Occupational Health & Safety works to ensure that the laws about workers' health and safety are being followed by everyone in the workplace.
An Occupational Health Officer can inspect a workplace in response to a complaint concerning occupational health or safety. There does not have to be a complaint. They can decide to inspect to prevent workplace incidents, to find out what has caused an incident or to determine if occupational health and safety laws are being followed.
An officer can interview any person who they have reasonable cause to believe has information about an allegation of harassment. The person is required to give full and correct answers to any questions asked.
A court can issue a warrant for the search of a workplace if there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence against occupational health and safety laws has occurred and that there is evidence of this at the workplace.
After the inspection the officer can make a decision about what, if any, action needs to be taken to deal with the complaint.
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