Occupational Health Disease cases reported under RIDDOR 2010-11 to 2015-16 - Table 5.12
Great Britain annual data 2010-11 to 2015-16 - RIDDOR(1) disease cases reported to ORR
Disease Type
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14 (2)
2014-15
2015-16
Carpal tunnel syndrome
4
0
2
2
4
1
Cramp in the hand or forearm due to repetitive movements
0
0
2
1
0
0
Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
34
95
97
74
80
29
Infectious disease due to biological agents
0
1
3
0
0
0
Occupational asthma
0
0
0
1
1
0
Occupational cancers
0
0
0
0
0
0
Occupational dermatitis
1
0
0
0
1
0
Tendonitis or tenosynovitis in hand or forearm
1
1
0
0
1
0
Total
40
97
104
78
87
30
Source:
RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and Office of Rail and Road
 
Publication schedule:
Published: 30 June 2016
Next publication date: TBA
 
 
 
Key results:
 

i) 2015-16 recorded the lowest RIDDOR disease cases since the start of the time series in 2010- 11 with 30 cases, a reduction of 65.5% on 2014-15.

ii) Harm and vibration syndrome accounts for 29 of the diseases reported, down from 80 in 2014-15, a fall of 63.8%. The only other recorded disease in 2015-16 was a case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
 
 

Notes and Methodology:
This measure comprises the number of RIDDOR reportable diseases reported through the Safety Management Information System (SMIS) and the Office of Rail Regulation webform. No further calculations are undertaken on the received data.
 
1) RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
Employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises are required by law to report specified workplace incidents, such as work-related deaths, major injuries, minor injuries (those causing more than seven day’s inability to carry out normal duties), certain listed occupational diseases, and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents). The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 came into force on 1st October 2013, replacing the previous 1995 RIDDOR Regulations. The 2013 Regulations introduced some important changes on reporting of occupational disease.  The list of reportable diseases, which we have used in the table above,  is shorter and simpler and the trigger for reporting diseases to ORR has changed. From 1 October 2013 reports are required not only for diagnoses of new symptoms (as in RIDDOR 1995) but also where symptoms have significantly worsened. This is a new requirement and is  likely to change the number of incident reports. Further guidance on these changes can be found at http://orr.gov.uk/what-and-how-we-regulate/health-and-safety/investigating-health-and-safety-incidents/reporting-riddor-incidents/reporting-occupational-diseases
 
2) The RIDDOR disease data in this table have been classified using the reporting criteria under RIDDOR 1995 for 1 April to 30 September 2013, and the revised reporting criteria under RIDDOR 2013 from 1 October 2013.
 
SMIS
The Safety Management Information System (SMIS) is the industry’s national database for the recording of safety related events that occur on the UK mainline rail network. Its use is mandatory for all Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings operating on Network Rail managed infrastructure. Further detail on SMIS can be found in RSSB's 2014-15 ASPR: http://www.rssb.co.uk/risk-analysis-and-safety-reporting/safety-intelligence/safety-performance-reports
 
Revisions:
There have been no revisions to this data set.
There are no proposed changes to this data set.
Timeliness/Punctuality:
The latest data in this release refers to 2015-16.
Other links:
Other occupational health tables and charts can be found here, http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/browsereports/5
and include the following:
- Occupational Health Manual handling and shock trauma incidents (lost time) by duty holder - table - Table 5.13
- Occupational Health Manual handling and shock trauma incidents (no_lost_time) by duty holder- table - Table 5.14
- Occupational Health Manual handling incidents (lost time) by duty holder - chart - Table 5.36
- Occupational Health Shock or trauma incidents (lost time) by duty holder - chart - Table 5.38
- Occupational Health Manual handling incidents (total) by duty holder - chart - Table 5.37
- Occupational Health Shock or trauma incidents (total) by duty holder - chart - Table 5.39
- Occupational Health Trends in mainline shock trauma data - chart - Table 5.41
- Occupational Health Trends in mainline manual handling data - chart - Table 5.40
- Occupational Health Trends in London Underground manual handling data - chart - Table 5.42
- Occupational Health Trends in London Underground shock trauma data - chart - Table 5.43
More details on occupational health within the rail industry can be found on the ORR website at: