The Fee For Intervention (FFI) Scheme, designed to shift the cost of regulating workplace health and safety from the public purse to those businesses who break the law, has proven effective and should stay, according to a report produced by the ‘Independent FFI Review Panel’.*
The report recognised that inspectors at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have implemented the FFI scheme consistently and fairly, since it was introduced in October 2012, and found no evidence to suggest that enforcement policy decisions had been influenced in any way by its introduction.
According to the report’s authors, the professional approach adopted by HSE’s inspectors has ensured any challenges raised by the scheme, during its first 18 months, were minimised and suggests that any concerns voiced about FFI have not been demonstrated to any significant or serious extent.
In addition, the report states that ‘generally inspectors and duty holders continue to work together in improving health and safety management’.
The Chair of the HSE, has praised the scheme and said: “Both [the] HSE and the Government believe it is right that those who fail to meet their legal health and safety obligations should pay our costs and acceptance of this principle is growing. This review gives us confidence that FFI is working effectively and should be retained. We will continue to monitor the performance of FFI to ensure it remains consistent and fair.”
The conclusions from the report are that:
The report found that, in response to FFI, some of the health and safety changes made by businesses, included improvement in the:
The report also made a number of recommendations, including:
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