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RIDDOR: Simplified

25 October 2013

Sally Roff and Jo Brook discuss whether the changes to the reporting of accidents and near misses reduce the burden on businesses.

From 1 October 2013, subject to parliamentary approval, the rules for the reporting of work related deaths, major injuries, diseases or dangerous occurrences (near misses) are changing. Although the obligation to report will remain with the same people (employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises), the new rules will simplify the categories of incidents and near misses that are to be reported (see box for details). The rules on the reporting of fatal accidents, accidents to members of the public or accidents which incapacitate workers for more than seven days will not change.

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