Safety and health in Western Australian workplaces is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (opens in new window) and supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (the OSH Regulations), codes of practice and guidance notes.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the OSH Act):

  • provides for the promotion, coordination, administration and enforcement of occupational safety and health in Western Australia;
  • places certain duties on employees, employers, self employed people, manufacturers, designers, importers and suppliers;
  • places emphasis on the prevention of accidents and injury; and
  • covers all employees in Western Australia, excluding those employed by Commonwealth Government or employees who work in a mine or petroleum sites.

The OSH Act and Regulations are available from the State Law Publisher (opens in new window).

The OSH Regulations require that certain forms are used when notifying the Commissioner of certain matters, when dealing with improvement or probation notices when referring matters to safety and health magistrates and other matters. You can access the required form by visiting WorkSafe's website (opens in new window).

A review of the OSH Act in 2004 led to amendments being made to accommodate a range of non-traditional working arrangements and focus on encouraging occupational safety and health matters to be dealt with by the individual employers and employees who have to manage and work with workplace hazards.

WorkSafe, a division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, has responsibility under the OSH Act for ensuring compliance with occupational safety and health legislation in Western Australia and aims to reduce workplace fatalities and injury and disease rates.

Further information on the following areas is available from DMIRS's website (opens in new window):

  • Codes of practice;
  • Guidance notes, including duty of care;
  • Volunteers and occupational safety and health laws; and 
  • Forms.

The OSH Regulations require that certain forms are used when:

  • Notifying the Commissioner of certain matters;
  • Dealing with improvement or prohibition notices; and
  • Referring matters to safety and health magistrates and other matters;

Visit WorkSafe's website (opens in new window) to access these forms.

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