RIDDOR Review

What is RIDDOR? The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations is the legislation that requires employers and/or those in control of workplaces to record and report work-related deaths, serious injuries, cases of industrial disease, and ‘near misses’ .  The report, provided to the HSE or Local Authority, to help them to track how and where workplace accidents are occurring (to target their preventative work) and decide whether investigation is warranted.

What should be reported? Workplace deaths, major injuries directly or indirectly connected to work, occupational diseases, any 1 of 21 categories of dangerous occurrences (near misses), and acute conditions requiring medical treatment must be reported. This applies to employees, self employed people and members of the public.  Examples include deaths or injuries through physical violence, and major injuries including fractures (excluding fingers, thumbs or toes); amputation; dislocation; loss of sight; electric, chemical or hot metal burns, or anything giving rise to unconsciousness or a need for resuscitation.  For more information contact the HSE.

What’s changed? From 6 April, ‘over 7 day injuries’ are also reportable.  This means any work-related incident that leads to an employee, or self-employed person, being away from work or unable to perform their normal duties for more than 7 consecutive days (excluding the day of the incident).  There is no longer any requirement to report ‘over 3 day absences’, but a record must be kept.

How do I report? Reporting can be completed via an online form at www.hse.gov.uk/riddor   This will automatically submit to the HSE and provide you a copy of the report.  A telephone Incident Contact Centre (0845 300 9923) service remains for reporting fatal and major injuries only.  An out of hours service is also available.

Fines. A breach of the RIDDOR requirement to report could lead to prosecution and result in fines.  Depending on the circumstances (and any other regulations breached) fines in the Magistrates course range from £5,000 – £20,000.  If the matter is referred to the Crown Court the maximum fine is unlimited.

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