From 6th April 2012, the RIDDOR over three day injury reporting requirement has changed.
From now on the period of incapacitation that will trigger RIDDOR reporting will be extended from more than three days to more than seven days, not counting the day on which the accident happened.
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 enough.
The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the day of the accident.
HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, said:
“The change to the RIDDOR Regulations will cut paperwork, help employers manage sickness absence and ensure that the reporting system is focused on risks which have resulted in more serious injury.
“This is just one of many changes we are making to the health and safety system to make it simpler, clearer and more easily understood – stripping unnecessary paperwork out of the system without compromising essential protections for workers.”