What is RIDDOR?
It stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. Sometimes referred to as RIDDOR 95, or RIDDOR for short, these Regulations came into force on 1 April 1996.
Why do I need to know about RIDDOR?
If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises you will have duties under RIDDOR.
RIDDOR requires you to report some work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. It applies to all work activities.
What do I need to do?
Not very much! For most businesses, a reportable accident, dangerous occurrence or case of disease is a comparatively rare event. However you are required to report certain incidents and diseases to either the Council or the Health and Safety Executive within a specified time.
Why should I report?
Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement. The information enables the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities (referred to as ‘the enforcing authorities’) to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents. We can then help you and give you advice on how to reduce injury, ill health and accidental loss.
I’m self-employed so how does this apply to me?
If you are working in someone else’s premises and suffer either a major injury or an injury which means you cannot do the full range of your normal work for more than seven days, that person will be responsible for reporting your injury, so you should make sure they know about it.
If you are working in your own premises and
- you or a member of the public is injured; or
- there is a dangerous occurrence; or
- a doctor tells you you have a work-related disease or condition;
you need to report it.
As a self-employed person you don’t need to notify immediately if you suffer a major injury on your own premises. However, either you or someone acting for you must send in a report form (F2508) within ten days.
What do I need to report?
Death or Major Injury
How do I report?
Information on how to report
What records do I need to keep?
You must keep a record of any reportable injury, disease or dangerous occurrences for three years after the date on which it happened. This must include:
Guidance on keeping records
- the date and method of reporting;
- the date, time and place of the event;
- personal details of those involved; and
- a brief description of the nature of the event or disease.
You could, for example, choose to keep your records by:
- keeping copies of report forms in a file;
- recording the details on a computer;
- maintaining a written log.
You can keep the record in any form you wish.
If you use the Internet or phone to report, you may not have your own copy of the official reporting forms (F2508/F2508A). To help with this you will be sent a copy of your own report and given the chance to correct any errors in it.
Is that all?
Yes – for the majority of people with duties under the Regulations the information contained on this website is all that you need to know.
If you would like to have more information to hand, a guide to the Regulations is available. It contains the full text of the Regulations and notes on interpretation. It also includes the lists of reportable diseases and dangerous occurrences or diseases.
Order; "Guide to the reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995" (L73) ISBN 0-7176-1012-8.
Available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999,
Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6FS
Tel: 01787 881165 Fax: 01787 313995