HSE publishes details of proposed RIDDOR changes
The Health and Safety Executive HSE has published details of proposed changes that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.
Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), the law that requires employers, and other people who are in control of work premises, to report and keep records of work-related deaths; certain serious injuries; diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases; and near misses will mean the reporting requirements are simplified. It is also hoped that the changes will lead to the data collected giving a more accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.
To allow businesses time to familiarise themselves with the changes, HSE has published information to support dutyholders – those who are responsible for maintaining proper health and safety practices in their workplace - with the requirements which, although on track for implementation from October, remain subject to Parliamentary approval.
The main changes will be to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:
- The classification of 'major injuries' to workers to be 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 it is estimated that they will result in a net benefit to business of £5.9 million over a ten-year period.