HSE charging companies for its costs

HSE imageSince October 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been able to charge companies to recover its inspection, investigation and enforcement costs where they are found in breach of health and safety law.

It has been revealed that for the period 1 October 2012 to 30 November 2012, bills totalling over £700,000 were issued following investigations at over 903 premises.

Of these inspections, there was a major focus on the construction sector, which reflects the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) focus on this industry as a ‘high risk-high priority’ sector. The total sum invoiced – £727,644.81 – is the culmination of 1,491 FFI receipts, with only 10% of these bills for totals over £1,000. 70% were for less than £500.

These amounts are considerably lower than the HSE suggested before the scheme started, which expected to bring in £37m in the first full year. On the basis of the first two months of the scheme, the current projected revenue is approximately £4.3m. Those receiving FFI invoices have 21 days to query the invoice if they believe it was improperly issued and this dispute will then be directed to an independent disputes panel, brought together to hear appeals for FFI receipts.

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