HSE clarifies ‘RIDDOR’ process for reporting of Coronavirus incidents

HSE’s weekly bulletin, issued today Wednesday 8th April, provides clarification on when to use RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) reporting for Coronavirus incidents.

“You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when:

  • an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence
  • a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
  • a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.”

Further details and examples can now be found on HSE’s website.

The bulletin also announced the release of a joint Statement between HSE, the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The parties have recognised concerns from workers, employers and unions about safe working during this unprecedented global pandemic and have sought to clarify their position. You can read the full statement here.