HSE now operates a Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on 1 October 2012.
Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action over what they consider to be material breaches of H&S law.
The governments view
The government’s view is that those who break H&S laws and regulations and put their employees at risk should pay for the cost of the HSE’s time in dealing with the matter rather than this cost being borne by the tax payer. However, there are concerns that this initiative may harm the generally healthy relationship that currently exists between the HSE and businesses. Only time will tell.