Fee for Intervention rules are finally approved

After a false start when the planned April 2012 introduction was aborted, Fee for Intervention (FFI) passes into law with effect from 1 October 2012. This is the system by which the Health and Safety Executive are mandated to recover the cost to the taxpayer of their time involved in dealing with employers who break health and safety laws.

Most of the money collected will go into the coffers of HM Treasury rather than HSE, but with some retained to assist with HSE’s funding it would be surprising if cash generated was not given some consideration when setting future budgets for enforcement authority activities.

Several areas of legislation enforced by HSE will not result in costs being passed on because the requirements stem from other primary legislation. Examples include working time contraventions, failure to have insurance, and breaches of pesticide laws

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