During the inspection

Inspectors carry photo identification at all times and must clearly display this as soon as they enter a workplace.

People who are not inspectors (for example, technical experts, interpreters or police officers) may accompany an inspector.

Once they have entered the workplace, inspectors will immediately notify the PCBU or the most senior management person on site and any relevant WHS representative for workers at that workplace. They will state:

  • the focus of their visit
  • the inspection process that will be followed.

Once at the workplace, inspectors may:

  • inspect or examine any part of the workplace
  • observe or search any part of the workplace (for example, the use of a machine or work processes)
  • take measurements
  • take photographs or film things
  • conduct tests (for example, for presence of lead in paint)
  • take samples of things (for example, of substances used)
  • ask certain documents to be produced (for example, maintenance records kept by a mechanic contracted by an PCBU to do the work)
  • obtain copies of documents (for example, training records, manufacturer’s instructions)
  • make enquiries or conduct surveys to assess the degree of risk or standards of WHS
  • talk to managers, supervisors, workers and other people when an incident has occurred
  • enquire into circumstances and probable causes of an incident
  • require a person to give reasonable help
  • seize things as part of the investigation.