New RIDDOR Reporting Arrangements from 6 April 2012

From 6 April 2012 the reporting requirement for lost-time, over three day injuries to workers changes to over seven-days. From then you must report work-related injuries where a worker has been incapacitated for over seven consecutive days but you must still keep a record of the accident if the worker has been incapacitated for over three consecutive days. There are no other changes to the reporting requirements for deaths, major injuries, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences.

“Incapacitated” means that the worker may be absent or are in work but are unable to do their full range of normal duties. The seven days does not include the day of the accident but does include any weekends or rest days.

You must still keep a record of injuries if a worker is absent or incapacitated for more than three days (not counting the day of the accident but including weekends and rest days). The entry you make in your accident book (if you are an employer who needs to have one) is enough to comply with the law.

For a summary of how to report different categories of RIDDOR incident, click on: http://www.portskillsandsafety.co.uk/files/riddor_reporting_contact_summary