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    HSE ENFORCEMENT SHOWS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE

    hselogo1Notices issued by Construction Division rise by over 25%

    The HSE records of enforcement notices issued including those issued by Construction Division groups are published on the HSE Enforcement Notices Database. The records now cover the five years up to 31 March 2014.

    HSE annual accounting period runs from 1 April – 31 March. The database reveals the following:

    This suggests an increase in excess of 25% in the number of improvement and prohibition notices issued by the HSE Construction Division during 2012/13 compared to the period 2013/14.

    The HSE Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme came into effect on 1 October 2012 through which HSE recover costs of carrying out its regulatory functions from those “found to be in material breach of health and safety law”.

    Fee for intervention scheme raises almost £10m

    It has been reported by Health and Safety at Work Magazine that HSE has released figures showing it generated £9.6 million from its fee for intervention (FFI) scheme in the 2013/14 financial year which is substantially below the £17 million it had budgeted to recover.

    The scheme brought in £5.7 million from October 2013 to March 2014, showing a slight increase from the £3.9 million it generated from April to September 2013.

    HSE point out that ‘enforcement policy’ has not changed as a result of the FFI.The rise in enforcement notices may bring this assertion under increasing scrutiny.

     

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