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Health and Safety

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many prosecutions for breach of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations the Health and Safety Executive successfully undertook in each of the last five years; (100804)

(2) what plans the Health and Safety Executive has to tackle non-compliance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully undertaken the following number of prosecutions for breach of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 in each of the last five years:

Number

2001-02

34

2002-03

10

2003-04

20

2004-05

7

2005-06 (provisional)

9

Total

80

The Health and Safety Commission considered the outcome of the fundamental review of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 in July 2006 and directed HSE to make improvements to streamline and simplify the reporting process and its communication, particularly from the point of view of small and medium sized businesses. This should encourage compliance.

The HSE is now implementing arrangements to make clear to business that reporting can be simple, drawing attention to the user-friendly telephone reporting facility. New website and other publicity material will be available early next year.