From 1 October 2013 changes have been introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) that simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.
The main changes were to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:
* The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers was replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
* The previous schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease was replaced with 8 categories of reportable work-related illness
* Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting
There were no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:
* Fatal accidents
* Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
* Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days
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