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Health and Safety at Work – When You Must Report

Published August 08, 2017 (last updated November 16, 2020) -

Employers managing safety in their workplace may be across all the risks and have practices in place to manage those that cannot be eliminated, however there may be confusion on what is a notifiable event. A notifiable event is when a death, notifiable illness or injury, or a notifiable incident occurs as a result of work.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, there are certain times when WorkSafe must be notified. A workplace fatality is a notifiable incident and must be reported immediately, as is the case for other serious non-fatal injuries such as amputation of body parts or a serious head injury requiring immediate treatment. However, where an employee has only received minor injuries or easily treatable incidents immediate notification is not required. An example of this is a burn, where the burn is minor and treated on site.

Regardless of whether the incident must be reported immediately to WorkSafe, records should be kept in the workplace of any incident. A business should also take steps to assess the cause of any incident and put in place any controls needed to prevent it from occurring again. For advice on workplace safety contact Employsure on 0800 568 012.

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