RIDDOR means the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. The Act came into force on 1 April 1996. It requires the reporting of work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. The Act applies to all work activities, but not to all incidents.
Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement as described by RIDDOR. The information enables the enforcing authorities to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents. The enforcing authorities can then help and advise you on preventive action to reduce injury, ill health and accidental loss.
If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises you will have duties under the RIDDOR. For most businesses a reportable accident, dangerous occurrence or case of disease is a comparatively rare event wherein you need to report the following, as stated by the Act:
- Major injuries
- Accidents resulting in 3 days off work
- Dangerous occurrences
RIDDOR put forward by Health and safety at Work Act 1974 involves the immediate reporting to the enforcing authority in case of any accident connected with work and your employee, or a self-employed person working on your premises is killed or suffers a major injury or a member of the public is killed or taken to hospital.
Reportable major injuries as described by RIDDOR include:
- Fracture other than to fingers, thumbs or toes;
- Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine;
- Loss of sight - temporary or permanent
- Chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye;
- Injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn
- Any other injury requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;
- Acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin;
If a doctor notifies you that your employee suffers from a reportable work-related disease then RIDDOR advises you to report it to the enforcing authority. You must keep a record of any reportable injury, disease or dangerous occurrence.
The Act states that one must include the date and method of reporting; the date, time and place of the event, personal details of those involved and a brief description of the nature of the event or disease.
No one wants to suffer injury or ill health, or be responsible for causing it. As an employer you have to comply with the law and regulations set by RIDDOR '95. There are also sound business reasons for paying thorough attention to workplace health and safety, and for making sure that you have the appropriate expertise that can help you with proper implementation of the Act.
You must keep a record of any reportable injury, disease or dangerous occurrence as stated by RIDDOR.
Workplace injury and ill health are expensive affairs, which result in losing your most valuable resource i.e. employee. But the companies that successfully manage health and safety following regulations set by RIDDOR are also successful businesses. All accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences may be reported to the Incident Contact Centre. The Contact Centre was established on 1st April 2001 as a single point of contact for receiving all incidents in the UK.
Keeping continuous improvements in Health and Safety performance can be a challenging task. Our effectively designed Health & Safety Smart programme can assist companies to set up their own Health, Safety and Environment Management System to enable them to achieve best practice, offering continuous Health, Safety and Environmental performance in compliance with the guidelines set by RIDDOR.