If you're an employer (or other PCBU), then you must keep register of injuries to record workplace injuries or illnesses sustained by workers regardless of whether there has been a claim.
The register of injuries must include:
- name of the injured worker
- the worker's address
- the worker's age at the time of injury
- the worker's occupation at the time of injury
- the industry in which the worker was engaged at the time of injury
- the time and date of injury
- the nature of the injury
- the cause of the injury
The register of injuries may be kept in writing or be electronic (like on a computer). A record of each notifiable incident must also be kept.
If the register of injuries is kept in electronic form, then the employer must provide education, training and facilities to ensure that workers are able to access the register.
If you're an employer, you can seek approval from your insurer or from us to use the register of injuries as notification of any workplace injury.
Although not required by the legislation, all employers and workers are encouraged to report and record 'near misses'. A near miss should be considered as a warning sign and may indicate a potential problem that could result in serious injury.
There are penalties for failing to keep a register of injuries.
We have a standard template you can use.