Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises, you are required under RIDDOR to report some work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement. The information enables the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents.
You must report all of the following:
- a death or major injury
- an over-three-day injury (that is when an employee or self -employed person has an accident at work and is unable to work for over three days, but does not have a major injury)
- a work-related disease
- a dangerous occurrence (this is when something happens that does not result in a reportable injury, but which clearly could have done)
The reporting procedure which has been in place since 1996 is now simplified and offers a facility to report all cases to a single point, the Incident Contact Centre (ICC), based at Caerphilly.
The new centre will mean that you no longer need to be concerned about which office and which enforcing authority you should report to.
You can report incidents in a variety of ways, by telephone, fax, via the Internet, or by post, making it more convenient for you. (The telephone service is available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm). You can still report directly to your local HSE office or local authority (by phone and then on form 2508 or 2508A), and these reports will be forwarded to the ICC for processing.
If you use the Internet or telephone service you may not have your own copy of the official reporting forms (2508 and 2508A) - the requirement to keep a record of reported incidents for inspection by visiting officers still remains. To help with this you will be sent a copy of your report and given the chance to correct any errors in it.
The new procedure will make reporting easier. It should also improve the quality of the information obtained, allowing for more detailed risk assessments to help HSE and local authorities get a better understanding of trends.
The ICC is a joint venture between HSE and the local authorities.