Good health and safety management within a business is
essential if you want to be compliant whilst also keeping your workers safe.
The RIDDOR regulations stipulate that you must make the necessary report when a
certain incident has occurred. Doing so will keep you compliant with the health
and safety executive and also provide valuable learnings that you can use to
improve your businesses health and safety.
In this article, we have a look at why it is important to
file a RIDDOR report if a reportable incident has occurred.
RIDDOR is the term applied to reports that need to be made in
certain situations in the workplace. They can involve dangerous near misses,
full-blown accidents and occupational injuries. It is worth noting that
occupational exposure to coronavirus and the subsequent contraction of COVID-19 are also now RIDDOR reportable in
Filling a RIDDOR report
provides a backlog of data for the Executive
It is easy to view RIDDOR as a regulatory obligation but it
does a lot of good for the betterment of health and safety. All reports are
kept on a database which can be used to compile data on current health and
safety performance on a national level. Contributing to this means your
business will be helping to provide the relevant information to authorities who
can then work out where the priority areas of improvement are in terms of
health and safety.
Making RIDDOR reports
will help you stay compliant
No company wants to be sued, and one of the ways that you can
avoid a costly legal battle is through filling RIDDOR reports where necessary.
This will keep your business compliant with the law and reduce the potential
exposure to lawsuits. Needless to say, this could save you money in the long
Spotting RIDDOR reports
can give you some valuable information
Another great benefit you could yield from proper RIDDOR
compliance is a better understanding of the shortcomings within your own
business in terms of safety. Having the RIDDOR reportable incidents within your
mind may open your eyes to the number of dangerous occurrences that may have
before gone unnoticed within an organisation. This will give you insights that
you can use to take action before incidents occur in the future.
Inform all necessary
employees on the basics of RIDDOR
Having a good understanding of RIDDOR throughout the
organization will help stop potential incidents slipping through the cracks.
Encourage internal development within your line managers and ensure they all
know how to fill out a RIDDOR reportable and spot a RIDDOR reportable incident.
This will increase the overall safety of your company.