When you have a Work Health and Safety (WHS) entry permit, you should know your rights and obligations when you enter a building or premises.
Rights of entry permit holders
A WHS entry permit holder may enter premises to inquire about a contravention of the WHS Act or to consult workers. They may:
- warn any person where you reasonably believe they are exposed to a serious risk to their health or safety
- inspect any work system that relates to the suspected contravention
- consult relevant workers about the suspected contravention
- inspect or make copies of documents, including employee records, that directly relate to the suspected contravention.
Obligations of entry permit holders
All WHS entry permit holders must:
- also have a Fair Work entry permit
- carry their original WHS entry permit and photographic identification for inspection
- meet the conditions on their permit
- comply with reasonable occupational health and safety requests
- not enter any part of the premises used for residential purposes
- visit a workplace during working hours.
No entry permit holder may:
- intentionally hinder or obstruct any person, or otherwise act in an improper manner
- give the impression that they are authorised to do things they are not, nor be reckless about giving that impression
- use information for any purposes other than the investigation or inquiry.