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HSE Fees Scheme Delayed

25 April 2012

The introduction of the scheme whereby the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will attempt to recover the costs of its intervention activity where employers are found to be in material breach of health and safety law has been postponed.

The ‘Fee for Intervention’ scheme was scheduled for implementation on 6 April 2012. However, additional time is needed as the technical details of the scheme have not yet been finalised. The HSE has said that it is taking advantage of the extra time to work further with businesses to improve their understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them. The scheme is now expected to be introduced in October 2012.

The scheme will not replace existing cost recovery arrangements that apply to a range of industries, such as offshore oil and gas installations, some chemical and petrochemical sites and licensed nuclear installations.

Costs will be recoverable at a rate of £124 per hour where the HSE has to make a formal regulatory intervention by letter or e-mail regarding the duty holder’s breach of health and safety law. Should additional specialist support be required, the cost of this will also be passed on.

Businesses that are regulated by local authorities will remain outside the scope of the scheme, however.

For further information on the Fee for Intervention scheme, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/fee-for-intervention/index.htm.

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