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HSE opens consultation on FFI dispute process

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HSE is consulting on a ‘revised and fully independent’ process for considering disputes in relation to Fee For Intervention, its cost recovery scheme.


HSE has launched a consultation on a ‘revised and fully independent’ process for determining disputes on Fee For Intervention, its cost recovery scheme.

The health and safety regulator said it was seeking views on the details of how the dispute process should operate. “In particular, we recognise the need to ensure that the process is accessible to all types and sizes of business and is proportionate to the issues involved and amount of the fees,” says the announcement.

The consultation has been prompted by a court consent order issued on 23 February. The High Court had agreed to drop the judicial review on FFI disputes, but put a number of obligations on HSE to reform the process as a condition of this.

HSE has already announced some changes. In February it said it would consult on making the panel which decides disputes fully independent, whereas previously it has always consisted of two HSE members and one independent person.

The judicial review was brought by OCS Group, a facilities management firm, which contested a notice of contravention it received (which has since been dropped). The company said it had concerns “about the independence, fairness and transparency of the dispute process”.

The consultation is on HSE's website here and ends on 2 June 2017.

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