February 10, 2012 - Anonymous

Reforms oblige employers to report fewer workplace accidents

The number of workplace accidents that employers are obliged to report will reduce from April, following the introduction of reforms to health and safety laws.

From 6 April, under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) employers will only have to report workplace accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if a worker is incapacitated for more than seven days. At present, workers only have to be incapacitated for more than three days before employers are obliged to file a report.

The reforms will also extend the deadline for when employers have to file the report from 10 days to 15 days.

Employers are still required to keep a record of all over-three-day injuries. However, if the employer is obliged to keep an accident book (businesses with 10 or more staff) this record will be adequate. By law, records need to be kept for at least three years after an occupational accident or injury.