RIDDOR reporting changes

In October 2010, Lord Young published his Whitehall commissioned report into “operation of health and safety laws and the growth of the compensation culture”.   The Prime Minister had requested that Lord Young focus particularly on health and safety legislation which may be out of date and over bureaucratic, as well as to come up with a structured plan to tackle the increasing “compensation culture” which has now become embedded in our everyday lives.

One of the key recommendations made by Lord Young was an overhaul of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). Under RIDDOR, there is a statutory requirement for the Employer to report certain specified workplace injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to a central Incident Centre.  Fatalities, specified injuries, diseases and occurrences must be reported but also up to now any injury which prevents a person from working or carrying out their normal work tasks for more than 3 days.  Lord Young recommended that this 3 day trigger point was over burdensome on employers as it accounted for the majority of RIDDOR reports and was a prime example of over the top red tape.

On 6 April 2012, the recommendation came into law and 3 day trigger point under RIDDOR was increased to 7 days.  This also has the uniformity of matching the 7 day period after which an employer should obtain a medical certificate from an absent employee.  HSE predictions are that this change will cut RIDDOR paper-work by at least third.

The Compliance Group work with all our clients to ensure that RIDDOR duties are met in full, without having an adverse impact on health and safety performance.  Reporting an incident is a legal duty (failure to report a RIDDOR incident is a £5,000 fine) but it also demonstrates clear commitment to implement health and safety correctly within an organisation.  There’s no point burying your head in the sand!

RIDDOR submissions should be kept factual, concise and objective so as not to prejudice any subsequent legal process (e.g. personal injury claim or Inspector Enforcement Action). Again, The Compliance Group offer competent advice throughout the process so clients know they have fulfilled their duty giving peace of mind, but also minimising any subsequent exposure or liability at the same time.