British businesses have been reminded about new incident reporting arrangements that were introduced starting September 12, according to information from Health and Safety Executive HSE
Only fatal and major injuries and incidents will be able to be reported by phone to the HSE, with all other work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR to be reported via one of a suite of seven online forms available on the HSE website. (WCxKit)
According to Trevor Carlile, director of HSE of Strategy, "This should not be a significant change for many, as more than half of reportable injuries are already notified to HSE through the website. The new forms are intuitive, quick, and easy to complete. The most important thing is that there will still be somebody at the end of the phone to assist those who are reporting a traumatic event that has resulted in a death or major injury.”
Later this month, the HSE Infoline telephone service currently providing basic information services to callers will end. Instead, from September 30, those seeking information and official guidance will be directed to the HSE website – a huge knowledge bank where they can access and download resources and use interactive web tools free of charge. Various improvements have been made to the HSE website to coincide with the closure of Infoline. (WCxKit)
There is clearer information on what HSE does and does not do, so people can check that HSE is the right organization to assist them, and expanded'question & answe' sections for the most frequent health and safety enquiries such as those on RIDDOR reporting and First Aid.
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