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RIDDOR for beginners


Welcome to our next blog, blog number 3 in our "back to basics" series. This blog is going to focus on Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences in simplistic terms for your understanding.

First of all apologies to all of you outside the United Kingdom, as this set of Regulations are only applicable here. However some of the principles may be the same in your own country.


In the UK the statistics are overseen by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). You may have OSHA Recordable in the USA, SWA in Australia, BLS in Canada or the OSH framework directive in the EU. The principles are the same, its about recording serious accidents and incidents.


It may also give those of you from outside the UK an insight into accident reporting here in Blighty.

OK one thing that does not change from country to country is the way in which regulations, directives, codes or Acts are written. They are way over complicated for many.


The main reason for writing this blog is really quite simple. There are forums out there, generally used by health and safety professionals. There are always questions relating to RIDDOR, examples of topics include:

  • Time frames for reporting?

  • Accidents to a 3rd party on our premises.

  • Covid-19 reportable issues.

  • Volunteers and members of the public.

  • Misunderstanding of definitions.