In our last bulletin we provided a report on the Triennial review of the HSE which was conducted by Martin Temple, former Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. Mr Temple made 38 recommendations to improve the perception of the HSE and the way it was organised and run to make it more effective. One of the recommendations concerned the need to ensure that there was a clear distinction between the income generated by the controversial Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme and the funding of the HSE. The Government recognised that there may have been what they describe as a “misperception” of the HSE which could have caused potential damage to previously good relationships between the HSE and those subject to regulation by it.

To address this issue, the Rt Hon Mike Penning MP has instructed the HSE to set up a Review Panel with an independent chair, to consider FFI and the impact the scheme has had on the HSE’s relationship with those in industry. The Panel is now due to report to the HSE board and will be published after the Minister for Disabled People has had the opportunity to consider the findings outlined.

The HSE has also introduced a change in the system for contesting FFI charges to involve an outside adjudicator at the first appeal stage. This was in line with a recommendation made by Mr Temple.

The Government response also set out a number of other steps including the testing of the market for a fully chargeable inspection service by the HSE, and a review of the National Local Authority Enforcement Code after its first year in effect at the end of 2014.

We will report further on updates in future bulletins. Please click here for a copy of the Triennial Review itself and the Government response.