The HSE’s new Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme came into force on 1 October 2012.
The HSE now has a duty under regulations 23 to 25 of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from businesses and organisations found to be in material breach of health and safety law.
Under the new scheme the HSE may recover its costs, by charging businesses who break health and safety laws a fee for the time and effort it spends on helping them put matters right and for investigating and taking enforcement action.
The scheme has been introduced because the government and the HSE believe that businesses that break health and safety laws should be made to pay for the time spent by the HSE rather than this being paid for out of the public purse.
It is hoped that charging businesses for the time that HSE inspectors spend in investigating and taking enforcement action in addition to the costs associated with putting matters right will discourage those businesses who put people at risk by not complying with the law in order to cut costs.
The Fee for Intervention hourly rate for 2012/2013 is £124.
The HSE has published guidance to help businesses and organisations understand more about the scheme, how it applies to their business and how it fits with HSE’s approach to enforcement. It also answers questions regarding fees, payments and procedures for dealing with disputed invoices.
A short guide is also available introducing the basics of the schem
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