How to report an injury or disease
Reporting an injury or disease online (see list of reportable injuries and diseases below).
Employers can submit a notification using an online form, however to report a workplace fatality or serious incident please call 1800 678 198.
This form is not for use by injured workers who wish to lodge a complaint about safety, please use this link instead.
In order to report an injury or disease, you will need:
- Name and occupation of the injured or infected person
- Details of the injury or disease
- Your contact details as the person reporting the injury or disease
- Employer details
If you cannot complete the online form please call WorkSafe on 1300 307 877
Work related deaths and certain types of injuries and diseases must be reported to WorkSafe. Failure to report could lead to prosecution. Reporting must be done by the relevant employer whenever these occur in connection with their business.
Relevant employers include the self-employed, principal contractors and labour hire agents. WorkSafe require notification of the same reportable death, injury or disease by all the different ‘relevant employers’. Reporting is also required if a worker dies, or suffers an injury or disease at employer provided residential premises (as described under s23G(2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act)..
The types of injuries that must be reported are:
- a fracture of the skull, spine or pelvis;
- a fracture of any bone in the arm (other than in the wrists or hand) or in the leg (other than a bone in the ankle or foot);
- an amputation of an arm, a hand, finger, finger joint, leg, foot, toe or toe joint;
- the loss of sight of an eye; and
- any injury other than the above which, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, is likely to prevent the employee from being able to work within 10 days of the day on which the injury occurred.
Types of diseases that must be reported are:
- infectious diseases: tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, Legionnaires’ disease and HIV, where these diseases are contracted during work involving exposure to human blood products, body secretions, excretions or other material which may be a source of infection; and
- occupational zoonoses: Q fever, anthrax, leptospiroses and brucellosis, where these diseases are contracted during work involving the handling of, or contact with, animals, animal hides, skins, wool, hair, carcases or animal waste products.
Please note: This text has been extracted from the ‘About WorkSafe, inspectors and notices’ document, updated in August 2013.
Health surveillance in the workplace refers to the health monitoring of employees where there is a risk to health from exposure to certain hazardous substances (e.g. lead, asbestos, silica, isocyanate) Health surveillance must be supervised by an Appointed Medical Practitioner (AMP). Health surveillance may include completion of a questionnaire, medical examination, blood or urine tests, lung function tests, chest x-rays, or other health tests relevant to the substance.
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