The HSE is considering introducing a new policy whereby those who “create risks” and are found by the HSE to be not compliant with the law during an inspection can be charged for the work undertaken by the HSE following the issue of a notice or requirement for action to be undertaken to rectify the fault. With a 35% cut in its budget, the scheme would be part of the HSE’s revenue raising drive, and appear to form part of the Government’s proposals to focus on rogue employers outlined above.

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt stated that the approach is “fair and equitable” and would be welcomed by the vast majority of businesses who were compliant, but put at a commercial disadvantage those who took short cuts and were not compliant. The HSE is also considering charging for more of its advisory and consultation processes. However, both proposals are currently in their early stages.