OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 11 First Aid

Section 182 Duty to report injury or illness

Workers are required to report any work-related physical injury or sudden occurrence of illness experienced while at work as soon as practicable. The employer should establish to whom the report is made e.g. first aider, foreman, nurse, supervisor, safety person or some other individual. Prompt reporting ensures complete and accurate information and allows the injury or illness to be assessed and treated as necessary. Such information is also useful in injury surveillance. Similar, recurrent injuries reported by several workers may suggest the need to change some aspect of the work site or the tasks performed by workers.