The Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR)
The Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations
are commonly known as the RIDDOR Regulations and all
organisations have a duty to comply with them within their business. These
regulations came into force on 1st April 1996 and help the enforcing authorities
identify where and how risks arise and provide necessary information to enable
them to undertake investigations when serious accidents occur.
Under the regulations, certain accidents and incidents that arise out of or in
connection with your work activities are required to be reported to the Health
and Safety Executive or the Local Authority. The regulations apply to all
organisations that are based in Great Britain, however, Northern Ireland have
their own separate procedures.
Under the RIDDOR Regulations there are different classes
of accidents that are required to be reported to the HSE for example, if there
is a fatality that has been caused by a work activity, then it is required to be
reported to the enforcing authority immediately. This will often be done by the
police when they arrive on the scene, however it is still the responsibility of
the employer or the person in control of the premises to ensure that this action
has been completed. Under these circumstances it will be imperative to telephone
the enforcing authority so that they can visit the scene as early as possible to
undertake their investigations.
On occasions, an injury at work may cause a member of staff to be off work for
more than seven consecutive days, or prevent them from completing their normal
work duties for more than seven consecutive days. If this situation arises then
you must notify the enforcing authority of the incident. When calculating the
seven consecutive days, the day of the accident is not counted, however, the
period after is and includes weekends, holidays and any days the employee is
not contracted to work, e.g. due to shift work etc. For example, if an employee
normally works Monday to Friday and is injured on Wednesday and does not return
back to work due to the injury until a week the following Friday, then the incident
will be required to be reported. This is because he/she will have been off work
for more than seven consecutive days i.e. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Hopefully, the need to report accidents or incidents under these regulations
will seldom occur, however, if you have an accident within your organisation,
Citation's team of advisers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to
provide as much support as is necessary. For less serious accidents that lead to
an employee being off work for three days, advice can be provided by our team of
professional advisers on the helpline, however for more serious accidents your
dedicated health and safety consultant will be at the accident scene within a
matter of hours.
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