From April 2012 the HSE propose to charge duty-holders who breach health and safety law £124 an hour for its intervention, which will start from when a letter or e-mail recording the duty-holders breach is sent.
This new approach will have a financial impact on organisations that require HSE intervention, particularly SME’s. This gives even greater emphasis on the argument that good health and safety makes good financial sense!
The rationale behind this policy is that it is reasonable that those who are responsible for material breaches in health and safety standards should pay the costs of intervention rather than the taxpayer and that a cost recovery principle will provide a deterrent to those who would otherwise fail to meet their obligations and provide a level playing field for those who do.
The implementation of the ‘Fee-For-Intervention’ scheme (FFI) will be recommended to ministers as part of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012.