Accident Reporting Changes

From 6 April 2012, the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) will change, which should reduce substantially the number of reportable incidents.

From that date, a reportable incident will be one which causes incapacity of seven days or more, instead of three days as at present. In the context of RIDDOR, incapacity means absence or the inability to do work that a person would be reasonably expected to do as part of their normal work. For injuries that involve shorter absences, a record in the accident book will be sufficient.

In addition, the current requirement that a reportable incident is reported within seven days is being eased: after 6 April, the reporting deadline will be 15 days after the incident.

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