Updated Apr 22, 2024

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HSE updates RIDDOR guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance for responsible persons on when and how to report incidents under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 2013/1471 (RIDDOR).

There are no changes to legal requirements but the guidance will help you understand how and when you should submit a report under RIDDOR.

The improvements are based on stakeholder feedback who felt the guidance was unclear in some places, particularly around reporting occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences. Stakeholders also felt the online reporting forms were hard to follow and would benefit from improved guidance.

Main changes to the guidance include:

  • more direct links to guidance on the various types of reportable incidents to help you decide whether a report is required;
  • improved guidance on who should and should not report under RIDDOR;
  • improved guidance on what is meant by a "work-related" accident;
  • information on when an occupational disease is not reportable;
  • increased clarity on when an "over-7-day" absence should be reported.

Main changes to the online forms include:

  • the questions have been reordered to bring questions about the "severity of injuries" to the beginning which will help you quickly decide if your incident is reportable;
  • pop-up messages will now direct you if the incident is not reportable;
  • guidance has been improved throughout the forms to make them easier to use;
  • injured or affected people now have an increased number of options when completing the gender field.

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