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June 23, 2008

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RIDDOR guidelines – new edition

This edition reflects a change in the way accidents are reported. Telephone notifications and reports should be made to the Incident Contract Centre on 0845 300 9923, while online and e-mail reporting can be actioned by visiting

On 1 April, rail health and safety responsibility transferred to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Rail RIDDOR reports continue to be made directly to HM Railway Inspectors, now part of ORR.

Schedule 2 part 1(6) has been rewritten to include the requirements of the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 other changes have been made to take account of the following pieces of legislation:

• The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2001

• Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2007

• Carriage of Dangerous Goods (~Classification, Packaging and Labelling) and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 1996

• European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

• Railways and Other Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006

• Quarries Regulations 1999

• Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995

• Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Regulations 1995

• Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

• Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002

• Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999

• Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

In summary, RIDDOR requires that the Incident Contract centre by contacted if any of the following occur:

• deaths – all deaths arising out of or in connection with work

• reportable major injuries

• fracture other than to fingers, thumbs or toes

• amputation

• dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine

• loss of sight – temporary or permanent

• chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye

• injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn leading to unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours

• any other injury leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation, or requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours

• unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to a harmful substance or biological agent

• acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin

• acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material.

Reportable disease include:

• certain poisonings

• some skin diseases such as occupational dermatitis, skin cancer, chrome ulcer, oil folliculitis/acne

• lung diseases such as occupational asthma, farmer’s lung, pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, mesothelioma

• infections such as leptospirosis, hepatitis, tuberculosis, anthrax, legionellosis, and tetanus

• other conditions such as occupational cancer, certain musculoskeletal disorders, decompression illness and hand-arm vibration syndrome.

The listings of dangerous occurrences relate to:


• lifting machinery

• pressure systems

• freight containers

• overhead electric lines

• electrical short circuit

• explosives

• biological agents

• malfunction of radiation generators etc

• breathing apparatus

• diving operations

• collapse of scaffolding

• train collisions

• wells

• pipelines or pipeline works

• fairground equipment

• carriage of dangerous substances by road.

Dangerous occurrences which are reportable except in relation to offshore workplaces:

• collapse of building or structure

• explosion or fire

• escape of flammable substances

• escape of substances.

There are also dangerous occurrences that specifically relate to:

• mines

• quarries

• relevant transport systems

• offshore workplaces.

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