Fees involved with investigating breaches will no longer come from public purse…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have introduced a new scheme to recover some of the costs involved with enforcing health and safety law called the fee for intervention (FFI). The new scheme will be implemented across the UK from 1 October 2012.
The new regulations have been introduced so that companies who are in breach of health and safety laws will now be liable for the recovery of costs associated with the inspection, investigation and enforcement action associated with the breaches.
However businesses that have fully complied with their health and safety obligations will not be required to pay any kind of fee.
Any businesses that are concerned about the FFI are advised to consult the HSE’s website where detailed guidance is available on the scheme which was developed in consultation with industry professionals.
HSE’s Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger said:
“The most basic safety mistakes in the workplace can devastate lives and result in real costs to industry.
It is right that those who fail to meet their legal obligations should pay HSE’s costs rather than the public purse having to do so.”
The idea behind the scheme is that the fees that will be imposed on businesses who fail to adhere to recommended health and safety standards will prove to be an incentive for them to operate within the law – the FFI is also intended to level the playing field between companies that have invested in health and safety measures and those who have not.
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