EPH’s must give consideration as to whether it is reasonably practicable to give notice to the Executive Director of SafeWork SA[1] about the proposed entry before exercising that right.

EPH entry notifications must be made by telephoning SafeWork SA on 1800 777 209 (24 hours per day, 7 days per week).

The EPH must provide:

  • his or her full name
  • his or her permit number
  • the name and address of the workplace proposed to be entered
  • the date of the proposed entry
  • so far as is practicable, particulars of the suspected contravention to which the notice relates
  • whether there is considered to be a serious risk to the health or safety of a person emanating from an immediate or imminent risk and, if so, any details about the situation known to the EPH.

Attendance by a SafeWork SA Inspector

SafeWork SA has developed policies[2] which set out:

  • the circumstances when WHS Inspectors will attend at a workplace following the notification of a proposed EPH entry
  • the rights and responsibilities of EPH proposing to enter a workplace.

For further information on notifying us about a proposed entry please contact the SafeWork SA Help Centre on 1300 365 255.

EPH reports

Where an EPH exercises a power of entry without being accompanied by a SafeWork SA Inspector, the EPH must complete the EPH Report[3] to advise SafeWork SA on the outcome of their enquiry.

The report must include:

  • the EPH's full name
  • the permit number
  • the name and address of the workplace that was entered
  • the date of entry, and
  • details of any contravention of the WHS Act that, in the opinion of the EPH, has occurred.

On receipt of a report, SafeWork SA must give consideration to what action (if any) should be taken in regard to any matters outlined in the report.

[1] section 117(3)(a) Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA)

[2] section 117(4) Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA)

[3] section 117(6)(a) Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA)