Investigating and Reporting Serious Incidents

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With the recent legislative changes, which came into effect on December 1, 2021, there have been noteworthy changes made to PSI reporting.   

Just when you finally understand legislation, am I right? 

Remembering what’s old and what’s new can be challenging, so I have broken it down in an easy-to-understand format. 

That being said, the new OHS Act has been condensed and I’m sure the majority of us can agree it is much easier to understand.  


In section 33(5) of the OHS Act, there are two criteria that determine a reportable potentially serious incident. They are: 

  • The incident had a likelihood of causing a serious injury or illness 
  • There is reasonable cause to believe that corrective action may need to be taken to prevent a recurrence 

It is important to note that if there is a prime contractor, they must conduct the investigation. If there isn’t, it is the employer’s responsibility.  

New Changes:

  • Immediate reporting is no longer required 
  • Reports must be submitted after the investigation is complete 

Remains the Same:

  • Using the OHS online reporting tool 
  • Near misses can still be a PSI if they follow what a PSI by definition is 

Once the report is finalized it must also be given to the JHSC/HSR, or available to the workers if there is no JHSC/HSR. 

Having a well-designed health and safety program can prevent potentially serious incidents from occurring. If you’re looking for help developing a health and safety manual, DF Safety can help you! 

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