One of the things you learn when studying a Certificate IV in OHS is your responsibility to notify the state government of dangerous incidents.
What is a dangerous incident?
A dangerous incident is any incident that occurs at a workplace which exposes any person to a serious risk to health or safety resulting from exposure to:
- an escape, spillage or leakage of a chemical or substance
- an implosion, explosion or fire
- an escape of gas or steam
- an escape of a pressurised substance
- electric shock (note: a serious electrical incident or a dangerous electrical event are each notifable under the Electrical Safety Regulation
- the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing )
- the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with the regulations
- the collapse or partial collapse of a structure
- the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation
- the inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel
- the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel.
Who is responsible for notifying?
The person conducting a business or undertaking (PCUB) is required to notify government immediately after becoming aware of the dangerous incident occurring.
How do I notify?
You should notify by the fastest possible means: phone, fax or email to the governing body for workplace health and safety in your state.
Undertaking a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety teaches you the procedures to follow to prevent, manage and control dangerous incidents.