Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 will clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.
To allow businesses time to familiarise themselves with the changes, HSE has published information to support dutyholders with the requirements that, although on track for implementation from October, remain subject to Parliamentary approval.
The information is available on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/october-2013-changes.htm
The main changes will be to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:
- The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
- The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
- Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' will require reporting
There will not be 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 the HSE has estimated that they will result in a net benefit to business of £5.9m over a 10-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.