The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, or RIDDOR for short, puts duties on employers, the self-employed and persons in control of workplace premises (the responsible person) to report any instances of serious accidents at work. These can also include occupational diseases and specified danger occurrences commonly known as “near-misses.” The regulations were implemented in order to prevent the occurrence of work-related accidents. Here is Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to the RIDDOR.
Who has a duty to report under the legislation?
As stated, any employers, persons in charge of workplace premises or the self-employed are obligated to report under the regulations. The regulations also extend to members of the public and in particular gas fitters or engineers are compelled to report faulty gas installations.
What must be reported?
Under the regulations, the following must be reported:
- Death and injuries caused by workplace accidents
- Occupational diseases
- Carcinogens, mutagens and biological agents
- Specified injuries to workers
- Dangerous occurrences (near misses)
- Gas incidents
Companies with more than 10 employees and owners and occupiers of factories, mines or quarries are required by law to have an accident book for logging information.
What information should I record?
When filing a RIDDOR report, it is important to note the following:
- The date and the method used for reporting
- The date, time and location of the incident
- Personal details of those involved in the incident
- Brief description of the nature of the incident or disease
How do I file a report?
Until September 2012, it was possible to make a RIDDOR report via telephone, however the system has now changed and must be completed online through the HSE website. A telephone service still exists for reporting fatalities and serious injuries in order to provide help for those in traumatic conditions.
How can I find out further information on RIDDOR?
RIDDOR and Accident Report Training are covered on the first days of most First-Aid courses.
As an employer, will my insurance provider be informed in the event of an incident?
Information which has been supplied as part of a RIDDOR report will generally not be passed on to any insurance providers. If you feel it is necessary to contact your insurer under your current policy obligations then you must do this separately.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown