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Changes to Reporting Accidents and Incidents at Work

From 1st October 2013 the HSE have introduced changes to Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) regulations. The main purpose of the changes is to simplify the requirement of incidents and accidents.
The revised regulations provide details of incidents and accidents that must be reported to the enforcing regulations. The areas where there have been significant changes in reporting requirements are in the following areas:

  • Specified injuries to workers
  • Occupation Diseases
  • Dangerous Occurrences

The areas that have not been effect by the revised regulations cover:

  • Work-related deaths
  • Over-seven-day incapacitation
  • Non-fatal accidents to non-workers

What has changed?

  • Specified Injuries to workers

The list of specified injuries to workers in the revised regulations is a shorter list on injuries that are require reporting and replaces the previous major injuries classification. The specified injuries to workers that must be reported cover:

  • Fractures (excluding fractures to fingers, thumbs and toes)
  • Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe
  • Permanent loss or reduction of eye sight
  • Crush injuries that cause internal organ damage
  • Burn injuries that either cover more than 10% of the body, damage the eye respiratory system or other vital organs
  • Scalping’s (separation of skin from the head) which requires hospital treatment
  • Unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia
  • Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space, which leads to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

• Occupation Diseases

It is a requirement that the diagnosis of certain occupation diseases which are likely to have occurred as a result of their work must be reported. The revised list of reportable occupational diseases has been reduced from 47 types of disease to 8 categories. The categories are

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Severe cramp of the hand or forearm
  • Occupation dermatitis
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome
  • Occupational asthma
  • Tendonitis or tenosynovitis of the hand or forearm
  • Any occupational cancer
  • Any disease resulting from occupational exposure to a biological agent

• Dangerous Occurrences

In the revised regulations the list of dangerous occurrences that require reporting have now been reduced to 27 categories of incidents.
Dangerous occurrences are classified as specified ‘near-miss’ incidents (these are incidents that have the have or had the potential to cause harm. For a complete list of these incidents visit

Do I need to keep a record of RIDDOR Incident?

The RIDDOR regulations require employers to record all incidents that are reportable under RIDDOR. Keeping these records is a legal requirement and they must be available for providing to the authorities on request. In addition these records are a vital part of health & safety management in the workplace. These records provide vital information for accessing risks and developing solutions to remove or mitigate these risks.
The recording of RIDDOR incidents can be made in your normal accident book. The information on this form will provide enough information to meet RIDDOR requirements if completed correctly and in full.

Reporting RIDDOR Incidents

Remember all reportable incidents must be reported within 15 days of the incidents and can be done by calling 0845 300 9923 or online at

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