Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

There have been changes to the reporting requirements for RIDDOR. RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).
From the 6th April 2012 the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for over-three day injuries has been revised. The reporting point has increased from more than three days to more than seven days incapacitation. (Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.)
Under RIDDOR the Responsible Per is still required keep a record of all over- three day injuries. (This would normally be recorded in the Accident Book)
The deadline by which the over-seven day injury must be reported has also increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.

New asbestos regulations

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 will come into force on 6 April 2012 and will updates the previous asbestos regulations. The changes are moinor and include some non-licensed work with asbestos which now have additional requirements, including notification of work, medical surveillance and record keeping. All other requirements remain unchanged.

HSE clampdown to reduce death and injury on construction sites

Construction sites are being put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.
Between 20 February and 16 March, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive will be visiting sites where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out. This is part of a national month-long drive to improve standards in one of the Britain’s most dangerous industries.
Their primary focus will be high-risk activity such as working at height and also ‘good order’ such as ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes.
The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in construction that poor standards are unacceptable, and could result in enforcement action.
During 2010/11, 50 workers were killed while working in construction and 2298 major injuries were reported.