What incidents are RIDDOR reportable for my business?

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) provide a regulatory framework for the reporting of incidents in the workplace. Following this legislation is important from both a compliance and performance perspective.

It does not matter if you are managing the health and safety of a small office or a large warehouse, any incidents that occur and fall under the RIDDOR regulations need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive. In today’s article, we break down what kind of incidents are RIDDOR reportable and why you should comply with the regulations in your business.

What occurrences are RIDDOR reportable?

Despite the wide-net approach that RIDDOR takes, not all incidents in the workplace are RIDDOR reportable, here are the ones that are.

  • The death of a person

All deaths within a workplace need to be reported under RIDDOR, with the exception of suicide. These should be reported if they have resulted from a work-related incident, including physical violence.

  • Specified injuries to workers

Several smaller specified injuries are also reportable under RIDDOR, these include fractures, amputations, crushing and head injuries. A complete list of these injuries can be found on the HSE Executive website.

  • Over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker

The seven-day incapacitation of a worker means you must file a RIDDOR report when a worker has been unable to work for over seven days following an accident at work. It is also worth stating that an injury that incapacitates a worker for over 3 days needs to be recorded but not RIDDOR reported.

  • Non-fatal accidents to non-workers

Non-fatal accidents for non-workers must be RIDDOR reported and can include injury to members of the public and others who were not at work when the incident occurred.

  • Occupational diseases

Any occupational diseases that may be exacerbated by an injury must also be reported under RIDDOR. These RIDDOR reportable diseases include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  •  Occupational asthma
  • Occupational dermatosis
  • Occupational cancer
  • Severe cramp of the hand or forearm
  • Dangerous occurrences

Dangerous occurrences are near-miss events that may need to be reported under the RIDDOR regulations. Whilst all incidents should be recorded and learned from, not all need to be reported under RIDDOR. The HSE Executive provides a full catalogue of the dangerous occurrences that need to be reported.

  • Gas incidents

Being RIDDOR compliant requires the filing of reports when gas-related incidents have occurred. This can include an accidental leakage of gas, incomplete combustion of gas or inadequate removal of the products that result from gas combustion. A gas safe engineer must provide the relevant information on any appliances they consider to be unsafe.

Why should my business follow the RIDDOR regulations?

Following RIDDOR will not only help to keep your workers safe, but it also provides statistics for the HSE Executive which are vital for improving the long-term health and safety progression of the country. In addition, the data that following RIDDOR will provide, making sure you file a RIDDOR report where necessary will keep you compliant with the law.