OHS News — WA

New partnership to tackle mental health in the workplace

New partnership to tackle mental health in the workplace

A new partnership between the West Australian government and the University of Western Australia will see the development of a comprehensive set of mental health support resources for WA workplaces.  The Mental Health Commission has partnered with The University of Western Australia's Centre for Transformative Work Design to develop evidence-based activities and resources within the centre's statewide Thrive@Work Strategy.  According to Mental Health minister Roger Cook workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively.  "This funding will assist the Centre to better support organisations throughout WA address the health and wellbeing of their employees...

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Major boost to cycling in Perth

Major boost to cycling in Perth

The West Australian government says is delivering on its election commitment to crank up cycling infrastructure across Perth by providing the most significant investment in the State's history. According to the government they will be investing $129 million over the next four years, which, will go towards a chain of new projects across the state's cycling network creating not only construction jobs but focusing on wellness for commuters into the CBD. The $129 million will allow at least 95kms of cycling path to be added to the network as well as a range of community cycling initiatives. The funding will also...

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WA comes into line

WA comes into line

The West Australian Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences, which will bring the West into line with other states and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace.  According to the government the amendments will increase penalties for businesses, which commit safety offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 (OSH Act) for the first time since 2004.  The new penalties will be consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further increase for inflation (1.14%) from 2010. This will also include harsher penalties for offenders including an increase...

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Port Headland dust management issues

Port Headland dust management issues

The West Australian Government released a report on August 11, 2017 into managing dust issues in Port Hedland, which will be formally considered after public submissions have been received.  The Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce report recommends a Special Control Area over the West End of Port Hedland, along with recommendations that exporters continue to reduce dust emissions at the port.  Exporters will also be subject to more intense risk-based regulation, as well as the identification and mitigation of other dust sources in the town.  The report follows the release of the Department of Health's Health Risk Assessment in 2016,...

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Improving safety in plant and plant movement industries

Improving safety in plant and plant movement industries

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