The HSE have released the following guidance for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences, the guidance below will assist in deciding whether or not an exposure to Covid-19 is reportable or not:
When must I report:
You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when:
An unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.
A worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
What to report:
Read about RIDDOR regulation 7, Schedule 2 – Section 10 on legislation.gov.uk
If something happens at work which results in (or could result in) the release or escape of coronavirus you must report this as a dangerous occurrence. An example of a dangerous occurrence would be a lab worker accidentally smashing a glass vial containing coronavirus, leading to people being exposed.
Cases of disease:
If there is reasonable evidence that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 was likely exposed because of their work you must report this as an exposure to a biological agent using the case of disease report. An example of a work-related exposure to coronavirus would be a health care professional who is diagnosed with COVID-19 after treating patients with COVID-19.
How to report:
How can Agility Risk & Compliance help you:
Agility Risk & Compliance can help you determine if there is reasonable evidence that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 was likely exposed at their place of work and if you are required to report it.
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