The documents have been a necessity since the introduction of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulation 1979. There are two versions available, one published by the government’s Stationery Office, and another by the Health and Safety Executive; both meet the requirements of the law mentioned and subsequent updates.
It is important to note that data protection laws mean that when a victim is entering the details of their accident they should not be able to access the details of previous accidents. Newer versions of the book have features such as tear-out sheets that comply with data protection laws.
Employers must keep a record of injuries that happen on your premises, or to employees working elsewhere on your behalf. An up to date accident book must be kept in an easily accessible place. However, all slips containing personal information should be detached and kept in safe storage (e.g. in a lockable filing cabinet).
The Accident Book and records must be stored in a safe place for 3 years. Some more serious accidents may have to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under RIDDOR regulations. Therefore, as well as keeping records in the accident book, the law says you must notify and report some injuries and deaths arising from accidents at work under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). This reporting must be done within specific times. Guidelines are set out on each page of the new accident book.
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