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Changes to RIDDOR & Health and safety classroom checklist

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Changes to 'Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations RIDDOR (1995)'

From 1 October 2013, new regulations revoke and replace the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations RIDDOR (1995) to clarify the requirements for informing enforcing authorities about serious work-related accidents and incidents.

The classification of "major injuries" to workers is replaced with a shorter list of specified injures (RIDDOR 2013 regulation 4). The schedule of 47 types of industrial disease has been replaced with eight categories of reportable occupational diseases (RIDDOR 2013 regulations 8 and 9). 

A brief guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations RIDDOR (2013) can be viewed here. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also published an information sheet which gives guidance on how these regulations apply to schools. 

The information sheet gives practical guidance to schools about what they need to report and how to do it. Finally, there are also changes to first aid requirements. 

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981) have been amended to remove the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive to approve first-aid training and qualifications. The HSE guide to RIDDOR has been updated to reflect the changes to reporting procedures from 6 April 2012. 

This new guide includes changes to the over-three-day reporting requirement under regulation 3(2) that became law on 6 April 2012 and means employers only have to report injuries that lead to an absence from normal duties of over-seven-days.

However, details of the over-three-day injuries listed in the new Schedule 4 to the regulations must still be formally recorded. The HSE website, and the guidance, both make it clear that "Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.”

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Classroom checklist

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published an information checklist for classrooms. Members of the EIS can use this checklist to help ensure ordinary classrooms meet minimum health and safety standards. It has been designed to be helpful and quick and easy to use but there is no obligation on staff to use it. 

If an issue is not relevant to a classroom, simply mark it as ‘N/A’ (not applicable) and move to the next question.

Please note that the checklist does not cover drama and sports facilities or specialist classrooms, including laboratories, art, IT, design and technology facilities or pupil referral rooms.

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