The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a twelve week
consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify the Reporting of
Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
RIDDOR places duties on employers, the self-employed and people
in control of work premises to report serious accidents in the
workplace, occupational diseases and specific dangerous
occurrences. Reporting assists regulatory bodies in establishing
when further investigation is required. It also provides regulators
with statistics which assist in identifying trends and subsequently
providing the most appropriate forms of guidance on prevention.
HSE consultation manager David Charnock has provided that
"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." Proposals include the
removal of the duty on the self-employed to report injuries and
illnesses to themselves. Proposals are also made to remove the
requirement for employers to report dangerous occurrences outside
of high-risk sectors and the removal of the requirement to report
most occupational diseases. The need to report all fatal injuries
as a result of a work activity remains, as does the duty to report
major injuries to workers.
These proposals follow from the Common Sense, Common Safety
Government report published in October 2010 which recommended a
re-examination of RIDDOR to determine whether it was the best
approach for obtaining accurate information on a national basis.
The proposals also flow from Professor Löfstedt's
recommendation that ambiguity over reporting requirements should be
To view the consultation document in full, and for information
on how to respond,
click here. Consultation closes on 28 October 2012.
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