From 1 October 2013, RIDDOR 2013 comes into force, which introduces significant changes to the existing reporting requirements. The main changes are to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:
- the classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’;
- the previous list of 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness;
- fewer types of dangerous occurrence require reporting.
There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:
- fatal accidents;
- accidents to non-workers (members of the public);
- accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days.
Recording requirements remain broadly unchanged, including the requirement to record accidents resulting in the incapacitation of a worker for more than three days.