The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for COVID-19. This is an update to the coronavirus guidelines for reporting incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).
The guidance they have issued now states that you must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when:
- an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence
- a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
- a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.
What does this mean for businesses?
Direct RIDDOR Reporting From AssessNET
Riskex’s online health and safety software, AssessNET, has been updated with the new coronavirus RIDDOR guidelines.
The Incident Reporting module has a direct RIDDOR reporting function. This helps users determine whether an incident is RIDDOR reportable or not, and allows relevant authorised users to create full RIDDOR reports within AssessNET. These can then be sent automatically to the HSE for processing from within the module itself at a click of a button.
More detailed information regarding this change can be found here via the HSE website.