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The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors.
RCH will maintain records of all hazards, near misses, incidents and injuries for the purposes of minimising risk of injury and ill-health or the recurrence of an incident. Accordingly, all staff are expected to report hazards, near misses and incidents and managers are expected to address these in
consultation with staff.
In doing so, this will ensure that RCH complies with the requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2017, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act)..
All staff and visitors.
Hazard: something that has the potential to injure or harm people, property and equipment
Incident: an event that has the potential to or does lead to an injury or damage to property and equipment as result of losing control of a hazard
Near miss: any unplanned incidents that occurred at the workplace which, although not resulting in any injury or disease, had the potential to do so
Notifiable Incident: an incident for which you are legally required to notify Worksafe Victoria. Incidents that must be reported include those that result in:
incidents - From 28 July 2020, employers are required to notify
WorkSafe immediately on becoming aware that an employee or an independent
contractor or a contractor’s employee has received a confirmed COVID-19
diagnosis and has attended the workplace during the infectious period
VHIMS: Victorian Health Incident Management System (formerly known as RiskMan); aN intranet-based incident record system.
Health and Safety Representative
All near miss / incidents should be recorded in
VHIMS by the manager or the reporting staff member
If a person has been injured, the need for first
aid should be assessed and action taken as appropriate. Managers should
follow the Early
Intervention Guide, and contact their relevant Injury Management Coordinator
if the staff member requires time off work or medical treatment as a result of
If the near miss / incident is considered to be serious, the manager should contact the WHS team for advice. The WHS team will advise regarding the
notification of the incident to WorkSafe.
The incident is deemed to be a "Notifiable Incident" and must be reported to WorkSafe if it resulted in:
incidents also include those involving
If the incident is notifiable, the site of the incident is to remain undisturbed until a WorkSafe Inspector arrives on site or gives permission for disturbance.
The Head of Department/Unit Manager must report all notifiable incidents to WorkSafe via phone on 132 360 and then in writing within 48 hours by completing the
Worksafe Incident Notification Form.
The manager should undertake an incident investigation in consultation with the Health and Safety Representative and record the findings and recommendation within the VHIMS report of the incident
Complex investigations or investigations where there is uncertainty will be supported by the WHS team upon request of the manager or Health and safety Representative.