Freedom of Information Request

RIDDOR Reporting

Received: 3 April 2023

I am conducting research, as part of my MSc in Environmental Health Dissertation at the University of the West of England, into the effectiveness of the current RIDDOR reporting system and the impact of the Covid-19 years on RIDDOR reporting and investigation. Please pass this request to teams who deal with handling RIDDOR reports, and business information.

The information I am requesting relates to the RIDDOR reports submitted to your local authority by businesses in your jurisdiction via the HSE portal. Most likely these will be handled by your Environmental Health Department or Food, Health and Safety Team.

The active business (i.e. anyone trading in goods or services, to whom RIDDOR Regulations apply to, including school, hospital, sole traders, etc) information by year relates to the total number of businesses which were actively operating in your jurisdiction as of 31 March each year. This information will most likely be held by your business rates team or similar.

To assist my research, I would be grateful if you could provide the following data from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2023:

* Total number of RIDDOR reports processed each month, broken down as follows:
o the number of RIDDOR reports received which were:
 confirmed as RIDDOR reportable once reviewed
 confirmed as not RIDDOR reportable once reviewed
 recorded as unknown or left blank on your database
* For the RIDDOR reports above which were confirmed as RIDDOR reportable once reviewed (for a given month), please specify how many of those resulted in the following actions:
o Investigation / decision to investigate
o No investigation / decision not to investigate
o Total notices served, also specifying their breakdown:
 Improvement notice served
 Prohibition notice served
o Total cautions and prosecutions, also specifying their breakdown:
 Simple caution issued
 Prosecution sought
* Total number of active businesses in your local authority for each year.

Please provide the requested information electronically (to xxx using the attached xlsx template (columns A to Q). I am more than happy to share my research with you; please provide contact details. Please note that any data that is not held, or produced from your database, will be noted as part of the research findings as 'not able to produce' or 'not recorded'.

Outcome / Documents

  • 9541824 RIDDOR data 2012-2023  - application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet - Download
  • Response (some exempt) - application/pdf - Download