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Further guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19


This HSE guidance is for the person reporting, usually the employer (known as the 'responsible person'). The HSE advise following the RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 guidance on what to report before using this detailed guidance.


It is recognised that these are not easy criteria to apply in the unusual circumstances presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This guidance gives further detail to help determine if a report is needed and provides some principles to use when assessing the information available and making a judgement.


The aim of the guidance is to help responsible persons determine whether reports need to be made.


It covers:

  • Dangerous Occurrences: What the law says.

    • Is the incident reportable as a dangerous occurrence?

  • Cases of disease, exposure to a biological agent: What the law says.

    • Reasonable evidence of occupational exposure.

    • Diagnosis.

  • Work-related deaths due to occupational exposure to a biological agent: What the law says.

    • Reasonable evidence of occupational exposure.

    • Cause of death.

    • Deaths following an existing case of disease report.


The guidance can be found here.

HSE June 2021

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