RIDDOR is simplified and takes effect October 2013

03 November 2013
RIDDOR is simplified and takes effect October 2013

By Vanessa Rennie

Changes to current reporting requirements of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) take effect from 1 October 2013.

They have been introduced to “simplify the reporting of workplace injuries for business, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate picture of workplace incidents”. They are not intended to alter the procedure to report an incident at work or the criteria that determines if an incident should be investigated. 

What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR requires employers, and other people who are in control of work premises, to keep records of:

  • work-related deaths,
  • injuries,
  • diagnosed cases of industrial diseases and
  • certain ‘dangerous occurrences’. 

It is also required to:

  • report incidents to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) so that it can identify where and how risks arise
  • establish whether the employer needs to be investigated. 

Why have changes occurred?
The government asked Professor Ragnar Lofstedt in 2012 to conduct a review of health and safety legislation. His report 'Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety' recommended a number of changes and after public consultation between August and October 2012 by the HSE, changes to the reporting requirements were introduced. 

What reporting requirements have changed? 

  • the classification of 'major injuries' to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries', outlined under Regulation 4
  • the current schedule that lists 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • fewer types of dangerous occurrence need to be reported.

What reporting requirements have not changed?

  • fatal accidents
  • accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days. 


  • The Regulations have been redrafted, with some sections as before. While requirements and detail are mostly similar, there are still subtle differences in wording. In some instances, the use of new words may require further clarification.
  • Those workers with existing policies on accident reporting or software tools pre October 2013, will need to review their content to ensure continued correlation with the new legal requirements.

More information about RIDDOR can be found on the HSE website. For further information see the Health and Safety section of HRBird. 

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