On 6th April 2019 the HSE increased Fee For Intervention (FFI) by almost 20% to £154 per hour. The previous rate of £129 was set back in 2016. The last reported average cost of a single FFI invoice was £1390.26
FFI is incurred where the HSE discover an organisation has a material breach of health and safety law. The rate per hour (£154) is charged for the time it taken to identify the breach and put things right. This includes investigating, taking enforcement action and resolving the issue.
A material breach is something which an HSE inspector considers serious enough that they need to formally write to the business requiring action to be taken to deal with the material breach. If the inspector gives you a notification of contravention (NoC) after their visit, you’ll have to pay a fee.
The NoC must include:
- the law that the inspector considers has been broken
- the reason(s) for their opinion
- notification that a fee is payable to HSE
The HSE only recovers costs of its regulatory work from non-compliant organisations found to be in material breach of safety and health law.
If you comply with Health & Safety law the you don’t need to worry about this increase. If you need help or advice with compliance then contact us at Health & Safety Help for more information.