3 October 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded organisations of two important sets of revised health and safety regulations, which have taken effect as of 1 October 2013, with regard to the reporting of workplace injuries and the provision of first-aid training.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) have been simplified, while greater flexibility has been introduced for managing the provision of first-aid training.

In the case of RIDDOR, the changes clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, and are designed to ensure that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • the classification of “major injuries” to workers has been replaced with a shorter list of “specified injuries”

  • the existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease has been replaced with 8 categories of reportable work-related illness

  • fewer types of “dangerous occurrence” require reporting.

The changes affect all employers, including the self-employed.

In the case of the first aid changes, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the requirement for the HSE to approve first-aid training and qualifications.

The change is part of the HSE's work to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. The new approach applies to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Both changes follow the November 2011 review of health and safety legislation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in which he made a number of recommendations that the Government appointed the HSE to implement.

Further information about the changes can be accessed at www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/ and www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/.