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From yesterday (Monday, 1 October 2012) small businesses found in ‘material breach’ of health and safety regulations now have to cover the cost of their own inspections under the Government’s new ‘fee for intervention’ rules – a move the Forum of Private Business believes could lead to heavy-handed and inconsistent treatment. The Forum’s Senior Policy Adviser, Alex Jackman, called on the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to clarify what constitutes a breach – warning that the present uncertainty might produce very different interpretations by individual inspectors on a business-to-business basis. “Of course we need effective laws governing health and safety