How to Report Accidents to RIDDOR

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a governing body in the United Kingdom that deals with workplace safety issues. If you become sick or are injured on the job, your employer is obligated to report the incident to HSE. This regulation is called RIDDOR, short for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. There are several ways in which a RIDDOR report can be filed.

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Things you need

  • Accident report forms or log
  • Workplace address
  • Local authority information
  • Personal information of injured party

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    Determine whether the incident that has occurred at your workplace is reportable. If you are an employer or a manager in charge of a department or office, get useful guidance from HSE about the details reportable cases (see Resources). All injuries, deaths and illnesses that were sustained at work and keep employees away from their jobs for at least 3 days must legally be reported under RIDDOR.

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    Fill out your own company's accident log or report and keep a copy of the information, as it is the same information you must submit to RIDDOR.

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    Obtain a letter from your employee's doctor if someone who works for you is diagnosed with a work-related medical condition that must be reported. Some of the conditions that are reportable include skin and lung disease, poisoning and hepatitis.

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    Have all of the facts in front of you when you report your case to RIDDOR. You will need your organisation name and address, the name and address of the person who has been injured and the location within your company where the injury occurred.

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    Choose the format you want to use to report your incident to RIDDOR. You can use an online report form, e-mail the RIDDOR office at or call in a report at 0845 300 99 23 (Monday through Friday for phone calls) (see Resources).

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