Employee: All staff of RS Divers
Accident: Separate, identifiable, unintended incident
1.2 General Statement of Policy
RS Divers recognises its responsibility under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to "ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health safety and welfare at work of employees.,,
RS Divers will ensure, in compliance with sections 3(1) and 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations of 1995, that all incidents considered reportable will, within 10 days of the accident, be reported to the relevant enforcing body on a form approved for the purposes of this regulation, unless within that period the person responsible makes a report to the Executive by some other means so approved.
This policy sets out the RS Divers Policy regarding the reporting of RIDDoR related incidents.
2.1 Definition of RIDDOR
HSE Definition -'The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), places a legal duty on: employers, self-employed people and people in control of premises to report work-related deaths, major injuries or over-three-day injuries, work related diseases, and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents).
A minor injury (any injury with duration of less than three days) is not considered RIDDoR reportable unless involving a serious breach of health and safety protocols. In this case a report is issued as a dangerous occurrence.
Employers are made generally responsible by sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous occurrences Regulations 1995 for the health and sarety oritt of fheir employees and others who may be affected by their work activities. RS Divers must supply HSE of written notificatton, within 10 days of the event, of any incident covered in the Regulaiions (1995), inclusive of (but not limited to) occupational diseases, hazardous operation of machinery and'inluries sustained whilst undertaking manual handling. It is the responsibility of all staff to report incidents to their Supervisor within the timeframe specified in Section 3(2) of RIDDOR. It is then the responsibility of the Operatlons Director to forward reports to HSE.
2.3 Organisational Structures and Accountability
The Operations Director has overall responsibility for the reporting of RIDDOR incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and adhering to guidelines issued by the HSE in regards to RIDDOR 1995.
- Fully support the RIDDOR Policy;
- Ensure that their team as a whole is effective and efficient in the reporting of RIDDOR related incidents.
2.4 RIDDOR Procedure
The HSE RIDDOR website will be used by the Operations Director to report incidents direcfly.
Recordable Over 3 Day Injury
An over 3 Day Injury is one which is not major but results in the injured party b€lng away from work or unable to do their full range of normal duties for more than 3 Days.
Reportable over 7 Day Injuty
Accidents must be reported where they result in an employee being away from work or unable to perform their normal duties, for more than seven consecutive days as a result of their injury. This 7 day period does not include the day of the accident.
Non-fatal accidents to non-workers
Accidents to members of the public or other who are not at work must be reported if they result in an injury and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to the hospital for treatment for that injury.
Employees must report diagnosis of certain occupational diseases, where these are likely to have been caused or made worse by their work.
Dangerous occurrences are certain, specified. near-miss events. Not all such events require reporting. There are 27 categories of dangerous occuffences that are relevant to most work praces_ Fufther information on all of the above can be found at:
All RIDDOR Reportable Incidents should be recorded on the RS Divers Accident at work Form and sent to the Operations Supervisor within 24 hours.
2.5 Control Measures
It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that correct and accurate details are given regarding any RIDDOR reportable incidences.
Following any incident it is essential that the lessons leamed from the experience are used and that feedback is given. This is for the future prevention of any reoccurrence of a given hazard as much as is possible.
RS Divers recognises the importance of Training and Education in increasing awareness of risk and safety issues. All staff will receive information, instruction and supervision in relation to Health and Safety, Risk Management and RIDDOR Incident Handling.
These subjects are included on all induction courses for new employees.
3. POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
This policy is to be implemented through the procedures and arrangements established under RS Divers.
3.1 Breach of the Policy
Failure to comply with the principles of this policy or the support procedures and forms, could result in appropriate disciplinary action being taken against the employee.
3.2 Review of the Policy
This annual leave policy will be reviewed annually, in consultation with the relevant employees. The date of review will fall on March each year.
3.3 Dissemination of Policy
This policy will be made available to each employee upon commencement of work and additional copies made available on request.