Last reviewed 1 October 2013

The Health & Safety Executive has announced that from 1 October 2013 changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

The main changes are as follows.

  • The classification of "major injuries" to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of “specified injuries”.

  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.

  • Fewer types of “dangerous occurrence” will 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.

The changes remain subject to Parliamentary approval. They follow a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An Independent Review of Health and Safety Legislation.