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    CHANGES TO ACCIDENT REPORTING REGULATIONS

    ‘Three-day’ reporting rule set to change following industry consultation

    Lord Young’s Report, “Common Sense, Common Safety” recommended an increase in the over three day (O3D) time period after which an injury must be reported to over “seven” days (O7D).

    The Government response to Lord Young’s report committed to publishing a consultative document in January 2011 seeking views on this recommendation. The consultation paper will now be published in week commencing 17 January 2011 with the deadline for responses set at 11 April 2011. 

    No changes are proposed to the current duty to record accidents that result in an incapacitation for more than three days, and retain these records for three years.

    Impact of the change

    HSE proposes to evaluate the impact of the O3D to O7D change before considering a more fundamental examination of whether RIDDOR is “the best approach to providing an accurate national picture of workplace accidents”.

    It is estimated that the change will result in a reduction in the number of “lost time accidents” reported to HSE and local authorities of approximately 30%. At present a very small percentage of employers are reporting at least a third of the total number of O3D reports.

    Construction employers report only 6% of O3D reports. The impact of the proposed change, both in terms of costs and benefits, will be greatest in the services sector.

    HSE estimate that reduction in the number of lost time reports will not have a significant impact on HSE’s investigation and enforcement work due to the very low level of investigations for O3D injury reports at present.

    Overall HSE policymakers believe that:

    “the proposed amendment will not weaken enforcing authorities’ abilities to investigate and enforce in response to serious individual incidents and promote occupational health and safety.

    The reduction in the amount of data received due to the fewer number of lost time injury reports is not expected to significantly affect the quality of the data for intelligence purposes to target enforcing authorities’ activities.”

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