RIDDOR changes from 1st October 2013

RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and is one of the important pieces of UK Health and Safety legislation.

Some major revisions to the Regulations were made on 1st October 2013, which we summarise here.

Including…. RIDDOR requires employers (and freelancers) to report and keep records of work-related accidents which cause death or certain serious injuries, diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases, and certain ‘dangerous occurrences’.

Reporting requirements remain mostly unchanged and the requirement for an employer to record accidents that result in the incapacitation of a worker (inability to work) for more than 7 days remains the same (this was increased from 3 days in April 2012).

Employers only have to report injuries (and deaths) caused by work-related accidents. For the purposes of RIDDOR an accident is defined as a separate, unintended incident that causes physical injury (which includes non-consensual violence to people at work).

When deciding if an accident (that led to the death or injury) is work-related, the issues for Employers to consider are whether the accident was related to:

  • The way in which the work was carried out
  • Any machinery, plant, substances or equipment used for work
  • The condition of the site or premises where the accident happened.

If any of the above were related to the cause of the accident, employers will need to report the injury to the Health and Safety Executive. Reporting can be done online or by telephone on 0845 300 9923.

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