Do you prioritise health and safety compliance?
For some years now, if you were found to be in material breach of health and safety law, you would have had to pay for the time it takes the HSE to identify the breach and help you needed to put things right. This includes investigating and taking enforcement action and is called fee for intervention (FFI).
The hourly rate which organisations found to be in material breach of health and safety laws must pay to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for its time has increased from £129 to £154 per hour, with effect from 6 April 2019.
This increase in the recovery rate by almost 19.4% means that non-compliance now comes with more significant repercussions for companies.
Typically, a four days investigation is around £4,000 and a full investigation will cost tens of thousands of pounds.
This fee does not include costs incurred once a case goes to Court.
You will be required to pay any invoice sent to you within 30 days unless you’re querying or disputing.
By Ian French CMIOSH – Risk Consultant