Accidents and injuries unfortunately do happen at work. As part of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (2013), organisations are legally required to take steps to understand why accidents and dangerous occurrences happen and take steps to prevent them.
Who is responsible for reporting?
The RIDDOR regulations places duty on the employer and Responsible Person to report certain workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).
If you are self-employed and an accident, incident or dangerous occurrence happens on your own premises, or if you are diagnosed with a work-related disease or condition, then you will need to report it.
What should be reported?
The types of incidents that should be reported include death and injuries caused by workplace accidents; diseases such as carpal tunnel, occupational dermatitis and hand arm vibration syndrome and exposure to carcinogens, mutagens and biological agents and occupational cancers.
There is no requirement under the current RIDDOR regulation to report cases of, or deaths from, Covid 19, as it is not considered to be an occupational disease. However, you will need to make a report if the following applies:
- An accident or incident has led to the release of Coronavirus. This is classed as a dangerous occurrence.
- A worker has been diagnosed with, or dies from, Covid 19 that is attributed to occupational exposure.
How we can help
Our experienced health and safety consultants can provide a full investigation service, including:
- Advice on RIDDOR reporting procedures
- Thorough accident investigation
- Detailed reporting on causes of accident, injury or dangerous occurrence
- Proposing control measures that may prevent recurrence.
When we act as Competent Person we undertake RIDDOR reporting on your behalf. Our team have years of experience in providing advice and guidance, to give you peace of mind that you are compliant.