Last edited 06 Oct 2016

Fee for intervention FFI

In 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced a fee for intervention (FFI) scheme which allows them to charge companies where safety breaches are found. If the HSE undertakes inspections and no material breaches are found, or the company is compliant, no charges are made.

An independent review of the fee for intervention scheme was undertaken in 2013 which found that its application had been successful and there was no ‘viable alternative’ which could meet the aim of shifting the cost of regulating work place health and safety away from the taxpayer to those who break the law.

It is only necessary for a charge to be levied on a company when a material breach is found. This is considered to be where there has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires a notice in writing to be issued.

The fee for intervention is applicable to all dutyholders where the HSE is the enforcing body. This includes:

  • Employers.
  • Self-employed individuals who may put others at risk.
  • Individuals acting in a capacity other than as an employee, such as partners.
  • Public and limited companies.
  • Crown and public bodies.
  • General, limited and limited liability parternships.

A material breach of the law is charged at £124 per hour and the total number of hours charged is based on the time it takes to identify the breach and remedy it.

Detailed guidance is provided in the HSE booklet ‘Guidance on the application of Fee for Intervention’ and a summary document is also available.

In October 2015 it was reported that invoices issued to construction companies under the scheme for costs recovery had increased by 40% in the three years since it was introduced. See 40% increase in HSE cost recovery invoices for more information.

In September 2016, OCS Group won the right to a judicial review of the way the HSE handles FFI appeals, on the basis that they are acting as prosecutor, judge and jury.

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