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Confusion Relating to RIDDOR Reporting COVID-19 Infections in the Workplace

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BY Michelle Sneyd
Health & Safety

We have received numerous enquiries relating to the above. Douglas Cameron our Head of Health and Safety Services has offered the following simple advice:

“Easier to state when such an infection would be reportable, where cause and the diagnosis of the illness is attributed to an occupational exposure to coronavirus.

I ask myself the following questions:

  • Did the person’s actual work present an increased risk of becoming exposed to coronavirus?
  • Was there an incident that led to an increased risk of exposure?
  • Did the person’s work directly brought them into contact with coronavirus hazard where there were no control measures as expected by industry sector guidance e.g. social distancing, sanitisation procedures, face coverings, specific PPE etc.

Test results are sufficient as evidence without the normal requirement for Industrial related diseases to be confirmed by a medical practitioner

In short unless we can definitely relate to the questions as the source above it is not reportable”.

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