Health and Safety Executive FeesOctober 30, 2015 // No Comments
As of October 2012, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors were legally allowed to recover costs incurred when they have identified that a company has made a material breach of health and safety law.
The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 allow HSE inspectors to charge the considerable rate of £124 an hour to perform their investigations. This cost is incurred by the company under investigation after the inspector finds a “material breach” of health and safety standards, and with investigations known to last month’s this can result in a crippling overall sum. Worse still, the costs are not covered under workplace insurance policies and will have to be cleared at the cost of the company’s resources.
A ‘material breach’ is defined as when an HSE inspector believes there has been a contravention of health and safety law that is serious enough to require them to notify the person of that belief in writing. Breaches may be identified when the HSE carries out a routine inspection of a site, investigates an accident or follows up on a complaint.
SAIF Members may read the full report by Simon Bloxham of OSS Group on the Members’ area here.