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Changes to RIDDOR to simplify reporting of workplace injuries


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Posted 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 areas:

  • 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 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 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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Lawson-West specialise in commercial, business and employment law. Our team of dedicated commercial solicitors can help with buying or selling a business, business law and disputes, landlord and tenant issues and commercial property. Our expert employment team can offer practical advice and guidance on all aspects of employment law including redundancy, compromise agreements and dismissal procedures. Visit for more information.

If you’ve had an accident at work and would like to talk to a qualified lawyer, please contact Vickki Ridgway at Lawson-West on 0116 212 1000.

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