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SP10 Accident recording and notification

SP10
Accident recording and notification
Section 25 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 has been replaced by ss 56 and 57 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. These sections fall under subpart 5 of Part 2 – Duties to preserve sites and notify notifiable events. Section 55 covers the duty to preserve sites, while ss 56 and 57 deal with the duty to notify a notifiable event and the requirement to keep records.
Section 56 sets out the duties and obligations of a PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) in regard to notifying a notifiable event. “Notifiable event” is defined in s 25 as meaning the death of a person, a notifiable injury or illness or a notifiable incident. Section 56 sets out who is to be notified - the regulator - as well as the method, for example telephone or in writing.
Section 57 concerns the requirement to keep records and sets out a period of five years for the records to be kept. The period runs from the date on which notice of the event is given to the regulator. Fines for non-compliance range from a fine not exceeding $5,000for an individual, and not exceeding $25,000 for any other person.

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