The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that the Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme due to be introduced in April 2012 will not now be implemented until October 2012.

The FFI scheme will enable the HSE to recover its costs when it takes formal enforcement action against those who breach health and safety laws.

The HSE states that the additional time will enable the regulator to publish guidance prior to implementation and work with businesses to improve their understanding of the scheme.

The FFI scheme will apply to businesses in nearly all sectors where health and safety laws are enforced by the HSE, other than those where a charging scheme already exists, such as offshore energy and certain other hazardous industries. The scheme will not apply to activities regulated by local authorities.