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Workplace Health and SafetyAugust 8, 2017
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 accident occurs as a result of work.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, there are certain times when WorkSafeNZ 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 broken limbs. 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 WorkSafeNZ, records should be kept in the workplace of any incident. Employsure helps over 1,000 businesses across New Zealand to manage any workplace incident including how to correctly notify WorkSafeNZ. For advice on workplace safety contact Employsure on 0800 675 700.