Changes to RIDDOR

I am grateful to my frinds at Workplace Law who have reminded me that today marks a change to the rules on reporting workplace injuries, as, from 6 April, employers will no longer have to report injuries that keep workers off normal duties for seven or fewer days.

This change to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 will see a fall of around 30% in the number of incidents that must be reported by law – an average of around 30,000 fewer reports a year. Employers will also be given a longer period in which to report, increasing from 10 to 15 days from the time of the incident.

By increasing the reporting threshold from three to seven days, the change will also align with the ‘fit note’ system which ensures that someone who is off work because they suffered a reportable injury has a professional medical assessment.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries, for example through an accident book.

More information from Workplace Law

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