1st October 2013 saw two major changes take effect concerning health and safety at work. One of these centres on the reporting of workplace injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The process has been made easier to help businesses comply with the law.
RIDDOR – the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations – has been updated so that the reporting requirements are simplified and clearer. RIDDOR 2013 replaces the 1995 regulations, and reiterates the need for all companies, including sole traders, to have an Accident Book for the recording of all accidents and dangerous incidents in the workplace.
We thought this would be a good time to review policies and procedures and remind yourself of your responsibilities under RIDDOR.
There are no major changes to the reporting requirements for the following types of accident, which you must still notify to your local HSE or enforcing authority without delay and always within 10 days:
- Accidents resulting in death
- Accidents resulting in specified injuries (see below)
- Non-fatal accidents involving members of the public on work premises
- Dangerous occurrences (not necessarily resulting in injury)
When an accident forces an employee to take more than seven days leave, you must notify the enforcing authority within 15 days.
RIDDOR: The Main Changes Explained
Major injuries are now classified using a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’ as follows:
- Loss of sight
- Crush injuries causing organ or brain damage
- Burns and scalds covering more than 10% of the body or causing significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or vital organs
- Scalping requiring hospital treatment
- Head injury or asphyxia causing loss of consciousness
- Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space
The existing list of 47 occupational diseases, such as asbestosis, has been reduced significantly to 8 categories of work related illnesses that should be reported as soon as notification is received. These are:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Severe hand or forearm cramp
- Occupational dermatitis
- Occupational asthma
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
- Hand or forearm tendonitis or tenosynovitis
- Occupational cancer
- Diseases caused by exposure to biological agents
The final major change is that there are now fewer types of dangerous occurrences that need to be reported.
RIDDOR 2013 requires reports to be made online. You’ll find all the necessary links here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/report.htm. If a fatal injury or major incident has occurred, there is a special telephone number for reporting which is 0845 300 9923. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
Finally a reminder to our clients holding Employers and Public Liability policies that all accidents and incidents should be reported to us immediately. For enquiries about cover, please get in touch.