Implementation of charges for health and safety prohibition notices delayed for at least six months

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) was supposed to be implementing its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), in April 2012. However, it has still not been able to work out the technical detail of how the scheme will work, despite practice runs with it. It now hopes to implement the new system in October this year.

The scheme sets out to recover HSE costs from those who break health and safety laws.

HSE’s programme director Gordon MacDonald 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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  1. I think fee for fault is the way forward. It is not right that firms with disregard for health and safety can undercut those companies that put the time and expense into creating a safe environment for their workforce.

    However I am unsure if charging per hour should be the way forward. A fixed fine structure would surely be easier to implement, clearer and less open to conflict. For example if I am caught speeding I know I will be charged £60 and face prosecution if I am speeding alot. The same chain of consequences should be in place for breach of health and safety laws.

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