What is the RIDDOR Working Group?
A group of experts brought together to agree standard criteria for reporting unsafe gas work under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 known as RIDDOR.
This issue was first raised at the Large Business Forum (LBF) and was subsequently picked up by a dedicated working group including representatives from: the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Gas Safe, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), British Gas, Cadent, Corgi, E.ON, HomeServe, Ideal boilers and National Grid.
Why is standard criteria required?
Currently there are two distinct approaches used to determine when gas work should be reported under RIDDOR.
To report all situations that are classified as Immediately Dangerous (ID)
To report all situations that meet the RIDDOR definition of dangerous, this being that the situation “has caused or is likely to cause death, unconsciousness or taking to hospital of a person.”
Some gas professionals argue that all ID situations should be reported in order to comply with RIDDOR. However, others argue that not all ID situations are “likely to cause death, unconsciousness or taking to hospital of a person” and that the purpose of classifying a situation as ID is to ensure an appropriate response from engineers and customers. They also argue that using approach 1 to determine when gas work should be reported will to lead to an unnecessary increase in reports under RIDDOR.
The agreement and publication of standard criteria confirming when a RIDDOR report is to be submitted concerning unsafe gas work. This criteria should then be applied across industry.