Change to reporting accidents at work reduces red tape


From 6 April, employers will no longer be obliged to report accidents at work which keep employees off normal duties for 7 days or fewer.

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The change to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 was recommended in the government-commissioned Common Sense, Common Safety report.

It is expected to lead to some 30% fewer accidents at work which must be legally reported, significantly reducing paperwork and 'red tape'.

This equates to a yearly average of around 30,000 fewer reports. Employers will also have longer to lodge a report, rising from 10 to 15 days from the time of the incident.

With the reporting threshold rising from 3 to 7 days, the adjustment will also accord with the system of 'fit notes', where someone who is off work due to a reportable injury has a professional medical assessment.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR will still need to keep a record of all injuries of more than 3 days.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), said the RIDDOR regulations change will reduce red tape, help companies better manage absences due to illness and ensure that the reporting system is focused on risks which have resulted in more serious injury.

"This is just one of many changes we are making to the health and safety system to make it simpler, clearer and more easily understood," said Ms Hackitt, "stripping unnecessary paperwork out of the system without compromising essential protections for workers."

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