The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its latest COVID-19 disease reports.
The information provided relates to reports (still being assessed and where appropriate investigated) made by employers to HSE and Local Authorities under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) between 10th April 2020 and up to 17th October 2020.
The figures show:
The number of notifications is increasing week on week since early September but are below the peak seen in April
11,278 occupational disease notifications of COVID-19 in workers where occupational exposure is suspected were reported to enforcing authorities, including 162 death notifications.
The majority of the reports received are for workers in the Health and Social Work / Care sector (including for example hospitals, residential homes and day care). Since July, 14% of all reports were recorded against education and 11% against manufacturing.
It should be noted the RIDDOR notification systems suffers from widespread under reporting and so may give a distorted view.
84% of COVID-19 worker related reports received in the above period were from workplaces in England, 9% in Wales and 7% in Scotland.
The relevance of 10th April is that this is the date that the statutory reporting disease form was changed to enable identification of COVID-19 reports. Consistent weekly data isn't available prior to that date.
For additional information see - HSE - Coronavirus statistics - a detailed data table can also be accessed via this link (which is regularly updated), this including more industry sector data for example.
During these uncertain times, it’s more vital than ever to check in on your staffs physical health and their mental health. Employees should be kept up to date with news and business changes too. On our Covid Resource Hub we have included some useful resources to help with your people and their wellbeing which can be found through the following link below.