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Health and safety inspectors – 9 key powers

As you are no doubt aware, health and safety legislation applies to all businesses that operate across Australia, but what you may not know is how exactly the laws are enforced.

In today’s Health & Safety Bulletin, I’d like to outline the powers of inspectors and how they monitor and enforce compliance with health and safety laws.

By Joanna Weekes

As you are no doubt aware, health and safety legislation applies to all businesses that operate across Australia, but what you may not know is how exactly the laws are enforced.

In today’s Health & Safety Bulletin, I’d like to outline the powers of inspectors and how they monitor and enforce compliance with health and safety laws.How is health and safety legislation enforced?Health and safety legislation is enforced by regulators in each jurisdiction, listed below:

Commonwealth – Comcare

ACT – Workcover ACT

NSW – WorkCover NSW

NT – NT WorkSafe

QueenslandWorkplace Health and Safety Queensland

SA – SafeWork SA

TasmaniaWorkplace Standards Tasmania

VictoriaWorkSafe Victoria

WA – WorkSafe WA

Regulators appoint health and safety inspectors to investigate any suspected breaches of health and safety legislation, and prosecute if necessary.Powers of inspectorsInspectors have extensive powers to ensure you comply with your duties under health and safety legislation, including the power to:

What penalties could you face?Depending on your jurisdiction and the type of health and safety offence you commit, your business could be liable for penalties ranging from $400,000 to $3 million, so ensure you follow all health and safety laws to avoid prosecution by the health and safety inspector.

If you’d like to know more about health and safety inspectors, and how to avoid prosecution, you can refer to chapter E2 Enforcement and Prosecution in the Health & Safety Handbook.

Until next time,

Joanna Weekes
Editor
Health & Safety Bulletin

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