The Health and Safety Executive Introduce Fees for Intervention (FFI)

With the introduction of the Fees For Intervention (FFI) regime on 1st October 2012, all businesses and enterprises throughout the UK that fall under the jurisdiction of the HSE will be liable to face financial charges for the HSE's time in investigating what they consider to be material breaches of H&S law.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has for some time imposed charges for intervention on a number of clearly defined manufacturing sectors where Health & Safety (H&S) hazards are significant.

With the introduction of the Fees For Intervention (FFI) regime on 1st October 2012, all businesses and enterprises throughout the UK that fall under the jurisdiction of the HSE will be liable to face financial charges for the HSE's time in investigating what they consider to be material breaches of H&S law.

The government's view is that those who break H&S laws and regulations and put their employees at risk should pay for the cost of the HSE's time in dealing with the matter rather than this cost being borne by the tax payer. However, there are concerns that this initiative may harm the generally healthy relationship that currently exists between the HSE and businesses. Only time will tell.

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