RIDDOR reporting presents challenges for those that are responsible for doing so within a care setting, but why? During such challenging times, care providers are understandably nervous about RIDDOR because of any follow up HSE prosecution or investigation. Some may consider it an admission of responsibility if any action is pursued.
Writing for ALARM, BLM Partners Edward Sainsbury and Peter James discuss the important steps of RIDDOR reporting, where there may be some ambiguity with guidelines and why it is so important to follow process during these circumstances as failure to do so is seen as an offence and could result in imprisonment or a heaty fine. They advise:
"RIDDOR stipulates that 'responsible persons' includes employers, the self employed and people in control of work premises. If a council funds a care package provided by a third party, employing carers providing domiciliary or residential care, that third party as the employer will have the responsibility of reporting under RIDDOR."
To read the full article from Edward and Peter as published in the October 2020 edition of stronger, ALARM’s member journal, please click here.
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