What is RIDDOR? Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is a UK government document that is supposed to inform the public about particular dangerous incidents or medical conditions where there are any reports.
In recent years, it has become a must-read document for almost every organisation due to its particular importance in case of serious medical events. It was first introduced in 1975 as an order under the Legal Services Act 1974 and has since then been modified twice more. The latest update was in 2014 which had several new sections added such as hospital incidents section and new sections on occupational injuries.
Web based RIDDOR platform is usually used by organisations to help them gather data from their internal system and make sure that their employees are reporting for work when needed.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations not only provide for the imposition of sanctions on companies and persons who are found to have knowingly or recklessly negligently caused a death that resulted in injury to another person, but also for the imposition of certain other sanctions such as injunctions upon employers, controllers and insurers.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) was created by the government and regulates the medical reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences which are easily avoidable. Unfortunately, many people still don’t know how to properly report an accident. RIDDOR makes it convenient to report accidents by providing an online form which is easy to fill out.
What is the main purpose of RIDDOR?
RIDDOR is a system that aims to help organisations automate the content editing process. The aim of RIDDOR is to create an automated process that allows users to carry out tasks without feeling like they are working with a piece of software.
RIDDOR automates the pre-editing process by taking care of all the tasks necessary for it. This includes: content generation, article planning, keyword matching and ad text creation. The main purpose of RIDDOR is to make it easier for companies to produce high quality content in a short amount of time, and leave less time for mistakes or any other issues that might arise throughout product development processes.
What must be reported under RIDDOR?
A report is one of the fundamental requirements to deal with accidents, injuries and dangerous occurrences. In the UK there are three main types of reports that need to be given.
The first type refers to accidents and hazardous occurrences that are not serious enough for a visit but may be a threat for the vicinity.
The second type concerns minor injury or a petty theft which requires no further action from the police or anyone else in authority. What this means is that you have no duty as an employee to report any accident or incident as it does not constitute an offence where you do so voluntarily and legally for example under section 43(1).
The third type is incidents that weigh more heavily on your conscience because they were potentially dangerous or were deliberately done by someone with malicious intent.
Why is RIDDOR important?
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations is a central part of the UK‘s health and safety legislation.
Reporting regulations require companies to keep accurate documentation about the injuries that occur on their premises, as well as diagnoses, treatments and any injuries caused by dangerous events occurring there. If a company allows its employees to injure themselves on their premises under the excuse of work-related reasons, they could face significant fines or even imprisonment.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations are vital in making sure that mass media reports useful and important information on diseases, injuries and dangerous occurrences. They need to be regularly updated to prevent misleading claims.
Majority of employers have not yet adopted the reporting obligations to RIDDOR. For example, UK employer is only requiring human employees to complete this form with a signature within 28 days after they were injured. In the U.S., employers are required to report workplace injuries and diseases within 10 days but don’t require any employee to sign a RIDDOR form at all
Electric shock is not reportable until and unless it lead to unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 36 hours.
The reportable events legislation, known as the RIDDOR, covers a wide range of health and safety risks, from accidents to extreme risk events.
For example, an accident can happen when a car crashes into a tree or on to the ground. In this case both driver and passenger in the vehicle will be injured. The car needs to be towed away from where it crashed because it is unsafe to have it on the road. This has to be reported so that someone who has experienced this could inform other drivers about what happened.