HSE consultation launched on changes to RIDDOR
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to make changes to the way in which injuries and incidents at work are reported.
Yesterday (Monday January 31st), the regulator announced a three-month consultation on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations – or RIDDOR.
Currently, when an employee is absent from work for more than three days following an incident, their employer must report that incident to the relevant authority – which is either the HSE or local council.
But now the HSE is proposing to increase this threshold for reporting workplace injuries from three to seven days.
"The change would align the incident reporting threshold with that for obtaining a 'fit note' from a GP for sickness absence, and would ensure that someone who has suffered a reportable injury has had a professional medical assessment," the HSE said.
This recommendation was included in Lord Young's report on health and safety last year.
Employers wanting to view the consultation paper can do so here. The deadline for responses is May 9th 2011.
Earlier this month, the Rail Safety and Standards Board estimated that between 500 and 600 rail injuries were not reported through RIDDOR between 2005 and 2010.
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