For those of you who are unaware on 6 April 2012, the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for reporting injuries has changed. RIDDOR is the Reporting of injuries diseases and dangerous occurrence regulations (1995).
Previously the requirement was to report all injuries causing incapacitation for over 3 days. This has now increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).
It is part of a drive by government (spearheaded by the Loftstedt report) to cut Health and Safety red tape. It will also reduce the workload of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding investigation of RIDDOR incidents by approximately 30%.
Employers, and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR, must still keep a record of all injuries and an accident record book will be sufficient.
Definitions: Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.
A new leaflet Reporting accidents and incidents at work explains the change.
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