Serious Harm Notification

Information sourced from WorkSafe website.

What events need to be notified?

We must be notified when certain work-related events (notifiable events) occur. The information below explains what a person conducting a business or undertaking needs to do if a notifiable event occurs. It also explains what events are notifiable.

What must a PCBU do?

A PCBU must ensure the regulator is notified as soon as possible after becoming aware that a notifiable event arising out of the conduct of the business or undertaking has occurred.

This allows the regulator to immediately investigate or follow up on events that cause death, serious injury or illness, or have the potential to cause death or serious injury or illness (serious health and safety risks).

Who is the regulator?

The regulator is either WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe), or another government agency designated to carry out health and safety regulatory functions for certain work.

For ships and workplaces and work aboard ships, the regulator is Maritime New Zealand.

For work preparing aircraft for imminent flight and aircraft in operation, the regulator is the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Link: https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/833-what-events-need-to-be-notified

What is a notifiable event?

A notifiable event is any of the following events that arise from work:

1. a death

2. a notifiable illness or injury or

3. a notifiable incident.

Only serious events are intended to be notified. These trigger requirements to preserve the site, notify the regulator and keep records.

The notifiable incident, illness, injury or death must arise out of the conduct of the business or undertaking. It could be due to the condition of the work site, the way the work activity is organised, or the way equipment or substances are used. Only serious events are intended to be notified. These trigger requirements to preserve the site, notify the regulator and keep records.

The notifiable incident, illness, injury or death must arise out of the conduct of the business or undertaking. It could be due to the condition of the work site, the way the work activity is organised, or the way equipment or substances are used.

Notifiable events may occur inside or outside the actual work site.

Deaths, injuries or illness that are unrelated to work are not notifiable events eg:

1. a diabetic worker slipping into a coma at work

2. a worker being injured driving to work in his or her private car when the driving is not done as part of their work

3. injuries to patients or rest home residents that are triggered by a medical reason (for example injuries from a fall caused by a stroke)

4. a worker fainting from a non-work related cause

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