The HSE has reviewed the success of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, and has proposed some changes. What’s on the horizon?
The RIDDOR Regulations were introduced following a “bonfire of red tape” from the government. The revision of the 1995 Regulations resulted in cutting back and simplifying reporting requirements including:
The purpose of the changes was:
The Regulations also included a clause requiring them to be reviewed within five years of coming into force. This was the reason for the post-implementation review published in October 2018
Regulation 5 of RIDDOR 2013 requires employers to report non-fatal injuries to those who are on your premises but are not at work. This arises when the injured party is taken directly to hospital for treatment. The study found that there was major over-reporting in this category, particularly in the health, education and leisure sectors. An estimated 40% of the reports submitted are unnecessary. The proposal from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to change Regulation 5 with a new criteria for reporting based on the severity of injury.
It was considered that slimming down the previous list of reportable occupational diseases was a step too far. The plan is to extend the current list in the future update. Those which were not removed include:
The HSE proposes that various conditions namely:
are returned to RIDDOR. The concern is that these no longer come to the attention of inspectors.
Finally, the HSE recognises that a lack of clarity in reporting is caused in part by the current guidance. However, the much-missed printed guidance is unlikely to be reintroduced, with revisions to online material instead.
Note. These are early days and no date for revision has been given. It could be during 2019, but with Brexit etc. it may take longer. Check the HSE guidance before making a RIDDOR report. If one is required only do so if you’re sure that the incident must be reported. Avoid “just in case” reporting.
The link above will take you to the main HSE website that talks about the requirements of RIDDOR. We’ve put together a Quick guide to RIDDOR 2013. We provide this to all our clients as part of their health and safety policy update.