What is RIDDOR? Reporting & Responsibilities
Accidents at work can happen, even with the best control measures in place. Should something occur with one of your employees, the accident may become reportable. Accidents that happen at work, if deemed reportable, need to be reported to RIDDOR.
What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. Under these regulations, employers, self-employed people and anyone who is in control of a business premises are legally required to report specific workplace incidents. This also includes reports on non-consensual violence to employees whilst they are working.
What needs to be reported?
- Deaths and Injuries: If someone had died or been injured because of a work-related accident, this may need to be reported. Not all accidents need to be reported, except certain gas incidents, a RIDDOR report is only required when:
- The accident is work-related
- It results in an injury type that is reportable.
Types of Reportable Injury
The death of any person: All deaths to workers and non-workers, except for suicides must be reported if they arise from a work-related accident, including an act of physical violence to a worker.
Specified Injuries to Workers:
- Fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes
- Any injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight
- Any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs
- Serious burns (including scalding) which:
- Covers more than 10% of the body
- Causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system, or other vital organs
- Any scalping requiring hospital treatment
- Any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia
- Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which:
- leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness
- requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
Over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker: Accidents must be reported where they result in an employee or self-employed person being away from work, or unable to perform their normal work duties, for more than seven consecutive days as the result of their injury. This seven-day period does not include the day of the accident but does include weekends and rest days. The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.
Over-three-day incapacitation: Accidents must be recorded, but not reported where they result in a worker being incapacitated for more than three consecutive days.
Non-fatal accidents to non-workers (e.g. members of the public): Accidents to members of the public or others who are not at work must be reported if they result in an injury and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to that injury. Examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute ‘treatment’ in such circumstances. There is no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent.
Other areas that may need reporting
In some circumstances, some occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences also need to be reported to RIDDOR. It’s a legal requirement for employers and self-employers’ person’s to report these.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Severe cramp of the hand or forearm;
- Occupational dermatitis;
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome;
- Occupational asthma;
- Tendonitis or tenosynovitis of the hand or forearm;
- Any occupational cancer;
- Any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent.
Dangerous occurrences are certain, specified near-miss events. Not all such events require reporting. There are 27 categories of dangerous occurrences that are relevant to most workplaces, for example:
- The collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment;
- Plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines;
- The accidental release of any substance which could cause injury to any person.
The Avensure Health & Safety team are happy to talk you through the health and safety procedures businesses need to have in place, so please contact us if you want to discuss your health and safety needs in more detail. Please quote your Client Account Number on all correspondence and telephone calls. 24-hour client advice line: 0800 151 2935.