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 8 January 2022 show:

Total suspected occupational COVID-19 reports made by employers to the Enforcing Authorities, 10 April 2020 to 8 January 2022

Month Number of reports
Apr 20 (part) 2053
May 20 3793
Jun 20 1856
Jul 20 809
Aug 20 534
Sep 20 1105
Oct 20 2612
Nov 20 3704
Dec 20 4040
Jan 21 5710
Feb 21 4183
Mar 21 1711
Apr 21 690
May 21 344
Jun 21 590
Jul 21 741
Aug 21 703
Sep 21 796
Oct 21 892
Nov 21 925
Dec 21 1269
Jan 22(part) 641

Total suspected occupational COVID-19 reports made by employers to the Enforcing Authorities, 11 July 2021 to 8 January 2022

Week commencing Number of reports
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
19 Sep 142
26 Sep 167
3 Oct 157
10 Oct 226
17 Oct 193
24 Oct 277
31 Oct 140
7 Nov 255
14 Nov 193
21 Nov 269
28 Nov 189
5 Dec 207
12 Dec 286
19 Dec 317
26 Dec 338
2 January 641
Week commencing 3 week average
11 Jul 177
18 Jul 186
25 Jul 195
1 Aug 178
8 Aug 162
15 Aug 150
22 Aug 138
29 Aug 154
5 Sep 181
12 Sep 199
19 Sep 197
26 Sep 155
3 Oct 183
10 Oct 192
17 Oct 232
24 Oct 203
31 Oct 224
7 Nov 196
14 Nov 239
21 Nov 217
28 Nov 222
5 Dec 227
12 Dec 270
19 Dec 314
26 Dec 432

Focus on reports made in the last 13-week period (10 October 2021 – 8 January 2022):

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 10.00am on Monday 14 February to cover the period ending 5 February 2022.

Updated 2022-01-14