The Chair of the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE"), Judith Hackitt, announced on 7 December 2010 that the HSE is considering charging those entities that create risks in the workplace. She described this as the "fee for fault" principle. This would mean that companies failing an inspection could be charged for the work the HSE undertakes following a notice to remedy the fault. This could raise concerns about the levels of fines which may be imposed by incentivised HSE inspectors. Ms. Hackitt also mentioned the possibility of raising the fees the HSE charges for consultancy services. Ms. Hackitt has said that the HSE recognise that safeguards would need to be implemented to ensure the system was transparent and open to scrutiny.
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