The HSE has opened a three-month consultation on proposed changes to the RIDDOR system following recommendations made in Lord Young’s report, which included a proposal to increase the threshold for reporting workplace injuries to seven days’ absence, an increase from the current period of three days. This is in line with the reporting threshold for obtaining a “fit note” from the GP and would therefore mean that reportable injuries would follow a professional medical assessment. Lord Young commented that the RIDDOR system appeared “cumbersome” with under-reporting estimated as high as 50%. The HSE’s impact assessment estimates that businesses will save the equivalent of £8 in management time for each injury that they no longer have to report. The estimated annual saving to businesses is £630k a year. The consultation is available here and the deadline for responses is 9 May 2011.