HSE Increase Fee for Intervention Charge

Apr 24, 2019

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) increased its fee for intervention (FFI) hourly rate from £129 to £154. This is almost a 20% increase. The new charge came into effect on 6th April 2019.

FFI was introduced in October 2012 to recover the costs incurred by the HSE during regulatory action against organisations that fail to comply with health and safety law. This meant that the financial burden was transferred from the taxpayer to the organisation. A statement from the HSE said ‘this means that businesses that are found to be in material breach of health and safety law will be charged at this new rate. As now businesses that meet their legal requirements will not pay anything for HSE’s regulatory activity’. A material breach is ‘something which an inspector considers serious enough that they need to formally write to the business requiring action to be taken’, as defined by the HSE.

The fee covers the inspector’s time spent identifying and resolving the issue, as well as any investigation or enforcement action up to the point where the HSE’s intervention has been concluded or a prosecution has started.

This is the second increase of the FFI hourly rate, the first being in 2016 when it went up from £124. The HSE have released a statement which included: ‘HSE must set the FFI rate with the aim of recovering its full cost and in recent years it has operated at a deficit (i.e. cost more than recovered in income). A combination of this and cumulative inflationary pressures support the increased hourly rate’.

This emphasises the fact that organisations need to make sure that they are complying with health and safety law as if an HSE inspector finds a material breach it is now going to be significantly more expensive for organisations.

If you require any further information about this change, please contact us by emailing or by phoning 01392 247436.

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