The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has announced changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) to be effective from 1st October 2013. The HSE says that the changes will, “simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.”
The HSE says that the main changes are to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:
- The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’.
- The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.
- Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting.
There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:
- Fatal accidents.
- Accidents to non-workers (members of the public).
- Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days.