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Industrial Health and Safety

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 44377, tabled on 7 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of improving the data collected on workplace deaths using the RIDDOR system.

Answered on

10 September 2021

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) places a legal duty on responsible persons (usually employers in relation to employees) to report certain incidents at work (including work- related fatalities) to the relevant Enforcing Authority (HSE or Local Authority). The regulations apply to all sectors and workplaces in Great Britain.

The Regulations were amended in 2013 as a result of recommendations made by Professor Lofstedt in his 2011 report “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation” to simplify reporting requirements.

The Regulations are reviewed every 5 years to ensure that they remain appropriate and fit for purpose. The Regulations were last reviewed in 2018 and no recommendations were made in relation to the reporting of work- related fatalities.

HSE has produced web-based guidance to support responsible persons in making judgements about what needs to be reported under RIDDOR. This guidance is also reviewed on a regular basis with reporting requirements routinely communicated to duty holders via targeted media activity.

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