Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regs

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) were introduced to ensure that employers made the HSE aware of certain types of threats to health and safety so that they can carry out an investigation and take measures if necessary.

RIDDOR applies to injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences that have, or may relate to the workplace. The HSE lists a number of conditions that must be reported, but there are other condiditions that are not listed which must still be reported. We advise reps to read the HSE guide below if they are unsure whether their employer should have completed a report. The general rule is that "if in doubt, report it".

The HSE guide to RIDDOR

The types of things that are likely to be covered by the regulations include -

The types of things that are likely to be covered by the regulations include -

  • Injuries that result in more than 3 days off sick or that prevent them from carrying out normal duties for more than 3 days (even if one or more of those days were not working days)
  • Injuries that result in loss of part of the body
  • Injuries that result in loss of vision, whether temporary or permanent
  • Injuries that are likely to result in a permanent or long term damage to mobility or dexterity
  • Injuries that result in the fracture of a bone (except fingers or toes)
  • Injuries that cause dislocation of hip, knee, shoulder or spine
  • Most injuries that result in unconsciousness
  • Any injury in the workplace requiring hospital treatment (including injuries to persons that are not workers)
  • Diseases that are communicable (not the common cold, but may include certain strains of flu)
  • Diseases that may have been contracted in the workplace (asbestosis, legionaires disease, dermatitis etc.)
  • Poisoning, including certain types of food poisoning
  • Certain types of injury from exposue to vibration or repetitive strains
  • Dangerous occurrences that could have resulted in loss of a body part, permanent injury or injuries to more than one person
  • Dangerous occurences during the transport of freight
  • Spills of hazardous liquids, bilogicals or toxins or release of gases or fumes that could have caused serious injury
  • Explosions and fires
  • Collapses of heavy equipment, scaffolding or structures

This list is not exhaustive and we recommend that reps check with the HSE for further advice if they think that something might be covered by the requirements. Where there has been an incident that falls under RIDDOR, it must be reported to the HSE within 10 days, using the authorised reporting procedure.

Special circumstances

  • Where a nimber of contractors are working on the same site, it is the responsibility of the main contractor to file the report
  • Self employed persons must either complete the report themselves, or do so via the company they contract to (or main contractor)
  • In some premises controlled by local authorities, it is the authority who must submit the report