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News - 8 October 2012

Clarification required on the new Health and Safety fees

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) new cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), came into force on Monday, 1 October.

Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE's related costs, including, inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.

Fee for Intervention provides a further incentive for businesses to manage health and safety effectively and to operate within the law. It should also help level the playing field between those who comply and those who don't.

However, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned that the new rules could lead to ‘heavy-handed and inconsistent treatment’

The Forum's Senior Policy Adviser, Alex Jackman said:.
‘The danger is that this move will simply fuel the HSE's cost recovery drive and it could lead to wildly different interpretations among inspectors as to what constitutes a breach in the first place. We need clarification without delay.’

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“Every government department needs to understand the significant financial demands on business at present. There needs to be greater understanding shown by enforcement officers that firms face a number of inspections from multiple agencies across all aspects of their business.’

Mike Twomey, Health & Safety officer for ABDS comments:
“Safety mistakes in the workplace can devastate lives and result in real costs to industry.
Detailed guidance  for businesses and organisations can be found on HSE's website.”

If you need any help and advice for your business on this or any other business related matter, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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