RIDDOR requires employers and other responsible persons to report certain work related deaths, injuries, illness and dangerous incidents to the authorities. These reports are used by the enforcing authorities to maintain national accident statistics and to decide when a visit might be appropriate.
There are proposals in hand to make changes to the Regulations in order to simplify them. These changes will come into force on the 1st October 2013 and responsible persons need to be made aware of them.
The main changes apply to two areas:
The existing classification of Major Injuries to be reported is to be replaced with a list of Specified Injuries, which now include:
- A fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs or toes
- Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe
- Permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight
- Crush injuries leading to internal organ damage
- Serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body), or damaging the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs
- Scalping (separation of the skin from the head) which requires hospital treatment
- Unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia
- Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space, which leads to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
The existing list of Industrial Diseases is to be replaced with eight categories of Reportable Work Related Illness, which now include:
- 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
There are no changes to reporting of fatalities, accidents to members of the public or seven day Incapacity to work.
There are also no changes to the reporting procedures.