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Health & safety: fewer inspections but failing firms face fees

By: Dave Robbins
24 September 2012


It’s all change for hauliers on the health & safety front. The government’s commitment to reducing bureaucracy affecting businesses means that hauliers considered to be a low risk, may no longer face routine health & safety inspections. Checks will continue at operators considered to be high risk or a poor safety record. The changes come into effect in April 2013.


Another major health and safety change comes into effect a little sooner – from 1 October. It’s the introduction of Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Fees for Intervention (FFI). What this means is that hauliers found to be in breach of health and safety law will have to pick up the bill for any costs incurred by the HSE whilst resolving the issue. The standard hourly FFI rate is £124. However if third party consultants have to be engaged – a vehicle engineer or a tachograph analysis expert – their costs will be added to the final bill.



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