The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) has confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), is to be introduced this year, probably in October 2012.
The scheme aims to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws, recovering the costs incurred by HSE officers in investigating the matter and taking enforcement action.
Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a penny. Gordon MacDonald, HSE's 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.
"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."
Detailed guidance for employers and organisations will be available on HSE's website ahead of implementation.