Less accident reporting for firms
Posted Tue, 10 Apr 2012
Employers will no longer be obliged to fill out reports for injuries that keep an employee off normal duties for up to seven days.
This change from the previous three day limit, announced by the Government, will mean the saving of thousands of hours of form-filling every year.
Relatively minor incidents like cuts to hands and body will not now have to be logged with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
These changes are estimated to lead to 30% less accidents being reported - around 30,000 per year. This will allow businesses to save an estimated 10,000 hours a year, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Employment minister Chris Grayling said: "These changes are all about bringing common sense back to health and safety. We want less red tape for business, and these measures should save companies thousands of hours a year.
"We are freeing them from the burdens of unnecessary bureaucracy, while making sure serious incidents are properly investigated."
Copyright Press Association 2012