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New date for HSE cost recovery scheme

16 March 2012

The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced on March 15 that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), is going ahead but will not now start in April 2012. The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on investigating and taking enforcement action. 

The HSE's FFI cost recovery scheme will be introduced later than originally planned, probably in October
The HSE's FFI cost recovery scheme will be introduced later than originally planned, probably in October

Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not be charged. 

Gordon MacDonald, HSE's programme director, said: 

"The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs, and intends to proceed with the FFI scheme, as recommended to ministers by HSE's Board in December in response to the formal consultation that took place last Summer. 

"Discussions are still taking place on the technical details of the scheme, which we expect to conclude soon. Therefore, FFI will not be introduced in April but at the next available opportunity, which is likely to be October 2012."

HSE is taking advantage of the extra time to work with businesses to improve their understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them.

Detailed guidance for employers and organisations will be available on HSE's website ahead of implementation. 

A pilot of the new processes and procedures underpinning the scheme is already underway within HSE, and will continue until the scheme is implemented.




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