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CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO BE COMPLIANT?


The HSE are considering charging for visits to your facility – whether you want them there or not. Are you prepared for the worst? Karen Asbury investigates.


Back in October, I attended Total Workplace Management, which hosted an array of seminars for those concerned with managing a facility. Perfect, I thought; time to get some insight from the experts. Health and Safety was a particular hot topic in the Fire, Safety and Security theatre, which comes as no surprise since no facility manager can go a day without coming across it.


With charges potentially being enforced from as soon as April 2012 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was more topical than ever, and certainly one that would bring mixed opinions.


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The charges haven’t been finalised just yet, but if enforced, facilities could be charged £133 per hour (plus further charges for investigation), £800 for being written to, £2000 for enforcing changes, and given 30 days to pay up. And that’s just for a visit. What if the facility is found guilty for not complying? We can all imagine a much higher fee. Here are a few initial opinions from the experts at the seminar entitled: “How


an effective Health and Safety Management can keep you out of court.”


Ian Clements, Managing Director of Quadriga Health and Safety Ltd said: “If HSE believes an issue needs to be dealt with, they are going to apply the charges. Even in the event of a misunderstanding, it could be very expensive. Let’s face it, HSE is not writing to you


to say that everything is okay. It is important to set things right up front to avoid getting to this visit stage. Make sure you have


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