21st October 2013



 Issue No.  2013/19




Changes occurred last year to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) most noticeably to reporting less serious injuries which are now triggered where the injured party is incapable of work for more than 7 days (previously 3 days - see previous Information Update here)

Further changes effective from 1st October 2013 aimed at simplifying the process are now in force.  At one level they appear to be little more than bureaucratic tinkering for the sake of it.

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries' including:
  • Fractures other than to fingers, thumbs and toes as diagnosed by a medical practitioner.
  • Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe.
  • Any injury diagnosed by a registered medical practitioner as being likely to cause permanent blinding or reduction in sight in one or both eyes.
  • Any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs in the chest or abdomen.
  • Any burn injury (including scalding) which covers more than 10% of the whole body's total surface area or causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs.
  • Any degree of scalping requiring hospital treatment.
  • Loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia.
  • Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital.

The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome where the person's work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools.
  • Cramp in the hand or forearm where the person's work involves prolonged periods of repetitive movement of the fingers, hand or arm.
  • Occupational dermatitis where the person's work involves significant or regular exposure to a known skin sensitizer or irritant.
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome where the person's work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools, or the holding of materials which are subject to percussive processes, or processes causing vibration.
  • Occupational asthma, where the person's work involves significant or regular exposure to a known respiratory sensitizer.
  • Tendonitis or tenosynovitis in the hand or forearm, where the person's work is physically demanding and involves frequent, repetitive movements.
  • Any cancer attributed to an occupational exposure to a known human carcinogen or mutagen (including ionising radiation).
  • Any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent.

Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting:

1. General (incidents occurring at any workplace)
These dangerous occurrences apply to all workplaces and include incidents involving, lifting equipment, pressure systems, overhead electric lines, electrical incidents causing explosion or fire, explosions, biological agents, radiation generators and radiography, breathing apparatus, diving operations, collapse of scaffolding, train collisions, wells and pipelines or pipeline works.

2. Lifting equipment
The collapse, overturning or failure of any load-bearing part of any lifting equipment, other than an accessory for lifting.

3. Incidents occurring at specific types of workplace
Industries with specific requirements are: offshore workplaces, mines, quarries and relevant transport systems.

The range of these incidents is too large to reproduce here but you may wish to consult us if you feel a dangerous occurrence has occurred and need clarification.

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days.

As always if you are unfortunate enough to have any of these incidents occur in your business please do not hesitate to contact Sentient to discuss the implications including the need to submit a RIDDOR report. 

Sentient clients with an ongoing H&S support service in place will receive updated content for their Health & Safety Policies in due course. 





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