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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 The background of accident reporting
  2. 2 What should be recorded?
  3. 3 Reporting an accident
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The first section of our Accident Reporting Training programme looks at accidents, injuries and near-misses.

This section looks at the importance of keeping accident records. It includes information about Accident Books and data protection laws. It also explains what RIDDOR is and its relevance to accident reporting.

It's important to understand that not every incident needs to be recorded. The second section of our Accident Reporting Training programme shows you what MUST be recorded and what things can be logged in your Accident Book.

This short section looks at what MUST be recorded, and what COULD be put in your Accident Book, depending on what level of reporting your organisation uses.

The final section of our course gives you an in depth look at what needs to be included in a report.

This final section is all about completing a report. It explains what information might be needed and suggests things that might be included in the report that you may not have thought about.

About this course

This Accident Reporting Training programme is designed for everyone to use. Sadly, accidents at work can happen, so it’s important that everybody within your organisation knows exactly what measures to take when one does occur. 

That’s where our e-learning course can help! It gives employees the chance to gain an understanding of the best approach to take, enhancing the welfare of everybody and helping your business to meet compliance requirements too. 

By the end of the accident reporting e-learning course, employees will know how to: 

  • What accident reporting is 
  • The importance of reporting accidents correctly 
  • What to include in an accident report
  • How good accident reporting can increase safety in the workplace
  • Using accident report forms correctly to record any instances of accidents 

The course is split into three main sections to make it easier to digest and takes roughly between 15 and 20 minutes to complete for your convenience; whilst still covering the essentials of accident reporting. 

Prevention is always better than a cure. Take a look at our Risk Assessment Training, it could prevent a number of accidents from happening in your workplace. 

This accident reporting e-learning course only provides awareness education. Face-to-face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

Our blog post details more on what to do when an accident in the workplace occurs.

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Accident Reporting Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Accident Reporting Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Accident Reporting Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Accident Reporting Training course concludes with a 10 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Accident Reporting Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

If you want to help maintain a safe working environment, then an accident reporting e-learning course can offer all the insight employees need to make your business a safer place for all. 

Accident reporting training and compliance with RIDDOR

During the first section of this accident reporting eLearning course, you will learn about the importance of compliance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations or RIDDOR (2013).

Complying with RIDDOR is important from a business standpoint, as it offers your organisation better insight and understanding to develop safety policies and procedures in line with information learned from undertaking this training course. 

The learning objectives of the accident reporting e-learning includes: 

  • Understanding the importance of RIDDOR
  • Recognising the different types of accident reports
  • Identifying how to record information correctly 
  • Highlighting what to report on and other potential considerations
  • How to create and amend reports

What is meant by the term 'Work-related'?

RIDDOR only requires you to report accidents if they happen ‘out of or in connection with work’. The fact that there is an accident at work premises does not, in itself, mean that the accident is work-related – the work activity itself must contribute to the accident. 

An accident is ‘work-related’ if any of the following played a significant role:

- The way in which the work was carried out.
- Any machinery, plant, substances or equipment used for the work or
- The condition of the site or premises where the accident happened.


Explore more in our blog post - What is RIDDOR?

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Business benefits

Getting accident reporting correct

Reporting accidents is a vital process for any and all workplaces for two crucial reasons.

Firstly, by recording accidents, employers are able to identify the causes of injuries and illnesses and take steps to remove or control them. After all, a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Secondly, reporting accidents is a legal requirement. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations require employers to report any workplace injuries and illnesses, failure to do so can lead to a prison sentence and an unlimited fine – not to mention the impact on an organisation’s reputation for ignoring safety legislation.

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Frequently asked questions

The great thing about accident reporting training is useful for many businesses for staff members at all levels. It can help align supervisors, managers and employees across your business, whether you work in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or retail, amongst many other sectors.
The course delivery is divided into three sections, where you will learn about the importance of accident reporting, how to keep records and compliance with RIDDOR regulations. You’ll learn about what to record and what you may need to record with relevance to your business, and how to complete an accident report correctly.
Like all of our courses, we offer 100% online delivery, allowing participants to complete work at their own pace. The agile nature of this course caters for a different range of learning styles. The 20-question test at the end is designed to assess what candidates have learned from the different course modules. Upon completion, you’ll be able to download a printable certificate to demonstrate you’ve passed the course.
RIDDOR states that employers require "responsible persons" to report accidents, major injuries, dangerous occurrences and even death in the workplace. Breaching regulations is a crime and can result in a hefty fine.