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Update | Health & safety

Zahra Nanji revisits the government’s new scheme to recover costs incurred through health and safety breaches and proposals to introduce European-style deregulation

14 September 2012

The May health and safety update reported that the government’s proposed introduction of the Fee For Intervention Scheme (FFI) in April 2012 had been delayed. It has now been announced that the FFI Scheme will come into effect from 1 October.

The FFI Scheme will allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recover their investigative costs where a duty-holder is found to have breached health and safety laws. Fees will be payable even in the event that a duty holder is not prosecuted. The FFI Scheme will apply to duty-holders where HSE is the enforcing authority. Duty holders will include employers and self-employed people who put others (including their employees or members of the public) at risk. Other organisations that enforce health and safety law, such as the police, local authorities, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Civil Aviation Authority and Office of Rail Regulation, will not be able to recover their co...

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