RIDDOR is changing

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A brief guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

Overview

RIDDOR is changing

From 1 October 2013 the revised Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR 2013) come into force.

RIDDOR is the law that requires employers, and other people in charge of work premises, to report and keep records of:

  • work-related accidents which cause deaths
  • work-related accidents which cause certain serious injuries (reportable injuries)
  • diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases; and
  • certain ‘dangerous occurrences’ (incidents with the potential to cause harm)

This leaflet identifies what is required from employers and provides updated information about RIDDOR.

What is changing in RIDDOR from October 2013?

The main changes are to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

  • the classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • the existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being 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 which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days

Recording requirements will remain broadly unchanged, including the requirement to record accidents resulting in the incapacitation of a worker for more than three days.

Injuries to non-workers

Work-related accidents involving members of the public or people who are not at work must be reported if a person is injured, and is taken from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to that injury. There is no requirement to establish what hospital treatment was actually provided, and no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent.

Types of reportable injury

Deaths

All deaths to workers and non-workers must be reported if they arise from a work- related accident, including an act of physical violence to a worker. Suicides are not reportable, as the death does not result from a work-related accident.

  1. Specified injuries to workers
    • The list of ‘specified injuries’ in RIDDOR 2013 (regulation 4) includes:
    • a fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
    • amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe;
    • permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight;
    • crush injuries leading to internal organ damage;
    • serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body, or damaging the eyes,respiratory system or other vital organs);
    • scalpings (separation of skin from the head) which require hospital treatment;
    • unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia;
    • any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space, which leads tohypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

The document is available here free:

RIDDOR13

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