Riddor reports should cover mental injury

first_imgI write in response to the article “Snap Judgment” in the Julyissue. Reference is made to the reporting of violence under Riddor (Reporting ofInjuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995). There arelimitations, however. Where an incident has resulted in major injury, as per Riddorclassification, or more than three days absence, a report is made to the Healthand Safety Executive. But no report is needed in the case of a serious incident causingpost-traumatic stress. For example, in the instance of ram raids, armedrobbery, threats with knives or baseball bat, needlestick injury by anassailant claiming to be HIV or Hepatitis B positive, being sprayed with CS gasor being tied up and held hostage – no report is required, unless there ismajor physical injury. An incident involving an employee who had a gun put to his head and wasthreatened with his life would not be reported unless it met Riddor criteria.This is despite the fact he may have many weeks off work and persisting problemsdue to post-traumatic stress-related illness. In view of the HSE campaign to address workplace stress-related illness,perhaps it could review the Riddor reporting criteria to account for the impactof traumatic events. Until this happens the HSE and employers will not get a full picture of theextent and consequences of violence in the workplace. Name and address withheld Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Riddor reports should cover mental injuryOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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