'Over 7 Day' RIDDOR Reporting Proposals
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 14:40:04 BST
Topic: Association News

The HSE are conducting a consultation over proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), focusing on amending regulation 3(2) of the regulations. If adopted, this amendment would change the period of incapacitation after which an injury must be reported to the authority from over three to over seven days.

It is worth emphasising that this amendment would not remove the duty on employers to still record ‘over-three-day’ injuries internally, however these would not need to be reported to HSE.

Those wishing to respond to these proposed changes must submit responses by 29 April 2011.


The proposed amendments to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (“RIDDOR”) 1995 aim to implement Lord Young’s proposals to extend the period for reporting injuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for work from three days to seven days in his report: “Common Sense Common Safety” (see 'Lord Young Review - Common Sense Common Safety' for further information).

Consultation Summary

This consultation proposes that the duty to report to the relevant enforcing authority should apply where the worker has been unable to work as a result of the injury for more than seven (rather than the current three) consecutive days (excluding the day of the accident, but including any days that would not have been working days i.e. the weekend).

This change aims to increase the period of incapacitation from injury before a RIDDOR report is required from over three to over seven days for the following reasons:

  • To coincide with the requirement for individuals to obtain a ‘Fit-Note’ from their GP;
  • (As above) require individuals to have had a professional medical assessment;
  • Reduce the administrative burden on businesses in preparing and submitting RIDDOR reports to the authority;
  • Increase compliance with RIDDOR reporting requirements, currently estimated at ~50%

Responding to the Consultation

I encourage all members to respond to the consultation directly, by visiting the consultation pages online: CD233 - Proposed amendment to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).

A RIDDOR consultation discussion thread has also been set-up for members to share their views and debate these proposals online.

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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