What it contains

This document advises employers about the occupational health and safety (OHS) and equipment (public safety) laws that apply to workplaces when reporting serious incidents. It explains an employer’s main duties under the OHS Act, including:

  • the type of incidents that should be reported to WorkSafe, including a worker’s death, a person needing medical treatment within 48 hours of being exposed to a substance and a person needing immediate medical treatment
  • what workplaces must notify WorkSafe about, including an incident when a person loses bodily functions, or when a structure collapses or dangerous goods leak
  • how sections 38 and 39 of the OHS Act apply after a workplace incident has happened
  • definitions of key words from the OHS Act
  • how to notify WorkSafe and what happens after an incident is reported
  • how WorkSafe responds to incidents