08 April, 2020
Following on from the recent article on COVID-19 Risk assessments, the Health & Safety Executive, have provided further guidance on the reporting requirements under 'The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013' (RIDDOR).
A report should only be made under the RIDDOR regulations when:
Employees working on the frontline whether in hospital, care homes, supermarkets, public transport, health care or medical research settings are likely to be most at risk of exposure to this virus, and we have sadly seen many an example of this in recent weeks.
It is essential that Covid-19 specific risk assessments are undertaken by employers as detailed in the previous article. Where a risk of exposure is inevitable or possible, the nature of the risk needs to be determined, and steps taken to reduce foreseeable risks, whether by the implementation of additional control measures, adapted safer systems of work, and the free provision of medically advised "fit for purpose" Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) . As ever, PPE is to be used as a last resort.
Source: HSE - www.hse.gov.uk/news/riddor-reporting-coronavirus.htm.