Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN)
Under the WA Work Health and Safety Act 2020, Division 7, a trained Health and Safety Rep (HSR) can issue a PIN to the PCBU (Employer) to resolve a health and safety issue - especially where matters have not been agreed between parties after lengthy discussions.
PINs can be issued for physical and/or psychological issues.
There is also no requirement for 'how serious' the matter has to be, before issuing a PIN.
There is also no minimum timeframe for when a PIN can be issued, however, HSRs must consult with the PCBU on the matter prior to issuing a PIN including considering the company's views, and giving the PCBU (employer) a reasonable opportunity to resolve the issue.
UnionsWA advises all HSRs that you and the workers you represent, should not reach 'breaking point' before a PIN is considered.
This includes when a matter is leading to an increase in absenteeism, staff turnover, loss of productivity, workplace conflict, and of course a continuation or rise in related injuries and workers' compensation claims.
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Ready to issue a PIN?
WorkSafe can be contacted for general support with a PIN - ask for a 'Duty Inspector'.
Your Union office staff can also provide HSR's with support for preparing a PIN and support after issuing a PIN, as well as alternative options for resolving safety issues.