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RIDDOR and Dental Practices

RIDDOR and Dental Practices


Our members often ask us what is RIDDOR and how does RIDDOR affect dental practices. All employers and people in control of work premises are required to report and keep records of certain accidents and incidents identified by RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). From 1 October 2013 the regulations were amended to simplify reporting of workplace injuries and the HSE published new guidance on it.

CODE incorporated the RIDDOR changes into the module on Accident Reporting (M 252), which is available to members. There is also an annual accident reporting review automatically scheduled into the iComply calendar.

The recent RIDDOR changes relevant to dental practice owners and managers are in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers has been replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting and most of them are unlikely or impossible to take place in dental practices – train collisions, overhead electric line accidents and so on

The changes do not alter the duties and responsibilities already placed on employers. For example, businesses still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

Reporting requirements that have not changed:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days

More information

Guidance is available from the Health and Safety Executive http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/index.htm