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Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

RIDDOR was developed to ensure that the relevant enforcing authority (e.g. the Local Authority (LA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE)) receive reports of certain injuries, diseases, dangerous occurrences and gas incident reports.

This information is used by the relevant authority to compile statistics so that trends can be detected and problem areas within particular industries and/or organisations highlighted. 

The reporting of these specified reportable events allows the relevant authority to investigate serious incidents or events and address problem areas. The investigation process could be undertaken by telephone call and/or a site inspection by the relevant enforcing authorities, enabling them to obtain a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the event.

The legislation places duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the ‘responsible person’ as defined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act) to report certain categories of injury and diseases sustained at work, along with specific dangerous occurrences (near-misses) and gas incidents.

There are different reporting methods and timescales which need to be complied with depending on the report event type. 

In addition to the above occurrences, an act of non-consensual physical violence to a person at work must also be reported to the relevant enforcing authority.

The information above is a summary of the requirements under RIDDOR and the regulations should be consulted for further information.