Accident and incident reporting is an important aspect of monitoring or measuring safety performance and allows an organisation, through investigations, to identify weaknesses in their existing systems for managing health and safety and ways to improve.

It is essential that employers introduce a reporting system in the workplace for all accidents and incidents, dangerous occurrences, diseases and near misses, for all employees, contractors and visitors. An accident report may also prompt an investigation by the enforcing authority depending on the severity of injury that has either occurred or had the potential to occur.

This topic outlines what an accident report should contain, what should be reported under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and who is responsible for making reports.

Accident Reporting - Workflow

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