To report or not to report? Not a line from a Shakespeare play but a regularly asked query by leisure operators and managers of web sites with visitors in relation to work-related accidents.
And there is a great cause for that – it isn’t simple at all.
To address this, RoSPA has worked with members of the Leisure Expert Panel, Environmental Wellness teams and other folks to generate a briefing sheet to help men and women correctly report work-connected injuries to the public.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Unsafe Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) is 1 of the subordinate regulations from the Health and Safety at Function etc 1974 and applies to both workers and members of the public.
There are three points which the Well being & Security Executive sets out for all RIDDOR reporting, along with an extra point for when a member of the public is involved. It highlights that deaths and injuries are to be reported to the HSE only when:
- there has been an accident which caused the injury
- the accident was perform-connected and
- the injury is of a kind which is
There is an additional requirement that when the injured individual is a member of the public they need to be taken directly to hospital from the premises for therapy for their injury in order to make the injury reportable.
There is a variety of factors involved in the above, requiring judgement from the duty holder. The interpretation of an accident causing injury and the work-connected tests are straightforward sufficient for the majority of operators but the decision as to regardless of whether the event is reportable and demands hospitalisation is problematic.
What need to operators do if there is an incident that does not result in injury?
These so-referred to as ‘dangerous occurrences’ – for instance, the unintentional release of chlorine gas in swimming and spa pools – are a widespread area of uncertainty.
Ultimately, the suggestions from the HSE is that the presence of a real, rather than notional, danger is the crucial point for duty holders to be aware of. The incident must be reported if it has the possible to result in injury or death.
More than 50 significant organisations had been consulted for the duration of the development of the guidance. Comments and concerns from members, particularly relating to the marginal circumstances, are welcome. The briefing sheet can be noticed Here