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Fee for Intervention (FFI) will come into effect on 1 October 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval of the proposed Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. These Regulations will 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 will shift some of the cost of health and safety regulation from the public purse to businesses and organisations that break health and safety laws.
This guidance provides information in advance of the Regulations coming into effect to help businesses and organisations to understand what FFI means for them and how it fits with HSE’s current approach to enforcement. It sets out the general principles and approach of the FFI scheme.
This guidance 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.