workplace safetyThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

RIDDOR is the law that requires employers, and other people who are in control of work premises, to report and keep records of work-related deaths; certain serious injuries; diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases; and certain ‘dangerous occurrences’ (near-miss incidents) and these changes affect all employers – including the self-employed.

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal
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