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Asbestos: Dealing with prohibited asbestos

The model WHS Act has been amended to ensure WHS regulators have appropriate powers to deal with prohibited asbestos when it is found in a workplace. Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for PCBUs

Exposure to COVID-19 is a potential hazard for workers and other people at workplaces. Read More

Updated health monitoring guides for workers, PCBUs and medical practitioners are now available

These guides are the first of a series of updated and new health monitoring guides that will be published over the coming months. Read More

Health monitoring guide for crystalline silica

Under the model WHS Regulations, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must provide health monitoring for workers if they carry out ongoing work using, handling, generating or storing crystalline silica, and there is a significant risk to the worker’s health because of exposure. Read More

Latest reports on WHS and workers’ compensation in Australia and New Zealand now available

The Comparative Performance Monitoring report 21st edition and Comparison of Workers’ Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand 2019 have been published. Read More

Resources on working in heat and air pollution

Heat and air pollution from bushfires can be hazardous and can cause harm to people working in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Read More

Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2017–18

This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data. Read More

Bushfires and air pollution

Workplaces must have measures in place to protect worker health and safety and manage risks. Read More

Outdoor air pollution

Parts of Australia have been experiencing reduced outdoor air quality as a result of bushfire smoke and airborne dust. Read More

New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Safe Work Australia has published a new report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read More

Know the hazards of working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Read More

New resources for storing pool chemicals

Learn about the risks of storing swimming pool chemicals. Read More

Work-related fatalities continue to decline but more work needed

Safe Work Australia has released the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity. Read More

Workplace exposure standards framework: Decision RIS now available

This decision regulation impact statement (decision RIS) is about the framework for workplace exposure standards under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and how it should be kept up to date. Read More

New resources for chemical storage

Learn how to prepare chemical registers, manifests and site plans. Read More

Latest data on worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims

The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work. The number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline in line with long-term trends. Read More

Stay safe after National Safe Work Month

National Safe Work Month may be over for 2019 but staying safe doesn’t end here. Be a safety champion in your workplace every day. Read More

Check out our safety champion resources

We have compiled many resources this year to show how workers, employers, individuals and business can champion WHS at their workplace. Anyone can be a safety champion and have a positive influence on WHS at their workplace. Read More

National strategy to improve outcomes for Australian workers

Today Safe Work Australia launches the National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030. Read More

Welcome to National Safe Work Month

Today is the start of National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Read More

This week is all about mental health in the workplace

This National Safe Work Month Safe Work Australia recognises World Mental Health Day.  Read More

Become a BeUpstanding Champion

This National Safe Work Month, become a BeUpstanding Champion and encourage your workplace to stand up, sit less and move more. Read More