Mandatory injury register

You are legally required to keep a register of workplace injuries and illnesses sustained by workers or visitors.

You need to record injuries and illnesses regardless of whether there has been a claim made to your insurer.

There are penalties for failing to keep a register of injuries.

We have a standard template you can use for your injury register or you can buy one from your office stationery supplier.

The register of injuries needs to 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).

If the register of injuries is kept in electronic form, you must provide education, training and facilities to ensure that your workers are able to access the register.

A record of each notifiable incident must also be kept.

When and how to notify a serious injury or illness, a death or dangerous incident

If there is a serious injury or illness, a death or a dangerous incident, you must report it to us immediately on 13 10 50.

A "notifiable incident" under the work health and safety legislation relates to:

  • the death of a person
  • a serious injury or illness of a person
  • a potentially dangerous incident.

Significant penalties apply if you fail to notify us of an incident.

The incident site must be preserved until a SafeWork Inspector attends unless the inspector or regulator directs otherwise.

You must notify your insurer of the incident within 48 hours.

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