New RIDDOR regulations to come into force October 2013
Some fires and explosions are reportable to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR ’95). These regulations specify who is responsible for reporting and impose certain timescales within which the reports have to be made post-incident.
The new regulations update and amend RIDDOR 1995
No change to :-
• "Over seven days lost" category of injury.
• Timescales for reporting are unchanged
• “Dangerous occurrence” are the reporting responsibility of the organisation controlling the premises -- i.e. these incidents should still be reported "by the quickest practicable means" and then followed up with a written report within 10 days of the incident.
• Fires and explosions which result in the stoppage of plant or suspension of normal work in a premises for more than 24 hours, are reportable
• The requirements for reporting electrical incidents causing fire or explosion is also unchanged.
• Sudden uncontrolled releases of flammable liquids and gases are also reportable in the same way as they were previously.
Under the new regulations there’s an additional category of major injury which is reportable.
Any burn injury (including scalding) which:
1. Covers more than 10% of the whole body’s total surface area; or
2. Causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs
This is new, because under RIDDOR ’95, burn injuries to employees would only be reportable in some specific circumstances, e.g., involving a hospital stay over 24 hours, certain electrical burns, and where the injury incapacitated the employee for seven or more days.
Overall, the reporting requirements for "dangerous occurrences" haven’t changed much though there is some rearrangement of words on the pages. For those fire and safety professionals who are involved in the reporting of injuries to the authorities, there are more significant changes to be taken into account.
For further information check the Riddor website.www.riddor.gov.ukA good guide to the 2013 regulations is also available at the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453-rev1.pdf
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