HSE Delays Cost Recovery Launch

A practice run of the new processes and procedures to carry out the program is under way and will continue until the program is implemented.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive no longer plans to launch its Fee for Intervention cost recovery program in April 2012, now that it announced the start is likely to be delayed six months. The program will recover HSE's investigation and enforcement costs from those who violate health and safety laws.

"Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a penny," according to the agency, which is equivalent to OSHA.

"The government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right, and not the public purse," said Gordon MacDonald, HSE's program director. "The government 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 said it is dong more outreach to businesses during the delay, explaining how the program will affect them. Detailed guidance for employers and organizations also will be posted on HSE's website ahead of implementation.

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