Purpose of this policy
To ensure schools contact WorkSafe Victoria of notifiable incidents.
Schools must notify WorkSafe Victoria of incidents occurring at the school resulting in:
- the death of a person
- medical treament within 48 hours of exposure to a substance
- immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital (note: there is no requirement to notify WorkSafe under this provision where no treatment was provided. For example, medical diagnosis provided only)
- immediate medical treatment for:
- the separation of skin from underlying tissue
- the amputation of any part of the body
- a serious head injury or eye injury
- the loss of a bodily function
- serious lacerations
- an electric shock
- a spinal injury
- collapse, overturning, failure, malfunction of or damage to plant that is required to be licensed or registered
- collapse or failure of an excavation or supporting shoring
- collapse or partial collapse of a building or structure
- an implosion, explosion or fire
- escape, spillage or leakage of any substance
- the fall or release from a height from any plant, substance or object.
Note: The same obligations to notify of incidents and dangerous occurrences apply under the Equipment (Public Safety) (Incident Notification) Regulations 2007 such as amusement structures used by volunteers at a school fete or fair.
eduSafe logging requirement
Schools must log the incident in eduSafe, the Department’s hazard, incident and injury reporting system that covers all non-student incidents.
WorkSafe must be notified immediately after the incident. Phone 132 360 to obtain a reference number.
Within 48 hours after notification, the incident Notification Form is to be completed either online or in hardcopy. The Notification Form can be faxed to WorkSafe Victoria on (03) 9641 1091.
For more information on WorkSafe matters see: Health, safety and workers' compensation.