Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

HSE seeks to recoup the cost of its investigations

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposes to recovery its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. The Fee for Intervention (FFI) Scheme, if approved by Parliament, is due to take effect from 1 October 2012.

Where there has been a contravention of health and safety law that the HSE considers serious enough to require them to notify a business or organisation in writing that there has been a material breach, a fee will become payable. At present, the taxpayer meets the costs of the investigations. The FFI is intended to reduce the burden on the taxpayer and to encourage businesses and organisations to comply in the first place, or put matters right quickly when they don’t.

The proposed FFI hourly rate for 2012/13 is £124.

The HSE has published provisional guidance on the application of FFI which can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse47.htm

The procedures and final guidance will be published on the HSE website (www.hse.gov.uk) in advance of the regulations coming into effect.

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