Fee for intervention to start in October

It has been announced that the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will commence this October; once it has received parliamentary approval.

The FFI regulations will put a duty on HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law.

Under the regulations, HSE will be able to recover costs, from those who break health and safety laws, for the time and effort HSE spend helping to put matters right such as, investigating and taking enforcement action.

The scheme has been proposed as both the HSE and the government believe it is right that those who break health and safety laws should pay for the actions to be rectified; and it is hoped that the introduction of the scheme will encourage businesses and organisations to comply with health and safety legislation in the first place or put matters right quickly when they don’t.

It is also hoped that the FFI regulations will discourage those who undercut their competitors by not complying with the law and putting people at risk.

HSE’s programme director, Gordon MacDonald, saying: “Confirming the date for the start of Fee for Intervention and publishing the guidance will give duty-holders clarity and certainty about the start of the scheme and what they can expect.

“We have worked with industry representatives in shaping the final form of the scheme and the published guidance explains how the scheme will work and what businesses can do to comply with the law and avoid incurring a fee.”

Mr MacDonald added: “It is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse. Firms who manage workplace risks properly will not pay.”