Employers must make sure that all injuries, regardless of how minor they
may appear, are recorded in an accident book
This is in addition to the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), to report incidents. It is good practice to record in the
accident book any incidents involving injuries or illness, which have occurred at work, and not
just those reported under RIDDOR; as this is a valuable part of any business's
management of health and safety.
Various publishers produce accident books that have removable forms in
them, so that any individual recording an accident is unable to read
details of the previous records; so as to comply with data protection
Most of the accident books also contain some basic first aid guidance, as
well as information about employers’ duties under RIDDOR, and should be
kept at a central location on the premises.
All companies with ten or more employees are legally required to keep an
accident book under the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979.
Previous legislation, which requires certain other companies to keep an accident book,
remains in force. All accidents in the workplace must be recorded in the book and records must
be kept for a minimum of three years after the last recorded entry. Consideration should be
given to developing and implementing a suitable internal accident reporting and recording
process; as this can help identify accident trends and possible areas for improvement in the
control of health and safety risks.
straight forward health and safty advice