RIDDOR (1995)Reporting of Injuries, Diseases andDangerous Occurences Regulations.
RIDDOR• Aim – To raise awareness of the RIDDOR process.• Objectives• What constitutes a report under RIDDOR (1995)• How to report.• Why we report and the benefits of doing so.
Reporting• Who must report?• RIDDOR places a legal duty on• Employers• Self Employed• Persons responsible for premises• Why should I report?• It is a legal requirement• Identification of risk (HSE and LA)• Working practices and legislation informed and improved• A process of risk reduction.
Reporting• What should be reported?• Deaths.• major injuries.• over-3-day injuries – where an employee or self-employed person is away from work or unable to perform their normal work duties for more than 3 consecutive days after the day the injury occurred.• injuries to members of the public or people not at work where they are taken from the scene of an accident to hospital.• some work-related diseases.• dangerous occurrences – where something happens that does not result in an injury, but could have done.• Gas Safe registered gas fitters must also report dangerous gas fittings they find, and gas conveyors/suppliers must report some flammable gas incidents.
What if you report a H&S risk to your linemanager but are not satisfied?• Whistleblowing Legislation• The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects workers who blow the whistle about wrongdoing. It applies where a worker has a reasonable belief that their disclosure tends to show one or more of the following offences or breaches:• A criminal offence.• The breach of a legal obligation.• A miscarriage of justice.• A danger to the health and safety of any individual.• Damage to the environment.• Deliberate covering up of information tending to show any of the above.
Whistleblowing• Public Concern at Work, founded in 1993, is the leading authority on public interest whistleblowing.• Promotes compliance with the law and good practices• Public Concern at Work can be contacted on 020 7404 6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Injuries• Deaths.• major injuries.• What constitutes a major injury?• fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;• amputation;• dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine;• loss of sight (temporary or permanent);• chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye;• injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn leading to unconsciousness, or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;
Injuries• any other injury: leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or unconsciousness; or requiring resuscitation; or requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;• unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to harmful substance or biological agent;• acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin;• acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material• over-3-day injuries – where an employee or self-employed person is away from work or unable to perform their normal work duties for more than 3 consecutive days after the day the injury occurred.
Diseases• A work related disease is any chronic ailment that occurs as a result of work or occupational activity.• Lung diseases – asbestosis, black lung (coalworkers pneumoconiosis).• Dust / Chemical Inhalation• Skin diseases – dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, skin cancer.
Dangerous Occurences• Dangerous occurrences – where something happens that does not result in an injury, but could have done.• Scaffold Collapse >5m or by water.• Boiler Explosion• Electrical short circuit or overload causing a fire or explosion.• Train collisions with any vehicle.• Plant or equipment colliding with overhead power lines.• Failure of freight containers.
Regulations• Regulations....?• Control individual and societal behaviour• Produce outcomes that might not otherwise occur.• Result in cost for some and benefits for others.• If efficient benefits should outweigh the costs.• Are law, approved by Parliament.
How to report an incident.• The Incident Contact Centre (ICC) is a ‘one-stop’ reporting service for work-related health and safety incidents in the UK• Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm• 0845 300 99 23 email@example.com• All information will remain confidential.• You receive a copy of the information recorded to file - this meets the RIDDOR requirement to keep records of all reportable incidents.• For further information - www.hse.gov.uk
How soon to report• Death, Major injury, Dangerous Occurences?• Without Delay• Injuries resulting in more than 3 consecutive days off work?• Within 10 days of the incident.• Work related diseases?• As soon as the employer receives confirmation from a doctor.
Re-Cap• RIDDOR stands for?• Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (1995)• Who reports?• What constitutes making a report?• How do we report?