The HSE has now published details of its plans to simplify the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (‘RIDDOR’). As with many recent changes to health and safety regulations, these proposals implement the recommendations made by Professor Lofstedt’s 2011 report ‘Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An independent review of health and safety legislation’.

The draft regulations – the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 – are expected to come into force on 1 October 2013.

The key changes made will see clarified and/or shortened lists in relation to:

  • Specified reportable injuries (“major injuries”) to workers sustained as a result of a work-related accident, with removal of the term “major injury” itself;
  • Reportable ill-health conditions in workers (replacing 47 ill-health conditions with 8 categories of work-related diseases). The offshore specific diseases have however not been amended;
  • Reportable dangerous occurrences (‘near-miss events’). The definition of “pipeline or pipeline works” has, for example, been significantly simplified; and
  • Dangerous occurrences within the rail-sector, and removal of the requirement to report suicides on railways.

However, no changes are to be made in respect of the following: recording requirements; reporting of fatal accidents; reporting of accidents involving non-workers (including members of the public) or accidents which incapacitate workers for more than seven days; or requirements to preserve certain incident sites at mines, quarries and offshore workplaces (which are pending investigation and subject to overriding safety needs).

The explanatory memorandum to the draft regulations anticipates that those with reporting duties under RIDDOR will see a net benefit of approximately £270,000 over a ten-year period due to the reduction in the number of reports required. Further, it is expected that the simplification and clarification of the reporting requirements generally will yield non-monetary benefits: reducing the time and effort necessary to determine whether or not an incident is reportable. The public sector (including central and local government) is also anticipated to save a net value of £1 million over the same ten-year period.

To view the draft regulations please visit: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1471/contents/made

The draft HSE guidance on the regulations can also be viewed at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453-rev1.pdf