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A safety and health committee can be established if any employee requests a committee, or the employer decides to establish one. The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner can direct the appointment of a committee. Each workplace can choose the best committee structure to suit their operation. For...
OSH committees
Safety and health representatives are offered support through WorkSafe's community education officers. The community education officers are available to come to your workplace to give talks on the role of WorkSafe, to explain the obligations of employers and employees under the Act on a range of...
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Once WorkSafe has received the election notification form , your details will be entered into our database. We will then send you a registration kit which includes: a letter of confirmation of registration; and an ID card. Terms of office Safety and health representatives are elected for a term of...
Registration
This page contains frequently asked questions about safety and health representatives. How often must I carry out an inspection? Inspections must be carried out every 30 days, or in consultation with your employer. You and your employer should agree on the number and type of inspection to be...
Frequently asked questions
All elected safety and health representatives should attend an accredited introductory training course within 12 months of being elected. This training will help a safety and health representative to understand and exercise their powers effectively. Training equips representatives with the...
Training
An employer or employee can start the process to elect safety and health representatives. The flowchart outlines the process for electing safety and health representatives. Consultation must take place between the employer and delegate(s) on: number of safety representatives to be elected; matters...
Electing a safety and health representative
The functions of a safety and health representative are: To regularly inspect the workplace areas you were elected to represent at agreed times and frequency. To immediately investigate the scene and details of any accident, dangerous incident or risk of serious injury or harm to any person. To...
Responsibilities and functions
Safety and health representatives are elected by co-workers to represent them in consultation about safety and health matters with the employer. Safety and health representatives are important because it makes sense for employers and employees to talk to each other about safety at work. The...
Electing a safety and health representative
All electricity accidents or incidents that occur in Western Australia should be reported. Electrical shocks, accidents and fatalities The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 require that all electric shocks and accidents (including electrical fatalities), irrespective of their seriousness,...
Reporting an electrical accident

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On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
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Information
19 Jul 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
29 Jun 2016
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.
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 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
22 Jul 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
29 Jun 2017
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...
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Information
01 Jun 2016
The purpose of this alert is to make builders and concrete pump operators aware of the need to manage risks if they operate or contract the operation of a concrete pump on a construction site...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
What the law says Employers must do all that is practical to ensure that workers are not exposed to hazards in the workplace. This includes providing training, information, supervision and managing...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Apr 2016
Some chemicals can damage your hearing. These are called ototoxic chemicals. Construction workers are also at risk of hearing damage from noise exposure. About one in five construction workers report...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
26 May 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
21 Jan 2016

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