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RIDDOR Changes from 6th April 2012

riddor pixelJust a reminder of the changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), which come into effect next month.

From 6th April 2012 the injury reporting requirement will change from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened but including weekends and rest days). Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be sufficient.

The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the date of the accident.

Reports should be made using the new online service. To send a report go to www.hse.gov.uk/riddor and complete the appropriate online report form. The form will then be submitted directly to the RIDDOR database and you will receive a copy for your records.

A telephone service remains for the reporting of fatal and major injuries only. The Incident Contact Centre can be called on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm). You should keep a note of telephone notifications, including the time, the name of the caller and what details were given of the event being notified.

New guidance that explains the changes is available to download from the HSE website or by clicking the link below:
A guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (as Amended) RIDDOR

This new edition includes changes to the over-three-day reporting requirement under regulation 3(2) that becomes law on 6 April 2012. It also brings the associated guidance up to date, particularly in relation to the changes in reporting arrangements and the new online service.

The introduction contains a useful list of reportable major injuries, dangerous occurrences and diseases for easy reference.