Reduction in RIDDOR Paperwork
According to the HSE website, a change to the rules on reporting workplace injuries will save British companies thousands of hours completing official paperwork.
The changes mean that from April 6th, employers will no longer have to report injuries which keep workers off normal duties for seven or fewer days.
HSE states that the change to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 will see a fall of around 30 per cent in the number of incidents that must be reported by law - an average of around 30,000 fewer reports a year. Employers will also be given a longer period in which to report, increasing from 10 to15 days from the time of the incident
The increase in the reporting threshold from three to seven days also aligns RIDDOR with the 'fit note' system which ensures that someone who is off work because they suffered a reportable injury has a professional medical assessment.
Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries, for example through an accident book.
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