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February 13, 2012

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HSE issues guidance on RIDDOR changes

In anticipation of forthcoming changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), the HSE has published an updated guide to the reporting regime.

The amended Regulations will, subject to parliamentary approval, come into force from 6 April. As from this date, the period of incapacitation will increase from more than three days to more than seven days before the occupational accident or injury, which leads to the worker being off work, has to be reported.

Employers and those responsible for health and safety will also be required to send the report within 15 days of the accident. New arrangements for online reporting are also covered.

Despite the changes in reporting, employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over-three-day injuries. Records also need to be kept for at least three years after an occupational accident, or injury.

To download a free copy of the new guidance, go to www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l73.pdf

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