Guidance on the application of Fee for Intervention (FFI)

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The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 put a duty on HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. This shifts some of the cost of health and safety regulation from the public purse to those businesses and organisations that break health and safety laws.

This guidance will help businesses and organisations understand what Fee for Intervention (FFI) means for them and how it fits with HSE's approach to enforcement. It sets out the general principles and approach of the FFI 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 made in accordance with the principles of HSE's existing enforcement decision making frameworks – the Enforcement Management Model (EMM) and the Enforcement Policy Statement (EPS). It explains the process for handling queries and disputed invoices.

Updated in 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020.

Updated: 2021-03-15