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Fee For Intervention Charge Increase

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

Should the Health and Safety Executive visit your workplace and find that you are in material breach of health and safety law, you will have to pay for the time it takes them to identify what is wrong and to help you put things right.

From Saturday 6 April 2019, the Health and Safety Executive is increasing charges under the Fee for Intervention (FFI) programme by 19.4%.

The new hourly fee will be £154, up from £129.

The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016 says that a fee is payable to HSE if:

  • a person is contravening or has contravened health and safety laws; and
  • an inspector is of the opinion that the person is or has done so, and notifies the person in writing of that opinion.

What is a material breach?

A material breach is something which an 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.

Where an inspector simply gives you advice, either verbal or written, you won’t have to pay anything for this advice.

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