Reporting Of Injuries, Diseases And Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

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When there is an accident connected with work to either an employee or a member of the public, which involves death or being taken to hospital, then the employer must notify health and safety Executive (HSE) without delay. A completed accident form must follow this within 10 days. Failure to carry out these requirements is a criminal offence and may lead to prosecution. There is a long list of reportable diseases injuries and dangerous occurrences, but these include;

-Acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent, its toxins or infected material

-Certain poisonings, including mercury

-Electrical short circuit or overload causing fire or explosion

-Accidental release of any substance which may damage health.

The employer must keep a record of the event, which must include the date and method of reporting, the date, time and place of the event, personal details of those involved and a brief description of the nature of the event or disease.

These health and safety regulations produce site regulations within the organization, some of these site regulations are:

-Exit doors should not be blocked or egresses impeded from a space.

-Required exit doors must swing in direction of exit travel.

-Door wedges or items to hold open a door that is intended to be closed to prevent the spread of fire should not be used.

-Doors or objects that either swing or protrude into a hall, corridor or aisles shall not diminish the hall, corridor or aisle by more than one half its width.

-Tenant and rated fire walls shall be made smoke-tight up to the underside of roof deck.

-Maintain clear store aisle width at all times.

-Stock should not be placed closer than 18" from the bottom of a sprinkler...