This July it was decided that – as a result of the Government’s independent review of health and safety – the Health and Safety Executive would be changing the reporting requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 from the October 1, 2013.

RIDDOR requires the reporting of work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

This applies to all work activities, but not to all incidents.

Reports produced under RIDDOR provide information for the enforcing authorities (the HSE, local authorities and the Office for Rail Regulation) about workplace incidents so that they can consider whether further investigation is required as well as helping them to understand where and how risks in the workplace arise.

The main changes will see:

l The replacement of the classification of “major injuries” to workers with a shorter list of “specified injuries

l The replacement of the existing schedule of 47 types of industrial disease with eight categories of reportable work-related illness

l A requirement for business to report fewer types of “dangerous occurrence”.

The reporting period requirement for anyone injured at work has been extended from three to seven days.

It has been confirmed that there will be no major changes to the reporting of fatal accidents, accidents to members of the public or accidents which lead to an employee being unable to fulfil their normal duties for more than seven days.

The HSE also published guidance on the changes which, subject to Parliamentary approval, will also apply from October 1, 2013.

A free copy of the guidance is available to download from their website

If in doubt we would recommend that you do submit a report. It is not an offence to inform the ICC of non-reportable accidents, but failure to report a reportable accident is a breach of RIDDOR and can result in a prosecution.

If you have any questions about your obligations under the revised RIDDOR or health and safety issues in general, then please contact Kevin Barrett on 01422 358525.