The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the construction trade union UCATT have slammed the proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), arguing that they will lead to a further downgrading in safety reporting.
Subject to parliamentary approval, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 will apply from 1 October 2013.
Trade unions have criticised the changes for reducing the number of major injuries which require an automatic RIDDOR report.
A trade union source listed the following injuries as examples of those which will no longer require an automatic report:
- an electrical shock leading to unconsciousness, resuscitation or admittance to hospital
- a temporary loss of eyesight
- dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
- unconsciousness or acute illness caused by a biological agent its toxins or infected material
- an acute illness requiring medical treatment
- loss of consciousness due to absorbing or inhaling a substance.
The latest proposed changes come just over a year after previous changes to RIDDOR.
As of 6 April 2012, RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).
The reduction in the requirement to report major injuries could be dangerous. Many of these type of injury are potentially life changing for those involved. If companies no longer have to report them then they are less likely to take preventive measures to stop them reoccurring.
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