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Modernising WA Work Health and Safety laws

Work Health and Safety information sessions

The Department is seeking your feedback on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.

The development of a single harmonised and amalgamated WHS Act will cover all workplaces in Western Australia including mines, petroleum and general workplaces, with specific regulations for each industry sector based on national model WHS laws.

Anyone with an interest in modernising WA WHS laws is invited to comment on the recommendations.

Information sessions will be held throughout the state to provide an overview of the proposals for adopting the WHS Act and how you can provide your feedback on the proposals or any other aspect of the model WHS Act.

Visit the events page to find out how you can register in Katanning, Albany, Bunbury, Karratha, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Broome or Perth metropolitan.

Recent releases

Monthly safety and health snapshot - June 2018 - Mining operations on ports - 505 Kb

Covers injuries and notifiable incidents related to mining operations in port facilities between 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018.

SIR No. 264: Solvent vapour explosion during engine maintenance task - 138 Kb

SIR No. 264: Solvent vapour explosion during engine maintenance task (6 July 2018)

Hazard register for serious injury or other serious incidents investigations from January 2011 to December 2016 - 269 Kb

This hazard register presents the findings from 53 serious injury or serious incident investigations undertaken by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety over the period January 2011 to December 2016 in the WA mining industry

MSB No. 152: Hazards associated with accessing unoccupied mines for recreational purposes - 305 Kb

MSB No. 152: Hazards associated with accessing unoccupied mines for recreational purposes (22 June 2018)

Activity indicators for Mines Safety - January to March 2018 - 605 Kb

This document provides a snapshot of activity indicators for Mines Safety - January to March 2018.

SIR No. 263: Asbestos-containing material (ACM) disturbed in power transformer - 174 Kb

SIR No. 263: Asbestos-containing material (ACM) disturbed in power transformer (8 June 2018)

Monthly safety and health snapshot - May 2018 - Welding hazards - 299 Kb

Covers injuries and notifiable incidents related to welding hazards between 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018.

Overview of dangerous goods reportable situations and incidents 2017 - 327 Kb

This report describes dangerous goods and explosives incidents that occurred in 2017 and compares the incident data with comparable data collected since 1984, and provides some statistical analysis of incident data for that period.

Fireworks technician injured in fireworks line-of-fire incident (SIR 0218) - 240 Kb

Date: 16 May 2018 | Subject: Fireworks technician injured in fireworks line-of-fire incident

SIR No. 262: Integrated tool carrier tips over underground - 100 Kb

SIR No. 262: Integrated tool carrier tips over underground (7 May 2018)

SIR No. 261: Face shovel operator crushed between ladder and handrail - fatal accident - 159 Kb

SIR No. 261: Face shovel operator crushed between ladder and handrail - fatal accident (7 May 2018)

SIR No. 260: Autonomous truck significantly damaged by lightning strike - 149 Kb

SIR No. 260: Autonomous truck significantly damaged by lightning strike (2 May 2018)

Monthly safety and health snapshot - April 2018 - Exploration - 346 Kb

Covers injuries and notifiable incidents related to exploration activities between 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017.

MSB No. 151: Ventilation design in underground mines - 59 Kb

MSB No. 151: Ventilation design in underground mines (26 April 2018)

MSB No. 150: Design, modification and maintenance of local extraction ventilation systems in gold rooms - 63 Kb

MSB No. 150: Design, modification and maintenance of local extraction ventilation systems in gold rooms (26 April 2018)

Quarterly performance snapshot - 1 October - 31 December 2017 - 294 Kb

Provides a snapshot of injury and incident data provided to the Department for the minerals sector between 1 October - 31 December 2017.

Gasket rupture at processing facility results in gas leak (SIR 0118) - 148 Kb

Date:11 April 2018 | Subject: Gasket rupture at processing facility results in gas

Dangerous Goods Safety Regulations Amendment Regulations 2018 – information sheet - 458 Kb

This information sheet summarises the amendments to the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives)Regulations 2007 and the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007 that took effect on 21 March 2018.

SIR No. 259: Electrician injured by arc flash in low voltage switchboard - 139 Kb

SIR No. 259: Electrician injured by arc flash in low voltage switchboard (6 April 2018)

Events news

Resources Safety held the third Registered Managers Forum on 25 August 2017

Registered managers, quarry managers and underground managers were invited to attend to meet the new Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Director General of DMIRS and other departmental staff.  The forum was also an opportunity for managers of Western Australian mines to network with other mine managers to discuss safety issues of common concern.

The forum concluded with two guest speakers emphasising the importance of safety in the workplace.

Industry input sought

The department has a range of stakeholder engagement strategies, including:

  • seeking industry comment on proposals or draft documents
  • inviting participation in forums or working groups
  • asking for feedback using surveys

More information, including a copy of the draft code, is available on the department's consultation page.

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