RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report:
- serious workplace accidents;
- occupational diseases;
- specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).
Proposed changes to be introduced to RIDDOR from 1 October 2013 (subject to Parliamentary approval) will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.
The proposed changes can be summarised as follows:
- 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’ will require reporting.
RIDDOR-reportable incidents are relatively infrequent but organisations need to know what to do in case any injuries or notifiable diseases do occur. More detailed information on the changes to RIDDOR can be found on the HSE website. For guidance on reducing injuries and ill health in the workplace, as well as advice on complying with legislative requirements, contact the free Health for Work Adviceline on 0800 0 77 88 44 to speak to an occupational health professional.