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Work Health and Safety Act 2020

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The Western Australia Work Health and Safety Act 2020 is legislation designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of workers and others in the state. It places duties on employers, workers, and other parties to ensure a safe work environment through risk assessment, consultation, and training. The Act addresses a wide range of workplace hazards, including physical, chemical, and psychosocial risks. Penalties for non-compliance are outlined, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the Act to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Overall, it aims to promote a proactive approach to health and safety management across Western Australian workplaces.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The WA Work Health and Safety Act 2020 encompasses the agriculture industry, addressing risks like machinery accidents, chemical exposure, and manual handling injuries. It mandates risk assessments, safety training, and equipment maintenance, ensuring a safe working environment for agricultural workers and compliance with health and safety regulations in Western Australia.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

(1) Safety Policies and Procedures (2) Risk Assessments and Control Measures (3) Training Records (4) Workplace Inspections and Audits (5) Incident Reports (6) Compliance Notices (7) Consultation Records (8) Health and Safety Committee Documentation (9) Maintenance Records (10) Emergency and Evacuation Procedures

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

WorkSafe WA →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.