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
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
- 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
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
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.