Dealing with health and safety incidents
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Dealing with health and safety incidents

The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with health and safety incidents
  • Dealing with incidents
  • Key staff members
  • Developing procedures
  • Testing your procedures

This Practice Note provides information on investigating, handling and reporting health and safety incidents.

Dealing with incidents

An organisation has a duty to maintain records and to report certain incidents such as serious injuries, death, disease or dangerous occurrences.

For information about regulatory requirements concerning health and safety incidents, please refer to Practice Note: Dealing with health and safety incidents—regulatory requirements.

Key staff members

Ensure that the person (or team of people) with overall responsibility for health and safety is of sufficient seniority to enable them to lead the assessment and management process and oversee any measures put in place—see Practice Note: Dealing with health and safety incidents—regulatory requirements.

Depending on the size and the nature of the business, an organisation may need to appoint other staff members to ensure it meets its health and safety duties. Any person(s) appointed to take on a particular role within the organisation should have attended appropriate training to ensure that they have the necessary skills and experience to perform the role.

Where possible, health and safety practice should be integrated into the organisation’s business. All relevant members of staff should understand their own responsibilities in relation to their particular work areas. In particular, staff members should be reminded of their personal responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and of other people around them

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