HSE Fee for Intervention scheme comes into effect

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), comes into force today (Monday, October 1).

Under the regulations, contractors who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action at a cost of £124 an hour.

The HSE will charge companies £124 an hour for any advice it gives following the discovery of a material breach during a site inspection. The clock will start ticking the moment an improvement or enforcement notice is served or an email or letter sent.

The plans will exclude local authorities from the charges and it’s understood that self-employed sub-contractors will also be exempt.