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HSE Delays Start Date of Health and Safety Cost Recovery Scheme

The HSE has announced that the implementation of its cost recovery scheme “Fee for Intervention” has been delayed and will not start in April 2012 as planned.

The scheme is set to recover costs for the time HSE incur in investigating and remedying breaches of health and safety law and taking enforcement action.

From 6th April fees were due to be applied in situations where an HSE inspector provides written advice on a material breach of safety law or serves an enforcement notice. Technical issues relating to the accountancy processes for dealing with charges have left insufficient time to lay the necessary regulations before Parliament in time for the original planned April implementation date. As new legislation affecting businesses in England and Wales generally starts in either April or October it is probable that the earliest the scheme will be implemented is October 2012.

In the meantime the HSE will continue to pilot the scheme and work with businesses to further their understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them.

Further details and guidance will be available on the HSE website prior to implementation.