Incident reporting

Under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995), infections and dangerous occurrences with biological agents at work must be reported. Examples of dangerous occurrences include an accident or an incident arising out of the work, which could result in the release of a biological agent likely to cause severe human illness or infection, or a sharps injury involving known blood/body fluid infected with a BBV.

In addition, local records should be kept of all such incidents, and the underlying cause(s) should be investigated and noted.

Mandatory Scheme for Reporting Exposures

Some occupational exposures to blood-borne viruses, (HBV, HCV and HIV), are reportable to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR as:

Further details relating to, and about how to report are available at RIDDOR.

Useful information is also available from the document, Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences in health and social care: Guidance for employers.

Voluntary Scheme for Reporting Exposures

Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections - Surveillance of Significant Occupational Exposures to Blood-borne Viruses in Healthcare Workers.

The Health Protection Agency receives reports on:

Further details on the surveillance scheme are available at: Blood borne Viruses (BBVs) and Occupational Exposure

Alternatively, please contact the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, HIV/STI Department, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ; telephone 020 8327 7095/7152.

Updated 2021-07-21