A consultation paper on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 ("RIDDOR") commenced on 17 January 2011. The consultation paper comes in response to Lord Young's report in October 2010 on health and safety ('Common Sense, Common Safety', as discussed in a previous e-bulletin. In his report Lord Young suggested that the length of employee absence caused by an incident at work which triggers the requirement for the employer to report the incident should be increased. Currently Regulation 3 of RIDDOR requires an employer to report an incident that causes an employee to be absent from work for more than three days. The proposal would increase the relevant period to seven days, which would allow an employee to obtain a "fit note" from their GP and to have a medical assessment before a report needs to be made.

The consultation will be open for three months and will close on 9 May 2011, after which HSE will consider the responses and submit recommendations to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

To view the consultation paper click here.