HSE changes incident reporting procedure

Companies will now be able to report non-fatal and minor workplace injuries online through a new service launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The organisation believes the changes, which come into force on September 12th, will make the system more efficient, while ensuring that businesses fully comply with health and safety law.

"We do recognise, 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," explained Trevor Carlile, HSE's director of strategy.

He revealed that more than half of injuries that need to be reported are already logged using the HSE website, which has steadily increased over the past seven years.

Employers have a legal responsibility to do what is necessary to protect the health and safety of their employees and visitors, which includes determining how many first aiders are needed.

Published on: May 13, 2011

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