Making mistakes on health and safety is likely to become even more costly following a decision by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to implement its costs-recovery scheme.
From April 2012 the HSE plans to charge duty-holders who materially breach health and safety law an hourly rate of £124 for its intervention, which will be counted from when a letter or e-mail recording the duty-holder’s breach is sent. Local Authorities will be exempted.
The Fee-for-intervention (FFI) scheme “will only be applied where it is warranted, and not frivolously”, according to the HSE. In the case of fees being disputed, there will be independent, external input to the final stage of the process.
The HSE proposal is to be recommended to the minister for employment, with a plan to bring the FFI scheme into force next April.
“This latest move by the HSE is further reason to ensure your health and safety policy and practices are fit for purpose,” said Gary Plant, Managing Director of Altius Vendor Assessment. “Investing time and resources in achieving compliance now will pay big dividends in the future.”