Changes to RIDDOR to simplify reporting of workplace injuries
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on 08 Aug /2013
The Health and Safety Executive has published details of
proposed changes which they say will simplify the mandatory reporting
of workplace injuries for businesses.
Changes to the RIDDOR legislation (Reporting of Injuries,
Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) will both clarify and
simplify the reporting requirements. The implementation is currently
scheduled for October this year.
Reporting requirements will be simplified in the following
- The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers will be
replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
- The existing schedule of 47 types of industrial disease
will be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related
- Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require
There will not be any significant changes to the reporting
- 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 save businesses more than
£5million over the next ten years. However, they will not alter the
current ways of reporting an incident at work nor will the criteria
that determine whether an incident should be investigated be affected.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-08-14 09:03:12 in Legal Articles