RIDDOR Reporting – COVID-19 – Advice for Employers


15th April 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued specific advice on RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) reporting in relation to COVID-19.

A RIDDOR report must be submitted in the following circumstances:

1. An unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus.

This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.

Dangerous occurrences are reportable under Regulation 7 of RIDDOR. In the context of Covid-19, a dangerous occurrence would be where an incident at work results in (or could result in) the release or escape of coronavirus

2. A worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work.

This must be reported as a case of disease.

Occupational exposure to a biological agent is reportable as a case of disease under Regulation 9(b) of RIDDOR. Where there is reasonable evidence that someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 was exposed as a result of their work, this must be reported to the HSE as an exposure to a biological agent.

3. A worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.

In the event of a death arising from work-related exposure to coronavirus (and this is confirmed in writing as the likely cause of death by a registered medical practitioner), this must be reported to the HSE as a death due to exposure to a biological agent under Regulation 6(2) of RIDDOR. Work related fatalities must be report to the HSE by the quickest practicable means and without delay. A RIDDOR report must be sent to HSE within 10 days of the incident.

A RIDDOR report can be made online here.

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