What is a ‘notifiable incident’

A ‘notifiable incident’ as outlined in the WHS Act is:

  • the death of a person
  • a ‘serious injury or illness’, or
  • a ‘dangerous incident’

arising out of the conduct of a business or undertaking at a workplace.

‘Notifiable incidents’ may relate to any person — whether an employee, contractor or member of the public.

Only the most serious safety incidents are intended to be notifiable, and they trigger requirements to preserve the incident site pending further direction from the regulator.

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