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HSE incident reporting goes online only

Changes to the health and safety reporting regime mean only fatal and major injuries can now be reported over the phone to the Health and Safety Executive.

All other work related injuries and incidents reportable under health and safety rules must now be reported via one of seven online forums available via HSE’s website.

HSE director of strategy Trevor Carlile said the changes would not have a dramatic affect on reporting as more than half of reportable injuries are already notifed through the HSE site.

He said:  “The new forms are intuitive and quick and easy to complete.

“The most important thing is that there will still be somebody at the end of the phone to assist those who are reporting a traumatic event that has resulted in a death or major injury.”

The HSE’s Infoline telephone service which currently provides basic information to callers will end later this month.

From 30 September, those seeking information and official guidance will be directed to HSE’s website where they can access and download resources and use interactive web tools free of charge.

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