Contractors hit by charges under the controversial HSE Fee for Intervention scheme have seen their bills jump by 40% since it started. The average cost of an invoice has now soared to more than £700. The controversial scheme was Introduced in 2012 and allows HSE inspectors to charge contractors for visits when they break safety laws.

Fears are now growing that the HSE could be using the scheme to raise money following funding cuts.

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The HSE Fee For Interventions (FFI) is a cost recovery scheme implemented by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of FFI, its purpose, how it works, and the implications for businesses. Understanding FFI is crucial for organizations to maintain compliance and prioritize safety in the workplace.

What is the HSE Fee For Interventions?:

The HSE Fee For Interventions is a scheme designed to recover the costs incurred by the HSE when identifying and rectifying material breaches of health and safety regulations. Under FFI, if an inspector identifies a significant breach during an inspection or investigation, the business responsible will be charged an hourly rate for the HSE’s time spent addressing the breach. FFI aims to encourage businesses to take proactive measures to comply with health and safety regulations and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

How Does FFI Work?:

When a material breach is identified, the HSE will inform the business in writing and provide details of the breach, the actions required, and the amount charged for the intervention. The business then has the opportunity to challenge the decision or rectify the breach within a specified timeframe. If the breach is not resolved, the HSE will invoice the business for the intervention time. The hourly rate is determined annually and covers the costs of inspection, investigation, enforcement, and administration.

Implications for Businesses:

FFI serves as a strong incentive for businesses to maintain high standards of health and safety. Failure to comply with regulations can result in financial penalties and damage to a company’s reputation. To avoid FFI charges, businesses must prioritize health and safety, conduct regular risk assessments, implement robust control measures, provide adequate training, and maintain accurate records. Proactive engagement with health and safety practices is key to minimizing the risk of material breaches and the associated costs.


The HSE Fee For Interventions is a cost recovery scheme that aims to promote compliance with health and safety regulations. Businesses must understand FFI, actively manage health and safety risks, and prioritize a culture of safety to avoid material breaches and associated charges. By doing so, organizations can ensure a safe and compliant working environment for their employees.

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