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HSE increases FFI charge by almost 20%

Earlier this month HSE raised the FFI for the second time since the scheme was introduced in October 2012. This hourly rate increase could see businesses face huge invoices if they’re not paying attention to their health and safety standards.

17 April 2019

The Health and Safety Executive has raised the FFI (Fee For Intervention) for the second time since the scheme was introduced in October 2012. Increasing from £129 to £154, this hourly charge puts more pressure on businesses to make sure that they abide by health and safety laws, or risk facing a large intervention charge.

The FFI has been increased partly due to the fact that the scheme has been operating at a deficit recently. The HSE reported a £1.9m loss during 2017/18, and to make sure the scheme is implemented in the long-term, operating at a loss is no longer viable.

Charlotte O’Kane, an associate at law firm Pinsent Masons stated that:

“It serves to emphasise the fact that organisations should ensure that they are complying with the law and operating safely. If an HSE inspector finds a material breach of health and safety law, that is now going to be significantly more expensive.”

This fee covers an HSE inspector’s time spent “identifying and resolving the issue” including any “investigation or enforcement”. This hourly rate increase will mean that businesses will see a substantial increase in their invoices and should raise any concerns or queries within 21 days of the date on the invoice.

Information sourced from the HSE website.

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