August 30, 2013

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 will come into force on 1st October 2013.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published amended guidance outlining the requirements of the new regulations and the main changes from the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995.

The new regulations will clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

A draft copy of INDG453 ‘Reporting accidents and incidents at work’ can be downloaded from the HSE website. www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/october-2013-changes.htm.  Alternatively clients can view our updated guidance note on ESGATEWAY or in the General Documents section of our new Compliance package

Key Changes

The main changes are aimed at simplifying the reporting requirements in the following areas:

1) The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’. So that from 01 October only the following Injuries, resulting from work related activities will be automatically reportable;-

  • a fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
  • permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight;
  • crush injuries leading to internal organ damage;
  • serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body, or damaging the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs);
  • scalpings (separation of skin from the head) which require hospital treatment;
  • unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia;
  • any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space, which leads to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

2) The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.

  • carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • severe cramp of the hand or forearm;
  • occupational dermatitis;
  • hand-arm vibration syndrome;
  • occupational asthma;
  • tendonitis or tenosynovitis of the hand or forearm;
  • any occupational cancer;
  • any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent.

3) Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting

The new regulations will not however result in any significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days

The changes will require fewer incidents to be reported overall and it is estimated that they will result in a net benefit to business of £5.9 million over a ten-year period.

They will not alter the current ways to report an incident at work and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated will remain the same.

How to report

All incidents can be reported online but a telephone service remains for reporting fatal and specified injuries only.

Online

Go to www.hse.gov.uk/riddor and complete the appropriate online report form. The form will then be submitted directly to the RIDDOR database. You will receive a copy for your records.

Telephone

Call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Reporting out of hours

The HSE has an out-of-hours duty officer who can be contacted in circumstances where the HSE may need to respond out of hours such instances include:

  • a work-related death or situation where there is a strong likelihood of death following an incident at, or connected with, work;
  • a serious accident at a workplace so that HSE can gather details of physical evidence that would be lost with time; and
  • following a major incident at a workplace where the severity of the incident, or the degree of public concern, requires an immediate public statement from either HSE or government ministers.

Less serious incidents can be reported out of normal working hours using the online reporting as described above.

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