What is FFI?

A change to HSE’s recovery rates from 1 April 2022

HSE’s hourly recovery rate under Fee for Intervention in 2022/23 has been increased from £160 to £163.

This is an inflationary increase to make sure we continue to recover the full cost of any relevant activity. It is consistent with our strategy of regularly updating rates to maintain our regulatory functions.

Businesses found to be in material breach of health and safety law will be charged at this new rate. Those businesses that meet their legal requirements will not pay anything for HSE’s regulatory activity.

We’re continuing to follow cross-government debt recovery policies, and we’ll continue to offer flexibility to any dutyholders who might be experiencing financial hardship.

If we 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 us to identify what is wrong and to help you put things right. This is called a fee for intervention (FFI).

If you don't break the law, you won't pay anything. Dutyholders who comply with the law, or where there is no material breach, will not be charged FFI for any work that HSE does with them.

Who FFI applies to

It applies to dutyholders where HSE is the enforcing authority. This will include:

What the law says

The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2021 say that a fee is payable to HSE if:

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:

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

How much it costs

It currently costs £163 an hour. The fee will include the costs covering the time of the entire original visit. The total amount recovered will be based on the amount of time it takes HSE to identify the breach and help you put things right (including associated office work), multiplied by the hourly rate.

Your fee may include time:

The fee can vary depending on:

Find out more

The Guidance on the application of Fee for Intervention (FFI) document (also available in Welsh) sets out the general principles and approach of the scheme. It includes examples of material breaches but does not cover every scenario where FFI might apply.

Inspectors will apply this guidance and their enforcement decisions will be based on the principles of HSE's enforcement decision-making frameworks – the Enforcement Management Model (EMM) and the Enforcement Policy Statement (EPS).

You can download the leaflet  When a health and safety inspector calls,which provides helpful information about FFI costs. You can also find helpful advice that explains how to query or dispute an FFI invoice. There is a full list of guidance on FFI in the resources section of this site.

Updated: 2022-04-27