Most types of injuries and illnesses will have to be reported online, HSE said.

HSE Shifts Injury Reporting Online

The exception is that businesses still will be able to report fatal and major incidents and injuries by phone, however.

Beginning Sept. 12, most work-related injuries and illnesses required to be reported under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly online system and must use one of seven forms available on HSE's website.

The exception is that businesses still will be able to report fatal and major incidents and injuries by phone, however, the Health and Safety Executive recently announced.

"More than half of reportable injuries are already notified to HSE through the website," said Trevor Carlile, HSE's director of Strategy, "and this proportion has been increasing steadily over the past seven years. Taking advantage of the growing use of the Internet allows HSE to be more efficient in the way it works. We do recognize, however, that people reporting a traumatic event still need that personal interaction, so the notification of fatal and major incidents and injuries will still take place by phone."

In connection with the change, HSE's Infoline telephone service -- a basic information service -- will cease Sept. 30.

Like www.osha.gov, the HSE site racks up huge audience numbers. The agency said it currently receives 26 million annually -- 100 times more visitors than Infoline has callers -- and is rated "very good" or "good" by 93 percent of its users.

The seven online RIDDOR reporting forms are:

  • F2508, Report of an injury
  • F2508, Report of a dangerous occurrence
  • F2508A, Report of a case of disease
  • OIR9B, Report of an injury offshore
  • OIR9B, Report of a dangerous occurrence offshore
  • F2508G1, Report of a flammable gas incident
  • F2508G2, Report of a dangerous gas fitting

A Q&A about the reporting changes is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/hse-iccqa.htm.

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