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P.Marsh
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top
The Health and Safety Executive (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.

Background:
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 for further details).

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:
CD233 - Proposed amendment to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
URL: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd233.htm




Please add your comments, concerns, views or support for these proposals by responding to this thread.
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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top
We certainly support it in fact it was one of our specific recommendations when we met with Lord Young right at the start of the process. I can't understand why anyone would be against it. There have been calls that it will mean that 'we' will lose important data. I can't see what. A major injury will still be immediately reportable. So will a fatality. Anything bad enough will be more than 7 days. So what's to lose? People who take a couple of days off with a sprain who push it a day or so as they think it will make their claim look stronger? Actually pushing it to 7 will most likely be a lot less easy to do in terms of 'faking it' in my view.

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