Accidents in the workplace

Businesses must record all accidents in a suitable log book. They must record accidents of staff and the public.

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

All businesses with 10 or more employees must use an approved format of Accident Book (code B1510). This is also recommended for smaller businesses. It costs £7.63 (£9.16 inc. VAT) from the following outlets:

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

Investigating accidents

Employers must investigate accidents and near misses. They should use lessons learnt to improve their risk management.