The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to reduce the amount of red tape surrounding the reporting of injuries at the workplace.

Managers will be able to benefit from a simplified version of the mandatory notification of workplace injuries but officials have maintained that there are certain aspects that will not change. The HSE said that fatal accidents, accidents to non-workers (members of the public) and accidents resulting in an employee being unable to perform their normal workload for over seven days would be unaffected by the changes.

A statement by the HSE explained that amendments to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 will help to "clarify and simplify the reporting requirements". It added that the information gathered through the new system will help to paint an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

The main adjustments to the current regulation will be the classification of 'major injuries' which will be replaced by a reduced list of 'specified injuries'. There will be fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' which will need reporting while the existing schedule which contains 47 different types of industrial disease will be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.

All amendments will be introduced from October 2013 and officials believe that reducing the need to report certain incidents will provide a net benefit to business of £5.9 million over the course of a decade. The information has been distributed to dutyholders and the final plans will be fully rolled out once approval has been gained from parliament.

RIDDOR was originally set up to ensure that site owners and employees reported any serious injury that happened on their premises. People who are self-employed as well as gas suppliers and engineers were involved to ensure that accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences, near misses, are reported to the right authority.

The changes coming into force in October are designed to simplify this process for anyone needing to file one of these reports.

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