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Is coronavirus (COVID-19) a reportable disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)?

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Published on LexisPSL on 23/04/2020

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  • Is coronavirus (COVID-19) a reportable disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)?

Is coronavirus (COVID-19) a reportable disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)?

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), SI 2013/1471 sets out a scheme by which various deaths, injuries and occupational diseases which occur in the workplace are to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The purpose of RIDDOR is to enable the HSE to ascertain where and how risks arise in the workplace and whether they need to be investigated.

With certain limited exceptions, health and safety legislation applies to all ‘employers’ and ‘undertakings’ regardless of where work is conducted. As employers and undertakings have sought to follow Government guidance on ‘Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)’, many people have now been instructed to work from home wherever possible. For these people, the home has now become the ‘workplace’—health and safety legislation continues to apply to those working from home.

For the purpose of this Q&A, in order to be reportable under RIDDOR the incident must be:

  1. a ‘work-related accident that causes injury’, or

  2. an ‘occupational disease’, or

  3. a reportable ‘dangerous occurrence

Work related accident that causes injury

‘Work-related’ accident means an accident arising out of or in connection with work. See RIDDOR, SI 2013/1471, reg 2.

The HSE has published guidance on its website making it clear that an accident at work is not

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