An employee has contracted Covid-19. Are we required to report this to the enforcing authority?

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An employee has contracted Covid-19. Are we required to report this to the enforcing authority?

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Where an employee is confirmed through testing as having contracted Covid-19, this will only be reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) in the following circumstances.

  • An accident or incident at work has, or could have, led to the release or escape of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with a possible or actual exposure to the virus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.

  • A person at work (a worker) has been diagnosed as having Covid-19 attributed to an occupational exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a case of disease.

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