Work Health and Safety Management Policy

Applicable to: This policy is applicable to WA health entities.

Description: The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and its regulations (the WHS legislation) came into effect on 31 March 2022.  The WHS legislation replaced the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. This is a significant WA Government reform which harmonises WHS legislation with most other Australian jurisdictions; expands the scope of WHS requirements; and reinforces the WA Government’s commitment to the health and safety of all Western Australian workers.

The purpose of the WHS Management Policy is to establish an effective WHS Operational Framework for the WA health system which is consistent with the WHS legislation and the Health Services Act 2016.


The WA health system is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its workers, acknowledging that this is fundamental to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare services.

This policy is a mandatory requirement for Health Service Providers (HSPs) under the Work Health and Safety Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(d) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This policy is also a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health (the Department) pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

Date of effect: 06 September 2023

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