Charging activities

The Government decided in autumn 1998 that charges should be introduced for functions undertaken by HSE in the gas transportation, offshore and rail industries, and for the functions placed on the GB competent authority under the EU Directive for the Control of Major Accident Hazards in onshore installations.

Health and safety basics for your business

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

Evaluation and review of HSE's charging schemes

Charging guides:

Queries and disputes:

The charging scheme for the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 1999 was introduced from 1 April 1999 and for the gas transportation, offshore and railways charging schemes from 7 October 1999.

To assist dutyholders to understand how charges will be made, HSE has published a guide for each of the charging schemes. Dutyholders have been sent a guide for their industry. The guides are reviewed on a regular basis; the latest version will be published on this web site.

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Updated 2024-03-28