Many employers will be familiar with RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations), under which reports must be made to the Health & Safety Executive when injuries, diseases and other dangerous occurrences arise.
From 1 October, the Regulations have been amended to make it easier for employers to understand when a report needs to be made and when it doesn’t.
RIDDOR, which came into force in 1996, puts the duty of reporting certain dangerous occurrences on “responsible persons” – which includes employers, self-employed and people in control of work premises. Such dangerous occurrences include serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases, and certain near misses.
As of 1 October, when determining whether an injury needs to be reported, it is no longer necessary to consult the list of “major injuries” which existed within the last version of the Regulations. This list of 47 types of industrial disease has been replaced with a “specified injuries” list, which contains eight categories of reportable work related illnesses.
The sorts of “dangerous occurrence” which require reporting have also been reduced.
The changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 affect all employers, including the self-employed, and do not alter how workplace incidents should be reported.
We would be pleased to advise on RIDDOR’s specific application, and detailed information and guidance is available on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/Riddor/
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