RIDDOR – what you need to know
In 2014/15 there were 76,054 injuries to employees reported, this is compared to 78,671 in the previous year. Now, whilst these statistics indicate a steady downward trend, the 2014/15 figure still equates to an estimated 4.1 million working days that were lost due to workplace injuries. It is therefore important that as a business you have a complete understanding of health and safety guidelines, and ensure that your business is RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) compliant in the event that an injury does occur in the workplace.
What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) is a law that requires all employers to record and report any work related accidents. Employers must also ensure that any accidents at work that cause a worker to be incapacitated for more than 3 day (including weekends) are recorded, and if the worker is incapacitated for more than 7 days, the incident must be reported. RIDDOR states that the employer has 15 days from the date of the accident to report the accident.
What must be reported?
Incidents only need to be reported if:
- There was an accident that lead to injury – RIDDOR defines an accident as a separate, identifiable, unintended incident, which causes physical injury. This specifically includes acts of non-consensual violence to people at work.
- The accident was ‘work-related’ – This is the case if any of the following played a significant role in the accident:
- The way the work was carried,
- Any machinery, plant, substances or equipment used for work and
- The condition of the site or premises where the accident happened
- The injury is a type that is ‘reportable’ – The list of reportable incidents is extensive (for more information take a look at the guidelines) but they include:
- Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe
- Permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight
- Serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body, or damaging the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs)
- Crush injuries leading to internal organ damage
What must be recorded?
As well as reporting any accidents that occur in the workplace, RIDDOR also require you to keep a record of:
- Any ‘reportable’ injuries
- Over-three day injuries
- Dangerous occurrence
If you are an employer who has to keep an accident book, the record you make in this will be enough.
Keeping a record will also allow you to have a greater overview of your work place, risk assess and then develop solutions for any potential issues. In turn, this will help prevent injuries, ill health and control costs from accidental loss.
How to report
You can report any work place accident either online, visiting http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/ and completing the online form, or via the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm)