Knowing RIDDOR means understanding not only what to report, but also when to report. So, what are the RIDDOR reporting timescales?
Under (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) there are duties to report certain types of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Not only do these events need to be reported, but they need to be reported within specified timescales.
Some injuries must be reported without delay, as in, as soon as possible. In particular, this applies to any fatality that occurs as the result of a work-related accident.
This applies even if that death is not immediately after the accident, but as long as the death is caused by the accident, and occurs within one year of the date of the accident.
Some reporting requirements are not the result of an accident, for example diseases, and again, these are required to be reported without delay following diagnosis.
Schedule 1 of RIDDOR states again that in the case of injuries, fatalities and dangerous occurrences, the responsible person must notify the relevant enforcing authority by the quickest practicable means without delay.
However, it does allow 10 days for the full report of the incident to be sent in an approved manner (e.g. the full RIDDOR report).
Injuries, fatalities and dangerous occurrences
1.—(1) Where required to follow the reporting procedure … the responsible person must—
(a)notify the relevant enforcing authority of the reportable incident by the quickest practicable means without delay; and
(b)send a report of that incident in an approved manner to the relevant enforcing authority within 10 days of the incident.
Where a person at work is incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days after a work related accident (known as an over 7 day injury), then you do get some extra time to report.
This is because you often won’t know until 7 days after the accident whether it is reportable or not.
In this category of injury, you get up to 15 days to report. It is worth noting that this is 15 days from the day of the accident and not 15 days from the 7 days incapacitation.
15 days is the maximum and in practice the regulations require this to be reported as soon as practicable.
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