what can you do to encourage your workers to follow RIDDOR regulations?

Getting employees to follow workplace regulations is not the most glamourous job for any health and safety professional, however, it is important as it can help in the reduction of incidents in the long run. The RIDDOR regulations are some of the most well known in the field of health and safety and since established in April of 1996 it has helped reduce the number of unreported workplace incidents, giving the Health and Safety Executive a better database on the total numbers regarding incidents that occur in UK workplaces.

The benefits of implementing RIDDOR mean ensuring it is followed within the relevant workplaces is essential. Here we break down some of the different methods you can adopt to try and increase the compliance of RIDDOR amongst the workers you are responsible for.

  • Influence the key decision-makers on health and safety

Getting buy-in from the board is an issue that many health and safety professionals must deal with, and if you have it makes your job a whole lot easier. Having the support of key decision-makers will give you the backing to implement your strategy for increasing the compliance with the RIDDOR regulations.

  • Reaffirm the RIDDOR incidents in regular meetings

Understanding the difference between a RIDDOR incident and other safety issues may be unclear to beginners, that’s why its crucial you educate your staff on the differences. This can be done through regular team meetings, both formal and informal to try and get members of staff on board.

  • Encourage and reward the following of RIDDOR regulations

It is often said that positive feedback is much more effective than negative feedback. If you tell someone they have done something wrong, the combative and defensive part of the brain activates, however, if you encourage someone positively, the more cooperative and problem-solving parts of the brain come to the front. This is important when considering the implementation of RIDDOR.

Whenever a worker does correctly submit a RIDDOR report, give them praise and encouragement. Make this praise and encouragement visible so others can follow their lead. This can go some way to creating a positive safety culture.

  • Make RIDDOR reporting part of the culture

RIDDOR is viewed by many as part of the ‘boring area’ of health and safety, and whilst there is a strong focus on compliance, it is still very important. To reduce the total time, you spend monitoring RIDDOR, you should try your best as a safety professional to make following it ingrained into the culture. This will allow you to spend more time focusing on how your health and safety management can be improved. Fostering RIDDOR in a strong culture starts with the positive reinforcement shown in point 3.

Educate your staff on the importance of RIDDOR

If your still unable to get through to certain team members on the importance of following RIDDOR, try pointing them in the direction of online tools detailing the use and benefits of the regulations. This coupled with regular monitoring will help them to understand the need to follow RIDDOR regulations through education.