An obligation to report

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), employers and self-employed persons must notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware an incident has occurred. Failure to report an incident to WorkSafe is an offence and may result in prosecution.

You must report incidents resulting in:

  • death
  • a person needing medical treatment within 48 hours of being exposed to a substance
  • a person needing immediate treatment as an in-patient at a hospital
  • a person needing immediate medical treatment for one of the following injuries: amputation, serious head injury or serious eye injury, removal of skin (example: de-gloving/ scalping) electric shock, spinal injury, loss of bodily function, serious lacerations.

You must report incidents involving:

  • registered or licensed plant collapsing, overturning, falling or malfunctioning
  • collapse or failure of an excavation, or shoring supporting an excavation
  • collapse of a building structure (or partial collapse)
  • implosion, explosion, or fire
  • escape, spillage or leakage of any substance
  • plant or objects falling from high places.

Mine incidents

  • overturning or collapse of any plant
  • inrush of water, mud, or any gas
  • interruption of the main ventilation system.

Dangerous goods incidents

All incidents involving dangerous goods must be reported, including:

  • fire
  • explosion
  • spills
  • leakage
  • escape.

Explosive incidents

All incidents involving explosives must be reported, including:

  • all injuries
  • damage to property
  • fire
  • explosion
  • theft, attempted theft, or unexplained loss of High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDGs)
  • any other security incident involving High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDGs).

Explosives and High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDGs)

Employers and occupiers must report incidents involving explosives and High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDGs) immediately to:

  • WorkSafe by calling: 13 23 60; and
  • Victoria Police (or Fire Authority) by calling: Emergency 000

Still unsure if you need to report a health and safety incident call us on 13 23 60.

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