It has been two weeks since the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) implemented the revised versions of two regulations to give businesses a helping hand when it comes to complying with the law.

The amends to regulations make it easier for businesses to comply with health and safety – which can only be a good thing for employees.

From 1 October, HSE enforced regulations providing greater flexibility for managing the provision of first aid training and the simplified reporting of workplace injuries.

First Aid regulation changes

In a bid to “put common sense back into health and safety” and reduce the burden on businesses of all sizes and from all sectors, the Health and Safety Regulations 1981 was amended so that HSE no longer have to approve first aid training and qualifications.

Andy McGrory, HSE’s policy lead for First Aid, said: “Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and first aid training that is right for their work place, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs.

“Employers still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.”

Changes to RIDDOR

Amendments to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 have been introduced with a view to simplifying the reporting of workplace accidents.

The main changes include:

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

Dave Charnock, HSE policy lead for the revisions to RIDDOR, commented: “The principles of what must be recorded remain largely unchanged – everything that is reportable must also be recorded (other than gas events), together with over-3-day lost time accidents.

“The aim is to simplify and clarify reporting requirements, whilst ensuring that a useful supply of information is retained, to provide sufficient data for HSE and others to act in a risk-based manner, and to enable European and international obligations to be met.”

If you are an employee, you don’t need to act on what you’ve just read – just rest assured that the changes are in your best interest and continue to exercise caution in the workplace to avoid accidents as far as possible.

The simplified reporting of accidents may make the process faster and more efficient, which will be a big help in the event you wish to make an accident at work claim.