Provisional improvement notices (PINs)

Health and safety representatives can issue a provisional improvement notice.

Health and safety representatives (HSRs) can, under some circumstances, exercise powers if they believe there is, or has been, a contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

These powers include issuing a provisional improvement notice.

A provisional improvement notice tells the business or employer (or other PCBU) that a contravention to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Act) needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

If you are a HSR, you can issue a PIN requiring a person to:

  • remedy the breach of the Act
  • to prevent a likely contravention of the Act from occurring
  • to remedy the things or operations causing the contravention or likely contravention.

You must first consult with the person responsible for resolving the WHS issue before a PIN can be issued.

We have developed a sample form that can be used as a PIN.

There is no requirement that a PIN is issued on this form, provided that the PIN is in writing and meets the requirements of the Act.

At least eight days must be allowed between the date that the PIN was issued and the date that the PIN needs to be complied with.

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