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Joy Barrett - OSH Organiser

The SSTUWA cares about the safety and health of members. It is a high priority for this Union and a full time Occupational Safety and Health professional is employed to ensure that this Union is a leader in the field of improving conditions for its members.

Joy Barrett is the SSTUWA's full time Occupational Safety and Health expert who is widely respected for her knowledge and practical solutions to issues affecting teachers. She is available to help and train workplace Occupational Safety and Health representatives and support members in achieving a safer school for teachers, students and the public.

All teachers are entitled to a safe work place free from physical and mental hazards and risks. The SSTUWA is committed to providing quality support and information for all teachers and community members, but in particular for safety and health representatives working in schools and colleges.

WHS regulations - Consultation Package 22/08/19

Feedback wanted for WA's new Work Health and Safety regulations

Public consultation commences for McGowan Government's Work Health and Safety regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Bill
Information sessions will be held throughout September

The McGowan Government is inviting Western Australians to have their say on the proposed Work Health and Safety regulations.

The consultation package for the regulations contains three distinct sets including: regulations for general industry (but many will apply across all industries); the mining sector; and for the petroleum and geothermal sector.

Both industry and worker organisations advocated that the Union Right of Entry provisions should not be included, but instead be left within Western Australia's Industrial Relations laws. As a consequence, the proposed WHS regulations for Western Australia do not include Union Right of Entry provisions.

Comprehensive information sessions on the proposed sets of regulations will be delivered across the State to accompany the release of the consultation package.

Western Australians are encouraged to attend the information sessions in Perth, Albany, Esperance, Karratha, Newman, Geraldton, Mandurah, Kalgoorlie, Broome, Port Hedland, Midland and Dongara during September.

The public consultation period closes on Tuesday November 26, 2019. For more information, visit http://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WHSregsreview

Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:

"The McGowan Government is committed to improving workplace safety in Western Australia and ensuring that any changes to legislation are focused on ensuring workers' health and safety.

"I encourage the community to have their say on the modernisation of WA's work health and safety laws, which is long overdue.

"I look forward to reviewing the feedback once the consultation period closes."

Media contact - 6552 6700

OSH Resources

  • ​Workshops - Harmonious workplaces: Preventing & managing unhealthy workplace behaviour
  • Work-related mental disorders
  • Get into SafeWork October - Make Safety Visible
  • WorkCover WA videos: Making a claim, Case conferences, Return to work
  • Cyclone contingency plans for 2016/17
  • Work Health and Safety Regulations - Submission from SSTUWA
  • Keeping our workplace safe
  • Department Asbestos Management Plan