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RIDDOR – make the 3-day rule a 5-day rule & link it to the new “fit note”

Comment 2nd July 2010

The Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurances Regulations1995 currently forces employers to notify the HSE if an employee is absent from work for more than 3 days as a result from an accident.

Change this 3 day requirement to 5 days to match the Self Certification process.

Also, automatically link the new "fit note" process to the RIDDOR process, so that when a fit note is issued by a GP for a work-related injury then an automatic RIDDOR notification is sent to the HSE.

Why does this matter?

This change would reduce the burden on the HSE so that they could focus on the more serious issues. It would reduce the burden on business in terms of reporting. It would reduce the number of compensation claims, as a RIDDOR is often perceived to equal a claim.

Anyone can self-certify their absence for up to 5 days without having to see a GP. The idea that the HSE need to be notified when an unqualified person is self certifying their injury is absurd.

Linking the Fit Note to RIDDOR automatically would give a much better representation of the true picture of workplace injuries. How many employers REALLY report a RIDDOR when their employee comes back in on light duties? Virtually none. By automatically linking the Fit Note to RIDDOR the true number would be brought to light and the focus could be concentrated on getting Britain off the sick and back to work.

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