Consultation to simplify RIDDOR

A 12-week consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences has come into place from 2 August until 28 October 2012, led by The Health and Safety Executive.

The proposed changes to RIDDOR 1995 (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) will remove the duty to report in cases where the information is of little use or better collected through other means, while still ensuring that sufficient, quality data is available.

The proposals include self-employed people having to no longer report injuries or illness to themselves, and the removal of both the duty on employers to:

  • report dangerous occurrences outside of high-risk sectors/activities,
  • requirements to report most occupational diseases.

The need to report all fatal injuries to workers and those to members of the public as a result of a work activity would remain, as would the duty to report major injuries to workers.

Removing Ambiguity

The proposal is in response to a recommendation in Professor Löfstedt’s report in November 2011 that ambiguity over reporting requirements should be removed. The Common Sense, Common Safety Government report published in October 2010 also recommended a re-examination of RIDDOR to determine whether it was the best approach to providing an accurate national picture of workplace accidents.

The consultation on proposals to change RIDDOR reporting requirements from 2013 is open from 2 August until 28 October 2012 and the full document can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd243.htm.

Source: HSE