RIDDOR - An Information Bulletin

From 1 October 2013, subject to Parliamentary approval, new Reporting of injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) come into force, which introduce significant changes to the existing reporting arrangements.

Employers need to be aware of the proposed changes and prepare for them.

The purpose of the changes is to simplify reporting arrangements, following the Löfstedt review of health and safety regulation.

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list ‘specified injuries’

  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being placed with 8 categories of reportable, work relating illnesses

  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will 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 7 days

  • Recording requirements will remain broadly unchanged, including the requirement to record accidents resulting in the incapacitation of a worker for more than 3 days.

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