COVID-19 & the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
Published on: 1st February 2022 | Updated on: 20th September 2023
This is to remind contractors that the Health and Safety Executive has issued new guidance setting out what events relating to COVID-19 must be reported under RIDDOR.
There is no requirement under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) to report incidents of disease or deaths of members of the public, patients, care home residents or service users from COVID-19.
The reporting requirements relating to cases of, or deaths from, COVID-19 under RIDDOR apply only to occupational exposure, that is, as a result of a person’s work.
Employers should only make a report under RIDDOR when one of the following circumstances applies:
- an accident or incident at work has, or could have, led to the release or escape of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence
- a person at work (a worker) has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 attributed to an occupational exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a case of disease
- a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a work-related death due to exposure to a biological agent
The full guidance can be accessed here : https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/riddor/index.htm