The HSE has clarified the guidance around occurrences of COVID-19 being a reportable incident.
These are the current guidelines relating to COVID-19.
A report under RIDDOR must be submitted:
- If an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This would be classified as a dangerous occurrence.
An example of this would be if a lab worker accidentally smashed a vial containing coronavirus thus leading to potential exposure.
- If a worker has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and there is evidence that it’s likely to have been contracted by exposure at work. This would be reported as a case of the disease.
For example, if a healthcare worker is diagnosed with COVID-19 after treating patients with COVID-19.
- If a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.
To be clear, an outbreak of something akin to COVID-19 would always have been a RIDDOR reportable incident and no RIDDOR laws or guidelines have been changed. The specific information about how to report on coronavirus outbreaks or suspicions thereof have simply been