Reporting Hazards & Incidents

Reporting Hazards & Incidents



There are a number of situations and circumstances that can result in hazards or incidents in the modern workplace. Hazards and incidents are defined by the following (WHS Act 2011 & WHS Regulation 2011).

Hazard is a source of potential harm or a situation with the potential to cause harm to people, property or the environment.

A WHS incident is any unplanned event that occurs in the course of work, which could result in:

  • workplace illness
  • uncontrolled fire and explosion
  • physical injuries
  • equipment, plant or property damage
  • dangerous occurrences which could have but did not injure any person
  • exposure to hazardous substances or circumstances
  • minor injuries
  • any other incident that could put employees or plant at risk

Serious incident:
(a) an incident that has resulted in a person being killed, or
(b) any other incident prescribed by the H&S regulations for the purposes of this definition.

The School of BABS follows the UNSW HS307 Hazard and Incident Reporting Procedure. For further information, please visit the UNSW WHS website

Reporting Hazards and Incidents in BABS

All hazards and incidents in BABS must be reported online through the myUNSW online reporting system and alert your supervisor immediately. For further assistance, contact the BABS WHS Manager.

Here are the steps to follow when reporting an incident (new PiMs interface 2016):

1. Go to myUNSW

2. Login with your staff/student ID and Zpass

3. Click “My staff Profile" or “My Student Profile" tab

4. Under 'Manage My Profile" click "My Profile"

5. Click the button "Health, Safety & Environment" then "Report a Hazard/Incident"

6. Follow the prompts

NB: In the dropdown box for "Issue Type" please ensure you select the correct option for the following categories:

  • Hazard - Anything that needs to be fixed before it results in an incident; e.g. building damage, spills, faulty equipment, etc.
  • Accident/Injury - Anything that happens that results in an injury or a 'near miss'
  • Environment - Any issue where the environment may be affected/has the potential to be affected (chemical/biological spills, etc.)
  • Workplace Inspection - Anything to do with issues identified from local workplace inspections 
  • Fist Aid Report - Any situation where first aid was needed to be administered (this also requires an incident report where necessary)

BABS Supervisors

For supervisors, the following template is available to assist you in managing investigations post serious incidents or injuries: HS003 Incident Investigation Guide