There are certain serious incidents that must be reported to the enforcing authorities (HSE in the University's case) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. The regulations lay down the requirements concerning the reporting of defined work-related injuries, dangerous occurrences and diseases which enables the HSE to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents.
University policy describes the actions to be taken within the University to comply with RIDDOR, including the latest changes that came into force on 6 April 2012.
The scope of the reporting procedure includes injuries and occupational ill-health to persons on University property and to those in other locations engaged in activities related to the University. It applies to employees and non-employees, i.e. students, members of the public, and visitors.
(Please note: reporting of serious incidents to contractors engaged on our premises is the responsibility of the contractor's employer.)
If an accident occurs, please note that the first priority must be to render first aid, take remedial action to deal with injuries and render the situation safe.
Then, for certain serious accidents the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) must be notified immediately as an Inspector may wish to have the opportunity to visit the scene as soon as possible, before anything significant has been disturbed. Schools and Departments should report such incidents to the Safety Office who will liaise with HSE.
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