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Compliance and enforcement

The Department is empowered under the law to respond to health and safety incidents and electrical safety incidents at workplaces. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) also visit workplaces to conduct national and statewide audit campaigns.

The ESO can also investigate serious electrical incidents or dangerous electrical events that occur in places other than workplaces, (e.g. a domestic home).

Workplace inspections

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and Electrical Safety Office (ESO) inspectors visit workplaces to monitor compliance and respond to health and safety incidents.

Penalties

Check the penalties for workplace health and safety breaches, including information on categories of offences, on-the-spot fines, and failure to pay fines.

Industry interventions and campaigns

Industry interventions and campaigns list WHSQ participates in both current and past.

Prosecutions

Links to information on workplace health and safety prosecutions, including causes to prosecute, enforceable undertakings, defences, appeals and access to your information.

Enforceable undertakings

An enforceable undertaking is one of the options available to promote compliance with workplace health and safety laws. It is an alternative to court action for an alleged breach of the Act.

Last updated
02 July 2018

Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks

A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.

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Updated work safety codes of practice enforceable from 1 July 2018

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