Accident reporting

Following a consultation exercise that drew around 800 responses, the Health and Safety Executive recommended to the Work and Pensions Secretary that the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) be amended.

The change is to the category of “over three-day injury”, which will become over-seven days from April 2012. Most respondents felt that the change would be beneficial as administration burdens will reduce, and the new period would match to that required under the new fit-note system. Not only would it make sickness absence easier to manage, it should give more time for employers to become aware of any incident and reduce under-reporting.

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