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Recent changes to RIDDOR

Following on from the changes to the RIDDOR regulations by extending the notification period from 3 days to 7 days, the HSE have now reviewed the “notifiable Diseases” section and remove most diseases except those that are related to occupational health issues.

The most common ‘notifiable’ diseases are:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools
  • Cramp of the hand or forearm: where the person’s work involves prolonged periods of repetitive movement of the fingers, hand or arm (Includes display screens and computer keyboards)
  • Occupational dermatitis: where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known skin sensitiser or irritant
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome: where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools, or holding materials subject to percussive processes, or processes causing vibration
  • Occupational asthma: where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known respiratory sensitiser
  • Tendonitis or tenosynovitis: in the hand or forearm, where the person’s work is physically demanding and involves frequent, repetitive movement (RSI again possibly due to computer keyboard or mouse use)
  • Mesothelioma or lung cancer in a person who is occupationally exposed to asbestos fibres
  • Cancer of the nasal cavity or sinuses in a person who is occupationally exposed to wood dust. (Hard woods are the most dangerous)
  • Silicosis Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays. Usually associated builders who cut these materials without damping them down first and or wearing the correct breathing protection.

This takes some of the pressure off businesses in this area of health and safety  but should you have any concerns about the RIDDOR regulations please contact Atlantic Bridge.

For more detailed information on this area follow this link http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/occupational-diseases.htm