Construction Safety: The WHS Inspector role

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Work Health and Safety Inspectors

The main role of inspectors for the Construction Industry is to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act, and where required implement the enforcement framework. Every WHS inspector is issued with an identity card containing a signature and a recent photograph, which he or she must show you before exercising any power under the Act.

  • They must have the identity card displayed so it is clearly visible to the person when exercising the power.

However, if it is not practicable to comply with either of the above the inspector must produce the identity card for the person’s inspection at the first reasonable opportunity. This applies to all Online White Cards

Responsibilities of OHS Inspectors

When they enter a construction workplace the inspector has specific powers under the Act. They must:

  • provide information and advice about compliance with the WHS Act
  • Assist in the resolution of:
    1.Work health and safety issues at workplaces
    2. Issues related to access to a workplace by an assistant to a health and safety representative
    3. Issues related to the exercise or purported exercise of a right of entry
  • Review disputed provisional improvement notices
  • To require compliance with the Act through the issuing of notices
  • To investigate contraventions of the Act and assist in the prosecution of offences.Go here to find out more about Health and Safety Roles on a construction siteIf you want to find out more about other roles in the Construction industry or are interested in the average salaries of the industry or even the state requirements for obtaining online training and being issued a White Card for the Site Induction you can find this information by simply following the links
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