Ever heard of RIDDOR (Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations)? Do you know what you have to do in the event of an injury or incident?
First of all let’s cover the injuries requirement. Under RIDDOR they are split into three types:
Death: This will no doubt be traumatic to deal with and the Police will take charge plus many other people will need to be informed. However, in the panic you still have a duty to report this to to the HSE (Incident Contact Centre (ICC) 0845 300 99 23) immediately and provide a full written report on the form F2508 within 10 days.
Major Injury: A full list of major injuries is providd in the Regulations but some of the most significant major injuries included are:
These are required to notified to the HSE (ICC 0845 300 99 23) immediately and a full report on the form F2508 within 10 days.
Over 3 Day Injury: Any injury sustained by an employee that leaves them off work for longer than 3 days or not able to return to their full employment/role, is required to be reported to the HSE on a form F2508 within 10 days of the accident. There is no need to make any immediate notification.
If a doctor notifies you that your employee suffers from a reportable work-related disease, then you must report it to the HSE on the Form F2508A within ten days. There is no need to make any immediate notification.
Dangerous occurrences are listed in the regulations, however if something happens which does not result in a reportable injury, but which clearly could have done, then it may be a dangerous occurrence which must be reported immediately under the same rules for Death and Major Injury
It is always better to be safe rather than sorry – failure to report can lead to a £5,000 fine per offence!
If in doubt consult your H&S Advisor and be honest!!!