Fee for intervention

Fee for intervention (FFI) is a fine no business wants to be on the receiving end of. Each and every year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) make millions of pounds from it and, without the right Health & Safety practices in place, you could be in the firing line.

The cost of getting it wrong

In 2016/17, the HSE and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) convicted 93% of their cases, and the average penalty was a whopping £126,000. So, how’s this relevant to FFI? Because most of the convictions stemmed from inspections where a FFI was charged.

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The numbers are alarming, right? There’s no need to start seeing sirens though. Our experts are here to make sure your business’ Health & Safety set-up is up to scratch, to keep you clear of costly fines.

We’ll make sure you’ve got the right policies and procedures in place. We’ll give you access to lots of online tools, templates and training. We’ll come and visit you once a year. And we’ll be on the other of the phone whenever you need us.

To see how we could start keeping you safe today, get in touch with the team by simply filling in the form below.

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What is FFI?

FFI is a fine the HSE charge to cover any costs they incur when one of their inspectors come across a material breach within your business. The fee recuperates the cost of their time spent:

  • Inspecting your site/premises;
  • Writing up and sending any letters and reports;
  • Following up on any work that comes on the back of their visit – like return visits and serving notices, for example;
  • Taking statements;
  • Where relevant, seeking assistance from the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) and/or other third parties;
  • Gathering information and evidence;
  • Assessing and recording the findings gathered from their inspection, investigation and enforcement conclusions; and
  • Reviewing any investigations to make sure appropriate action has been taken.

When does FFI apply?

A material breach is defined as anything an inspector deems serious enough to write to the offending business and request that they take action to rectify it. A material breach will fall under one of four categories: health risks, safety risks, welfare breaches or management of Health & Safety risks.

Below are just a couple examples of each:

RiskExample
Health risks· Failing to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to employees with asthma.

· Failing to protect employees from excessive noise with suitable personal hearing protection.

Safety risks· Failing to maintain lifting equipment.

· Where required, failing to define and manage traffic routes.

Welfare breaches· Failing to provide an adequate supply of drinking water.
Management of Health & Safety risks· Failing to consider the implications of new processes.

· Failing to effectively manage contractors on site.

For more examples of what constitutes a material breach, check out our free, in-depth guide on FFI here.

How much is FFI?

The amount you’re charged will depend on how long the inspector’s original visit was, how long the inspector has to spend helping you right the wrong, how long it takes them to investigate your case, and the time it takes them to take action against you.

The current FFI rate (as of April 2018) is £129 an hour. If an inspector finds a material breach within your business, this hourly rate will be charged from the moment they walked into your business, right through to until they deem the material breach to be resolved – so the cost can soon add up!

It’s worth noting that the fee is charged for every hour – day and night – between the initial discovery and closing of the case.

If a breach is found and you’re subject to FFI, the HSE will send you invoices every two months as the fees mount up, and they’ll expect you to pay the invoice within 30 days of receiving it.

If no material breach is found, no fee is charged – it’s as simple as that.

How to avoid FFI

Just stay on top of your obligations. If you comply with Health & Safety law, you won’t have to pay FFI.

We understand that sometimes that’s easier said than done though. To keep on top of the law, you need to know what it is, what it means for you, and what you have to do, and let’s be honest, you didn’t go into business to get bogged down by legislation, did you?

The silver lining is that we did. Our Health & Safety experts know exactly what it takes to keep you on the straight and narrow and away from unfriendly fines. With everything from Legionella and traffic management to machinery and confined spaces, we’ve got you covered from every angle.

Get in touch with our experts on 0345 844 1111 or hello@citation.co.uk to see how we can keep you safe and legally sound – without any faff.

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