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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
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
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...
Small business
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!
Small business
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
At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that it did not contain sufficient Western Australian specific content to demonstrate that there were...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August 2014, the State Government announced that it intended to craft the best version of the national...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia

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A suggested template for reporting on the implementation of an industry participation plan. Either the Word or Excel version can be used.
Industry Development
Template
14 Oct 2016
State of the build As at 21 October 2015, four Regional Telecommunications Project (RTP) towers have been completed, three in the Wheatbelt and one in the Great Southern Region. These are located at...
Industry Development
Newsletter
30 Oct 2015
The Department of Commerce hosted together with BHP Billiton Iron Ore an industry briefing on 16 June 2015, at the Ibis Styles Hotel, Port Hedland. This briefing was repeated in Newman on 23 June...
Industry Development
Training material
16 Sep 2015
What is the Regional Telecommunications Project? The Western Australian Government’s continued commitment to improving telecommunications services in regional Western Australia was reinforced in...
Industry Development
Newsletter
08 Sep 2016
Some Australian consumers are willing to pay a premium for products they believe are made in, grown in or product of a particular country, especially Australia. Any country of origin claim should...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
31 Mar 2015
Small business must provide workers with adequate training, information and instructions to perform and comply with their job role and be aware of their safety responsibilities and requirements. What...
WorkSafe
Information
17 Feb 2015
Strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the Western Australian agricultural sector
WorkSafe
Plans
10 Mar 2015
Serious injury and fatality rates in agricultural workplaces are amongst the highest in Western Australia and WorkSafe is working with the community to bring these numbers down. This new strategy...
WorkSafe
Plans
10 Mar 2015
The hazard identification form can be used to document hazards and risks at your workplace. Use one form to document each hazard. Integrate all identified hazards and their control measures into the...
WorkSafe
Template
06 Feb 2015
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...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Feb 2015

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Metropolitan and regional businesses across Western Australia will share in more than $350,000, as part of the defence-specific round of the State Government's Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) .
Industry Development
Media release
24 May 2016
Western Australia's defence industry is again on display as Navantia Australia representatives arrived in Perth to meet private industry and tour the common-use infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) .
Industry Development
Media release
24 Jun 2016
Promoting Western Australia's shipbuilding and maintenance capabilities will be the main focus of talks today between the State and Australian governments .
Industry Development
Media release
26 Jul 2016
Cyber security, drones and naval defence shipbuilding will be the focus of a new funding round of the Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP), which aims to help Western Australian businesses compete for major contracts .
Industry Development
Media release
07 Nov 2016
Some of the State's most innovative and proactive companies have been announced as finalists in the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards 2016 which are set to showcase the best of WA's businesses .
Industry Development
Media release
23 Sep 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Scammers are carrying out research into people at various organisations and either hacking computers or impersonating email accounts in a fraud known as a ‘man in the middle’ attack. Consumer Protection and WA Police Major Fraud Squad warn anyone making payments to third parties to be aware of the increased frequency in attempts to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
08 Sep 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has noticed that anytime there is a change in the economic climate there will be some business closures as a result. It is often difficult to spot telltale signs of financial distress but, as consumers, we need to be aware of the risks involved when paying for goods or services in advance; even the purchase of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Aug 2016
Consumer fraud prevention, product safety inspections and price checks are some of things that will be happening when Consumer Protection visits Norseman and Esperance from tomorrow. Senior Regional Officer for the Goldfields Ivo da Silva will be heading from his usual base in Kalgoorlie to Norseman and Esperance 1-3 June 2016. “I’ll be going door to door but unlike a salesperson I’ll be offering...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 May 2016
Consumer Protection has taken legal action to stop a 65-year-old WA man from taking other people’s money and sending it to West African criminals who are pretending to run an investment scheme. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with Peter Melvin Kleinig . The undertaking prevents Mr Kleinig from soliciting or accepting funds for the purpose of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016

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