RIDDOR isn’t a new requirement by a long way, but the way in which we report is due to change. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 places a legal duty on employers and self-employed people to report work-related fatalities, major injuries or injuries that result in over-three-days off work, work related diseases and dangerous occurrences. Currently, the responsible person has the option of reporting over the telephone or online to the Incident Contact Centre at the HSE.
Failure to report thes incidents is a criminal offence and your enforcing authority could prosecute offenders which may result in fines of up to £5,000 in the Magistrates court. Conviction in the crown court carries an unlimited fine.
A recent consultation by the government has concluded that the way in which incidents are to be reported to the Incident Contact Centre is to change. There is to be a move away from the telephone and over to the online system. This is argued to deliver better value to the tax payer as the human element can be removed if an online system is used, therefore reducing costs. Trevor Carlile, the Director of Strategy from the HSE says that “more than half of the reportable injuries are already notified to the HSE through the website and this proportion has increased steadily over the past seven years.” There is the expectation that people are more computer literate these days and HSE seek to take advantage of the growing use of the internet.
So from 12th September 2011, all reportable work-related injuries and accidents (with the exception of fatalities and major injuries and incidents) will move over to the online system with a suite of seven forms available on HSE’s website. It is hoped that this bold move will allow the HSE to be more efficient in the way it works and make the statutory reporting process quick and easy, reducing administration and cost burdens on both the business and the regulator. Current Shieldyourself clients can contact the Helpline for more information on RIDDOR or Accident investigating.