Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on a range of potential options to improve the coverage and operation of the incident notification provisions in the model WHS laws.
Incident notification is a critical feature of the model WHS laws. It alerts WHS regulators to serious workplace incidents and helps to support compliance with WHS laws to ensure the health and safety of workers and other people in the workplace.
The incident notification framework is focussed on identifying specific incidents that cause serious physical harm or pose a risk of serious physical harm. Safe Work Australia is considering options to expand the framework to capture a broader range of harm and hazards. This includes potential notification and reporting requirements for psychological injuries and illnesses, and exposures to psychosocial hazards like workplace violence, bullying and harassment.
There are also a range of other proposed options to address specific gaps and ambiguities in the incident notification framework and guidance materials.
To make a submission, visit our online consultation platform Engage.
Consultation is open until 10:00 am (AEST) Monday 11 September 2023.