The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued around 10,000 invoices in the first eight months since they have been mandated to charge employers when dealing with a statutory breach. Invoices are processed in two-monthly batches and the most recent tranche covering April and May 2013 saw a total of £1.3m billed. Recipients have a right to challenge the charges, and to date there have been 249 queries of which only a minority have resulted in a change of heart.
The average invoice is just under £500 but this is expected to fall in coming years, as it reflects HSE’s own costs. All Government agencies are required to cut their cost bases and this will feed through to lower charges. For their part HSE has already trimmed £71m from a £230m budget.