter has arrived and before the long weekend begins employers should check their employment obligations for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2018
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April While Easter Saturday is not considered a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline ...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Mar 2018
WA workplaces are being reminded to ensure they have procedures in place to deal with armed holdups and aggressive behaviour. The reminder comes after a number of armed holdups were committed over recent months. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today there were particular concerns for workers in retail premises. “Retail premises that have extended opening hours are most frequently targeted,” Ms...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Mar 2018
The Wageline Newsletter March edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Easter public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers. Wageline newsletter is...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Mar 2018
Monday 5 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their employment obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page . Information about public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page or for further...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2018
The Easter period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand the public holiday obligations for Easter. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Feb 2018
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with scaffolding across the State. The program will continue for the next eight months, and will involve a wide range of workplaces throughout Perth and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the construction industry had one of the highest number of work-related deaths of all industries, and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors in Western Australia. The development of this code was in response to the recommendations and findings of the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee final report on...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Feb 2018

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