Inspectors’ entry powers
Inspectors have specific legal powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 to enter any workplace that is:
- authorised by a search warrant
- used for carrying out work that involves storing and handling dangerous goods
- used for carrying out work that involves operating, using and storing high risk plant
- covered by the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011 if the inspector believes it is necessary to do so.
Inspectors can enter with or without the consent of the person with management or control of the place, and without prior notice to any person unless the place is used only for residential purposes and does not involve the storage of dangerous goods, high risk plant or access to a workplace.
Inspectors carry out their role to minimise disruption to any workplace. However, whenever an incident occurs or dangerous work practices exist, they need to intervene to ensure people are safe.
It is an offence to obstruct, threaten or interfere with a WorkSafe Tasmania inspector who is exercising their powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.