Changes to RIDDOR Query (UK)

Changes came into force today (1st October 2013) to the already amended Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 to clarify and simplify accident and occupational disease reporting requirements.

The change affects all employers – including the self-employed. New web-based information and guidance is available on the website of Britain’s HSE at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/index.htm.

Subscribers to our Email Alert/Regulatory Support with Tailored Registers will be notified tomorrow, and the changes (which affect a number of separate laws) will be loaded into their private websystems shortly.

The main changes are in the following areas:

(1) The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’.
(2) The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.
(3) Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting.

There are no 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

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