The HSE has published guidance to simplify the proposed changes to the requirements businesses face to report injuries. The main changes, which are due to come into force in October 2013, include:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to be replaced with a shorter list of specified injuries
  •  The existing schedule of 47 types of industrial diseases to be replaced with eight categories of work related illness
  • A reduction from 27 to 21 types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ which require reporting It has been confirmed that there will be no major changes to the reporting of fatal accidents, accidents to members of the public or accidents which lead to an employee being unable to fulfil their normal duties for more than seven days.

The changes followed Professor Löftstedt’s report Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation which highlighted the overly burdensome requirements of various aspects of health and safety law and the detrimental economical effect of complying with those obligations.

For a copy of the guidance (which currently awaits Parliamentary approval) click here.