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REPORTING PUBLIC INJURY & WORK RELATED DISEASE TO END

Government simplification policy impacts on injury etc. reporting rules

HSE has opened a 12-week consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. The consultation is open from 2 August until 28 October 2012. The proposal is in response to a recommendation in Professor Löfstedt’s report in November 2011 that “ambiguity over reporting requirements should be removed”. 

HSE is proposing that employers and persons in control of work premises will still be required to report: deaths; certain major injuries; over-seven day injuries to people at work; dangerous occurrences within major hazard industry sectors  and higher risk sectors e.g. construction.

No change is proposed to the overall duties to keep records, i.e. those incidents that must be reported must still be recorded, together with the requirement to record over-three day injuries to people at work.

Three key areas of proposed change

Reporting the following events will no longer be required:

  • Disease – occupational disease other than those resulting from a biological agent;
  • Public  – non-fatal accidents to people not at work; and
  • Incidents  – dangerous occurrences outside of higher risk sectors or activities.

Regarding the reporting of injuries to the public HSE state that: 

“Enforcing authorities are often notified of very serious injuries to members of the public by other routes, e.g. police etc. or by the injured person or their family complaining to the enforcing authority. It is felt that these sources of information will continue to be used, and remain of value.”

David Charnock, HSE’s consultation manager, said:

“We are proposing to simplify the requirements by removing the duty to report in those areas where the information can be better obtained from other sources or where the data isn’t particularly useful to the regulators.

The proposals do not indicate any change in HSE’s policy or strategic objectives, and we will continue to focus our investigations on those incidents that meet our published selection criteria.”

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