HSE changes to RIDDOR

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HSE have provided guidance on the changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

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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:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. c)    there is a reduction in the number of dangerous occurrences that will require reporting.

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