Health & Safety changes – October 2013
Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) came into effect at the beginning of this month. Under the regulations, employers must report any work-related deaths, and certain work-related injuries, cases of disease, and near misses involving employees. They also have to ensure that they provide suitably trained personnel and have adequate equipment and facilities for giving first-aid to employees who are injured or become ill at work. This is a requirement under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (as amended) (FAR).
The changes to both RIDDOR and FAR introduced on 1 October 2013 are intended to simplify reporting requirements. As an employer, you are still required to report relevant accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within a reasonable time frame.
However there is a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’, instead of the ‘classification of major injuries’ and there are eight categories of ‘work related illnesses’, rather than 47 reportable industrial diseases. There are also fewer ‘dangerous occurrences’ that require reporting.
There is still a requirement under FAR to provide adequate first-aid cover, facilities and equipment. However the HSE will no longer approve first-aid providers. This means that employers themselves will need to make sure that training providers can prove their competence in relation to FAR.
If you need more information or advice on this matter, speak to your Health and Safety Advisor or contact Cherington HR and we can put you in touch with a suitably qualified H&S consultant. Further information can be found at www.hse.gov.uk
Posted on 19 Nov 2016