1. On 6th April 2012 changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) come into force. The change implements one of the recommendations made in Lord Young’s report "Common Sense, Common Safety".

From April there will no longer be a requirement to report work-related injuries to employees that result in over three days incapacity for work. Employers must however continue to keep records of any work related injuries that fall into this category.

The revised regulations include a new requirement to report injuries that lead to an employee’s absence or an inability to continue with their normal job for more than seven days.

The existing requirement to report fatal and major injuries to workers, injuries to members of the public, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrence remain unchanged. Peninsula's guidance on the regulations is being revised and will be available shortly to clients on the BusinessWise computer application.

2. Also on 6th April, regulations which will allow the Health and Safety Executive to recover costs for enforcement action are due to come into force. The full details of the regulatory requirement and the charging scheme have yet to be made public. The Executive is planning to recover their full costs (currently around £125 per hour) of enforcement action taken against employers. This includes cases taken to court, prohibition and improvement notices and also formal letters of advice. 

We will make further information and details of this scheme available to our clients just as soon as it is published by the authorities.