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HSE Fees for Intervention

What is Fee for Intervention/cost recovery?

A Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme applies where the HSE is the enforcing authority and puts a duty on the HSE to recover its costs from duty holders who are found to be in material breach of health and safety law.

A material breach is where you (the duty holder) have broken a health and safety law and the inspector judges this is serious enough for them to notify you in writing.
This will either be by a notification of contravention, an improvement or prohibition notice (see above), or a prosecution.

The fee is based on the amount of time – an hourly rate – that the inspector has had to spend identifying the breach, helping you to put it right, investigating and taking enforcement action.

Duty holders who comply with the law, or where a breach is not ‘material’ (for example where verbal advice has been given), will not pay for any work that HSE has done with them.