Riddor Reporting Change 2012

Three Day to Seven Day Reporting
On 6th April 2012 the over three-day injury reporting requirement under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) changed.
Under RIDDOR, employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (i.e. the “responsible person”) have a duty to report serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).
The changes are the result of the HSE’s January 2011 consultation on the RIDDOR legislation, which in turn was initiated by Lord Young’s Common Sense, Common Safety report on health and safety in Britain (published in October 2010). It would recommend changes to RIDDOR in order to increase the period for reporting injuries.
As a result, the trigger point after which an injury must be reported to enforcing authorities increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation. This does not count the day on which the accident happened.
The HSE clarified that “incapacitation” means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work duties. HSE were eager to stress that employers responsibilities under RIDDOR, would still be required to keep a record of all over three-day injuries. The business accident book record will be enough. It should also be noted that the deadline by which an over seven-day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the day of the accident.
Prior to the changes in RIDDOR reporting system 6th April 2012.   When an employee is absent from work for more than 3 days following an incident, employers are required to report the injury to the relevant enforcing authority – either the HSE or the local council. The proposed amendment increases this ‘over-three-day’ period to over 7 consecutive days.  
Self Certification
The move to seven day reporting brings RIDDOR in line with the current Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)...