It is easy to be intimidated by the large amount of health and safety legislation that you need to comply with as an employer, however, when you break it down to the fundamentals it is actually pretty easy to make sure your business is compliant with the main rules.
One of the areas you need to be familiar with is RIDDOR. This stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation and is used as a way of reporting a variety of different health and safety-related incidents to the HSE Executive.
In today’s article, we look at some of the different reasons why your business needs to implement and be familiar with the fundamentals of RIDDOR.
- You have a legal duty to fill a RIDDOR report where applicable
The most compelling business reason many find for filling out a RIDDOR report is the legal implications of not providing one. Employers who do not file the correct RIDDOR report when an incident occurs are breaking the law and some pretty hefty fines can be applied to those that don’t comply.
- RIDDOR reports help to keep your employees safe at work
Employers should also be aware of RIDDOR due to the information it can give you about incidents and how they occur. The RIDDOR process makes you stop and think. Think about why the incident occurred, what went wrong and what can be done in the future to prevent it from going wrong again.
- What are the reportable incidents?
Now that you know why you need to file RIDDOR reports and how they can help your business, it is important to understand the actual incidents that are RIDDOR Reportable.
- The death of any person within the workplace
- Specified injuries including amputations, fractures and head injury
- The ‘over-seven-day’ incapacitation of the worker
- The ‘over-three-day’ incapacitation
- Non-fatal accidents of non-workers
- Occupational diseases
- Dangerous occurrences
- Gas incidents
These are the main categories that cover RIDDOR reportable incidents. Some of them are quite nuanced and will require more research. For example, the ‘over-seven-day’ incapacitation of a worker refers to the need to file a report if the person has been injured and as a result cannot work for more than 7 days. Conversely, if the worker has been unable to perform their duties for 3 days, a RIDDOR report should be created but it should not be filed to the executive.
Other areas also require more research. Dangerous occurrences, for example, can be quite subjective. Whilst not all incidents require reporting in these ‘near misses’, they should be properly recorded if only for internal purposes in the workplace.
Ensure you know how to properly fill out a RIDDOR report
So you now have an understanding of why RIDDOR is important, both for health and safety of your business and wider society; but you need to know how to properly file a RIDDOR report. This will stop you making any mistakes and ensure you deliver only the most accurate information to the authorities. This is very important from a legal perspective.