C.26 Notices of non–compliance

In 2012‑13 the Health Directorate did not receive any notices of non-compliance in relation to the Dangerous Substances Act 2004.

Five notices of non-compliance were issued in relation to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011:

  • Notice 5824 was issued on 14 August 2012 to the Director-General of the ACT Health Directorate. Worksafe ACT has advised that it is satisfied that all the requirements have been met and that the notice has been complied with. The notice required the directorate to review and amend its work safety systems to ensure that, if any further notifiable incidents occur at the Canberra Hospital, the incident site is not disturbed until an inspector arrives at the site or any earlier time the inspector directs. This does not prevent any actions prescribed by section 39(3) of the Act.
  • Notice 5825 was issued on 14 August 2012 to the Director-General of the ACT Health Directorate. Worksafe ACT has advised that it is satisfied that all the requirements have been met and that the notice has been complied with. The notice required the directorate to ensure that the regulator is notified immediately, by the fastest possible means, after becoming aware that a notifiable incident out of the conduct of the business or undertaking has occurred at the Canberra Hospital.
  • Notice 6072 was issued on 3 May 2013 to the Executive Director, Business and Infrastructure of the ACT Health Directorate. Worksafe ACT advised on 27 June 2013 that it is satisfied that all the requirements have been met and that the notice has been complied with. The notice directed the Health Directorate to implement control measures at the Canberra Hospital to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety associated with the use of electrical equipment supplied through a socket outlet. These measures include installing appropriate residual current devices (RCD) to switchboards or portable RCD cord sets/plug adapters until switchboards have been upgraded. All reasonable steps must also be taken to ensure that the RCDs used at the workplace are tested regularly by a competent person to ensure they are operating effectively.
  • Notice 6073 was issued on 3 May 2013 to the Executive Director, Business and Infrastructure of the ACT Health Directorate. Worksafe ACT advised on 27 June 2013 that it is satisfied that all the requirements have been met and that the notice has been complied with. The notice required the directorate to have a competent person undertake an electrical audit of the food preparation area and bio-medical workshop as a matter of urgency and disconnect (or isolate) any unsafe electrical equipment from the electrical supply until it is repaired or tested and found to be safe.
  • Notice 6074 was issued on 3 May 2013 to the Executive Director, Business and Infrastructure of the ACT Health Directorate. Worksafe ACT advised on 27 June 2013 that it is satisfied that all the requirements have been met and that the notice has been complied with. The notice required the directorate implement control measures at the Canberra Hospital to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety associated with the use of electrical equipment supplied through a socket outlet. These measures include installing appropriate RCDs to switchboards or portable RCD cord sets/plug adaptors until switchboards have been upgraded. All reasonable steps must also be taken to ensure that the RCDs used at the workplace are tested regularly by a competent person to ensure that they are operating effectively.