The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) require certain injuries, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences to be reported to the enforcing authority, which in the case of the Council is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), within specified timeframes.
The data generated by the reported incidents enables the HSE to identify where and how risks arise, identify trends and investigate serious incidents.
The reporting of particular incidents to the HSE is a legal requirement under RIDDOR and the Council can be prosecuted by the HSE for any instance of non-compliance with RIDDOR.
Detailed guidance on the requirements of RIDDOR can be found in 'Accident Reporting Arrangement Guidelines' (see below in Additional Resources).
Even if incidents are not reportable to the HSE under RIDDOR, the reports and associated investigations can assist the Council in determining the root causes of incidents and enable measures to be introduced to prevent recurrences.
The responsibility for determining which incidents need to be reported to the HSE under RIDDOR, and for the actual reporting of incidents, has been delegated to the Health and Safety Team.
It is therefore essential that all work-related accidents, incidents and cases of ill health be reported to the Health and Safety Team as soon as possible. This includes work-related accidents to non-employees, such as members of the public, service users, clients, pupils, etc.
All such incidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Team using the Incident/Accident Investigation and Injury Record Form HS5(A). Detailed guidance on completing this form is available in the Council’s document HS5(B) – Guidance to the Completion of the Incident/Accident Investigation and Injury Record Form HS5(A) (see below in Additional Resources).
Advice on accident reporting can be obtained from the Health and Safety Team, Tŷ Elai, Williamstown, CF40 1NY, telephone number 01443 425546.