Once you have familiarised yourself with the various regulations and rules around RIDDOR incidents, it is time to learn how to make a report should you be faced with a work-related incident. Only someone in control of the work premises, like a manager or employer, should fill out a RIDDOR report.
What report do I need to create?
RIDDOR reports are submitted directly through the HSE Executive website. The type of report you need to make will depend on the nature of the incident. The different forms relate to the:
- Report of an injury
- Report of a case of disease
- Report of flammable gas incident
- Report of a dangerous occurrence
- Report of a dangerous gas fitting
Reports can be made by telephone however they have to be in regards to major health and safety incidents.
Reports take the form of an online form, which is then added directly to the RIDDOR database.
What to Include in a RIDDOR report?
When filling out the RIDDOR report, you will have to give information on your company, yourself, and as much detail as you can about the incident in hand. Each report will be different but all will require you to give information on your companies industry and any other relevant information.
Best practice for filling out a RIDDOR report
- Always keep some kind of record of any RIDDOR report you make, this is a legal requirement. Once an incident has happened you should notify it through the HSE executive as quickly as possible.
- Keep in mind the when, where and who principle. Giving as much detail as possible will decrease the likelihood of a repeat incident. Try to give an idea of the chain of events leading up to the incident.
- When you are establishing what happened try to be as factual as possible. Approach the situation without bias and keep in mind all possible reasons for the incident occurring