The HSE is still proceeding with their fee for intervention and is expected to come into force in April. They have modified their original proposal by reducing the hourly rate from £133 per hour down to £124 per hour. They will publish a breakdown of how this figure is calculated based upon corporate services costs including information services, accommodation and payroll.
Guidance as to what a “material breach” is will also be issued.
They have also changed the appeal process for disputes over fees. This will now involve an independent adjudicator drawn from business as well as representatives from the HSE.
Local Authorities will still be excluded from the charging scheme, so can it be seen as a level playing field for businesses if it’s down to which enforcement authority you fall under?