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Notifiable events – a little bit of clarification

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 replaced serious harm with notifiable events. The actions we take are the same: look after the people, freeze the scene, and call WorkSafe NZ as soon as possible. However, the definition has been causing a lot of confusion.

A notifiable event means any of the following events that arise as a result of work: • the death of a person; or • a notifiable injury or illness; or • a notifiable incident.

(Your health and safety manual should contain a full definition.)

Recently, Steve Wong from WorkSafe NZ spoke to the Waikato branch of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) to clarify the definition. He directed us to the WorkSafe website where there is a useful fact sheet.

Points to Note The following are some of the major queries we have had:

How can Safewise help? We are able to help update your health and safety information. For more information, call Safewise Ltd on (078504387), check the website or email us at,, or

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