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Upcoming Changes to Reporting Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences

'Over Three Day' Reporting Requirement Extended to Seven Days 

The HSE has published new guidance on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations


From 6 April 2012, the over-three-day reporting requirement for people injured at work will change to more than seven days. From then, you only have to report injuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days as the result of an occupational accident or injury (not counting the day of the accident but including weekends and rest days). The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.


Incapacitation means that the worker is absent, or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.


You must still keep a record of the accident if the worker has been incapacitated for more than three consecutive days. If you are an employer, who must keep an accident book under the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979, that record can be treated as a record for the purposes of RIDDOR.


You must keep a record of:

  • any reportable death, injury, occupational disease or dangerous occurrence; and
  • all occupational accidents and injuries that result in a worker being away from work or incapacitated for more than three consecutive days (not counting the day of the accident but including any weekends or other rest days).
All incidents can be reported online but 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).

Info Bite No.98
Jan 2012