The Health and Safety (Fees) regulations 2012 came into effect on 1st October 2012, marking a significant change in the way that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigations are financed. Prior to their implementation, as a government organisation, all investigations were publicly funded. However, the regulations as they stand now put the duty on HSE to recover the cost of its investigations and regulatory duties from those they find to be in material breach of the law.
The regulations now put accountability for complying with health and safety laws in the hands of businesses themselves. The HSE and the government believe this is right; if a business breaks the law, it is its responsibility to pay for the HSE’s time in the putting the matter right.
The HSE and the government are also optimistic that these changes will encourage businesses to comply with health and safety law in the first place, or put the matter right quickly.
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