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HSE Fee for Intervention Scheme Now Live

coinlifering smThe HSE’s new Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme came into force on 1 October 2012.

The HSE now has a duty under regulations 23 to 25 of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from businesses and organisations found to be in material breach of health and safety law.

Squatter Alert

hermitcrabvacantCommercial property owners need to be on the alert, as new legislation could potentially make empty commercial properties a target for squatters. From 1st September 2012 squatting in residential buildings became a criminal offence in England and Wales.

Asbestos Management Plans

asbestosman smDo you measure up when it comes to Asbestos Management Plans?

The Great British Asbestos Survey, published earlier this year, highlighted an alarming lack of awareness of asbestos management responsibilities amongst duty holders. An asbestos management plan is a legal requirement for all workplaces liable to contain asbestos yet according to the results not only did a disturbing  37% of duty holders not have a plan in place but 74% of those with an asbestos management plan, reviewed the plan outside the 6 month guidelines detailed in the ACoP.