Changes to HSE incident reporting have come into place

From today (12th September 2011) new incident reporting arrangements to the Health & Safety Executive have come into place.

From now on, only fatal and major injuries and incidents will be able to be reported by phone to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with all other work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR are to be reported via one of a suite of seven online forms available on the HSE’s website.

The seven online RIDDOR reporting forms will be:

F2508 Report of an injury
F2508 Report of a Dangerous Occurrence
F2508A Report of a Case of Disease
OIR9B Report of an Injury Offshore
OIR9B Report of a Dangerous Occurrence Offshore
F2508G1 Report of a Flammable Gas Incident
F2508G2 Report of a Dangerous Gas Fitting

HSE’s Infoline telephone service which currently provides a basic information service to callers will end later this month. Instead, from 30 September, those seeking information and official guidance will be directed to the HSE’s website – which contains a large collection of information and downloadable resources.

Various improvements have been made to HSE’s website to coincide with the closure of Infoline. There is clearer information on what HSE does and doesn’t do, so people can check that the HSE is the right organisation to assist them, and expanded ‘question & answer’ sections for the most frequent health and safety enquiries such as those on RIDDOR reporting and First Aid.

HSE looks set to implement cost recovery, how will this affect you?

The HSE recently outlined its plans to start charging businesses that aren’t fulfilling their legal requirements, and it now looks certain that these plans will come into force in April 2012.

Previously, if you were found to be non-compliant with the law, you would expect an enforcement notice, a prohibition notice, or a letter from an inspector. These would state that you would have to take action to rectify the situation. If you fulfil the requirements of the document, that is the end of the matter. However, in future the inspectors will still serve the notices and letters, but in addition will also include a bill to cover for their time.

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