Forcing small businesses to pay for health and safety inspections would add to red tape woes, says Forum of Private Business

A bid to force small businesses to pay for their own health and safety inspections is being criticised by the Forum of Private Business, which publishes a Health and Safety Guide to help its members negotiate the minefield of regulations. Under the ‘Fee for Intervention' proposals, which are set to come into force October 2012, firms deemed to be in ‘material breach' of health and safety regulations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would be forced to pay inspectors' hourly rates from the moment the inspection begins – regardless of when a breach is detected. Forum members are concerned

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