The proposed changes to RIDDOR reporting which Laura blogged about in September are due to come into effect from 6 April 2012. These changes will mean that the trigger point for reporting injuries where a worker is absent, or is unable to carry out work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work, will increase from 3 days to 7 days. This does not include the day on which the accident happened. Subsequently, the deadline for reporting will increase to 15 days from the accident. There is no change in policy for reporting “major” injuries.
However, employers and others with responsibility for reporting do still need to keep written records of “3 day” injuries. Documents such as accident books are generally sufficient to comply with this requirement.
The reduction in reporting requirements will be welcome for employers, particularly at a time when the HSE are set to be able to recover certain investigation and enforcement costs. However, time will tell as to how much of an impact the RIDDOR changes will have. Are there that many injuries which are between 3 and 7 days? What are your thoughts?
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On January 26, 2012