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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 14 November show:

Total suspected occupational COVID-19 reports made by employers to the Enforcing Authorities, 12 April to 14 November 2020

Week commencing Number of weekly reports
12 Apr 288
19 Apr 847
26 Apr 1183
03 May 1062
10 May 956
17 May 915
24 May 577
31 May 607
07 Jun 472
14 Jun 374
21 Jun 326
28 Jun 223
05 Jul 121
12 Jul 177
19 Jul 226
26 Jul 140
02 Aug 152
09 Aug 83
16 Aug 185
23 Aug 110
30 Aug 141
06 Sep 373
13 Sep 228
20 Sep 237
27 Sep 304
04 Oct 423
11 Oct 530
18 Oct 637
25 Oct 847
1 Nov 640
8 Nov 1026

Notes

  1. The statutory disease reporting form was changed on 10 April 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, they will not be consistent with later time periods. Therefore the data considers reports from 10 April 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 authority and how this changes over time rather than an accurate count of the absolute number of occupational COVID-19 cases.

Advance notice: Next planned update

These numbers will next be updated at 10.00am on Friday 18 December to cover the period ending 12 December 2020.

Updated 2020-11-20