HSE “Fee for Intervention” Information
As of the 1st of October 2012, the HSE has introduced “Fee for Intervention“, a scheme that will allow the HSE to recoup losses by fining ANY business or organisation that is found to be in breach of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Fee for Intervention will apply whenever an inspector…
- Identifies a contravention of health and safety law;
- Is of the opinion that the contravention is serious enough to require written notification (i.e. it is a material breach); and
- Notifies the person contravening the law of their opinion, in writing, by a notification of contravention, Improvement or Prohibition Notice, or prosecution.
The HSE are set to charge fines of £124 PER HOUR if a breach is found, which means failing to comply just once with regulations could easily carve a hole in the profits of a large company, while delivering a massive blow to smaller ones. Even worse, there’s no way of knowing how much you’ll have to pay until the very end of the case!
Once the HSE have detected an issue there is little you can do to mitigate a fine, so make sure to be proactive, take the initiative and get your appliances PAT tested today; Pure-PAT will ensure all your appliances are up to code and that any potential risks of a future breach is minimised, helping to protect your workplace AND your wallet.