Management information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease reports

Made by employers to HSE and Local Authorities since 10 April 2020

Where a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence to suggest that it was caused by occupational exposure, employers are required to report the case to the relevant enforcing authority under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

Latest published figures up to week ending 18 September 2021 show:

Total suspected occupational COVID-19 reports made by employers to the Enforcing Authorities, 10 April 2020 to 18 Septemer 2021

Month Number of reports
Apr (part) 2053
May 3793
Jun 1856
Jul 809
Aug 534
Sep 1105
Oct 2612
Nov 3704
Dec 4040
Jan 5710
Feb 4183
Mar 1711
Apr 690
May 344
Jun 590
Jul 741
Aug 703
Sep (part) 526

Total suspected occupational COVID-19 reports made by employers to the Enforcing Authorities, 21 March 2021 to 18 September 2021

Week commencing Number of reports
21 Mar 230
28 Mar 282
4 Apr 216
11 Apr 91
18 Apr 199
25 Apr 101
2 May 35
9 May 79
16 May 94
23 May 135
30 May 166
6 Jun 139
13 Jun 119
20 Jun 89
27 Jun 112
4 Jul 150
11 Jul 208
18 Jul 174
25 Jul 175
1 Aug 236
8 Aug 124
15 Aug 125
22 Aug 201
29 Aug 88
5 Sep 173
12 Sep 282
Week commencing 3 week average
21 Mar 204
28 Mar 243
4 Apr 196
11 Apr 169
18 Apr 130
25 Apr 112
2 May 72
9 May 69
16 May 103
23 May 132
30 May 147
6 Jun 141
13 Jun 116
20 Jun 107
27 Jun 117
4 Jul 157
11 Jul 177
18 Jul 186
25 Aug 195
1 Aug 178
8 Aug 162
15 Aug 150
22 Aug 138
29 Aug 154
5 Sep 181
12 Sep  

Focus on reports made in the last 13-week period (20 June to 18 September 2021):

For more details of these breakdowns see table in the link below.

All cases that are reported to HSE and Local Authorities are assessed and investigations initiated where incidents meet our published Incident Selection Criteria. We are unable to comment on individual investigations at this time.

Notes

  1. The statutory disease reporting form was changed on 10 April 2020 to enable systematic identification of COVID-19 reports. Guidance was also issued on this date around reporting requirements for COVID-19 deaths under RIDDOR. While some COVID reports may have been made prior to 10 April 2020, they will not be consistent with later time periods. Therefore, the data considers reports from 10 April 2020 onwards only.
  2. Data is as reported by employers. While individual cases are reviewed by the relevant enforcing authority, these counts do not reflect the outcome of these reviews. It should also be noted that as the data is ‘as-reported’ by employers there is potential for some error in some of the reported data items. In particular, there is potential for some non-fatal COVID-19 cases to have been reported as fatal and vice versa.
  3. This data is intended to provide an indicator of the numbers being reported to the enforcing authorities and how this changes over time rather than an accurate count of the absolute number of occupational COVID-19 cases. It should be noted that many of the reports made reflect historic cases, sometimes from up to several months ago.

Advance notice: Next planned update

These numbers will next be updated at 10am on Monday 1 November to cover the period ending 23 October 2021.

 
Updated 2021-09-24