HSE have provided guidance on the changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) which will be introduced on 10 October 2013.
The main changes are:
- classification of major injuries is to be condensed with a shorter list of 8 ‘Specified Injuries’, as follows;
- – a fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
- – amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe;
- – permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight;
- – crush injuries leading to internal organ damage;
- – serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body, or damaging the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs);
- – scalpings (separation of skin from the head) which require hospital treatment;
- – unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia;
- – any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space, which leads to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.
- the Schedule of 47 types of industrial disease is condensed down to 8 categories of work related illnesses as follows;
- – carpal tunnel syndrome;
- – severe cramp of the hand or forearm;
- – occupational dermatitis;
- – hand-arm vibration syndrome;
- – occupational asthma;
- – tendonitis or tenosynovitis of the hand or forearm;
- – any occupational cancer;
- – any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent.
- c) there is a reduction in the number of dangerous occurrences that will require reporting.
In remeberance of David Combes 1948 – 2020