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HSE Changes RIDDOR Reporting Regulations   16/04/2012

AOFA Update: HSE change RIDDOR reporting regulations

As of the 6th April 2012 the law regarding reporting occupational injuries has changed.  The notification requirement for reporting incidents has increased from over three days' to over seven days' incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to perform workplace duties that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal role.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all work-place injuries over three days. HSE confirm recording injuries within an accident book is sufficient for purpose.

The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.


'The notification requirement for reporting incidents has increased from over three days' to over seven days' incapacitation...'


The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is the law that requires employers and anyone else with responsibility for health and safety within a workplace, to report and keep records of:

- Work-related deaths;
- Serious injuries;
- Cases of diagnosed industrial disease; and
- Certain 'dangerous occurrences' (near miss accidents).

HSE definition:

 'If a worker sustains a work-related injury resulting from an accident, their injury should be reported if they are injured for more than seven days. After the 6 April 2012, there will no longer be a requirement to report occupational injuries that result in more than three days of incapacitation; however you must still keep a record of such injuries.' (HSE, 10th April 2012).

All incidents can be reported online or alternatively a telephone service remains for reporting fatal and major injuries only - call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Further information can be found online: