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Coronavirus – a reportable disease

Coronavirus / 21 April 2020

Coronavirus illness and possible exposure must be reported under RIDDOR where it is work-related

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed a new legal reporting requirement under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).  You’ll find details on the link.

This applies when a worker has been diagnosed as having Covid-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work.  Such cases of actual ill health must be reported as a reportable disease.   Also, where there is an unintended incident at work which has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus, then this must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.  The HSE provides an example of a dangerous occurrence where a lab worker accidentally smashes a glass vial containing coronavirus, leading to people being exposed.

All employers should familiarise themselves with the reporting forms which are available on the HSE’s website.  We anticipate Hospital Trusts, residential care providers, and those working to provide essential utilities will need to make reports over the next few days and weeks.  Be aware of the time limits for reporting.

If you need help completing the report form or want a better understanding of the new requirement then do get in touch.


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