Accidents in the workplace

Businesses must record all accidents experienced by staff or visitors, in a suitable log book.

The record should include the:

  • date
  • method of reporting
  • time
  • place of the event
  • personal details of the affected party
  • a description of the nature of the event or disease

Accident books

An approved loose-leaf format of Accident Book (code B1510) must be used for all businesses with 10 or more employees. This is also recommended for smaller establishments. Copies are obtainable for £7.34 (£8.81 inc. VAT) from the following outlets:

  • all good bookshops
  • The Stationery Office
  • HSE Books

A copy of completed accident reports should be kept on-site for at least 3 years.

Investigating accidents

Accidents and near misses should be investigated appropriately by the employer, and the lessons learnt used to improve their risk management systems.

Harrow community safety service

Address: Harrow Council
PO Box 18