Archived HSE News items

October 2013

HSE Law Poster 'April 2014' Deadline

The new version of the health and safety law poster was published in 2009. If you have a copy of the 1999 version, you can continue to display it or give workers the equivalent leaflet until 5 April 2014, as long as it is readable and contains up-to-date contact details. After this date, you must use the new versions.

Changes to RIDDOR

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 have been introduced that clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers has been replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting

The changes affect all employers - including the self-employed. Information and guidance is available on the HSE website at: