New incident reporting arrangements for businesses were introduced from September 2011, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reiterated.
Only fatal and major injuries and incidents will now be able to be reported by phone to the HSE, with all other work-related injuries and incidents reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) to be submitted via one of a suite of seven online forms available on the HSE website.
The seven online RIDDOR reporting forms will be:
- F2508 Report of an injury;
- F2508 Report of a dangerous occurrence;
- F2508A Report of a case of disease;
- OIR9B Report of an injury offshore;
- OIR9B Report of a dangerous occurrence offshore;
- F2508G1 Report of a flammable gas incident; and
- F2508G2 Report of a dangerous gas fitting.
Trevor Carlile, director of strategy, HSE, stressed that the change should not be a significant one for many organisations, as more than half of reportable injuries were already notified to the HSE through its website.
“The new forms are intuitive and quick and easy to complete. The most important thing is that there will still be somebody at the end of the phone to assist those who are reporting a traumatic event that has resulted in a death or major injury,” he added.
The HSE’s “Infoline” telephone service, which provides a basic information service to callers, was also scrapped in September, and those seeking information and official guidance will now be directed to the HSE website.