Health and Social Care Essay

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Health and Safety Executive Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences in health and social care Guidance for employers HSE information sheet Introduction This information sheet gives guidance on how the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) apply to the health and social care sector. It is aimed at employers and others in health and social care, who have a duty to report under RIDDOR. RIDDOR requires employers and others to report deaths, certain types of injury, some occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences that ‘arise out of or in connection with work’. Generally, this covers incidents where the work activities, equipment or environment (including how work is carried out, organised or supervised) contributed in some way to the circumstances of the accident. RIDDOR reports alert enforcing authorities to events and helps them to decide whether to investigate serious incidents. Reports enable HSE or local authorities (the ‘enforcing authorities’) to identify where and how health and safety risks arise, reveal trends and help target activities. Some incidents are not reportable under RIDDOR. But this does not mean that the general provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (‘the HSW Act’) do not apply. Depending on the circumstances, the enforcing authority may decide it is appropriate to investigate such incidents. This is more likely to arise where serious management failures have contributed to, or had the potential to cause, death or serious injury. Health Services Information Sheet No 1 (Revision 3) their normal duties for more than seven days (see Section 2); ■■ accidents which result in a person not at work (eg a patient, service user, visitor) suffering an injury and being taken directly to a hospital for treatment, or if the accident happens at a hospital, if they suffer a

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