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HSE INSPECTION CHARGING REGIME (FFI) PUT ON HOLD

Government plans to recover costs from those in breach face uncertainty

HSE has announced that the planned Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme will now be introduced at the “next available opportunity” and not in April 2012 as previously announced.

The scheme will recover costs from “those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put matters right – investigating and taking enforcement action”.

HSE is to work with businesses to improve understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them. Detailed guidance for employers and organisations will be available on the HSE website ahead of implementation. A question and answer brief has been prepared.

A ‘practice run’ of the processes and procedures, including guidance for businesses,  is already underway in HSE and will continue until the scheme is implemented.

Gordon MacDonald, HSE programme director, said:

“The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.

The Government intends to proceed with the FFI scheme as recommended to ministers by HSE’s Board in December in response to the formal consultation that took place last Summer.

Discussions are still taking place on the technical details of the scheme, which we expect to conclude soon. Therefore, FFI will not be introduced in April but at the next available opportunity, which is likely to be October 2012.”

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