RIDDOR Reporting

RIDDOR is an abbreviation of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. It puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

Only ‘responsible persons’ including employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises should submit reports under RIDDOR. As an employer you must report any work-related deaths, and certain work-related injuries, cases of disease, and near misses involving your employees wherever they are working. If you are in control of premises e.g. a site manager, you must do the same but report dangerous occurrences/near misses that occur on your premises.

For most types of incidents, including:

  • Accidents resulting in the death of any person.
  • Accidents resulting in specified injuries to workers. Types of reportable injuries are available here http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/reportable-incidents.htm.
  • Non-fatal accidents requiring hospital treatment to non-workers.
  • Dangerous occurrences.

The responsible person must notify the enforcing authority without delay. You can do this by reporting online which is the easiest way. For fatal accidents or resulting in specified injuries to workers only, you can phone 0345 300 9923. A report must be received within 10 days of the incident happening.  For accidents resulting in the over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker, you must notify the enforcing authority within 15 days of the incident, using the appropriate online form.

If you are wanting to make a RIDDOR report, you can go to the HSE website and they have forms for different types including injury reports, dangerous occurrences, disease reports etc.

 

Most of the information was taken from the HSE website.  http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/

Watch our video on RIDDOR here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=546Sp7Nud7U

 

Work at Height

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 apply when you’re working at height, which means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. These regulations are put in place to prevent death and injury caused by falls from height.

Employers or anyone in control of work at height activities must make sure everything is planned out properly, that it is supervised and carried out by competent people. Before any work starts, the employers must first assess the risks. Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions.

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Fall from height accounts for 20% of fatalities at work. To prevent falls from height you should make sure permanent safe access arrangements should be installed where possible.

Before you start working at height you must take these points into account:

  • Avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Where work at height cannot be easily avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment.
  • Minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated.
  • Only competent people should be working at height.

Also, when you’re planning to do work at height the safe system of work needs to be taken into account. This means doing things like:

  • Supervision of workers that may be necessary e.g. work equipment selected lower down the hierarchy of control, such as fall arrest equipment, will require a higher level of supervision.
  • Weather conditions that workers might be exposed to e.g. working in rainy conditions on a slippery surface or an icy roof.
  • Any emergency or rescue procedures that may be required e.g. what to do if someone falls while using a fall arrest system.

You might be thinking how you decide who is competent to work at height. You should make sure that people with sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are doing the job, or if they are being trained, e.g. an apprentice, are working under the supervision of a competent person. If the task might just be involving a ladder for example, then the employees might just need instruction on how to use the equipment correctly. When a more technical level of competence is required, for example drawing up a plan for assembling a complex scaffold, existing training and certification schemes drawn up by trade associations and industry is one way to help demonstrate competence.

PPE

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work.

PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly. Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. A lot of the time, PPE can be used to reduce the remaining risks.

Although PPE is very effective, it should be used as a last resort. You should always try eliminate or reduce the risk before you turn to PPE. All appropriate PPE should be free of charge to your employees; it is your duty to look after them and make sure they are safe. You should also choose equipment carefully and make sure employees are trained in how to use it properly and how to detect and report any faults.

When you’re selecting and using PPE you must:

  • Choose products which are CE marked in accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.
  • Choose equipment that suits the user e.g. the size, fit and weight of the PPE.
  • If more than one item of PPE is worn at the same time, make sure they can be used together, e.g. wearing safety glasses may disturb the seal of a respirator, causing air leaks.
  • Instruct and train people how to use it, e.g. train people to remove gloves without contaminating their skin.

All PPE must be properly looked after and stored when not in use, if the equipment is reusable it must be kept cleaned and in good condition. While maintaining PPE you should think about:

  • Using the right replacement parts which match the original, e.g. respirator filters.
  • Keeping replacement PPE available.
  • Who is responsible for maintenance and how it is to be done.
  • Having a supply of appropriate disposable suits which are useful for dirty jobs where laundry costs are high, e.g. for visitors who need protective clothing.

PPE should be monitored and reviewed regularly. You should check if PPE is being used by your employees. If it isn’t, you should find out why. Safety signs can be useful in reminding people that PPE should be worn.  Take note of any changes in equipment, materials and methods – you may need to update what you provide.

All information was taken from the HSE. http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm

Watch our video on PPE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO8UiWjv1Zo

Look at a previous news article on PPE: http://cravensafetyservices.co.uk/ppe-personal-protective-equipment/

What is reasonably practicable?

ALARP and SFAIRP

“ALARP” stands for “as low as reasonably practicable”. “SFAIRP” stands for “so far as is reasonably practicable”. The two terms mean essentially the same thing and at their core is the concept of “reasonably practicable”; this involves weighing a risk against the trouble, time and money needed to control it. Thus, ALARP describes the level to which it is expected to see workplace risks controlled. Read more

Fire Risk Assessment

If you’re an employer, landlord or owner of a commercial premises, then you have a legal duty to ensure fire safety within your business. If your business has 5 or more people employed, legally you must have a written Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).

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How to investigate an accident or incident

Each year around 600 accidents or incidents lead to prosecution by the HSE, with about 100 more being prosecuted by local authorities. Personal injury claims are over double this number.

Some lead contractors operate a “3 strikes and you’re out” policy on their subcontractors regarding health & safety issues, so preventing future accidents could be vital to your business, not to mention the moral and legal issues. Read more

Summer Safety

With the current high temperatures we’ve been experiencing looking to continue, a reminder of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sunburn and the first aid needed should they occur.

Top 10 Health & Safety Tips

Watch our Top 10 Health & Safety Tips video here.

 

1.ELIMINATE THE HAZARDS FROM THE WORKPLACE – this could be identified through a documented risk assessment.

2.TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES – provide adequate and appropriate training relevant to the role they play within the business.

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