RIDDOR is Changing

From 1 October 2013, subject to Parliamentary approval, the law on reporting incidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences will change.

The 2012 version of INDG453 applies up to and including 30 September 2013.

From 1 October 2013, the guidance in the 2013 revision of INDG453 will apply. A draft version of this revision is available for download. Please note that if you download a copy from; http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.htm before 1 October, the draft may be subject to further change before the Regulations come into effect.

RIDDOR is the law that requires employers, and anyone else with responsibility for health and safety within a workplace, to report and keep records of:

- work-related deaths
- serious injuries
- cases of diagnosed industrial disease
- certain ‘dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents)

What is changing in RIDDOR from October 2013?

The main changes are to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

- The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
- The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
- Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

- Fatal accidents
- Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
- Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days

Recording requirements will remain broadly unchanged, including the requirement to record accidents resulting in the incapacitation of a worker for more than three days