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Health and safety update

The government should be promoting the protection health and safety legislation affords all parties – not irresponsibly eroding its reputation, argues Zahra Nanji

30 January 2012

From 6 April this year, subject to parliamentary approval, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) for over three-day injures will change. After parliamentary endorsement, the trigger point for RIDDOR will increase from injuries resulting in incapacitation for more than three days to injuries causing incapacitation over seven days. This does not include the day on which the accident occurred.

Incapacitation is not limited to a worker just being absent from work but also includes being unable to undertake work that they would have reasonably been expected to do as part of their normal duties.

Although injuries causing less than seven days’ incapacitation will no longer have to be reported to the HSE, employers must keep a record of all injuries that cause incapacity for more than three days. A record kept in an accident report book will suffice.

These changes were recommended by Lord Young is his report Common Sense,...

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