The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance ahead of the start of its cost recovery, Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme which starts on 1st October 2012 (subject to Parliamentary approval).
The scheme has been developed in consultation with industry representatives and aims to bring some of the costs of investigation and enforcement action to those businesses and organisations who break the Health and Safety laws.
FFI will apply to all employers, self employed people (including their employees or members of the public) and other individuals such as partners. Under FFI the HSE will only recover costs from those found to be in breach of the health and safety law. Those who comply with the law will not be charged for any work that the HSE does with them.
Esther Purvey, APHC Commercial Manager commented: “We welcome the publication by the HSE of these guidelines on the FFI scheme and the move to charge those who break the rules. The scheme sends a clear message to those who flout health and safety laws that they will be faced with a charge for their actions or lack of action. We hope this scheme will increase the number of businesses that choose to comply with health and safety laws.”
The full Guidance on the application of the Fee for Intervention document is available to download from the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/hse-ffi2.htm