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Message from WorkSafe ACT

When do I need to notify WorkSafe ACT about an incident?

If you are a PCBU, you must notify WorkSafe ACT as soon as you become aware of a death, serious injury, illness or dangerous incident or occurrence at a workplace. You can find a list of notifiable incidents on our website.

You also need to notify WorkSafe ACT immediately if a worker tests positive to COVID-19.

The best way of contacting us, is to call our inspectors on 13 22 81 (business hours), or on 0419 120 028 (after hours). The inspector will then outline some steps you need to take, and ask you to submit an online notification of incident form within 48 hours of the incident. If you’re not sure if an incident is notifiable, please call us for more information.

Removing and disposing asbestos safely

WorkSafe ACT reminds all PCBUs that if you find asbestos containing materials (ACMs) at a workplace, you have a duty to:

·         identify or assume ACM and confirm this with a licensed asbestos assessor

·         complete a risk assessment

·         indicate the presence and location of asbestos

·         maintain an asbestos register

·         have an asbestos management plan and make it accessible.

ACMs can only be removed by licensed removalists, assessed by licensed assessors and all debris must be disposed of properly.

Licensed asbestos removalists must contact WorkSafe ACT with a written notification for removal, at least five days before work begins. Where asbestos needs to be removed immediately, please call WorkSafe ACT and submit a written notification within 24 hours.

WorkSafe ACT can be notified on 13 22 81, after hours on 0419 120 028 or using the online form.

If you do not dispose of ACM and contaminated debris properly, you will be prosecuted. If you want to report an incident, you can use the online form available on the WorkSafe ACT website.