New RIDDOR regulations have been published which will come into force on 1 October 2013 and will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

They will revoke and replace the current RIDDOR regulations, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 1995/3163, as well as amending other legislation.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 2013/1471 introduce a:

  • simplified and shortened list of reportable non-fatal injuries to workers sustained as a result of a work-related accident;
  • clarified and shortened list of reportable dangerous occurrences;
  • simplified and significantly shortened list of reportable ill-health conditions in workers (replacing 47 specified ill-health conditions with eight categories of work-related diseases);
  • simplified list of dangerous occurrences within the rail-sector, and removal of the requirement to report suicides on railways.

However, the following requirements remain unchanged:

  • recording requirements;
  • reports of fatal accidents;
  • reports of accidents involving non-workers including members of the public;
  • reports of accidents which incapacitate workers for more than seven days;
  • requirements to preserve certain incident sites at mines, quarries and offshore workplaces pending investigation and subject to overriding safety needs.