HSE is committed to openness and aim to release as much information as possible both routinely and in response to requests under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.
However HSE are aware that there should be a balance between their policy on openness and the regulatory and enforcement responsibilities imposed by HSWA 1974. Consequently HSE’s charging policy has been developed in awareness that resource diverted to respond to FOI and EIR requests should not impair HSE’s mission.
1.1 The Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act) allows public authorities to charge for answering requests in certain cases. This guidance outlines:
1.2 There are two types of chargeable fees:
The EIRs expressly permit public authorities to charge for making environmental information available other than in those specified circumstances where it must be made available freely. It does not allow that charge to exceed an amount which the public authority is satisfied is a reasonable amount.
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) has no automatic cost limit above which requests can be refused, but requests that are ‘manifestly unreasonable’ can be refused.
For further details on EIR charges see Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidance.