Guide to incident notification

How occupational health and safety (OHS) laws apply to serious workplace incidents.
Last updated

Mar 2022

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PDF, 1.08 MB

Document length

23 pages

Please note

This guidance is currently being updated to reflect recent legislative changes, including those made by the Workplace Safety Legislation and Other Matters Amendment Act 2022. Some contents may not reflect the current state of the legislation.

What it contains

Under OHS laws, employers are required to notify WorkSafe about fatalities, serious injuries or health and safety incidents that happen in a workplace. This document outlines the OHS laws that apply to workplaces when a serious incident happens. It explains:

  • the duties of workplaces under OHS laws, including what is a notifiable incident, when to notify WorkSafe and how to preserve a worksite after an incident
  • the duties of workplaces under equipment regulations
  • frequently asked questions about workplace incidents