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Fees For Intervention

FFI stands for 'fee for intervention' and was introduced under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. In October 2012, the HSE introduced Fees for Intervention (FFI), a scheme to charge companies who fail to meet their legal obligations and are deemed to be in material breach of health and safety regulations.

What is the Fee for Intervention?

Under the scheme, if a visiting HSE inspector identifies a material breach of health and safety regulations, which is serious enough to demand action, the clock starts ticking and the costs begin to mount.

Businesses in material breach of health and safety law will be charged at the new rate. Businesses meeting their legal requirements will not pay anything for HSE’s regulatory activity.

What does the Law say?

Under the Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2021, a duty-holder is liable for paying fees that derive actions from an inspector’s site visit under two conditions.

  • When contravening (or has contravened) health and safety laws
  • When an HSE inspector is of the opinion that the person is (or has), notify the duty-holder in writing. 

What does this mean for your business?

The Fee for Intervention scheme means the duty holder could be liable for any costs incurred from the HSE through the scheme for any breaches of health and safety legislation.

Who has to pay the Fee for Intervention?

It applies to duty holders where HSE is the enforcing authority. This will include the following:

  • employers
  • self-employed who put others at risk
  • public and limited companies
  • general, limited, and limited liability partnerships
  • Crown and public bodies

How much does the Fee for Intervention cost?

As of the 1st of April 2022, HSE's hourly recovery rate under Fee for Intervention is £166.

This is in addition to other legal costs which may be faced by organisations deemed to be in breach of regulations.

How Stallard Kane Can Help

As a Stallard Kane customer, you will receive regular communication. We will keep you updated regarding any necessary changes in Health & Safety legislation, either in person as part of your contracted audits and site meetings or in our regular news updates on our website or via email.

How to contact

For further assistance for your business, talk to our Health and Safety Team by calling 01427 420 402 or emailing healthandsafety@skaltd.co.uk and #oneoftheteam will be happy to help.

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