Since October 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been able to charge for its inspectors’ time at £124 an hour under the Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost-recovery scheme and with £730k invoiced to UK companies in its first two months of operation it’s an expensive lesson to learn.
The FFI scheme allows the HSE to recover costs incurred in carrying out its regulatory functions where there has been a material breach of health and safety law. Estimated cost recovery ranges from £750 to many thousand pounds per intervention.
Law abiding organisations will be free from costs and will not have to carry the can for those who break health and safety laws, however the prospect of paying FFIs underlines the importance of having robust health and safety arrangements in place at all times.
Steel River Consultants can provide you with the advice you need to ensure you don’t break health and safety laws and won’t get charged to find out too late.
Contact us to find out more about how we can help you.