RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
These are regulations implemented in the UK that require certain work-related injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) by employers, self-employed people, and individuals in control of work premises..
In 2021/22, an estimated 565,000 injuries occurred at work and 1.8 million working people were suffering from a new or ongoing work-related illness. RIDDOR, then, is in place to keep you and your colleagues safe at work.
The legislation is important because it holds employers responsible for negligence or bad working behaviours. In practice, this encourages people to follow health and safety procedures in the workplace, which helps to prevent accidents.
Failure to comply can result in hefty fines as noted in 2011 when Tesco was fined £34k for simply not following essential procedures at two stores.
Further details can be found at the HSE website.
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