Avoid tripping up when a safety inspector knocks

24 April, 2017

WorkSafe Inspectors have the right to visit your workplace to investigate incidents, follow up safety notices and to help resolve of issues.

Specific industries may also be targeted by inspectors.

WorkSafe WA are the regulators of our state’s Occupational Health and Safety laws.  WorkSafe have a number of inspectors who have the legal right to enter your workplace at any time.

If they come to your workplace, they will notify the person in charge that they’ve arrived.

As the employer, you must inform your elected safety and health representatives of WorkSafe’s presence.

The inspector will focus on WorkSafe’s priority areas including:

  • electricity
  • falls from heights
  • hazardous substances
  • manual handling (particularly lifting)
  • machine guarding
  • mobile plant
  • slips, trips and falls

The inspector will make enquiries as necessary and this may include examining your plant and equipment, taking photographs, asking for documents and interviewing people.

If the inspector decides your workplace is not complying with WA’s OSH laws, they can issue verbal directions, improvement or prohibition notices or a combination of these.

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