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Emergencies

Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime as a result of human or natural causes.

Are you prepared?

Risk

  • death
  • serious injury
  • property loss

Remedy

Dependant on the context and conditions, but may include for example:

  • The WHS regulations (division 4) require a PCBU to prepare, maintain and implement emergency plans. Including
    • Effective response to the emergency
    • Getting people safely out of a building 
    • Provision of medical treatment 
    • Notifying relevant authorities
    • Training workers in evacuation plans
    • Test evacuation plans
  • Contingency plans for alterative work if the premises are not fit to return to work in

Resources

Information source Contents
Safe Work Australia - Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks
This code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety
Comcare – Guide to Work Health and Safety Incident Notification
General information regarding obligations to notify in response to WHS incidents
Comlaw - Emergencies - Division 4 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011
Specific information relating to the management of emergencies under the WHS regulations

Notifications

Information source What it contains
Comlaw - Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011
The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare
Comcare - Guide to incident notification
Comlaw - Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 201Helps you decide whether you need to notify Comcare of an injury, illness or dangerous incident under the WHS Act1
 
Page last updated: 20 Mar 2014