Employers will only need to report injuries that lead to an employee being absent from work, or unable to undertake their normal workplace duties, for more than seven consecutive days as the result of an accident at work.
The day of the accident is not counted towards making up the seven days but weekends and rest days DO count.
This change should also ensure that someone who has sustained a reportable injury has had a professional medical assessment, as the reporting threshold now aligns with the requirement for employers to obtain a fit note from a GP for sickness absence of over seven days.
There is also an increase in the number of days by which the RIDDOR report is to be made to the Incident Contact Centre, from 10 days to 15 days of the accident occurring.
Acorn Health and Safety advise that records of all workplace injuries, to employees, including those that do not result in any absence from work, should still be recorded appropriately.
For more information of clarification please don’t hesitate to contact one of the team here at Acorn or visit the HSE’s website
For more information on RIDDOR reporting; http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/reporting-change.htm