HSE - Fee for Intervention from October 1st
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposes to introduce a Fee For Intervention cost recovery scheme. This scheme is due to come into place by the1st October 2012 – following Parliamentary approval of the proposed Health and Safety Fees Regulations 2012.
The Regulations will make HSE responsible for recovering its costs for carrying out the regulatory functions, from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. The material breach is when there has been a contravention of health and safety law according to the HSE inspector that is serious enough to notify the offender in writing.
Both HSE and the government are in agreement that businesses and organisations that break health and safety laws, must pay for the time taken for HSE to correct the issue through investigation and enforcing action. This cost is otherwise paid for by the public, without the Fee For Intervention,
The proposed Fee for Intervention hourly rate for 2012/13 is £124.
The FFI is to encourage these businesses and organisations to comply in the first place, or to correct the issue quickly if not. The fee will also discourage those who undercut their competitors, through not complying with the law and endangering people.