With the implementation of the HSE’s new cost recovery scheme, Fee For Intervention (FFI) businesses who flout health and safety laws will be liable for recovery of HSE costs related to inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.
Developed in consultation with industry representatives, detailed guidance on how the scheme will operate and examples of how it will be applied can be found on the HSE website.
HSE’s Chief Executive, Geoffrey Podger said:
“The most basic safety mistakes in the workplace can devastate lives and result in real cost 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.”
Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, the FFI intends to incentivise businesses to manage health and safety effectively and to operate within the law. It is intended to level the playing field between those who comply and those who don’t.
Brenig Moore, Operations Director at Astutis said:
“Occupational injuries can be costly to business in terms of production, insurance and reputation. These new regulations reinforce the need for taking precautionary measures to avoid these unforeseen and highly significant costs."
Employers are able to access practical advice, tools and case studies for controlling common workplace risks and ensuring compliance with health and safety laws on HSE’s website.
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