Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences in the workplace

As reported earlier in the year the Government is gradually implementing a number of recommendations made by Professor Ragnar Löfsted in his independent review – ‘Reclaiming Health and Safety for all: An Independent Review of Health and Safety Legislation.’ The report aimed to reduce the burden of health and safety legislation on all businesses, recommending that specific regulations should be amended to provide clarity for businesses on how to comply with such requirements.

The Government implemented a number of recommendations of Professor Ragnar Löfsted’s report earlier in the year, however, one of the more recent areas of progress relates to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), employers (and other people who are in control of work premises) are obliged to report all work related fatalities, serious injuries, diagnosed industrial disease and dangerous occurrences to the HSE.

The HSE has recently published its second set of proposed changes to RIDDOR and subject to Parliamentary approval, the draft Regulations – the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 – came into force on 1 October 2013.

The main changes include:

•Reportable injuries listed under ‘major injuries’ is to be replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’.
•Eight categories of reportable work-related illness will replace the schedule which lists all types of industrial disease.
•The number of reportable injuries listed under ‘dangerous occurrences’ are to be reduced.

The changes do not impact the reporting requirements for fatal accidents, accidents to members of the public or accidents which result in an employee being unable to carry out their work duties for a period of seven days or more.

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