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RIDDOR: Simplifying Incident Reporting Requirements

RIDDOR: Simplifying Incident Reporting Requirements

From 1 October 2013 changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) which will aim to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries.  The changes follow the UK Government’s independent review of health and safety legislation in 2011 and a public consultation which took place last year.

RIDDOR requires employers, and other people in control of work premises, to report all work related deaths as well as certain work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences (near-misses).

The main changes include:

  • the replacement of the classification of “major injuries” to workers with a shorter list of “specified injuries”;
  • the replacement of the existing schedule of 47 types of industrial disease with eight categories of reportable work-related illness;
  • a requirement for businesses to report fewer types of “dangerous occurrence”.

There will be no changes to the reporting requirements for fatal accidents, accidents to members of the public and accidents which result in a worker being unable to carry out their normal duties for more than seven days.

It is expected that the changes will require fewer incidents to be reported which the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) estimates will result in a net benefit to businesses of £5.9 million over a ten year period.

The HSE has also published guidance on the changes which will also apply from 1 October 2013.  A free copy of the guidance can be downloaded here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.htm.

If you have any queries or concerns about your reporting obligations under the new regulations or about health and safety issues in general do not hesitate to contact a member of the Burness Paull HSE team.

Lynne Moss
Senior Associate

Burness admin