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Detailed Accident Records. (accident book legislation)

Detailed accident records should be kept for three main reasons:

Employers will find it useful to use accident data to measure their health and safety performance. Accident data is an important part of the employer's risk assessments, as they should identify types and root causes of accidents. This information is needed to help to decide any necessary mitigation and control measures.

What is the requirement for a workplace accident book?


There is a legal requirement to record information additional to that which can be recorded in the Accident Book:

Accidents suffered by non-employees, for example, customers or other visitors.

Particulars of reportable diseases suffered by employees.

The date on and method by which incidents were reported to the Enforcing Authority.

Particularly, in cases of work-related ill-health, liability claims can be made many years after the initial event.


The Accident Book is a valuable document that organisations can use to record accident information as part of their management of health and safety. Remember, an involved and fully informed workforce is the basis of good health and safety management.

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