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Accident reporting to become simpler

The Health and Safety Executive has proposed regulation changes to make the process of reporting workplace injuries more simple.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations would mean fewer types of dangerous occurrence – near-miss incidents – would require reporting.

Other amendments include replacing 47 types of industrial disease with just eight categories of illness and a shorter list of major injuries to replace the current list.

The HSE expects the changes to result in savings of £5.9m to businesses over 10 years as fewer resources would be spent on reporting accidents and injuries.

In response to the proposed changes to RIDDOR, Building Safety Group managing director Paul Kimpton said they are “broadly welcomed” but warned that the HSE should “proceed with caution” in its efforts to cut red tape.

“Our concern… relates to the proposed reduction in the reporting of near miss incidents, which represent an accident without the consequences, and provide a valuable insight into issues which may require improvement action.

“It is our fear that by not reporting these types of incidents, we will lose the valuable ability to learn from mistakes that may have been made and therefore be less able to plan and manage similar types of work in the future.”

The changes are due to be implemented from October 2013, but remain subject to parliamentary approval.

Updates to the regulations will not affect how fatal accidents, injuries to members of the public or accidents that affect workers for more than seven days are reported.

Nor will they have an impact on the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated.

Guidance on the changes is available from the HSE.

Proposed changes to RIDDOR

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting.

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