RIDDOR Regulations to change

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RIDDOR changes

On October 1st 2013 changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).  These changes are intended to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

These changes are directly linked to a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation’. Although the process for implementing the changes is on track for implementation from October 2013, they remain subject to Parliamentary approval.

The main changes are to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of
    ‘specified injuries’.
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting.

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

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

If you need help or advice on managing safety then please use the links below to contact us or request a call back – or call and speak directly to a friendly consultant on 01453 800100. You can become a member of our Safety~net support service over the phone and get help right away, whatever your problem.  Contact us using the links below to find out more;

Environment Agency follows HSE’s lead with ‘Polluter Pays’ charges of £84 per hour

Our work covers not just health and safety consultancy but also environmental consultancy and one thing which clients should be aware of is the PICR (Pollution Incident Cost Recovery) Scheme.

Its really very similar to the HSE Fee For Intervention scheme, albeit at a lower fee per hour of £84 rather than £124. You should be aware however that costs may still be recoverable even if the incident does not cause pollution and when an offence has not been committed – somewhat stronger than the HSE version.

Costs which can be recovered include:

  • tracing the source of pollution
  • assessing the possible impact
  • urgent remedial/preventative work
  • materials required
  • samples taken
  • ongoing supervision and other additional specialist costs e.g. fish restocking.

Non-rechargeable costs are:

  • any investigative work once the source of the pollution has been established e.g. follow-up visits to the incident site to check on remediation measures or to monitor the effect on controlled waters
  • any work associated with case file preparation for enforcement action.

The advice remains the same as for FFI; act swiftly to reduce your costs and work with the Inspector to ensure that the offence is brought under control as soon as possible.

More information can be found here; http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/regulation/38813.aspx or use the contact us links above to speak to one of our consultants.

If you need help or advice on managing safety then please use the links below to contact us or request a call back – or call and speak directly to a friendly consultant on 01453 800100. You can become a member of our Safety~net support service over the phone and get help right away, whatever your problem.  Contact us using the links below to find out more;