Your questions answered: Do text messages suffice?

By Portner Press on November 2nd, 2018
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations

 

Q
Would a text message be regarded as legal for the purposes of:

  • notifying a safety incident (to an organisation); and
  • for notifying corrective action to be taken (from an organisation)?

 

A
Yes, it would. As a text message maintains a temporary record of a notification, it would be a suitable method of communication in notifying a safety incident to an organisation, or in notifying corrective action to be taken from an organisation.

However, as best practice, this should also be followed with a more permanent form of notification (e.g. letter or email), particularly in the case for more serious incidents.

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