Inspection blitz on dangerous goods continues

WorkSafe WA is reminding workers and the community that workplace hazards and incidents can be anonymously reported by telephone or in writing.

Reports can also be done online but contact details should be provided although it will not be divulged to the employer.

“There are a number of ways in which workers can report workplace hazards or incidents to WorkSafe without fear of their identity being disclosed to others,” said WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns.

“WorkSafe encourages a consultative approach in workplaces, and hazards and incidents should initially be reported to the employer or an elected safety and health representative.

“But if consultation does not resolve the issue, or if a worker does not feel comfortable reporting within the workplace, they can report the matter to WorkSafe and request an inspector’s intervention.

“Online reporting allows reports to be made at any time of day or night, from home or any other location if the person feels they need privacy.

“Contact details must be given so an inspector can follow up the report, but the inspector will not divulge the source of the report when they visit the workplace,” he said.

“When contact details are provided, a reference number is given that confirms the report has been made and allows the person making the report to add further information at a later date or speak to an inspector about the progress of an investigation.

“It is sometimes reported that it is not possible to anonymously report hazards or incidents to WorkSafe or to keep a report confidential, but that is not the case.

“We strongly urge anyone in a workplace to report hazards and incidents with confidence that their privacy will be protected.”

Telephone reports can be made on 1300 307 877. A link to the online reporting is available at WorkSafe WA’s website.

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