To report or not to report, that is the question
Safety incidents will happen. As a business owner, manager, or safety professional, there will come a
time when you have to respond to an incident within your organization. Sometimes these incidents
may involve serious injury or may have the potential to result in serious injury. In these instances,
there may be a need to notify the regulator, and to act to ensure that your workers are safe and that
you comply with legislation.
At this point, many business owners, managers, or safety professionals can feel engulfed by fear,
apprehension, or confusion as to what are their responsibilities and what are the ramifications of
getting them wrong.
One example of a piece of legislation that outlines requirements for notification is the Work Health
and Safety Act (WHS Act). The WHS Act requires the regulator to be notified of certain ‘notifiable
incidents. Failure to do so correctly can see organizations and individuals fined in the tens of
thousands of dollars.
Thankfully there are resources available to help you identify what you need to do and when. Safe
Work Australia has provided a fact sheet that gives general guidance on how to proceed in the case
of ‘notifiable incidents’ as outlined in the WHS Act. The fact sheet talks about the types of incidents
that are notifiable, how to notify and when.
Donesafe can also help. Our software assists in identifying when you must notify and what
information to provide. Through our partner network, we can also provide independent advice and
support when you need it most.
As always, stay safe,